Corticosteroid Ear Drops

Why has my veterinarian prescribed this medicine?

Corticosteroid ear drops are generally used to decrease inflammation, itching and pain. This type of medication may also be used to decrease the amount of wax production in the ear. Corticosteroid medications that are commonly found in topical ear products include hydrocortisone, flucinolone, triamcinolone, betamethasone, and dexamethasone. These medications may be combined with antimicrobials, which are used to treat infections.

How do I give this medication?

  • Instill this medication in your pet's ear(s) as directed by your veterinarian. Read the label carefully.
  • Give this medication for as long as prescribed by your veterinarian.
  • Check the label to determine if the medication needs to be shaken before administration.
  • Your veterinarian may request that the ear is cleaned before using this medication.
  • DO NOT give the pet more medicine than directed.
  • DO NOT give the medicine more often than directed.
  • Try not to miss giving any doses.

What if I miss giving a dose?

Give the dose as soon as possible. If it is almost time for the next dose, skip the missed dose, and continue with the regular schedule. Do not give the pet two doses at once.

How do I store this medicine?

  • Keep this medicine out of reach of children.
  • Follow manufacture's recommendations. Generally, this medication is stored in a cool, dry place at room temperature. Store away from heat and direct sunlight.
  • Do not store this medicine in the bathroom, near the kitchen sink or in damp places.

What are the potential side effects of this medicine?

  • These medications are generally well tolerated. If your pet's ear gets worse or becomes red and irritated, contact your veterinarian.
  • Other side effects may occur. If you notice anything unusual, contact your veterinarian.

Are there any possible drug interactions?

  • Make sure to tell your veterinarian what other medication you are giving your pet.
  • Quite often, your veterinarian may prescribe two different medications, even if a drug interaction may occur. In this case, your veterinarian may vary the dose and/or monitor your pet more closely.
  • Contact your veterinarian if your pet experiences any unusual reactions when different medications are given together.

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corticosteroid, antimicrobials, itching, hydrocortisone, betamethasone, dexamethasone, triamcinolone, flucinolone,

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