Ofloxacin in the Ear

A healthcare provider may prescribe ofloxacin otic solution (Floxin® Otic) to treat various ear infections caused by certain bacteria. Specifically, this drug is used to treat acute and chronic otitis media (middle ear infections) and otitis externa (outer ear infections, or "swimmer's ear") in certain people.
 
Available in the form of drops for the ears, ofloxacin otic solution is typically used once or twice daily for 7 to 14 days. You should start to feel better after a few days. However, this does not mean your infection is gone. It is important that you finish the full course of this antibiotic. If you stop using this ear medication too soon, your infection may return and antibiotic resistance may develop.
 
(To learn more about how these drops are used to treat infections of the ear, click Ofloxacin Otic Solution. Other topics discussed in this article include how to take your dosage correctly, how the ear drops work, and why they may not be the best choice for everyone.)
Written by/reviewed by: Kristi Monson, PharmD; Arthur Schoenstadt, MD
Last reviewed by: Kristi Monson, PharmD;
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