Can Ofloxacin Be Put in the Ears?

Ofloxacin is an active ingredient found in several medications, including tablets and eye drops. But can ofloxacin be put in the ears?
 
The answer is yes -- ofloxacin otic solution (Floxin® Otic) is a prescription ear drop used to treat certain bacterial ear infections. Specifically, this ear medicine is used to treat:
 
  • Otitis externa, which is an infection of the ear canal or outer ear, commonly called "swimmer's ear"
  • Acute otitis media, commonly called a middle ear infection, in children with ear tubes
  • Chronic otitis media in people with holes in their tympanic membrane (eardrum).
 
(For more information on using this ear medication, click What Is Ofloxacin Otic Solution Used For?. This article provides an in-depth look at the specific uses of this ear drop, details on how it works, and important precautions to be aware of before beginning treatment.)
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