Ofloxacin for Ear Infection

Available by prescription only, ofloxacin otic solution (Floxin® Otic) is a medication approved for treating certain infections of the ear. Specifically, this medicine is used for treating:
  • Middle ear infections (known medically as otitis media) in children with ear tubes
  • Chronic otitis media in adults and children with holes in their eardrum
  • Outer ear infections (known medically as otitis externa, or more commonly "swimmer's ear") in adults and children.
When treating ear infections, ofloxacin otic solution works by killing certain bacteria that cause infections. It does this by interfering with a certain bacterial enzyme that is necessary for the bacteria to multiply.
(Click What Is Ofloxacin Otic Solution Used For? for a more in-depth look at using this medication for treating ear infections. This article also describes whether the drug is safe for use in children and older adults, and why it is not useful for treating ear infections caused by viruses.)
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