Ofloxacin Otic Solution Uses

Ofloxacin otic solution (Floxin® Otic) is a prescription drug commonly used for the treatment of certain bacterial infections of the ear. Specifically, approved uses of ofloxacin otic solution include treatment of the following ear infections:
 
  • 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.
     
As a type of fluoroquinolone, ofloxacin otic solution works by interfering with a bacterial enzyme called DNA gyrase. This enzyme is needed by the bacteria to make DNA, which is important for the bacteria to multiply.
 
(Click What Is Ofloxacin Otic Solution Used For? to learn more about specific uses of this ear medicine, including details on whether it is safe for young children and older adults.)
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