GENERIC NAME: ANTIBACTERIALS - OPHTHALMIC, OTIC
USES: This medication is used to treat infections of the eye (ophthalmic) or ear (otic).
HOW TO USE: Use this as prescribed. Continue using it for the full time prescribed. Stopping therapy too soon may result in a reinfection. To apply eye or ear medication, wash hands first. To avoid contamination, be careful not to touch the dropper or tube or let it touch the affected area. Shake drops well before using. Hold the ointment tube in your hand for a few minutes to make the medication flow easier. EYE MEDICATION: Tilt your head back, gaze upward and pull down the lower eyelid to make a pouch. For drops, place dropper directly over eye and administer the prescribed number of drops. Look downward and gently close your eye for 1 to 2 minutes. With eye ointment, place medication inside the lower lid using a sweeping motion. Close eye and roll the eyeball. Remove excess ointment with a tissue. Try not to blink and do not rub the eye. If you are using another kind of eye medication, wait five to ten minutes before applying. EAR MEDICATION: Lie on your side or turn the affected ear upward to make application easier. Place the prescribed number of drops in the ear. Avoid touching the ear canal. Keep the ear tilted for one to two minutes. A small piece of clean cotton may be placed in the ear to prevent drops from escaping.
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