GENERIC NAME: FLUMETHASONE With CLIOQUINOL EAR DROPS (flew-METH-uh-sown with klye-oh-KWIN-ohl)
HOW TO USE: This drug is for use in the ear only. Learn proper ear cleaning and device usage techniques. Consult your doctor and pharmacist. Hold container in the hand for a few minutes if it has been refrigerated in order to warm it. To avoid contamination of the device do not touch the dropper tip or let it touch your ear or any other surface. For accuracy, have another person insert the drops for you if possible. To apply ear drops, wash hands first, then completely clean the ear canal. The usual dose is 2 to 3 drops twice daily or as directed by your doctor. Lie on your side or tilt the affected ear upward and place the prescribed number of drops into the ear. To help the drops roll into the ear (for adults) hold the earlobe up and back or (for children) hold the earlobe down and back. Keep the ear tilted for about two minutes so the medicine will be well absorbed or insert a soft cotton plug if so directed. Do not rinse the dropper. Replace cap after use. For best results, this medication must be used routinely as directed. Continue using it for the full time prescribed. Stopping this medication too soon may result in reinfection.
SIDE EFFECTS: Stinging during use may occur. If this reaction persists or worsens, notify your doctor. Tell your doctor immediately if any of these serious side effects occur: rash, redness, itching, swelling, severe pain of the ear. Tell your doctor immediately if any of these unlikely but serious side effects occur: vision problems, headache, increased thirst, increased urination. If you notice other effects not listed above, contact your doctor or pharmacist.
PRECAUTIONS: Before using this drug, tell your doctor your medical history, including: any allergies (especially drug allergies), tuberculosis of the skin, syphilis skin infections, chickenpox, skin problems from vaccinations or viral infections. This product may cause staining of the: skin, nails, hair, fabrics. It is very unlikely, but possible, the flumethasone in this product will be absorbed into your bloodstream. Therefore, if this product is used over a long period (months), upon discontinuing the product additional corticosteroids may be needed during times of increased stress such as a serious infection, major surgery or serious injury. Tell your doctor of your flumethasone use if the stress situations mentioned above occur. This precaution should be observed for one year after stopping prolonged use of this product. Report promptly unusual weakness, weight loss, nausea/vomiting, fainting, or dizziness. This drug should not be used during pregnancy. If you become pregnant or think you may be pregnant, inform your doctor immediately. It is not known if this drug is excreted into breast milk. Consult your doctor before breast-feeding.
DRUG INTERACTIONS: Tell your doctor of all nonprescription and prescription medication you may use. The clioquinol in this product may interfere with certain thyroid tests. Do not start or stop any medicine without doctor or pharmacist approval.
OVERDOSE: If overdose is suspected, contact your local poison control center or emergency room immediately. US residents can call the US national poison hotline at 1-800-222-1222. Canadian residents should call their local poison control center directly. This medicine may be harmful if swallowed.
NOTES: This medication has been prescribed for your current condition only. Do not use it later for another infection or give it to someone else. A different medication may be necessary in those cases.
MISSED DOSE: If you miss a dose, use it as soon as you remember. If it is near the time of the next dose, skip the missed dose and resume your usual dosing schedule. Do not "double-up" the dose to catch up.
STORAGE: Store at room temperature between 36 and 86 degrees F (2-30 degrees C) away from light and moisture.
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