GENERIC NAME: TRIETHANOLAMINE POLYPEPTIDE OLEATE - OTIC (try-ETH-a-nol-a-meen pall-ee-PEP-tide OH-lee-ate)
BRAND NAME(S): Cerumenex
USES: This medication is also known as trolamine polypeptide oleate. It is used to remove earwax buildup before an ear examination, treatment, or hearing test. This product helps to soften and loosen earwax, making it easier to remove. Too much earwax can block the ear canal and reduce hearing. This medication should not be used regularly to remove earwax or clean the ears.
HOW TO USE: This medication is for use only in the ear as directed by your doctor. Follow all directions on the product package. If you are uncertain about any of the information, consult your doctor or pharmacist.To make sure that the right amount of medication is given, and to avoid touching the ear with the dropper, have another person give the drops if possible. To lower the risk of dizziness, hold the container in your hand for a few minutes to warm it.To apply ear drops, wash your hands first. To avoid contamination, do not touch the dropper tip or let it touch your ear or any other surface. Lie on your side or tilt the affected ear upward. Hold the dropper directly over the ear and fill the ear canal with the drops. To help the drops roll into the ear of an adult, hold the earlobe up and back. In children, hold the earlobe down and back. Insert a soft cotton plug in the ear and leave it in for 15 to 20 minutes. After this time, remove the plug and gently flush the ear with warm water using an ear syringe with a soft rubber bulb.Do not rinse the dropper. Replace the dropper cap after use.Avoid getting any of the medication on the skin outside the ear because it can be irritating. If this occurs, wash the area with soap and water.Avoid getting this medication in your eyes. If this occurs, rinse the eyes thoroughly with water.Do not keep this medication in the ear for longer than 20 minutes or use it more often than directed.If the earwax remains, talk to your doctor before re-using. If your condition persists or worsens, or if you think you may have a serious medical problem, seek immediate medical attention.
SIDE EFFECTS: This medication may cause a temporary burning feeling in your ear for 1 to 2 minutes when it is first applied. If this effect persists or worsens, contact your doctor or pharmacist promptly.A very serious allergic reaction to this drug is rare. However, stop using this medication and seek immediate medical attention if you notice any symptoms of a serious allergic reaction, including: rash, itching/swelling (especially of the face/tongue/throat), ear pain, severe dizziness, trouble breathing.This is not a complete list of possible side effects. If you notice other effects not listed above, contact your doctor or pharmacist.In the US -Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.In Canada - Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to Health Canada at 1-866-234-2345.
PRECAUTIONS: Before using this medication, tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are allergic to it; or to natural rubber/latex (found in the packaging of some brands); or if you have any other allergies.If you have any of the following health problems, consult your doctor or pharmacist before using this product: other ear problems (e.g., ear drainage, infection, pain, rash, swelling, injury, hole/perforation in the eardrum), dizziness, history of skin reactions or allergies.During pregnancy, this medication should be used only when clearly needed. Discuss the risks and benefits with your doctor.It is not known whether this drug passes into breast milk. Consult your doctor before breast-feeding.
DRUG INTERACTIONS: If you are using this product under your doctor's direction, your doctor or pharmacist may already be aware of possible drug interactions and may be monitoring you for them. Do not start, stop, or change the dosage of any medicine before checking with your doctor or pharmacist first.Keep a list of all your medications with you, and share the list with your doctor and pharmacist.
OVERDOSE: This medicine may be harmful if swallowed. If swallowing or 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. Canada residents can call a provincial poison control center.
NOTES: Do not share this medication with others.
MISSED DOSE: Not applicable.
STORAGE: Store at room temperature between 59-86 degrees F (15-30 degrees C) away from heat, light, and moisture. Do not store in the bathroom. Keep all drug products away from children and pets.Do not flush medications down the toilet or pour them into a drain unless instructed to do so. Properly discard this product when it is expired or no longer needed. Consult your pharmacist or local waste disposal company for more details about how to safely discard your product.
Related Disease Conditions
Earwax (ear wax) is a natural substance secreted by special glands in the skin on the outer part of the ear canal. It repels water, and traps dust and sand particles. Usually a small amount of wax accumulates, dries up, and then falls out of the ear canal carrying with it unwanted particles. Under ideal circumstances, you should never have to clean your ear canals. The absence of ear wax may result in dry, itchy ears, and even infection. Ear wax may accumulate in the ear for a variety of reasons including; narrowing of the ear canal, production of less ear wax due to aging, or an overproduction of ear wax in response to trauma or blockage within the ear canal.
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