Generic Name: antipyrine and benzocaine otic (AN tee PYE reen and BEN zoe kane)
Brand Name: Aurax, Aurodex, Aurogard
Antipyrine is a pain reliever.
Benzocaine is a local anesthetic (numbing medicine).
Antipyrine and benzocaine otic (for use in the ears) is a combination medicine used to treat pain and swelling caused by ear infections. This medicine does not contain an antibiotic and will not treat an ear infection.
Antipyrine and benzocaine otic is also used to help remove ear wax.
Antipyrine and benzocaine otic may also be used for purposes not listed in this medication guide.
You should not use this medicine if you have a hole in your ear drum (ruptured ear drum).
You should not use this medicine if you are allergic to antipyrine or benzocaine, or if you have a hole in your ear drum (ruptured ear drum).
It is not known whether antipyrine and benzocaine otic will harm an unborn baby. Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant while using this medicine.
It is not known whether antipyrine and benzocaine otic passes into breast milk or if it could harm a nursing baby. Tell your doctor if you are breast-feeding a baby.
Follow all directions on your prescription label. Do not use this medicine in larger or smaller amounts or for longer than recommended.
Antipyrine and benzocaine otic is for use only in your ears. Avoid getting this medicine in your mouth or eyes. If it does get into any of these areas, rinse with water.
Use this medicine only in the affected ear. You may not need to use it in both ears.
Wash your hands before using this medicine.
To use the ear drops for an ear infection:
Lie down or tilt your head with your ear facing upward. Open the ear canal by gently pulling your ear back, or pulling downward on the earlobe when giving this medicine to a child.
Hold the dropper upside down over your ear and drop in enough medicine to fill the ear canal.
Stay lying down or with your head tilted and place a small piece of cotton to plug the ear and keep the medicine from draining out.
You may use this medicine every 1 to 2 hours as needed to relieve symptoms
To use the ear drops for ear wax removal, use antipyrine and benzocaine otic 3 times per day for up to 3 days. This will help loosen ear wax for removal. Follow your doctor's instructions about safely removing the wax from your ear.
Do not touch the dropper tip or place it directly in your ear. It may become contaminated. Wipe the tip with a clean tissue but do not wash with water or soap.
Call your doctor if your symptoms do not improve, or if they get worse while using antipyrine and benzocaine otic.
Do not share this medicine with another person, even if they have the same symptoms you have.
Store at room temperature away from moisture, heat, and light. Keep the bottle tightly closed when not in use.
Use the missed dose as soon as you remember. Skip the missed dose if it is almost time for your next scheduled dose. Do not use extra medicine to make up the missed dose.
An overdose of antipyrine and benzocaine otic is not expected to be dangerous. Seek emergency medical attention or call the Poison Help line at 1-800-222-1222 if anyone has accidentally swallowed the medication.
Do not use the medicine in your eyes. Antipyrine and benzocaine otic is for use only in the ears.
Do not use other ear drops unless your doctor has told you to.
Ear infections may sometimes cause dizziness or a loss of balance. Be careful if you drive, operate machinery, or do anything else hazardous if you feel dizzy or off balance.
Avoid swimming until your ear infection has completely cleared up.
Get emergency medical help if you have signs of an allergic reaction: hives; difficult breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.
Call you doctor at once if you have:
severe irritation after using the ear drops; or
ear discomfort you did not have before using this medicine.
This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.
See also: Side effects (in more detail)
It is not likely that other drugs you take orally or inject will have an effect on antipyrine and benzocaine used in the ears. But many drugs can interact with each other. Tell each of your healthcare providers about all medicines you use, including prescription and over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal products.
Note: This page contains information about the side effects of antipyrine / benzocaine otic. Some of the dosage forms included on this document may not apply to the brand name A / B Otic.
Not all side effects for A / B Otic may be reported. You should always consult a doctor or healthcare professional for medical advice. Side effects can be reported to the FDA here.
Applies to antipyrine / benzocaine otic: otic solution
Along with its needed effects, antipyrine / benzocaine otic may cause some unwanted effects. The following side effects may mean that you are having an allergic reaction to the medicine.
Stop using the medicine right away if any of them occur. Check with your doctor if any of the following effects continue or are bothersome:
Applies to antipyrine / benzocaine otic: otic solution
Antipyrine-benzocaine otic is generally well tolerated.[Ref]
Antipyrine-benzocaine otic has been assigned to pregnancy category C by the FDA. Animal studies have not been reported. There are no controlled data in human pregnancy. Antipyrine-benzocaine otic should only be given during pregnancy when benefit outweighs risk.
There are no data on the excretion of antipyrine-benzocaine otic into human milk. The manufacturer recommends caution when administering antipyrine-benzocaine to nursing women.