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How to use eardrops*

Warm the eardrop tube in your hand for a few minutes. This will make the eardrops more comfortable to instill.
Wash your hands well with soap and water.
Gently shake the bottle if instructed to do so by your pharmacist or doctor.
Open the eardrop bottle or tube.
Tilt your head to one side, or lie down with the affected ear facing towards the ceiling.
Pull the auricle (the top of the outer ear) upward and backward in adults and children over 3 years of age, or downward and backward in children under 3 years of age. This will straighten out the ear canal.
Instill the required number eardrops into the ear canal. Do not allow the dropper to touch the ear or other surfaces, as this could contaminate the dropper.
Remain in position for 3 to 5 minutes to allow the eardrops to act. This period of time depends on the medication being used. Check with your doctor or pharmacist about how long you should remain in position after the eardrops have been instilled. After using certain medications, such as Cerumenex®(triethanolamine polypeptide oleate-condensate), the ear must be gently flushed out with water after the drops have been used.
If you are giving drops in both ears, wait 5 to 10 minutes between ears to allow the ear drops to run into the ear canal.

*Many different medications come as eardrops. This information is intended to provide general instructions for the use of eardrops. Instructions may vary for different products. If these instructions are different from those given by your doctor or pharmacist, check with your doctor or pharmacist to confirm how you should be using the product. Consult your doctor or pharmacist for specific information about your particular medication.

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