Eye drops: Put 2 drops into the affected eye 3 or 4 times daily or as directed by the doctor. Your doctor may instruct you to use 2 drops every 2 hours in the early stages of treatment.
Eye ointment: Apply a thin film to the affected area 3 or 4 times a day or as directed by the doctor. Your doctor may instruct you to reduce the number of times in a day that you apply the ointment once improvement occurs.
Ear drops: Thoroughly clean the ear canal of wax and debris. Put 3 or 4 drops into the affected ear 3 times daily or as directed by the doctor. Lie with the affected ear turned upward and remain in this position for several minutes to make sure the medication penetrates the ear canal. If preferred, a cotton wick may be inserted into the canal and then saturated with the solution. Keep the wick moist by adding further solution every 4 hours. Replace the wick every 24 hours.
The symptoms of infection usually improve within 48 hours, with complete clearing of the signs and symptoms within two weeks. If you have not noticed any improvement within three days, notify your doctor.
If you wear soft contact lenses, do not wear them during treatment.
Many things can affect the dose of medication that a person needs, such as body weight, other medical conditions, and other medications. If your doctor has recommended a dose different from the ones above, do not change the way that you are using the medication without consulting your doctor.
It is important to use this medication exactly as prescribed by your doctor. If you miss a dose, use it as soon as possible and continue with your regular schedule. If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and continue with your regular dosing schedule. Do not use a double dose to make up for a missed one. If you are not sure what to do after missing a dose, contact your doctor or pharmacist for advice.
Store this medication at room temperature, protect it from light and moisture, and keep it out of the reach of children.
This medication is available under multiple brand names and/or in several different forms. Any specific brand name of this medication may not be available in all of the forms listed here. The forms available for the specific brand you have searched are listed under "What form(s) does this medication come in?"
Do not dispose of medications in wastewater (e.g. down the sink or in the toilet) or in household garbage. Ask your pharmacist how to dispose of medications that are no longer needed or have expired.