(Having someone else give you the ear drops may make this procedure easier.)
|1Wash your hands thoroughly with soap and water.
|2Gently clean your ear with a damp facecloth and then dry your ear.|
|3 Warm the drops to near body temperature by holding the container in the palm of your hand for a few minutes.
|4 If the drops are a cloudy suspension, shake the bottle well for 10 seconds.|
|5 Check the dropper tip to make sure that it is not chipped or cracked.|
|6 Draw the medication into the dropper, or hold the dropper-top bottle with the dropper tip down.|
7Tilt the affected ear up or lie on your side. Pull the ear backward and upward (or if giving
to a child younger than 3 years of age, pull backward and downward) to open
the ear canal.
8 Place the correct number of drops in your ear. Gently press on the small skin flap over the ear to help the drops to run into the ear canal
|9 Keep your ear tilted up for a few minutes or insert a soft cotton plug in your ear, whichever method has been recommended by your pharmacist or doctor.
|10 Replace and tighten the cap or dropper right away.|
|11 Wash your hands to remove any medication.
- Follow directions carefully
- Do not miss doses
- Store medications out of reach of children
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