Corticosteroids and Acetic Acid (Otic)
Brand Names : VoSol HC, cortisol, Hydrocortisone and Acetic Acid
Before Using This Medicine
In deciding to use a medicine,
the risks of using the medicine must be weighed against the good it will do.
This is a decision you and your doctor will make. For corticosteroids with
acetic acid, the following should be considered:
Allergies - Tell your doctor if you have ever had any unusual or
allergic reaction to corticosteroids or acetic acid. Also tell your health
care professional if you are allergic to any other substances, such as certain
preservatives or dyes.
Pregnancy - Corticosteroids have not been studied in pregnant
women. However, studies in animals have shown that corticosteroids cause birth
defects. Before taking this medicine, make sure your doctor knows if you are
pregnant or if you may become pregnant.
Breast-feeding - Otic corticosteroid and acetic acid combinations
pass into breast milk. Possible benefits of otic corticosteroid and acetic
acid must be weighed against the potential hazards for the infant.
Children - There is no specific information comparing the use
of otic corticosteroids in children under 3 years of age with use in other
Older adults - Although there is no specific information comparing
the use of otic corticosteroids in the elderly with use in other age groups,
they are not expected to cause different side effects or problems in older
people than they do in younger adults.
Other medicines - Although certain medicines should not be used
together at all, in other cases two different medicines may be used together
even if an interaction might occur. In these cases, your doctor may want to
change the dose, or other precautions may be necessary. When you are taking
a corticosteroid and acetic acid combination, it is especially important that
your doctor know if you are taking any other prescription or nonprescription
(over-the-counter [OTC]) medicine.
Other medical problems - The presence of other medical
problems may affect the use of otic corticosteroids. Make sure you tell your
doctor if you have any other medical problems, especially:
Any other ear infection or condition - Otic corticosteroids may
worsen existing infections or cause new infections
Punctured ear drum - Using otic corticosteroids when you have
a punctured ear drum may damage the ear