Otodex Ear Drops 8mL


Drug Name: framycetin sulfate + gramicidin + dexamethasone
Our Price $6.50
PBS $14.63
Concession $5.20
Safety Net $0.00

S8 Note - This prescription item is Schedule 8 and can only be supplied on a script from a registered doctor in Queensland. Any prescriptions from any other state cannot be filled and will be returned in the mail

Note: Private, PBS and our prices are available to the general public. Concession and Safety Net prices are only available to people with the appropriate concession or Safety Net cards. See Prescriptions for more details.


This prescription item requires a pre approved authority from the Government in order to get this item at the quoted price. Authority prescriptions need to be applied for by the doctor writing the script and can include reasons such as increased quantities due to dosage, increased repeats, use for a pre determined specified use, or the nature of the medication itself requiring specialist interaction. In the event that an authority is not granted on the script, the price will revert to the private price quoted for that item


This item contains more than one pack of a prescription product. Before this can be dispensed the doctor has to give approval. The prescription must be written for the total quantity or the prescription must be endorsed by your doctor "Regulation 24" otherwise we will be unable to dispense the increased amount. If you proceed with the order without approval, we will only send out one pack at the single pack price and refund the difference. Eg If your prescription is written out for 30 Tablets with 5 repeats and it does not have “Regulation 24 “ written on the script, the ONLY quantity we can dispense is 30 at one time. Further dispensing of this product could only occur after an appropriate length of time - usually 21 days but depends on dosage. In this example if you would like to obtain 180 Tablets then the doctor must endorse the prescription “Regulation 24” or the quantity must be written out for 180 and not 30. NB Conditions apply on the writing of a Regulation 24 prescription. Ask your doctor or pharmacist for details.

We can no longer accept signed authority forms from your doctor as permission to dispense more than one pack. Please contact our pharmacist for more information.

If you order this item as Private, NO PBS stickers will be issued. Once any prescription order has been sent the product cannot be returned for a refund even if your doctor changes your medication or you have an adverse reaction.

Otodex Ear Drops 8mL

Otodex Ear Drops 8mL

Product ID: 6919

Pharmacist Only Medicine

This product is a Pharmacist Only Medicine and requires pharmacist advice before we can dispatch this product. You must first place the order and then contact our pharmacists within 48 hours on 1300 367 283. The pharmacist will determine if this product is appropriate for you and if so, approve the order. In the event that you do not do this, the product will be deleted from your order and the balance of your order will be dispatched. This is not required if you have a doctor's prescription.


General Information

Consumer Medicine InformationWhat is in this leafletThis leaflet answers some common questions about Otodex.It does not contain all the available information. It does not take the place of talking to your doctor or pharmacist.All medicines have risks and benefits. Your doctor or pharmacist has weighed the risks of you using Otodex against the benefits they expect it will have for you.If you have any concerns about using this medicine, ask your doctor or pharmacist.

Keep this leaflet with the medicine. You may need to read it again.

What Otodex is used forOtodex is a medicine used to treat infection or inflammation of the ear. Otodex contains antibiotics (framycetin sulfate and gramicidin) to kill germs and a corticosteroid (dexamethasone) to stop inflammation, itching and weeping.This medicine is available only with a doctor's prescription.Before you use itWhen you must not use it

Do not use Otodex if you have an allergy to Otodex or any of the ingredients listed at the end of this leaflet.

Do not use Otodex if you are allergic to framycetin, gramicidin or dexamethasone.

Do not use Otodex if you have:
a hole in your eardrum
viral or tubercular lesions
chicken pox (varicella virus)
vaccinia - a type of virus

Do not use Otodex if you are pregnant or intend to become pregnant. Like most aminoglycosides, Otodex is not recommended for use during pregnancy.

Do not use Otodex after the expiry date (EXP) printed on the pack. If you use this medicine after the expiry date has passed, it may not work as well.

Do not use Otodex if the packaging is torn or shows signs of tampering, or if it doesn't look quite right.

If you are not sure whether you should start using Otodex, contact your doctor or pharmacist.

Before you start to use it

Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you have allergies to:
framycetin, gramicidin or dexamethasone
any other medicines, especially antibiotics such as neomycin, paromomycin and kanamycin
any other substances, such as foods, preservatives or dyes

Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or intend to become pregnant. Like most medicines of this kind, Otodex is not recommended to be used during pregnancy. Your doctor or pharmacist will discuss the risks and benefits of using it if you are pregnant.

Taking other medicines

Tell your doctor if you are taking any other medicines, including any that you buy without a prescription from your pharmacy, supermarket or health food shop.

How to use itUse Otodex only as directed by your doctor. Generally this will be as follows:

The drops are usually used 3 or 4 times daily. Remove the cap from the bottle immediately before use and place it back on the bottle immediately after use. To use the drops, tilt your head so that the affected ear is uppermost. Position the rubber dropper, which is attached to the bottle, directly above the ear hole. With the bottle tipped upside down, gently squeeze the rubber dropper until 2 or 3 drops fall into the ear. Keep your head tilted for about a minute to allow the drops to penetrate deep into the ear.Your doctor may decide to adjust your dosage if necessary or ask you to use Otodex in a different way, according to his or her judgment.Ask your pharmacist for advice if you need further instructions on how best to use Otodex.

How long to use it

Continue using Otodex until your doctor or pharmacist tells you to stop.

Do not stop using it unless your doctor or pharmacist tells you to - even if you feel better.

If you forget to use it

If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the dose you missed and use your next dose when you are meant to.

Otherwise, use it as soon as you remember, and then go back to using your medicine as you would normally.

If you are not sure what to do, ask your doctor or pharmacist.

If you have trouble remembering to use your medicine, ask your pharmacist for some hints.

While you are using itThings you must do

Use Otodex only in the ear unless your doctor advises differently. Contact your doctor promptly if:
your condition worsens during treatment
an allergic reaction develops
you feel no better after completing the prescribed treatment

If you become pregnant while using Otodex, stop using it and tell your doctor or pharmacist immediately.

Things you must not do

Do not give Otodex to anyone else, even if they have the same condition as you.

Do not use Otodex to treat any other complaints unless your doctor or pharmacist tells you to.

Do not stop using Otodex, or lower the dosage, without checking with your doctor or pharmacist.

Side effectsTell your doctor or pharmacist as soon as possible if you do not feel well while you are using Otodex, even if the problem is not listed below. Otodex helps most people with an infection or inflammation of the ear, but it may have unwanted side effects in a few people. All medicines can have side effects. Sometimes they are serious, most of the time they are not.

Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you notice any of the following and they worry you:
local allergic reaction: pain, itching, stinging, weeping or swelling around the site of application

These are the more common side effects of Otodex. Mostly these are mild and short-lived.Other side effects not listed above may occur in some patients.After using itStorage

Keep Otodex in a cool dry place where the temperature stays below 25 degrees C. Do not refrigerate.

Do not store Otodex or any other medicine in the bathroom or near a sink.

Do not leave it in the car on hot days or on window sills. Heat and dampness can destroy some medicines.

Keep it where children cannot reach it. A locked cupboard at least one-and-a-half metres above the ground is a good place to store medicines.


If your doctor or pharmacist tells you to stop using Otodex or the medicine has passed its expiry date, ask your pharmacist what to do with any that is left over.

Return any unused medicine to your pharmacist.

Product descriptionWhat it looks like

Otodex Ear Drops is supplied as a sterile clear solution in a glass dropper bottle.Ingredients

Active ingredients:
framycetin sulfate (5 mg/mL)
gramicidin (0.05 mg/mL)
dexamethasone 0.5 mg/mL)

Inactive ingredients:
phenethyl alcohol (preservative)
polysorbate 80
methylated spirit - industrial
citric acid monohydrate
sodium citrate
lithium chloride
water - purified


Otodex is supplied in Australia by:
sanofi-aventis australia pty ltd
12-24 Talavera Road
Macquarie Park NSW 2113

This leaflet was prepared in August 2008.Australian Registration Number
Otodex Ear Drops: AUST R 43840

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