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Acetic acid (otic)

Generic Name: Acetic acid (otic) [ a-SEET-ik-AS-id ]
The Brand Names are Vosol, Acetasol, and Vasotate.
Dosage Format: Otic solution (2-24%)
The Class of Drug: Otic anti-infectives

What is Acetic Acid?

Acetic acid is an antibiotic that treats the effects of bacterial infections or fungi.

Acetic acid is an otic (for the ears) that is utilized to treat infections within the canal of the ear. Acetic acid is not a treatment for the inner ear disease (also known as otitis media).Acetic acid could be utilized for other purposes that are not covered in the guide.


It is not recommended to use the acetic acid solution if you've got the eardrum damaged.

Before You Take this Drug

It is not recommended to use acetic acid if you're allergic or have a ruptured eardrum.

For a better understanding of whether the acetic acid you are using is safe for you, inform your doctor if you are suffering from

  • Intense ear pain;
  • Hearing loss and
  • Fever

Inform your physician if you are breastfeeding or pregnant with a newborn.Acetic acid shouldn't be applied to children younger than

How to take Acetic Acid?

Be sure to follow the directions provided on your prescription label. Be sure not to take this medicine in greater or lesser quantities or for a longer period than prescribed.To get the best results, you must remove any ear wax or obstructions prior to using this medication. Talk to your physician about secure ways of removing ear wax.

For ear drops to use:

  • Take a tiny piece of cotton, using several drops of this medication, and then place it in your ear. It is also possible to put the cotton in your ear and add enough medicine to completely soak the cotton in your ear's canal.
  • Place the cotton in your ear for at least 24 hours. Keep it wet by adding between 3 and 5 drops of acetic acid to the cotton every four to six hours.
  • Once you have removed the cotton, you can then put drops directly in the ear about 3 to 4 times a day. Make sure to use only the quantity of drops that your physician has recommended.
  • Be sure to follow your doctor's advice on the duration of use of the ear drops made of acetic acid.

Avoid touching the tip of your dropper or putting it directly in your ear. The tip could become infected. Clean the area using a clean tissue, but do not wash it with soap or water.

Keep the bottle at room temperature, far from heat and moisture. Make sure the bottle is tightly sealed during storage.

What Happens if I Miss a Dose?

Utilize the missed dose when you can remember. Avoid the missed dose if you think it is getting close to the next dosage. Don't use any extra medication in order to fill the missing dose.

What Happens if I Overdose?

Acetic acid overdose should not be considered to cause harm. Get medical help immediately or dial for help at the Poison Helpline at 1-800-222-1222 in the event that someone has accidentally swallowed the drug.

What should be Avoided?

The medicine should be used exclusively in the ear. Be careful not to get the medication into your mouth, eyes, nose, or onto your lips. Wash your face with water in the event that this medication gets into or onto the area.Avoid using additional ear medication unless you are advised to do so by your physician.

Keep this medication and other medicines safe from children's reach, and never let your medications be shared with anyone. Make sure you use the medication exclusively for the purpose prescribed.Always speak with your doctor for confirmation that the information provided on this site is applicable to your specific situation.

Side effects of Acetic Acid

See a doctor immediately If you experience one of the following symptoms that indicate reactions to an allergen symptoms: hives; trouble breathing; swelling of the tongue, face, lips or your throat.Take this medicine off and contact your physician at the earliest opportunity if you notice extreme burning or irritation following the use of the drops.Most common side effects include small burning or minor stings after the initial use.

It isn't a comprehensive list of possible side effects, and other side effects could occur. Contact your physician to seek medical advice on the consequences. The best way to report adverse reactions is to call the FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.

Interaction With other Drugs

It's unlikely that the other medications you are taking in the form of injections or orals will have an impact on the acetic acid that is found in your ears. However, many medications can interfere with one another. Inform your health care professionals about the medicines that you are taking, such as medicine that is prescribed or over-the-counter, vitamins, and herbs.