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Hydrocortisone and acetic acid (otic)

Generic Name: Acetic acid and hydrocortisone (otic) [as-seet-ik-as-sid-and-hye-droe-kor-ti-sone]
Names of Brands: Acetasol hc otic, vosol hc otic, vosol hcacetasol hc, vasotate hc, earsol-hc, and oticot hc
Dosage Format: Otic solution (2%–1 percent)
Class of Drugs: Otic steroids that contain anti-infectives

What is Acetic acid and Hydrocortisone?

Acetic acid is an antibiotic that treats diseases caused by bacteria or fungi.Hydrocortisone can be described as a steroid. It decreases the effects of the body's chemicals that trigger inflammation.

Acetic acid and hydrocortisone (for the ears) is a combination medication that is used to treat infections of the ear canal and to relieve symptoms such as irritation, itching, or swelling. Acetic acid and hydrocortisone are not able to treat inner ear inflammation (also known as otitis media).Acetic acid and hydrocortisone can also be utilized for other purposes that are not covered in this guide.


It is not recommended to use acetic acid or hydrocortisone products when you've got holes in your eardrum (ruptured the eardrum).

Before You take This Drug

Do not take hydrocortisone and acetic acid if you have an allergy to them or if there is a hole in your eardrum (ruptured eardrum).

In order to ensure that acetic acid and hydrocortisone are safe for you, consult your physician when you are suffering from

  • Intense ear pain;

  • Hearing issues hearing problems

  • Fever

Consult your doctor if you are breastfeeding or pregnant with an infant.Hydrocortisone and acetic acid are not recommended for children younger than three years old.

How to Take Acetic Acid and Hydrocortisone?

Make sure you follow all the instructions on your prescription label. Be sure to not take this medicine in smaller or larger doses or for longer than the recommended time.

To get the best results, you must remove any ear wax or obstructions prior to using this medication. Talk to your physician about secure methods for the removal of ear wax.

Details on Dosage 

  • Make sure to soak a small amount of cotton with several drops of the medicine before inserting it into your ear. It is also possible to put the cotton in the ear first and then put in enough medicine to make the cotton saturate inside the canal of your ears.

  • Place the cotton in your ear for at least 24 hours. Keep it wet by adding three to five drops of the medication to the cotton every four to six hours.

  • After you've removed the cotton, you can then put drops directly in your ear three or four times a day. Only use the number of drops that your physician has advised.

  • Be sure to follow the instructions of your doctor on the duration of use for hydrocortisone and acetic acid drops for your ears.

Don't touch the tip of the dropper or put the tip directly into your ear. It could be dirty. The tip should be cleaned using a clean tissue, but do not rinse it with soap or water.Place the bottles in a cool, dry place free of heat and moisture. Close the bottle when not in use.

What Happens if I Miss a Dose?

Utilize the missed dose when you can remember. Do not take the dose that was missed in the event that it's getting close to your next dosage. Don't use any extra medication to replace the missed dose.

What Happens if I Overdose?

A dose of acetic acid or hydrocortisone should not be considered to cause harm. You should seek medical attention immediately and contact the poison helpline at 1-800-222-1222 if you have accidentally swallowed the medicine.

What Should be Avoided? 

The medicine should be used only for ear infections. Do not get it into your mouth, eyes, and nose, as well as onto your lips. Cleanse your mouth with water if the medication gets into or onto the area.Avoid using additional ear medication unless your doctor has told you to.

Side effects of Hydrocortisone and acetic 

Contact a medical professional immediately. If you notice one of the following symptoms that indicate an allergic reaction: hives; difficulty breathing; swelling on your lips, face, tongue, or throat.

Mild Side Effects

Take this medicine off and contact your physician immediately if you experience extreme burning or irritation after applying the drops.

Advance Side Effects

Most common side effects include small burning or minor stinging when you take it for the first time.

It isn't a comprehensive listing of all side effects. There are other possible side effects. Consult your physician to seek medical advice on the negative effects. 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 medicines you are taking by mouth or injecting could affect the acetic acid or hydrocortisone that is used to treat ear infections. However, many medications can be incompatible with each other. Be sure to inform your health doctor about any medications you are taking, such as medications that are prescribed and available over the counter, vitamins, and natural products.

Additional details

Keep this medication as well as all other medications safe from children's reach, and never give your medication to anyone else. Use this medicine only in the manner prescribed by your doctor.

Always seek advice from your physician for confirmation that the information provided on this site is applicable to your specific situation.