Prescription onlyLower-cost generic availableClass: Ear

Acetasol HC 

(hydrocortisone / acetic acid)

Prescription onlyLower-cost generic availableClass: Ear
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Treats outer ear swelling and infections.

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While Acetasol HC (hydrocortisone / acetic acid) can be used to help treat ear infections, acetic acid isn't a strong antibiotic. Since you need to put cotton that has been soaked in Acetasol HC (hydrocortisone / acetic acid) into your ear for the first 24 hours of treatment, it's not a convenient option.

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Upsides

  • Unlike other ear drops, Acetasol HC (hydrocortisone / acetic acid) won't cause hearing problems or make you lose your balance.
  • Acetasol HC (hydrocortisone / acetic acid) is gentler on your skin than other options and won't cause skin rashes.
  • It's safe to use in children 3 years of age and older.

Downsides

  • The acetic acid in Acetasol HC (hydrocortisone / acetic acid) isn't a very strong antibiotic.
  • You need to soak a piece of cotton in Acetasol HC (hydrocortisone / acetic acid), and then place it in your ear for the first 24 hours of treatment.
  • The smell of acetic acid can become annoying.
  • There are other medicines that can clear ear infections much faster.
How it works

Acetasol HC (hydrocortisone / acetic acid) is a combination medication. Hydrocortisone is a steroid that calms down swelling and irritation. Acetic acid is an anti-infective that kills any fungus or bacteria that cause the ear infection.

What to expect when you take Acetasol HC (hydrocortisone / acetic acid) for Ear infection

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Side effect rates for Acetasol HC (hydrocortisone / acetic acid)

Risks and Warnings for Acetasol HC (hydrocortisone / acetic acid)

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  • Using Acetasol HC (hydrocortisone / acetic acid) can irritate the skin around your ear. Talk to your doctor if it bothers you.

Common concerns from people taking Acetasol HC (hydrocortisone / acetic acid)

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