Otipax is a representative of the pharmacological group of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs and topical anesthetics for external use. Doctors use it for treating inflammatory ear conditions accompanied by pain.
Form of issue and composition
Otipax is available in the form of ear drops for external use. It is a clear, colorless or light yellow liquid with a characteristic smell of alcohol. The solution consists of 2 main active substances, their content in 1 ml is:
Phenazone – 40 mg.
Lidocaine hydrochloride is 10 mg.
Also, the composition of ear drops includes auxiliary components, which include glycerol, sodium thiosulfate, ethanol, purified water. The solution is contained in a vial of dark glass with a volume of 16 ml. Cardboard pack contains one bottle, a special dropper and an annotation to the drug.
Otipax ear drops are a combined medicinal product, and their therapeutic effect arises from their main active substances. Phenazone works by inhibiting the enzyme cyclooxygenase, which catalyzes the conversion of arachidonic acid into inflammatory mediators like prostaglandins, leukotrienes, and prostacyclin. By reducing their concentration, it diminishes the severity of hyperemia, edema, and pain sensations in the site of inflammation. Lidocaine hydrochloride, on the other hand, acts as a local anesthetic by blocking impulses from sensory nerve fibers, thereby reducing various types of sensitivity, primarily pain.
The combined effect of these active substances in Otipax ear drops significantly speeds up and enhances the analgesic and anti-inflammatory effects. When you instill the solution into the external auditory canal, the active substances and auxiliary components do not get absorbed into the systemic bloodstream, provided that the integrity of the tympanic membrane remains intact.
Indications for use
The use of ear drops Otypax is indicated in inflammatory pathology of the external and middle ear in adults and children:
Acute otitis media in the period of pronounced course of the inflammatory process, accompanied by painful sensations.
Complicated otitis media with acute respiratory viral infection or influenza.
Also, the drug is used as a symptomatic agent for otitis associated with barotrauma (inflammatory reaction of the middle ear, provoked by a sharp drop in atmospheric pressure).
Absolute contraindications to the use of ear drops Otipax are individual intolerance of active substances or auxiliary components of the drug and violation of the integrity of the tympanic membrane.
Dosing and Administration
To apply Otipax ear drops, administer them externally by gently inserting them into the external ear canal. You can use the included dropper from the package for instillation. Before applying, it is advisable to warm the solution slightly by holding the bottle in your hand for a few minutes. The recommended average dosage is 3-4 drops, 2-3 times a day. Please note that the duration of the course for using Otipax ear drops should not exceed 10 days.
In general, otipax ear drops are well tolerated. Sometimes it is possible to develop an allergic reaction in the form of burning, itching and reddening of the skin of the external auditory canal.
Before you start using Otipax ear drops, you should carefully read the annotation to the drug. There are several specific indications regarding their application:
- Instilling the drug solution into a damaged tympanic membrane can lead to complications, including hearing loss.
- The drug contains an active substance that may cause false positive results in doping control tests for athletes.
- Otipax ear drops are safe for use by pregnant women, lactating women, and children since the active ingredients and auxiliary components do not enter the bloodstream.
- The drug does not affect the cerebral cortex, psychomotor reactions, or concentration.
In the pharmacy chain, otipax ear drops are dispensed without a doctor’s prescription. If you have questions or doubts about their use, you should consult your doctor.
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Terms and conditions of storage
The shelf life of ear drops Otipax is 5 years from the date of manufacture. Once you open the vial, make sure to utilize the drug within a period of no more than 6 months. Store the medication in its original packaging, in a dark place, and out of reach of children, at a maximum air temperature of +30°C. Do not allow the solution to freeze.