Debrox how to use

Last week, I broke the cardinal rule when it comes to trying to remove earwax build-up. I used a cotton-tipped swab to try to clean the wax out. I know better than to use any kind of probing device in my ear, but I have admittedly used the same cleaning technique for years with no issues.
This time was different though. I immediately knew I had pushed the earwax further into my ear instead of removing it, because within seconds my hearing was clearly muffled. I knew I had not perforated my eardrum because I did not insert the cotton-tipped swab far enough into my ear. Also, I did not have any of the tell-tale signs of a perforated eardrum, which per the Mayo Clinic can include ear pain that may subside quickly; clear, pus-filled, or bloody drainage from the ear; hearing loss; ringing in the ear known as tinnitus; a spinning sensation known as vertigo; and nausea and vomiting that can result from vertigo.
It is important to note that ears are self-cleaning. Ideally, the ear canals should never have to be cleaned. Extra earwax should move out of the ear canal on its own, because cells in this location of the body migrate naturally. The migration of the earwax is helped along by movements of the jaw, such as when one talks or chews food. Once the earwax reaches the outer parts of the ear, it is washed away during bathing or it just falls out.
In my situation, I was concerned only because I had to go to work at the pharmacy in an hour and my muffled hearing was annoying. Instead of running to my local drugstore, I gathered a couple of common household items to immediately implement an easy remedy to clear my earwax build-up.
Here are the steps I took, with the help of my husband:
1. I laid on my side and placed a towel under my head
2. I placed a few drops of olive oil in the affected ear to soften the wax. Coconut oil or water also work.
3. After about 10 minutes, I poured a capful of 3% hydrogen peroxide into my ear to flush the wax out.
4. After an additional 5 to 10 minutes when the bubbling from the peroxide subsided, I sat up and used the towel to rub my ear a little bit to relieve the tickle that the hydrogen peroxide created and to wipe out the oil and peroxide from my outer ear.
Following those simple steps immediately cleared the earwax blockage from my ear, and my muffled hearing went away entirely. This may need to be done a couple of times a day for a few days to gain similar results.
The only adverse effect I felt was a residual slight itch or tickle that was created from the bubbling of the hydrogen peroxide. This tickling sensation disappeared after about 10 minutes.
The over-the-counter Debrox (carbamide peroxide) could be used in place of my remedy. Debrox works in a similar manner in that it softens, loosens, and removes earwax.
As a final note, a frequent build-up of earwax can often be traced to an omega-3 deficiency. Taking a high-quality animal-based omega-3 supplement, such as krill oil, or eating foods high in omega-3s, such as sardines, anchovies, and wild-caught Alaskan salmon, may remedy excess earwax buildup. Prevention may be the best way to treat this problem.


Earwax Buildup

Is this your child’s symptom?

  • Earwax (cerumen) buildup or blockage
  • Questions about earwax removal

Symptoms of Earwax Buildup

  • Too much earwax can cause rubbing of the ear or poking in the canal.
  • A piece of ear wax can become dry and hard in the ear canal. This creates a feeling that an object is in the ear.
  • Complete blockage (plugging) of the ear canal by wax causes more symptoms. These include decreased or muffled hearing.
  • A large piece of earwax may be seen inside the ear canal.

Causes of Earwax Buildup

  • Cotton Swabs. Earwax buildup is usually from using cotton swabs. They push the wax back in and pack it down.
  • Fingers. A few children (perhaps 5%) normally produce more wax than others. It usually will come out if it’s not pushed back by fingers.
  • Ear Plugs. Wearing ear plugs of any type can also push wax back.

Earwax is Normal

  • Everyone has earwax. Earwax is normal and healthy. Earwax is not dirty or a sign of poor hygiene.
  • Earwax is also called cerumen.
  • Earwax is made by special glands in the outer third of the ear canal.
  • Earwax has a purpose. It protects the skin lining the ear canal. It is a natural water-proofing agent.
  • Earwax also has germ-killing properties.
  • New earwax is soft and a golden-yellow color.
  • Older earwax becomes dryer and turns to a brown or black color.

Ear Canals are Self-Cleaning

  • Ear canals are designed to clean themselves.
  • The ear canal skin slowly moves out of the ear canal. It carries the earwax along with it. The wax dries up and becomes flaky. It falls out of the ear on its own.
  • There are some people who produce much more earwax than others. For such people periodic ear cleaning may be needed.
  • Earwax only needs to be removed from inside the ear if it causes symptoms. Examples of symptoms are decreased hearing, discomfort, fullness or blockage.

Problems From Using Cotton-Tipped Swabs

  • The cotton-tipped swab pushes the wax back in. The earwax builds up and causes symptoms.
  • Decreased or muffled hearing.
  • Blocked or full ear canal sensation.
  • Trapped water behind the wax (can lead to Swimmer’s Ear).
  • Itchy or painful canals, especially in teens who often use Q-tips. A dry ear canal is always itchy.
  • Sometimes, bleeding or damage to the eardrum.

Prevention of Blocked Ear Canals

  • Never put cotton swabs (cotton buds or Q-tips) into the ear canal.
  • Cotton swabs just push the earwax deeper into the ear canal. Reason: Cotton swabs are usually wider than a child’s ear canal.
  • Earwax doesn’t need any help getting out. You can’t hurry the process.
  • Never try to dig out pieces of earwax with toothpicks, match sticks or other devices. Usually, doing this just pushes the wax back in.
  • These objects can also scratch the ear canal and cause an infection.
  • If all of the ear wax is removed (as with cotton swabs), the ear canals become itchy. They also become more prone to swimmer’s ear. This can occur in teens when cotton swabs are smaller than the ear canal.
  • Limit the use of ear plugs.

When to Call for Earwax Buildup

Call Doctor or Seek Care Now

  • Ear pain or bleeding after object (such as cotton swab) was inserted into ear canal
  • Ear pain after ear canal flushing to remove wax and it’s severe
  • Walking is very unsteady
  • Your child looks or acts very sick
  • You think your child needs to be seen, and the problem is urgent

Call Doctor Within 24 Hours

  • Ear pain after ear canal flushing and it lasts more than 1 hour
  • Pus (yellow or green discharge) from the ear canal
  • You think your child needs to be seen, but the problem is not urgent

Call Doctor During Office Hours

  • History of ear drum perforation, tubes or ear surgery. Reason: don’t remove wax at home.
  • Complete hearing loss in either ear
  • Age less than 6 years with earwax problems
  • Earwax problems not better after using Care Advice
  • You don’t want to try to remove earwax at home
  • You have other questions or concerns

Self Care at Home

  • Questions about earwax removal

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Care Advice for Earwax Buildup

  1. What You Should Know About Earwax Buildup:
    • Earwax is good.
    • In general, leave earwax alone.
    • It will come out and fall away on its own.
    • If you see some wax right at the opening, you can flick it away. Use something that won’t push it back in, such as a paper clip.
  2. Reasons to Flush out the Ear Canal:
    • Earwax is completely blocking an ear canal and can’t hear on that side.
    • If the hearing seems normal on that side, the blockage is only partial. You can leave it alone.
  3. Age 6 Years and Older – Ear Canal Flushing with Water:
    • Under age 6, use only if advised by your child’s doctor.
    • Buy a soft rubber ear syringe or bulb from the pharmacy. No prescription is needed.
    • Have your child lean over the sink. Reason: To catch the water.
    • Use lukewarm water (body temperature). Reason: To prevent dizziness.
    • Gently squirt the water into the ear canal. Then tilt your child’s head and let the water run out. You may need to do this several (3-4) times.
    • If the earwax does not seem to be coming out, tilt the head. Then, flush it with the head tilted. Have the ear with the wax in it facing downward. Gravity will help the water wash it out (the waterfall effect).
    • Endpoint: Flush until the water that comes out is clear of wax. Also, the ear canal should be open when you look in with a light.
    • Afterwards dry the ear thoroughly. You can do this by putting a drop of rubbing alcohol in the ear canal. Or you can set a hair dryer on low. Hold it a foot away from the ear for 10 seconds.
  4. Caution – Ear Canal Flushing:
    • Do not perform flushing if your child has a hole in the eardrum or ear tubes.
    • Stop flushing if it causes pain or dizziness.
    • Do not use a water jet tooth cleaner (such as a WaterPik) for ear flushing. Reason: The force of the jet can cause pain.
  5. Ear Drops – Use for 4 Days to Soften the Earwax:
    • If the earwax is hard, soften it before flushing the ear canal. Use ear drops to break up the earwax.
    • Homemade ear drops: 15% baking soda solution. Make it by adding ¼ teaspoon (1.25 mL) of baking soda to 2 teaspoons (10 mL) of water.
    • Other option for homemade ear drops: hydrogen peroxide and water solution. Mix equal parts of each.
    • Drug store option: Earwax removal ear drops (such as Debrox). No prescription is needed.
    • Use 5 drops in affected ear, 2 times daily, for 4 days.
  6. How to Put in Ear Drops:
    • Lie on the side with blocked ear upward.
    • Place 5 drops into ear canal.
    • Keep drops in ear for 10 minutes by continuing to lie down.
    • Then lie with the blocked side down. Let the ear drops run out onto some tissue.
    • Use twice daily for up to four days.
    • Then flushing should be able to get everything out.
  7. Cautions for Ear Drops:
    • Do not use ear drops if your child has a hole in the eardrum. Also do not use them for children with ear tubes.
    • Stop using ear drops if pain occurs.
  8. Earwax Removal Before 6 Years Old:
    • Earwax removal in this age group can be hard.
    • Removal may not be needed. The ear wax should come out on its own. Don’t use cotton swabs.
    • Do not use eardrops or ear flushes unless it is advised by your child’s doctor. This also can be done in your doctor’s office.
  9. Call Your Doctor If:
    • Flushing out the ear canal doesn’t return the hearing to normal
    • Earache occurs
    • You think your child needs to be seen
    • Your child becomes worse

And remember, contact your doctor if your child develops any of the ‘Call Your Doctor’ symptoms.

Disclaimer: this health information is for educational purposes only. You, the reader, assume full responsibility for how you choose to use it.

Last Reviewed: 02/01/2020

Last Revised: 03/14/2019

Copyright 2000-2019 Schmitt Pediatric Guidelines LLC.

Carbamide Peroxide ear solution

What is this medicine?

CARBAMIDE PEROXIDE (CAR bah mide per OX ide) is used to soften and help remove ear wax.

This medicine may be used for other purposes; ask your health care provider or pharmacist if you have questions.

What should I tell my health care provider before I take this medicine?

They need to know if you have any of these conditions:

  • dizziness

  • ear discharge

  • ear pain, irritation or rash

  • infection

  • perforated eardrum (hole in eardrum)

  • an unusual or allergic reaction to carbamide peroxide, glycerin, hydrogen peroxide, other medicines, foods, dyes, or preservatives

  • pregnant or trying to get pregnant

  • breast-feeding

How should I use this medicine?

This medicine is only for use in the outer ear canal. Follow the directions carefully. Wash hands before and after use. The solution may be warmed by holding the bottle in the hand for 1 to 2 minutes. Lie with the affected ear facing upward. Place the proper number of drops into the ear canal. After the drops are instilled, remain lying with the affected ear upward for 5 minutes to help the drops stay in the ear canal. A cotton ball may be gently inserted at the ear opening for no longer than 5 to 10 minutes to ensure retention. Repeat, if necessary, for the opposite ear. Do not touch the tip of the dropper to the ear, fingertips, or other surface. Do not rinse the dropper after use. Keep container tightly closed.

Talk to your pediatrician regarding the use of this medicine in children. While this drug may be used in children as young as 12 years for selected conditions, precautions do apply.

Overdosage: If you think you have taken too much of this medicine contact a poison control center or emergency room at once.

NOTE: This medicine is only for you. Do not share this medicine with others.

What if I miss a dose?

If you miss a dose, use it as soon as you can. If it is almost time for your next dose, use only that dose. Do not use double or extra doses.

What may interact with this medicine?

Interactions are not expected. Do not use any other ear products without asking your doctor or health care professional.

This list may not describe all possible interactions. Give your health care provider a list of all the medicines, herbs, non-prescription drugs, or dietary supplements you use. Also tell them if you smoke, drink alcohol, or use illegal drugs. Some items may interact with your medicine.

What should I watch for while using this medicine?

This medicine is not for long-term use. Do not use for more than 4 days without checking with your health care professional. Contact your doctor or health care professional if your condition does not start to get better within a few days or if you notice burning, redness, itching or swelling.

What side effects may I notice from receiving this medicine?

Side effects that you should report to your doctor or health care professional as soon as possible:

  • allergic reactions like skin rash, itching or hives, swelling of the face, lips, or tongue

  • burning, itching, and redness

  • worsening ear pain

  • rash

Side effects that usually do not require medical attention (report to your doctor or health care professional if they continue or are bothersome):

  • abnormal sensation while putting the drops in the ear

  • temporary reduction in hearing (but not complete loss of hearing)

This list may not describe all possible side effects. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.

Where should I keep my medicine?

Keep out of the reach of children.

Store at room temperature between 15 and 30 degrees C (59 and 86 degrees F) in a tight, light-resistant container. Keep bottle away from excessive heat and direct sunlight. Throw away any unused medicine after the expiration date.

NOTE: This sheet is a summary. It may not cover all possible information. If you have questions about this medicine, talk to your doctor, pharmacist, or health care provider.

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This information from Lexicomp® explains what you need to know about this medication, including what it’s used for, how to take it, its side effects, and when to call your healthcare provider.

Brand Names: US

What is this drug used for?

Ear drops:

  • It is used to soften earwax so it may be taken out.


  • It is used to treat canker sores.
  • It is used to treat mouth irritation.

What do I need to tell my doctor BEFORE I take this drug?

All products:

  • If you have an allergy to carbamide peroxide or any other part of this drug.
  • If you are allergic to this drug; any part of this drug; or any other drugs, foods, or substances. Tell your doctor about the allergy and what signs you had.

Ear drops:

  • If you are dizzy or if you have had recent ear surgery.
  • If you have any of these health problems: Ear drainage, ear pain, a hole in the eardrum, or a rash in the ear.

This is not a list of all drugs or health problems that interact with this drug.

Tell your doctor and pharmacist about all of your drugs (prescription or OTC, natural products, vitamins) and health problems. You must check to make sure that it is safe for you to take this drug with all of your drugs and health problems. Do not start, stop, or change the dose of any drug without checking with your doctor.

What are some things I need to know or do while I take this drug?

All products:

  • Tell all of your health care providers that you take this drug. This includes your doctors, nurses, pharmacists, and dentists.
  • Do not use longer than you have been told by the doctor.
  • Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or plan on getting pregnant. You will need to talk about the benefits and risks of using this drug while you are pregnant.
  • Tell your doctor if you are breast-feeding. You will need to talk about any risks to your baby.

Ear drops:

  • This drug may cause harm if swallowed. If this drug is swallowed, call a doctor or poison control center right away.
  • Talk with the doctor before using the ear drops in a child younger than 12 years of age.


  • This drug may cause harm if a large amount is swallowed. If a large amount of this drug is swallowed, call a doctor or poison control center right away.
  • Talk with the doctor before giving this drug to a child younger than 2 years of age.

What are some side effects that I need to call my doctor about right away?

WARNING/CAUTION: Even though it may be rare, some people may have very bad and sometimes deadly side effects when taking a drug. Tell your doctor or get medical help right away if you have any of the following signs or symptoms that may be related to a very bad side effect:

  • Signs of an allergic reaction, like rash; hives; itching; red, swollen, blistered, or peeling skin with or without fever; wheezing; tightness in the chest or throat; trouble breathing, swallowing, or talking; unusual hoarseness; or swelling of the mouth, face, lips, tongue, or throat.
  • Very bad irritation where this drug is used.

What are some other side effects of this drug?

All drugs may cause side effects. However, many people have no side effects or only have minor side effects. Call your doctor or get medical help if any of these side effects or any other side effects bother you or do not go away:

  • Irritation where this drug is used.

These are not all of the side effects that may occur. If you have questions about side effects, call your doctor. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects.

You may report side effects to your national health agency.

How is this drug best taken?

Use this drug as ordered by your doctor. Read all information given to you. Follow all instructions closely.

Ear drops:

  • For the ear only.
  • Wash your hands before and after use.
  • Lie on your side with problem ear up.
  • Pull the outer ear outward and upward.
  • Put drops in ear without touching dropper to ear. Stay on side for 2 minutes or put cotton plug in ear.


  • Use this drug after meals and at bedtime or as you have been told by your doctor.
  • Do not swallow this drug.

What do I do if I miss a dose?

  • If you use this drug on a regular basis, put on a missed dose as soon as you think about it.
  • If it is close to the time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and go back to your normal time.
  • Do not use 2 doses at the same time or extra doses.
  • Many times this drug is used on an as needed basis. Do not use more often than told by the doctor.

How do I store and/or throw out this drug?

  • Store at room temperature.
  • Store in the original container to protect from light.
  • Protect from heat.
  • Put the cap back on after you are done using your dose.
  • Keep all drugs in a safe place. Keep all drugs out of the reach of children and pets.
  • Throw away unused or expired drugs. Do not flush down a toilet or pour down a drain unless you are told to do so. Check with your pharmacist if you have questions about the best way to throw out drugs. There may be drug take-back programs in your area.

General drug facts

  • If your symptoms or health problems do not get better or if they become worse, call your doctor.
  • Do not share your drugs with others and do not take anyone else’s drugs.
  • Some drugs may have another patient information leaflet. If you have any questions about this drug, please talk with your doctor, nurse, pharmacist, or other health care provider.
  • If you think there has been an overdose, call your poison control center or get medical care right away. Be ready to tell or show what was taken, how much, and when it happened.

Consumer Information Use and Disclaimer

This information should not be used to decide whether or not to take this medicine or any other medicine. Only the healthcare provider has the knowledge and training to decide which medicines are right for a specific patient. This information does not endorse any medicine as safe, effective, or approved for treating any patient or health condition. This is only a brief summary of general information about this medicine. It does NOT include all information about the possible uses, directions, warnings, precautions, interactions, adverse effects, or risks that may apply to this medicine. This information is not specific medical advice and does not replace information you receive from the healthcare provider. You must talk with the healthcare provider for complete information about the risks and benefits of using this medicine.

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Only Debrox® works with microfoam cleansing action…

America’s #1 Trusted Earwax Removal Brand

Debrox® is a safe, gentle, and non-irritating way to remove earwax build up in the privacy of your own home. Carbamide peroxide serves as the active ingredient and is clinically proven to be effective for the removal of earwax. Excessive earwax buildup is a common problem that can lead to ear discomfort, itchy ears or partial loss of hearing. With Debrox® ears are relieved of built-up earwax, dirt, and other debris and you can return back to daily life without muffled hearing.

Debrox® is easy to use. It safely removes excessive earwax through the power of microfoam cleansing action. When drops are placed in the ear, oxygen is released. This release allows Debrox® to foam on contact as it gently softens and loosens earwax. Once broken down, earwax is able to naturally drain from the ear. For best results:

  • Use Debrox® twice a day for up to four days if needed or as directed by your doctor
  • For each use, approximately 5-10 drops should be placed in the affected ear(s)

The sustained microfoam cleansing action of Debrox® may make mild bubbling or crackling sounds. This is not cause for alarm and is evidence of Debrox® hard at work inside your ear. Any earwax remaining after treatment may be removed by gently flushing the ear with warm water. Please refer to the package for complete directions.

Debrox® earwax removal drops are available over the counter in a 1/2 oz. bottle or as a kit that includes a soft rubber bulb ear syringe. It is gentle enough for children ages 12 and up, yet strong enough for an adult.

Debrox Earwax Removal Kit, Ear Drops and Bulb Ear Syringe, 0.5 FL OZ

– Cleanses the ear with microfoam action providing a safe and gentle, non-irritating method for softening and removing earwax
– Kit includes Debrox Earwax Removal Aid Drops and soft rubber bulb ear syringe to rinse your ear
– #1 Doctor & Pharmacist Recommended brand for earwax removal
– Safe and gentle
– Aids to soften, loosen and remove excessive earwax
This convenient kit includes a soft rubber bulb syringe to rinse your ear after using Debrox Earwax Removal Aid Drops. Excessive earwax build-up can lead to ear discomfort and reduced hearing and can affect your day-to-day life. Over-the-counter earwax removal drops are a safe and inexpensive in-home solution. Debrox’s gentle, non-irritating microfoam cleansing action goes to work to soften and remove earwax as it cleans the ear. When drops are placed in the ear, oxygen is released. This release allows Debrox to foam on contact as it gently softens and loosens earwax. Once broken down, earwax is able to drain from the ear. Trust Debrox to help keep your ears – and hearing – clear.

Debrox (otic)

Generic Name: carbamide peroxide (otic) (KAR ba mide per OX ide OH tik)
Brand Name: Auraphene-B, Debrox, Ear Wax, Ear Wax Removal, Mollifene, Murine Ear Drops

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What is Debrox?

Debrox (for the ears) is used to soften and loosen ear wax, making it easier to remove.

Debrox may also be used for purposes not listed in this medication guide.

Important Information

You should not use Debrox if you have a hole in your ear drum (ruptured ear drum), or if you have any signs of ear infection or injury, such as pain, warmth, swelling, drainage, or bleeding.

Before taking this medicine

You should not use Debrox if you are allergic to it, or if you have a hole in your ear drum (ruptured ear drum).

Ask a doctor or pharmacist if it is safe for you to use this medicine if you have other medical conditions, especially:

  • recent ear surgery or injury;

  • ear pain, itching, or other irritation;

  • drainage, discharge, or bleeding from the ear; or

  • warmth or swelling around the ear.

Debrox should not be used on a child younger than 12 years old.

How should I use Debrox?

Use exactly as directed on the label, or as prescribed by your doctor. Do not use in larger or smaller amounts or for longer than recommended.

Debrox comes with patient instructions for safe and effective use. Follow these directions carefully. Ask your doctor or pharmacist if you have any questions.

Wash your hands before and after using Debrox.

To use the ear drops:

  • Lie down or tilt your head with your ear facing upward. Open the ear canal by gently pulling your ear back, or pulling downward on the earlobe when giving this medicine to a child.

  • Hold the dropper upside down over your ear and drop the correct number of drops into the ear.

  • You may hear a bubbling sound inside your ear. This is caused by the foaming action of Debrox, which helps break up the wax inside your ear.

  • Stay lying down or with your head tilted for at least 5 minutes. You may use a small piece of cotton to plug the ear and keep the medicine from draining out. Follow your doctor’s instructions about the use of cotton.

  • Do not touch the dropper tip or place it directly in your ear. It may become contaminated. Wipe the tip with a clean tissue but do not wash with water or soap.

Debrox may be packaged with a bulb syringe that is used to flush out your ear with water. To use the bulb syringe:

  • Fill the syringe with warm water that is body temperature (no warmer than 98 degrees F). Do not use hot or cold water.

  • Hold your head sideways with your ear over a sink or bowl. Gently pull your ear back to open the ear canal. Place the tip of the bulb syringe at the opening of your ear canal. Do not insert the tip into your ear.

  • Squeeze the bulb syringe gently to release the water into your ear. Do not squirt the water with any force, or you could damage your ear drum.

  • Remove the syringe and allow the water to drain from your ear into the sink or bowl.

Do not use Debrox for longer than 4 days in a row. Call your doctor if you still have excessive earwax after using this medicine, or if your symptoms get worse.

Clean the bulb syringe by filling it with plain water and emptying it several times. Do not use soap or other cleaning chemicals. Allow the syringe to air dry.

Keep the medicine bottle tightly closed and store it in the outer carton at room temperature, away from moisture and heat.

What happens if I miss a dose?

Since Debrox otic is used when needed, you may not be on a dosing schedule. If you are on a schedule, use the missed dose as soon as you remember. Skip the missed dose if it is almost time for your next scheduled dose. Do not use extra medicine to make up the missed dose.

What happens if I overdose?

An overdose of carbamide peroxide otic is not expected to be dangerous. Seek emergency medical attention or call the Poison Help line at 1-800-222-1222 if anyone has accidentally swallowed the medication.

What should I avoid while using Debrox?

Avoid getting Debrox in your eyes or mouth.

Do not use other ear drops unless your doctor has told you to.

Debrox side effects

Get emergency medical help if you have signs of an allergic reaction: hives; difficult breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.

Stop using Debrox and call your doctor at once if you have:

  • dizziness; or

  • new or worsening ear problems.

Common side effects may include:

  • a foaming or crackling sound in the ear after using the ear drops;

  • temporary decrease in hearing after using the drops;

  • mild feeling of fullness in the ear; or

  • mild itching inside the ear.

This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.

What other drugs will affect Debrox?

It is not likely that other drugs you take orally or inject will have an effect on Debrox used in the ears. But many drugs can interact with each other. Tell each of your healthcare providers about all medicines you use, including prescription and over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal products.

Further information

Remember, keep this and all other medicines out of the reach of children, never share your medicines with others, and use this medication only for the indication prescribed.

Always consult your healthcare provider to ensure the information displayed on this page applies to your personal circumstances.

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