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Generic name: ciprofloxacin and fluocinolone (otic)
Drug class: Otic steroids with anti-infectives

Medically reviewed by  A Ras MD.

What is Otovel used for?

Otovel is a prescription medicine that is used to treat ear infections.


OTOVEL (ciprofloxacin and fluocinolone acetonide) otic solution, 0.3% / 0.025% is a sterile, preservative-free, clear otic solution containing the fluoroquinolone antibacterial, ciprofloxacin hydrochloride, combined with the corticosteroid, fluocinolone acetonide. Each single-dose vial contains a deliverable volume of 0.25 mL solution of ciprofloxacin hydrochloride equivalent to 0.75 mg ciprofloxacin and 0.0625 mg fluocinolone acetonide. The pH of the solution ranges from 3.5 to 5.0. The inactive ingredients are polysorbate 80, glycerin, povidone K90F and water for injection.

Ciprofloxacin is available as the monohydrochloride, monohydrate salt of 1-cyclopropyl-6-fluoro-1,4-dihydro-4-oxo-7-(1-piperazinyl)-3-quinolinecarboxylic acid. Its molecular formula is C17H18FN3O3•HCl•H2O.

The chemical structure of ciprofloxacin hydrochloride is:


The chemical name of fluocinolone acetonide is (6α,11β,16α)-6,9-difluoro-11,21-dihydroxy- 16,17[(1-methylethylidene)bis(oxy)]-pregna-1,4-diene-3,20-dione, cyclic 16,17 acetal with acetone[67-73-2]. Its molecular formula is C24H30F2O6.

The chemical structure of fluocinolone acetonide is:

Chemical Structure 2

Mechanism of Action

Ciprofloxacin is a fluoroquinolone antibacterial .

Fluocinolone acetonide, a corticosteroid, inhibits the local biosynthesis of prostaglandins, which explains part of its anti-inflammatory efficacy. At the cellular level, corticosteroids induce peptides called lipocortins. Lipocortins antagonize phospholipase A2, an enzyme which causes the breakdown of leukocyte lysosomal membranes to release arachidonic acid. This action decreases the subsequent formation and release of endogenous inflammatory mediators including prostaglandins, kinins, histamine, liposomal enzymes and the complement system.


Before taking Otovel, tell your doctor:

  • If you are allergic to Otovel; any part of this medicine; or any other drugs, foods, or substances. Tell your doctor about the allergy and what signs you had.
  • If you have any of these health problems: Chickenpox, herpes infection, or viral infection of the ear.
  • If you have a fungal infection of the ear.

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

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 Otovel 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 Otovel?

  • Tell all of your health care providers that you take Otovel. This includes your doctors, nurses, pharmacists, and dentists.
  • Very bad and sometimes deadly allergic reactions have rarely happened with other forms of Otovel as well as drugs like this one. Talk with the doctor.
  • Do not use longer than you have been told. A second infection may happen.
  • Tell your doctor if you are pregnant, plan on getting pregnant, or are breast-feeding. You will need to talk about the benefits and risks to you and the baby.

How is Otovel best taken?

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

  • For the ear only.
  • Use as you have been told, even if your signs get better.
  • Wash hands before and after use.
  • Warm solution in hands 1 to 2 minutes before putting drops in ear.
  • Lie on your side with problem ear up.
  • For children younger than 3 years of age, pull the outer ear outward and downward.
  • For children 3 years of age and older and adults, pull the outer ear outward and upward.
  • Put drops in ear without touching dropper to ear. Stay on side for 1 minute.
  • Each vial is for one use only. Throw away any part not used after the dose is given.

What do I do if I miss a dose?

  • Use 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.

What are the side effects of Otovel that I need to call my doctor about immediately?

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.
  • Dizziness or passing out.
  • Fast or abnormal heartbeat.
  • Change in balance.

What are some other side effects of Otovel?

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:

  • Fluid draining from the ear.
  • Ear irritation.

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 the FDA at 1-800-332-1088. You may also report side effects at https://www.fda.gov/medwatch.

If overdose is suspected:

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.

How do I store and/or throw out Otovel?

  • Store at room temperature.
  • Protect from light.
  • Store unused containers in foil pouch until use.
  • Throw away any part of opened pouch that is not used after 7 days.
  • 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.




  • NDC 24338-080-14
    Rx Only
    (ciprofloxacin 0.3% and
    fluocinolone acetonide 0.025%)
  • Otic solution
  • Sterile
  • Contents:
    14 vials
    0.25 mL each
    (Deliverable volume)
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