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 Formulary Chapter 12: Ear, nose and oropharynx - Full Chapter
12.01.01  Expand sub section  Otitis externa
12.01.01  Expand sub section  Astringent preparations
Aluminium acetate 
(ear drops)
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Available as 8% and 13% ear drops for treatment of inflammation in otitis externa.

For the 8% preparation, dilute 8 parts aluminium acetate ear drops (13%) with 5 parts purified water. Must be freshly prepared.

An alternative astringent is EarCalm® spray (Acetic acid 2%),

Also available as Self Care Self Care Medicine-Available OTC for self-care for the treatment of mild otitis externa.

 

 

 
   
12.01.01  Expand sub section  Anti-inflammatory preparations
12.01.01  Expand sub section  Anti-infective preparations
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Medicines that can only be prescribed within Secondary Care. Examples of medicines which fall into this category are: Certain new medicines and new indications for older medicines where there is at present no experience of use in Primary Care. Medicines or dressings not available or prescribable in Primary Care. Where a medicine has been classified as Amber E, but an approved shared-care guideline is not yet available   

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