Otex drops are used for a build up of earwax, also known as impacted earwax. This is when your ears produce too much wax and it hardens together in clumps, blocking off your ear canal.
Impacted ear wax can be painful and lead to problems with dizziness and hearing, like tinnitus or hearing loss. So it’s important to treat it to stop things from getting worse.
Otex is a topical solution which you apply straight into your ear canals. Specially designed for impacted ear wax, it breaks it up so that it can escape your ears, healing your symptoms.
How do Otex drops work?
Otex drops contain 5% of the active ingredient urea hydrogen peroxide. Urea hydrogen peroxide is a cerumenolytic, meaning it helps to remove build ups of hard earwax. It does this by softening the wax and dissolving any clumps of wax that form.
Urea hydrogen peroxide also has antiseptic properties, so it can help keep your ears free of germs. This allows the wax in your ear to be removed easily, leaving your ear canals clean and clear.
What doses of Otex drops are there?
Otex only comes in a solution with 5% urea hydrogen peroxide. You’ll usually use it once or twice a day, for three to four days, depending on how bad your ear wax buildup is. How often and for how long you use it for will depend on your symptoms and how you respond to treatment.
If you talk to us about your health, our clinicians can check over your symptoms and give you personalised advice on how best to use Otex drops. We’ll also check in with you during treatment and make sure it’s going well.
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How to use Otex drops
Follow your clinician’s advice on how exactly to use Otex drops.
Don’t put anything else in your ears at the same time as you use Otex drops, like other ear drops or a hearing aid.
If you’re using Otex for the first time, turn the cap anti-clockwise to break the seal.
Take off the cap.
Tilt your head so that the ear you’re applying Otex drops to points upwards.
Point the nozzle into your ear.
Turn the bottle upside down and gently squeeze it, until about five drops enter your ear.
Keep your head in the same position for a few minutes so the drops stay in your ear.
Wipe away any excess liquid with a clean tissue and throw it away.
If you’re applying drops to the other ear too, repeat the process.
Wash your hands thoroughly with soap and water.
Don’t plug your ears.
Replace the cap on the bottle firmly.
How long do Otex drops take to work?
Otex drops usually take a few days to work. So keep using them for three to four days, or as told by your clinician. You’ll know they’re working because the discomfort in your ears and any hearing problems will have improved.
If you’ve used Otex drops for three to four days and your ears haven’t gotten any better, a different treatment might be more suitable for you. If you order Otex from us, you can just log into your account and message our clinical team. We’ll look into other options that might work better for you and have them sent straight to you.
What do I do if I make a mistake while using Otex drops?
If you forget to use Otex drops at your usual time, just skip that application and carry on with your treatment plan. Don’t use extra Otex to account for missing some. If you use too much, just wipe away any excess with a clean tissue.
Avoid letting Otex drops get in your eyes. If you do accidentally get some into your eyes, wash them out with clean water for ten to fifteen seconds. Hold your eyelids open while you do this, and cover your other eye so it doesn’t spread. If your eyes continue to be sore and red, ask a clinician for advice.
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FAQ: Otex Drops
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Why should I buy Otex drops online with Treated?
Dealing with impacted ear wax can be frustrating — especially when it gets in the way of your everyday life. At Treated, we can help you find the right treatment for you.
Not only are Otex drops easy to use, we’ll make the whole process simple for you. Chat to our experts about your symptoms and we’ll deliver the right treatment straight to you. We’re always on hand if you have questions or want to try a different treatment.
Do I need a prescription for Otex drops?
Otex drops are a pharmacy medicine. This means you don’t need to get Otex drops on prescription, but you will need to have a talk with a licensed clinician first and get them from a licensed pharmacy.
At Treated, we can do this for you. You just need to talk to us about your earwax and we’ll help you find the right treatment. If Otex drops a right for you, we can send them to your door as early as the next working day.
Are Otex drops similar to any other treatments?
There are other topical ear drops which can improve your symptoms without the need for a procedure. Two main ones are olive oil drops and sodium bicarbonate drops. Sodium bicarbonate drops help to dissolve the wax, as they’re alkaline while wax is acidic.
Olive oil drops don’t dissolve the wax, but they can help it loosen in your ear canals, allowing it to exit your ears. Otex, olive oil drops and sodium bicarbonate drops are all easy to use and don’t have serious side effects, so they’re all worth looking into.
How effective are Otex drops?
Otex is safe and easy to use, and it can both ease symptoms and make you less likely to need more invasive treatments like irrigation. Most studies into different ear drops have found similar rates of effectiveness, so which one suits you best is likely to be pretty individual.
To make Otex as effective as possible, follow the instructions given to you by your clinician. Remember not to plug your ears after using it. Also, don’t use cotton buds to clean your ears, as these will just push excess wax back into your ear canals and further compact it.
How are Otex drops different from other treatments?
Otex drops are a lot less invasive than some other treatments for excess or impacted ear wax, such as ear irrigation or microsuction. Ear irrigation, sometimes called syringing, involves having water pushed into your ear with a special device to flush out the wax.
Microsuction sucks the wax out from your ear using a small vacuum. Both of these treatments can be effective, but they are much more expensive than ear drops. They can also cause some discomfort. You’ll need to visit a clinician in person to have these procedures performed.
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