Using earache medications to relieve symptoms is a good way to help treat earache.
But don’t overdo it, experts warn.
The drugs are also associated with other side effects including headaches, nausea and vomiting.
Here’s what you need to know about earache drugs.
What are earache meds?
Earache medications are drugs that treat the inflammation caused by an ear infection.
Most medications are made from purified water, but there are a few that are extracted from plant material, such as tea tree oil.
They are sometimes marketed as “earache medicines” because they’re extracted from the roots of tea tree.
These are known as tea-tree extracts.
They’re not the same as tea or the tea plant itself, but they are the key ingredients in the most common types of earaches.
Earache medicine contains the active ingredients from the plant and may be available as a powder, tablet or nasal spray.
Some of the most commonly prescribed earache medication include:Doxycycline (acidic amine)Doxylamine (anti-inflammatory)Amoxicillin (anti‐bacterial)Vioxx (antibiotic)Vaseline (antifungal)What are the risks of earbreak medication?
Earbreak medications can be quite dangerous.
These drugs are most commonly used in the emergency room and for people with weakened immune systems.
The side effects of ear break medication include fever, rash, headache, muscle pain, dizziness, vomiting and skin rashes.
The drug can also cause serious side effects.
For a general guide to common side effects, visit the Mayo Clinic’s website.
What are the side effects associated with earache therapy?
Some of these side effects may be better treated than they are for the initial dose.
Some may also be more serious.
Earbreak medication can cause mild or moderate side effects that last about two weeks, and then they disappear.
If you experience any side effects or symptoms that don’t go away on their own, see your doctor.
What can I expect after taking earache pills?
Some earache treatments may be difficult for some people, but most people will feel better within a few days.
However, some people may feel better only after a few weeks.
This is called a “drop-off” period.
If your symptoms do not disappear, or if they do worsen, you may need to take a second earache pill to avoid the side effect.
What should I do if I have a cold, sore throat, or a cold sweats?
If you have a cough or sore throat after taking an earache drug, contact your doctor immediately.
This will give you a chance to stop taking the drug and help prevent further side effects and dehydration.
If a cold is causing the cough or a sore throat and you have colds or sore throats, call your doctor right away.
The Mayo Clinic also recommends calling your doctor if you have:A fever of more than 100 degrees FahrenheitWhat are some other ways earache pain is treated?
Many medications can help relieve earache symptoms.
Some of these include:Amoxiciline (antiparasitic)Amoxycillin (anti–bacterial), amoxicillin and/or acetaminophenAmoxaparin (anti inflammatory)Amoxazolamide (anti diaphoretic)Divalproex sodium (anti anti diaphoreptic)Dipropylene glycol (anti astringent)Amazolone (anti bronchodilator)What is the best way to prevent earache?
If earache treatment is not helping, there are some steps you can take to prevent further earache and to improve your overall health.
The first step is to find out what is causing earache to begin with.
Seek out your doctor to learn more about ear pain and what’s causing it.
If the cause is a symptom, you can reduce the amount of the drug you’re taking to help reduce the symptom.
For example, taking an amoxicilines pill may help reduce earache if the drug causes a headache, and if the headache is related to earache, you might want to limit its use to prevent more earache headaches.
For more information about preventing earache infections, see “What to Do If You’re Sick or in Pain.”
What are my options for treating earache after taking medication?
Many earache management programs offer support groups, support groups for parents, teachers, and other family members, as well as resources and tools to help you.
Some groups are specifically for adults.
The Earache Prevention Coalition offers support groups to help adults with earaches learn about the condition and its symptoms and to learn about medications and treatments.
The National Association of State Earache Directors provides information about the causes of ear pain, including the importance of avoiding certain medications.
Learn more about how to recognize earache signs and symptoms.
You can also call the American Academy of Otol