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adam2525
 #1 
Good afternoon all,

I've been given a prescription for Solfradex ear drops for a small infection on my ear drum. (An outer ear problem)
I'm to take 4-5 drops 3 times a day for 5 days.

The main ingredients are:
Framycetin Sulphate 5.0mg/ml
Gramicidin  0.05mg/ml
Dexamethasone 0.5mg/ml

As Framycetin belongs to the Aminoglycosides family of Antibiotics is it safe to take it as ear drops or should I be looking for an alternative solution?

Thanks,
Adam
DrNagler
 #2 
No problems with aminoglycoside eardrops as long as you do not have a perforated eardrum.

smn
adam2525
 #3 
Thanks Doc

Adam
adam2525
 #4 

So I started taking the drops this morning and 4 hours later my tinnitus went through the roof.

Coincidence? Probably. My GP thinks so. My ENT is out of the office.

If my tinnitus is still spiking I'm going to call my ENT tomorrow, so that he can guarantee that my eardrum is not perforated. For peace of mind I'm thinking of asking him to change my prescription to another antibiotic. Preferably something that has no ototoxic connections at all.  

Any recommendations for non ototoxic ear drops. I'm allergic to penicillin so it cant come from that group of antibiotics.

Many thanks,

Adam







DrNagler
 #5 
It wasn't the eardrops.

smn
adam2525
 #6 
Last question and then I promise I'll stop worrying and start contributing 

I was given a tympanometry and the result was perfect.
Can I then presume that if my eardrum was perforated I would certainly know about it.

Thanks,
Adam



DrNagler
 #7 
Depends how long ago you had the tympanometry! 

smn
adam2525
 #8 
I had had the tympanometry this week on Monday.

Adam
DrNagler
 #9 
Then unless you perforated your eardrum in the past three days, you oughta be fine!

smn
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