Daily OTC Pearl: Swim-Ear (Isopropyl Alcohol Otic)


Swim-Ear helps to soften, loosen, and remove earwax.

OTC/Lifestyle Pearl of the Day: Swim-Ear (Isopropyl Alcohol Otic)

Indication: This medication is used to treat earwax buildup by helping to soften, loosen, and remove earwax.


  • Too much earwax can block the ear canal and reduce hearing.
  • Mechanism of action: This medication releases oxygen and starts to foam when it comes in contact with the skin.
  • The foaming helps break up and remove the earwax.
  • Use under 12 years old should be recommended by a physician.
  • Directions: Use the hands first. Apply this medication into the ear, usually twice daily or as directed by a physician. Do not use this medication for more than 4 days at a time.
  • To make sure that the right amount of medication is given and to avoid touching the ear with the dropper, have another person administer the drops, if possible.
  • To lower the risk of dizziness, hold the container in your hand for a few minutes to warm it.
  • Avoid getting it in the eyes.
  • Manufacturer: Sandoz


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