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Acetic Acid


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      • It is used to treat ear infections.
      • It is used to rinse the bladder.
      • Acetic acid works to harm the bacteria and fight the infection.


      How to take

      • Ear:
      • Use as you have been told, even if you are feeling better.
      • For the ear only.
      • Wash your hands before and after use.
      • Lie on your side with problem ear up.
      • Pull the outer ear outward and upward.
      • Put drops in ear without touching dropper to ear. Stay on side for 2 minutes or put cotton plug in ear.
      • Follow what is given to you by your doctor for using the wick.
      • Irrigation solution:
      • Do not take this drug by mouth. It is for use as a bladder rinse only.
      • Follow what your doctor has told you to do.

      Missed Dose

      • Use a missed dose as soon as you think about it.
      • If it is close to the time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and go back to your normal time.
      • Do not use 2 doses or extra doses.
      • Do not change the dose or stop this drug. Talk with the doctor.


      • Store at room temperature.



      • If you have an allergy to acetic acid or any other part of this drug.
      • Tell your doctor if you are allergic to any drugs. Make sure to tell about the allergy and what signs you had. This includes telling about rash; hives; itching; shortness of breath; wheezing; cough; swelling of face, lips, tongue, or throat; or any other signs.
      • Ear:
      • If you have a ruptured ear drum.


      • Keep a list of all your drugs (prescription, natural products, vitamins, OTC) with you. Give this list to your doctor.
      • Check all drugs you are taking with your doctor. This drug may not mix well with some other drugs.
      • Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or plan on getting pregnant.
      • Tell your doctor if you are breast-feeding.

      Side Effects

      • Ear discomfort.
      • Skin irritation.


      • Change in the health problem being treated. Is it better, worse, or about the same?
      • Follow up with the doctor.

      Contact a healthcare provider

      • If you think there was an overdose, call your local poison control center or ER right away.
      • Signs of a very bad reaction to the drug. These include wheezing; chest tightness; fever; itching; bad cough; blue or gray skin color; seizures; or swelling of face, lips, tongue, or throat.
      • Very bad ear pain.
      • Any rash.
      • Side effect or health problem is not better or you are feeling worse.

      General Statements

      • If you have a very bad allergy, wear an allergy ID at all times.
      • Do not share your drugs with others and do not take anyone else's drugs.
      • Keep all drugs out of the reach of children and pets.
      • Most drugs may be thrown away in household trash after mixing with coffee grounds or kitty litter and sealing in a plastic bag.
      • In Canada, take any unused drugs to the pharmacy. Also, visit to learn about the right way to get rid of unused drugs.
      • Keep a list of all your drugs (prescription, natural products, vitamins, OTC) with you. Give this list to your doctor.
      • Call your doctor for help with any side effects. If in the U.S., you may also call the FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088 or if in Canada, you may also call Health Canada's Vigilance Program at 1-866-234-2345.
      • Talk with the doctor before starting any new drug, including OTC, natural products, or vitamins.
      • Read the package insert for more details.

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      The information in this monograph is intended for informational purposes only, and is meant to help users better understand health concerns. Information is based on review of scientific research data, historical practice patterns, and clinical experience. This information should not be interpreted as specific medical advice. Users should consult with a qualified healthcare provider for specific questions regarding therapies, diagnosis and/or health conditions, prior to making therapeutic decisions.