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Acetic Acid Hydrocortisone Ear Drops

Acetic Acid Hydrocortisone Ear Drops

Acetic Acid Hydrocortisone Ear Drops for treating outer ear infections are available in Winnipeg.  Are you suffering from an outer ear infection and trying to find a pharmacy that carries Acetic Acid HC otic drops?

Tache Pharmacy’s compounding pharmacy lab makes these ear drops.

Acetic Acid HC otic drops are also known as Vosol HC® ear drops.  Vosol® and Vosol HC® otic drops are no longer available from the manufacturer in Canada.

As you can see from a search of the Health Canada Drug Product Database both Vosol® and Vosol HC® ear drops have been discontinued in Canada.

Vosol HC not available in Canada

We make the compounded equivalent of Vosol HC® due to the fact it is no longer commercially available in Canada.

Vosol® and Vosol HC® are registered trademarks of Carter-Horner Corp.

What are Acetic Acid Hydrocortisone Ear Drops?

These ear drops are a combination of two medicinal ingredients used to treat ear infections of the outer ear.  For example, these combination ear drops are often used to treat swimmer’s ear.

External otitis is another term for outer ear infections.

These otic drops are may also be used to treat a condition know as Chronic Suppurative Otitis Media.

The two ingredients found in these outer ear infection drops are acetic acid and hydrocortisone.

More specifically the drops are made with 2% acetic acid and 1% hydrocortisone.

Our compounded ear drops with acetic acid 2% and hydrocortisone 1% can be considered a Vosol ear drop alternative.  More specifically the version with hydrocortisone should be thought of as a Vosol HC ear drop alternative.

Acetic Acid Hydrocortisone Ear Drops

What is acetic acid and how does it help with outer ear infections?

Acetic acid is another term used for vinegar.  While vinegar is about 4-6% acetic acid in water the amount of acetic acid used in these otic drops is 2%.  Therefore you can see that this is a diluted version of acetic acid compared to vinegar.

Acetic acid works in treating outer ear infections by acting as an antibacterial agent and an antifungal agent.  The acetic acid works to treat bacterial and fungal infections by lowering the pH in the outer ear and thereby creating a hostile, acidic environment for these organisms.

It is important to note that because of the acidic nature of these drops some patients do experience irritation, redness and even pain.

What is hydrocortisone and how does it help with outer ear infections?

Hydrocortisone belongs to the group of medications known a corticosteroids.

In the treatment of outer ear infections, or external otitis, hydrocortisone acts to reduce swelling and inflammation.

In several studies it was found that the combination of acetic acid plus hydrocortisone was more effective in treating outer ear infections than was acetic acid alone.

How do I obtain these drops for the treatment of external otitis?

A prescription from your prescriber is required to obtain the acetic acid/HC drops.

If you already have a prescription please feel free to order your medication online using our online prescription order form.

Or if you would like more information about these particular ear drops please call us at (204) 233-3469 to speak with one of our pharmacists.

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