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What is Otomax?

Otomax is used to treat bacterial infections of the outer ear in dogs. Otomax is an antimicrobial, corticosteroid and antifungal combination used on dogs for the treatment of acute and chronic otitis externa associated with yeast and/or bacteria susceptible to gentamicin. Otomax may also be used for other purposes. Otomax requires a prescription from your veterinarian.

For:

Dogs

Benefits:

  • Treats both acute and chronic ear infections
  • Easy to administer has the consistency of a solution with the prolonged contact time of an ointment

How does Otomax work?

By virtue of its three active ingredients Gentamicin, Betamethasone, and Clotrimazole, Otomax ointment provides antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, and antifungal activity to combat infections of the outer ear accompanied by inflammation.

Cautions:

Otomax may have negative interactions with other products. Disclose to your veterinarian everything you are giving your dog.

Brand Name:

Otomax (Merck)

Generic Name:

Gentamicin Sulfate, Betamethasone Valerate, USP and Clotrimazole, USP

What is the most important thing I should know about Otomax?

Otomax is a prescription medicine FDA approved for veterinary use in dogs. Otomax is available in 7.5 gm, 15 gm and 30 gm tubes. Each gm contains gentamicin sulfate equivalent to 3mg gentamicin base, betamethasone valerate equivalent to 1mg betamethasone and clotrimazole 10 mg. Prior to use the external ear should be cleaned and dried and excessive hair should be clipped from the treatment area. Otomax should not be used in pets with perforated eardrums.

What should I discuss with my veterinarian before using Otomax on my pet?

Do not use Otomax if your pet has a viral or fungal infection. Tell your veterinarian if your pet is pregnant or lactating.

How should Otomax be applied?

Use this medication exactly as directed by your veterinarian. If you do not understand the directions ask the pharmacist or veterinarian to explain them to you. The usual dose for dogs less than 30 lbs is 4 drops into the ear canal twice a day, and for dogs over 30 lbs use 8 drops into the ear canal twice a day.

What are the potential side effects of Otomax?

Side effects associated with this medication are related to the individual ingredients. Gentamicin, while absorbed poorly from the skin, when applied topically to large wounds, burns, or denuded skin for prolonged periods of time has a potential for reversible or irreversible ear and kidney toxicity. Hearing loss (usually temporary) may occur. Discontinue this medication and consult with your veterinarian if hearing loss, head tilting or dizziness are noticed. In humans, clotrimazole has been observed to occasionally cause redness of the skin, stinging, blistering, peeling, fluid retention, itching, hives and general irritation of the skin. Discontinue the medication and talk to your veterinarian about any side effect that seems unusual or bothersome to your pet.

What happens if I miss applying a dose of Otomax?

Apply the missed dose as soon as you remember. However, if it is almost time for the next regularly scheduled dose, skip the missed dose and apply the next one as directed. Do not give a double dose of the medication.

What happens if I overdose my pet on Otomax?

An overdose of this medication is unlikely. If an overdose is suspected, seek emergency veterinary medical treatment.

What should I avoid while applying Otomax to my pet?

Do not use this medication in pets allergic to it or any of the individual ingredients. Do not use in dogs with perforated eardrums. Discontinue use of this medication and contact your veterinarian if hearing loss is noted during treatment. Treatment beyond 7 days may lead to prolonged wound healing.

What other drugs will affect Otomax?

Before using Otomax, tell your veterinarian if your pet is using other antibiotic, antifungal or corticosteroid medications either topically or by mouth. Talk to your veterinarian or pharmacist before giving any prescription or over the counter medicines.

How to Use

Otomax Directions:

  • Otomax is a prescription medication used in dogs to treat acute and chronic otitis externa (outer ear infections) associated with yeast and/or bacteria susceptible to Gentamicin.
  • Otomax is an antimicrobial, corticosteroid, and antifungal combination medication.
  • Otomax should not be used in pets with perforated eardrums.
Tip:

Prior to use the external ear should be cleaned and dried, and excessive hair should be clipped from the treatment area. Remove foreign material, debris, crusted exudates, etc., with suitable nonirritating solutions.

Dosage:
Dogs:
Weight
Dosage
Under 30 lbs
Shake well before use. The external ear canal should be thoroughly cleaned and dried before treatment. Verify that the eardrum is intact. Place 4 drops into the ear canal once daily. Therapy should continue for 7 consecutive days.
Over 30 lbs
Shake well before use. The external ear canal should be thoroughly cleaned and dried before treatment. Verify that the eardrum is intact. Place 8 drops into the ear canal once daily. Therapy should continue for 7 consecutive days.
Cats:
Do not use!
Horses:
Do not use!
Storage:

Store this product at room temperature, away from moisture and heat.

Ingredients

Otomax Ingredients:

Otomax:

Active Ingredients (per gram): Gentamicin sulfate, USP equivalent to 3 mg gentamicin base; betamethasone valerate, USP equivalent to 1 mg betamethasone; and 10 mg clotrimazole, USP in a mineral oil-based system containing a plasticized hydrocarbon gel.

Customer Reviews
Otomax is rated 4.0 out of 5 by 49.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from i call it Magic! I’ve been using Otomax in my pit bulls ears about 2 weeks now. When the weather gets cold she gets the crusty stuff in her ears. And the smell...? Yuck. After just a couple of treatments with Otomax the crust and the smell goes away. She’s happy with the relief of her ears and I’m happy because I see her with healthy ears and looking happy again!!
Date published: 2017-11-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Magic Bullet Ottomax is a miracle drug! My poodle has constant ear infections and after treating him twice a day for a week with Ottomax, he's back to his normal self! Will always have this on hand for flare ups.
Date published: 2017-09-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Good results! This was a product one of our vets suggested. Within two days the ear infection was clearing up. Our baby is feeling much better!
Date published: 2016-11-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from love this product I have a beagle and the past few years he has issues with inflammation and infections and scratches his poor ears until they he bleeds... the vet gave us this to use and it works fast and does what it is suppose to. we recently had to use it again and in a few days he will be as good as new. I really recommend this product but just use this as directed..
Date published: 2015-10-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Ear infection miracle cure I've used Otomax several times (my dog has floppy ears and is prone to infections) and it always does just what it is supposed to - the infections are cured every time.
Date published: 2015-09-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from hot spots this product works really well on hot spots also
Date published: 2014-10-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Product! - Works Quickly I have two Cocker Spaniels and they need special care for those long beautiful ears; Just a few days of use of Otomax and their ears are back to normal. No more inflammation, no more redness, no more discomfort! Works fast and works well!
Date published: 2014-08-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Saves Harley from a lot of discomfort I have an 8 year old French Bulldog, and as any owner will tell you, they have serious allergy issues. Poor Harley was born deaf (gotta love puppy mills), but 2 or 3 years ago, my vet, whom I've trusted with numerous pets over the years, recommended Otomax for Harley. He was digging his ears to the point they'd bleed on the backside, and there was this "goo" that I discovered upon cleaning his ears. After 2 applications of Otomax, the goo was gone, and he showed marked improvement. The reviews I've read here have me questioning if hearing loss in the beloved pets IS from not catching it earlier, or something of that nature. My experience with the product has been ONLY positive, and I would recommend it to any pet parent.
Date published: 2014-05-31
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Q&A

What oral antibiotics can you use for an ear infection with the otomax

Asked by: Carrie91
Your veterinarian will determine the appropriate antibiotic for your pet's ear infection. There is no contraindication for concurrent administration of Otomax.
Answered by: Lisa M
Date published: 2018-01-09

can i use product on cat ears

Asked by: violet
Thank you for your question. Yes, this medication can also be used for cats.
Answered by: Adriane
Date published: 2017-12-15

If my dog has not seen the vet will they send this to me

Asked by: Tracey
No, Otomax requires a prescription from a licensed veterinarian.
Answered by: Lisa M
Date published: 2017-11-13

Do you need a script to order this medicine?

Asked by: jt4merrick
Yes you need a prescription for this product.
Answered by: Ben B
Date published: 2017-08-22

Can it be used on outside of ears as well as in?

Asked by: ppenatz
Otomox suspension is made to be put inside the ear canal for ear infections in dogs. Although it will not harm the animal if used on the outside of the ear, it is not recommended. There are other topical products that can be used. For specific instructions, I would talk with your Veterinarian about what your pet needs based on what is wrong with the pet. Hope this helps.
Answered by: Trey W
Date published: 2017-02-23

Can I use Otomax for dogs on a cat?

Asked by: bonbon
Hello, This product is only indicated/approved for use in dogs. There may be other better options available for cats. I would talk to your Vet about specific products.
Answered by: Trey W
Date published: 2017-12-14

My dog weighs 60 pounds .how much otomax do I order? 15 mg or the 30mg

Asked by: Cathy
The quantity required would depend on how long a period of time your pet must use this medication for. It is best to consult with the Veterinarian for specific dosing and timeline.
Answered by: 1800Petmeds Pharmacist
Date published: 2017-11-04

Do I have to flush my dogs ears with a cleaner first before applying the medicine?

Asked by: Jen55
It is generally better to clean the ears before application although this is not an absolute requirement for product use.
Answered by: 1800Petmeds Pharmacist
Date published: 2016-12-30
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