Cerumol Ear Drops 11ml
What are Cerumol ear drops used for?
- Helping to soften and remove a build-up of hardened ear wax.
Cerumol drops are suitable for adults and children. However, you should get medical advice before using them to treat a child.
How do Cerumol ear drops work?
Cerumol ear drops contain Arachis oil (peanut oil) and chlorobutanol. When you put the drops in your ear these ingredients soak into hardened wax and soften it, allowing it to then drain out of the ear. A hard plug of wax can also be removed by your doctor or practice nurse, by flushing the ear with warm water (syringing). If there is a lot of wax or the wax is very hard, it may need to be softened first and Cerumol ear drops can also be used for this.
Who shouldn’t use Cerumol ear drops?
- People with a damaged or perforated (burst) eardrum.
- People with an ear infection, or any other ear problem such as itching or eczema.
- People who are allergic to peanuts, soya or any ingredients of the drops. If you feel you have experienced an allergic reaction, stop using this medicine and inform your doctor or pharmacist immediately.
How do I use Cerumol ear drops?
- Tilt the head to the side so the affected ear is facing upwards. (For children it may be easier to get them to lie down on one side.) Use the dropper to put five drops of Cerumol into the ear canal. Use some cotton wool or tissue moistened with Cerumol to gently plug the ear and stop the drops running out, then leave the drops in for an hour or overnight to let the drops soak into the ear wax.
- After an hour, or in the morning, remove the cotton wool or tissue and tilt the head to the opposite side to allow the drops and softened wax to drain out of the ear.
- Repeat this twice a day for three days to remove ear wax.
Can I use Cerumol ear drops while pregnant or breastfeeding?
- Yes – there are no known harmful effects when this medicine is used by pregnant or breastfeeding mothers.
What are the possible side effects of Cerumol ear drops?
Medicines and their possible side effects can affect individual people in different ways.
- After you put Cerumol drops in your ear the ear wax may swell slightly as it begins to soften, which might make your ear feel full and could temporarily affect your hearing. It may occasionally make you feel slightly dizzy. If these symptoms persist, get advice from your doctor or pharmacist.
- Some people may experience irritation, redness or a rash in the ear after using the drops – if this is the case stop using them and ask your doctor or pharmacist for advice.
Read the leaflet that comes with the medicine or talk to your doctor or pharmacist if you want any more information about the possible side effects of Cerumol drops. If you think you have experienced a side effect, did you know you can report this using the yellow card website?
You shouldn’t use Cerumol ear drops at the same time as other ear drops. If you’re already using any other medicines, including those bought without a prescription and herbal medicines, check with your pharmacist or doctor before you start using Cerumol as well.