Otex ear drops Review and Information
Otex olive oil ear drops are every bit as effective, but because you can buy them on-shelf in pharmacies and supermarkets, they are more widely available.
The tried and trusted dual action formula is clinically proven to help treat problematic ear wax.
- Otex olive oil ear drops work by breaking hardened ear wax into pieces so it can fall more easily from the ear.
- The drops come in a easy squeeze bottle – plenty for one treatment.
Otex Olive Oil ear drops are used to help soften and remove hardened wax from the ear canal.
Excessive, hardened ear wax is quite common. It causes problems when it builds up and blocks the ear canal. The first symptom is usually a feeling of discomfort and fullness in the ear. This can become painful and cause dizziness and some loss of hearing if left untreated.
Otex Olive Oil makes removal of ear wax easier, and may avoid the need for ear syringing.
How to use Otex Ear Drops
- Simply tilt head and squeeze up to 5 dropsinto the ear, leave for a few minutes and then wipe away any surplus with a tissue.
- This procedure should be repeated once or twice dailywhile your symptoms clear.
- Treatment usually takes 3-4 days, after which you should notice a reduction in ear discomfort.
Otex ear drops review
Otex ear drops are an extremely popular product with an average rating of 4.5. We have selected some of the most relevant Otex ear drops reviews so you can make a decision before purchasing the product.
Otex Ear Drops Review 1:
OK, so ear wax isn't the sexiest subject but it happens and it's gross when left alone which is what happened with the hubsters ears. Man can't hear shiz due to the amount of wax based crud in his ears! He is a huge kitty cat and refuses to have any treatment or go to the doctors to get it sorted so as a compromise I bought these to hopefully melt the wax away. 5 drops over 5 days (nights) left in for at least 15mins at a time and lo behold... Man can hear again!
Depending on your wax levels, there could be an intense bubbling or a mild fizz. It's not uncomfortable but it could be deemed unpleasant by some. I found it quite comforting as it basically means it's working. I used this before bed, laying down on my side and administer the drops myself. To drain, I just roll over with a bit of cotton and tissue over my treated ear to catch the oily based substance with the melted ear wax. It's pretty gross. But oh so satisfying.
Definitely will buy again, especially if it means no arguments with the hubs over going to doctors to get his ear syringed ha.
Otex Ear Drops Review 2:
I have used this product years and it works so much better than olive oil. It softens the wax and eats through it. The crackling you hear when you put it in means it's working. I find it quite relaxing.
Otex Ear Drops Review 3:
Seemed to work better than other alternatives. However I still had to get my ear cleared by an ear practitioner.
Otex Ear Drops Review 4:
This is the best way of clearing wax from the ears, the fizzing dislodges the wax safely and the little bulb allows the patient to irrigate the ear and clear out the wax. A brilliant product.
Otex Ear Drops Review 5:
I used two bottles of this in one ear, using the drops every day over three weeks to clear it! I'm amazed at people managing to clear in only a few days. Three weeks of intense fizzing and popping sounds from using the drops, until suddenly there was no more fizzing.
Otex Ear Drops Review 6:
I've previously syringed my ear which results in deafeningly sensitive hearing when going from blocked to clear so fast. But doing it gradually with these drops was a lot more relaxing (I'm hypersensitive to sound). I'll also start using them as a preventative measure now to avoid getting blocked ears to start with.
Otex Ear Drops Review 7:
My husband suffers badly with wax, small canals don't help, and tinnitus.
This has been the best by a mile better than prescribed by doctors.
Otex Ear Drops Review 8:
This is the first time ever my ears didn’t need syringed thanks to this product. Amazing tried others in the past
Otex Ear Drops Review 9:
Really impressed didn’t realise how blocked my right ear was it’s not an instant fix had to use for a week but bliss when I managed to clear ear out would recommend
Otex Ear Drops Review 10:
From the moment I started o use this, the ear wax in my tight ear started to loosen. But I did need help from my mum in putting the right amount of drops. This way takes time but as we're all in different tiers (I'm in tier 4) so I know that going to a local saloon is out of the question but I'm glad that I've made a start, instead of ignoring the situation.
Otex Ear Drops Review 11:
Bought this product obviously to try and help work the buildup of wax in both ears.
I also bought a sort of bulb that squirts water gently into the ears, I'm not sure if you need something like that but I didn't see another way to clean the ears properly after a few days of use of the drops.
Otex Ear Drops Review 12:
Easy to use, the lid is a dropper bottle and you only need to use a few drops in each ear, leave it a couple of minutes then wipe away the excess.
I think the bottle says use twice a day, I only used it once a day for 5 days before using the water bulb in the ears and it did dislodge a few bits (too much info?) so I can't complain. Easy and gentle to use, doesn't take long and is fairly priced.
Some questions about Otex Ear Drops
Can Otex be used during pregnancy/breast-feeding?
There are no specific restrictions to using the ear drops during pregnancy or breast-feeding. The ingredients have been in widespread use in this way for many years without reports of problems. However, safety trials have not been conducted.
Can Otex be used if you suffer with tinnitus?
If you are suffering from any other ear problem you should not use Otex unless under supervision from your doctor.
Is it advisable to use Otex before syringing?
Published clinical trials have demonstrated that recent use of Otex (for up to 3 to 4 days before syringing) can make ear syringing much easier, and in some cases can avoid the need for syringing altogether. It should not be necessary to use any ear wax remover drops soon after syringing because it generally takes a few months for new wax to build up. If the problem recurs much sooner than this you should seek medical advice because this should not normally happen.
Can Otex be used with a hearing aid?
If you are using a hearing aid then you should not use Otex. It is advisable to seek expert medicinal advice if you have a history of any other ear problems.
Can Otex be used with grommets?
No, Otex is only for use in the treatment of impacted ear wax in the ear canal where the eardrum is intact. Grommets pass through the eardrum and may allow something put in the external ear canal to enter the middle ear.
How does Otex Express Ear Drops remove ear wax?
Otex Express Ear Drops work by breaking hardened ear wax into pieces so it can fall more easily from the ear.
Product Overview and Details
- WHAT OTEX IS AND WHAT IT IS USED FOR
- Otex ear drops are used to help remove hardened wax from the ear canal.
- Otex is suitable for use by adults, children and the elderly.
- The active ingredient is urea hydrogen peroxide. It works by breaking down the ear wax into small pieces.
- Excessive, hardened ear wax is quite common. It causes problems when it builds up and blocks the ear canal. The first symptom is usually a feeling of discomfort and fullness in the ear. This can become painful and cause dizziness and some loss of hearing if left untreated.
- Otex makes removal of ear wax easier, and in many cases avoids the need for ear syringing.
- BEFORE YOU USE OTEX
Do not use Otex:
- if you are allergic (hypersensitive) to urea hydrogen peroxide or any of the other ingredients of Otex listed in Section 6.
- if you have a history of ear problems, unless used under the close supervision of your doctor, nurse or pharmacist.
- if you are also putting anything else in the ear (such as other ear drops or a hearing aid).
- if your ear drum is (or has been) damaged.
- if you suffer from dizziness.
- if there is anything else wrong with your ear - such as pain, swelling, discharge, infection or tinnitus (ringing sounds in the ear).
- if you have tried to remove the ear wax using fingernails, cotton buds or other implements. (This is because you might have damaged the delicate inner lining of the ear, leading to swelling or infection.) This could make it painful to use the ear drops.
- if you have had your ear syringed in the last 2 to 3 days – this could also make it painful to use the eardrops.
Take special care when using this product:
- If you are in any doubt whether this product is suitable for you, talk to your doctor, nurse or pharmacist before use.
If Otex gets into the eyes
- Take care to avoid getting Otex in your eyes.
- If this happens, rinse the eye immediately with water for 10 to 15 minutes, holding the eyelids apart and avoiding getting the rinse liquid in the other eye.
- Tell your doctor or pharmacist if irritation persists.
Taking other medicines and using hearing aids
- It is important not to use Otex at the same time you are putting anything else in the ear (such as other ear drops or a hearing aid).
- Otex is not known to affect, or to be affected by, any other kinds of medicines that you may be using.
Pregnancy and breast-feeding
Otex can be used during pregnancy and while breast-feeding. The ingredients have been in widespread use in this and similar preparations for many years, without reports of problems. However, safety trials have not been conducted.
Driving and using machinery
Using this product is not known to affect your ability to drive or use machinery.
However, the build up of ear wax can cause dizziness, and this may be made worse by using the ear drops (see Section 4). If you are affected, do not drive or use machinery.
- HOW TO USE OTEX
Only use Otex in the ears.
For adults, children and the elderly:
Repeat the following once or twice daily, normally for 3 to 4 days, until you notice an improvement in your hearing and less discomfort:
- Turn the cap anti-clockwise.
(This will break the seal when you use the drops for the first time.)
- Remove the cap to reveal the applicator nozzle.
- Tilt your head and gently squeeze up to 5 drops into the ear.
- Keep your head tilted for a few minutes so that the drops stay in the ear.
- Then wipe away any surplus with a tissue.
- Repeat in the other ear, if necessary.
- Wash hands after use.
- Do not “plug” the ears with loose cotton wool.
- Always replace the cap after use and return the bottle to the carton.
Note that in some cases excessive ear wax may persist for more than 3 to 4 days, despite softening. If the wax is very hard, the ear drops alone may not be able to clear the ear canal. This may cause some temporary loss of hearing. In these cases you should consult your doctor, nurse or pharmacist for further advice.
If you use more Otex than you should
Do not worry if you use too much Otex. Simply wipe away any surplus running from the ear with a tissue.
If you forget to use Otex
Do not worry if you occasionally forget to use Otex. When you remember, just carry on using this product once or twice daily as usual.
If you have any further questions on the use of this product, ask your doctor or pharmacist.
- POSSIBLE SIDE EFFECTS
Like all medicines, Otex can cause side effects, although not everybody gets them.
- A temporary mild bubbling sensation in the ear can occur (due to the release of oxygen as the drops break down the ear wax).
- The ear drops can make the symptoms of excessive ear wax worse, including some discomfort, irritation or pain, loss of hearing, dizziness and tinnitus (ringing sound in the ear).
- Very rarely, an unpleasant taste has been reported. Stop using the ear drops immediately if this happens and tell your doctor.
Stop using this product and tell your doctor or pharmacist if:
- symptoms persist or,
- if any of the side effects get serious or you notice any other side effects not mentioned in this leaflet.
Reporting of side effects. If you get any side effects, talk to your doctor, pharmacist or nurse. This includes any possible side effects not listed in this leaflet.
You can also report side effects directly via the Yellow Card Scheme at: www.mhra.gov.uk/yellowcard or search for MHRA Yellow Card in the Google Play or Apple App Store. By reporting side effects you can help provide more information on the safety of this medicine.
- HOW TO STORE OTEX
- Keep out of the sight and reach of children.
- Do not use after the expiry date shown on the bottle and the carton. The expiry date refers to the last day of that month.
- Once opened, do not keep the bottle for longer than 4 weeks.
- Store below 25°C.
- Store in a cool place and keep out of sunlight.
- Always replace the cap tightly after use.
- Store the bottle upright in the outer carton to avoid spillage.
- Medicines should not be disposed of via wastewater or household waste. Ask your pharmacist how to dispose of medicines no longer required. These measures will help to protect the environment.
- FURTHER INFORMATION ABOUT OTEX
What Otex contains:
The active ingredient is urea hydrogen peroxide (5% w/w).
The other ingredients are 8-hydroxyquinoline and glycerol.
What Otex looks like and contents of the pack
- The bottle contains 8ml of Otex ear drops. The plastic bottle is fitted with a dropper and screwcap.
- The product is a clear, straw coloured solution.
Earwax Blockage : how it happens
Earwax blockage occurs when earwax (cerumen) builds up in your ear or becomes too hard to wash away naturally.
Earwax is a helpful and natural part of your body's defenses. It cleans, coats and protects your ear canal by trapping dirt and slowing the growth of bacteria.
If earwax blockage becomes a problem, your health care provider can take simple steps to remove the wax safely.
Signs and symptoms of earwax blockage may include:
- Feeling of fullness in the ear
- Ringing or noises in the ear (tinnitus)
- Hearing loss
- Itchiness in the ear
- Odor or discharge in the ear
- Pain or infection in the ear
When to see a doctor
Earwax blockage that has no symptoms can sometimes clear on its own. However, if you have signs and symptoms of earwax blockage, talk to your health care provider.
Signs and symptoms may signal another condition. There's no way to know if you have too much earwax without having someone, usually your health care provider, look in your ears. Having signs and symptoms, such as earache or hearing loss, doesn't always mean you have wax buildup. You may have another health condition that needs attention.
Wax removal is most safely done by a health care provider. Your ear canal and eardrum are delicate and can be damaged easily. Don't try to remove earwax yourself by putting anything in your ear canal, such as a cotton swab, especially if you have had ear surgery, have a hole (perforation) in your eardrum, or are having ear pain or drainage.
Children usually have their ears checked as part of any medical exam. If needed, a health care provider can remove excess earwax from your child's ear during an office visit.
The wax in your ears is made by glands in the skin of your outer ear canal. The wax and tiny hairs in these passages trap dust and other materials that could damage deeper parts of your ear, such as your eardrum.
In most people, a small amount of earwax regularly makes its way to the ear opening. At the opening, it's washed away or falls out as new wax replaces it. If your ears make too much wax or if earwax isn't cleared well enough, it may build up and block your ear canal.
Earwax blockages often happen when people try to get earwax out on their own by using cotton swabs or other items in their ears. This usually just pushes wax deeper into the ear, rather than removing it.