Which medications in the drug class Analgesics are used in the treatment of Otitis Externa?

Updated: Mar 09, 2020
  • Author: Ariel A Waitzman, MD, FRCSC; Chief Editor: Ravindhra G Elluru, MD, PhD  more...
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Analgesics

OE can be quite painful, and control of this pain is essential to quality patient care. Analgesics ensure patient comfort and may have sedating properties. Inexpensive, simple nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) reduce inflammation and irritation and can be paired with opiates to improve pain symptoms.

Acetaminophen (Tylenol, FeverAll, Aspirin-Free Anacin, Tylenol Children)

Over-the-counter acetaminophen is appropriate for most patients. It is the drug of choice for pain in patients who are known to be hypersensitive to aspirin or NSAIDs, who have upper GI gastrointestinal (GI) disease, or who are taking oral anticoagulants.

Acetaminophen and codeine (Tylenol #3)

The combination of acetaminophen and codeine is indicated for the treatment of mild to moderate pain.


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