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Betnesol-N ear drops

Betnesol-N ear drops reduce inflammation and act as an antibacterial agent to prevent bacterial infections.

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What are Betnesol-N ear drops?

Betnesol-N ear drops contain two active compounds: betamethasone sodium phosphate (0.1% w/v) and neomycin sulphate (0.5% w/v). Betamethasone sodium phosphate is among the medicines known as topical corticosteroids. These act by reducing the overall redness, soreness and itching that are symptoms of inflammation. Neomycin sulphate is one of the aminoglycoside antibiotics. These medicines prevent the development of bacterial infections. Together, these medicines work to avoid damage to delicate ear tissues and treat bacterial infections.

Betnesol-N drops may be used to treat inflammation of the ears, eyes, or nose in situations where there is a chance of bacterial infection. It is important to follow the instructions according to where treatment is needed. The Online Clinic uses this medication for ear infections only.

How to use Betnesol-N ear drops

Betnesol-N ear drops are colourless or pale yellow. The liquid is for topical use, that is for use on the outside of the body. Once opened, you must dispose of the bottle after 28 days even if it is not empty.

When using Betnesol-N ear drops, follow the instructions your doctor has given you - too much or too little could worsen your symptoms. Wash and dry hands before and after use. Open the bottle, ensuring that the bottle seal is intact on first use of the drops. Usually, two to three drops are administered into the ear three to four times daily. The frequency of use can be reduced once the symptoms start to go. To apply the drops, tilt your head to one side and drop the drops into the ear canal. You may need to gently squeeze the bottle. Be careful to avoid touching the end of the dropper, especially with your hands and within the ear canal. Keep your head on one side for about a minute. If required, repeat this procedure for the other ear.

You should consult your doctor if your symptoms have not improved after 7 days and before stopping Betnesol-N ear drops, particularly if you have used this medicine for about 6 weeks or longer. After a long period of use, you should stop treatment gradually or your symptoms may return. Medical check-ups are necessary if the drops are used for a long time period.

If too many drops are dispensed into the ear or the liquid is swallowed, there is unlikely to be a problem but get medical advice if you are worried. If you miss a dose, then apply the next dose as scheduled and do not double the number of drops.

Who can use Betnesol-N ear drops?

You should not use Betnesol-N ear drops if you have an allergy to betamethasone or to any other ingredient. Nor should the drops be used if your ear drum is perforated. Confirm these drops are suitable for treating your ear if you have recently used Betnesol-N drops (for ears, eyes or nose) or another corticosteroid; the site of application is damaged or an open wound (this may result in deafness that is permanent); you have tuberculosis; or you are pregnant or breastfeeding, or trying for a baby (the drops may cause ear damage, cleft palate, or limit growth of the foetus). Other conditions will apply if you are treating your eyes or nose with Betnesol-N drops.

All medicines and remedies (obtained with/without a prescription) recently or currently taken should be discussed with your doctor, as the action of Betnesol-N ear drops may be increased by certain medicines, such as some HIV medicines.

Betnesol-N ear drops side effects

Side effects include red or itchy skin, or stinging or burning skin sensations, sometimes occurring after you have used the drops for a while. With long-term use, bacteria can become resistant to the antibiotic treatment; or your adrenal gland functioning may be affected, reducing the volume of natural steroids you produce. Side effects, including low blood pressure, feeling faint or lightheaded, itchy painful skin, fever, muscle and joint pain, and weight loss, may occur on stopping the drops if your adrenals are not working normally.

Other side effects may arise if you are using Betnesol-N eye or nose drops. If you experience any of these while using the ear drops, mention them to your doctor. For the eye drops, these include pain, blurred vision or other sight alterations, enlarged pupils, eyelid drooping, glaucoma (increased eye pressure), cataracts, or corneal (eye surface) swelling, redness, damage, or ulcers. For the nose drops, these include slow growth (children); nasal dryness, itching or ulcers; nose blocks or bleeds; sneezing, breathing problems, headaches, nausea, or alterations in smell and taste.

Reviewed by: Dr Loraine Haslam MBBS, DRCOG, DFSRH, LoC SDI, LoC IUT, MRCGP
GMC registration number: 4524038
Date: 30 August 2022
Next review: 29 August 2024
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Betnesol-N Reviews By Our Patients

  • Overall Rating
    Based on 1 review
  • ★★★★★
    Good for infection but I needed a antibiotics also
    A. W. - 16/11/21
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