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Otex Ear Drops
Otex Ear Drops
Member Name: k2705
Otex Ear Drops
Advantages: They help clear blocked ears
Disadvantages: None for me
Generally I am not the sort of person who suffers with ear problems, however my husband on the other hand is, from a child he said he has had ear ache on and off and a few years back he ended up having a couple of operations on his ear. Anyway although the main problem is sorted with his ear, as soon as he is ill or run down it effects his ears and he gets ear ache or a blocked ear, this happened a couple of months ago just before Christmas when he complained of a noise in his ear as though there was something in it, thinking it was blocked we ended up purchasing Otex Ear Drops, unfortunately these did not work for my husband as it turns out he had a nasty ear infection which took 6 weeks to clear up, however the Otex wasn't wasted as a couple of weeks later I woke up with blocked ears.
The Otex Ear drops come in a small oblong cardboard box just slightly bigger than the bottle which is attached to a second piece of card, the piece of card has the words "Otex Ear Drops" written on it in large brown lettering with a brief description of the ear drops just beneath this. The box section of the packaging also has the name of the product written on it again in the same brown lettering, this is repeated on two sides of the box. The back of the box/ card contains quite a bit of product information including the name of the product again, a description of what it does, directions for use and warnings. All of this information is written in brown writing on a plain white background, it is easy to read and follow. The actual Oatex Ear Drops come inside a small white plastic bottle which fits inside the box, this has a label wrapped around it with the product name on it and a few warnings about using the product written down one side, there is not a massive amount of information on the actual bottle this is mainly on the packaging and also the leaflet inside the box which contains all the information you need to know about the ear drops. The bottle has a dropper on the end of it which allows you to put the drops into you ear one drop at a time, the bottle is made from quite a soft plastic so you can easily gently squeeze the bottle and release one drop, this dropper is covered with a white plastic lid which is the same shape as the dropper meaning it fits nicely over the top keeping it clean and protected, this simply screws on and off of the top of the bottle.
The Ear Drops
Otex ear Drops basically work using a dual action to help remove hard ear wax from the ear canal, the drops help to soften the wax and also liberates oxygen which helps to disperse it, the idea with otex Ear Drops is that they are supposed to help reduce the amount of times you need your ears syringing if you are someone who has this done on a regular basis, personally I am not and having a blocked ear was a one off for me. The ear drops are a clear liquid, and to be honest look just like water, again this makes applying them easy as you do not have to squeeze the bottle hard to get the drops to come out. Otex Ear Drops are hardy to have in the house as they are suitable for people of all ages even children can use these, as long as the instructions are followed and the correct doses are kept to then using these ear drops should not be a problem.
Directions for Use
Using Otex Ear Drops is quite easy you simply tilt your head and apply up to 5 drops to your ear, wait a few minutes with your head still tilted and then wipe away any surplus with a tissue and repeat on the other ear if needed. This needs to be done once or twice a day and can take three to four days for the drops to work however it does state that if the problem does persist and you do not see any improvement within a few days you should visit your doctor. The process of applying the ear drops is easy, however you may find that you need someone to help you, it isn't always easy to judge how many drops you have applied to your ear when doing it yourself, the instructions do say that if you apply too much Otex it does not matter and you can simply wipe the extra away with a tissue, however if you can avoid applying too much then you should.
There are quite a few warnings listed on the back of the Otex Ear Drop box, these are also listed on the instruction leaflet but in more detail, the warnings consist of
*Do not use if you have a history of ear problems unless being supervised by a doctor
*Do not use if you are putting anything into your ear such as other drops or a hearing aid
*Do not use if you suffer from dizziness
*Do not use if you have other symptoms such as pain, discharge, swelling or tinitus
*Do not use if you have had your ears syringed within the last 2 to 3 days or tried to use hard wax by other methods as this could irritate your ear
*Keep away from your eyes
*Discontinue use if pain or irritation occurs and consult your doctor
*If symptoms persist consult your doctor.
All of these are clearly written both on the box and the leaflet as I have mentioned and it is certainly worth reading through them before using the drops, I had to check as I wasn't sure I could use them whilst pregnant, however the leaflet states that they are ok to use, however if you are unsure of anything when it comes to using Otex Ear Drops the packaging and leaflet does state that you should consult a doctor or pharmacist to ensure that they are safe for you to use.
There are a few side effects of using this product, although not all of them will occur, these are listed on the leaflet inside the box and include
*You may experience a mild bubbling sensation inside the ear due to the release of oxygen and the wax breaking down
*Can cause irritation, pain or loss of hearing and may make the symptoms of the wax worse
*Sometimes you may experience an unpleasant taste in your mouth, although this is rare.
Should you get any of these symptoms and they persist and do not wear off you should discontinue use and consult your doctor.
Price & Availability
Otex Ear Drops are available in a variety of different shops, you can purchase them in most chemists as well as several supermarkets, I actually bought mine from my local Boots, the 8ml bottle cost me £4.75, I did think that this was a bit of the expensive side to start with for ear drops and for such a small bottle, however I didn't mind paying if it sorted my husbands ear out (which was why I purchased them in the first place) also you only use a few drops at a time so a small bottle does last a while. I did read that you should discard of any of the product which has been opened and is remaining after 4 weeks which does seems bit of a waste, although I'm sure there is a reason for this.
I have mixed feelings really when it comes to these, for my husband they did not work at all, for me I think to a certain extent they did help to clear my ear as after a couple of days use they did feel a lot better. The product is fairly priced and worth the money. Luckily neither of us had any side effects from using Otex other than a mild crackling sound in the ear, however this is normal and just the release of oxygen and breaking down the wax, this was temporary and soon passed, other than that neither of us had any problems with using this product at all. Overall I think I would recommend Otex Ear Drops as they do work if you are suffering from blocked ears and would purchase them again if needed.
Summary: I would use them again
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