Cerumol are ear drops that contain arachis oil (peanut oil) and chlorobutanol. It is used for earwax build-up, to soften and remove a build-up of hardened ear wax. Read more about earwax build-up.
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Key points about Cerumol ear drops
- Cerumol ear drops are used for earwax build-up, to soften and remove a build-up of hardened ear wax.
- Cerumol are ear drops that contain arachis oil (peanut oil) and chlorobutanol.
- Find out how to use it safely and possible side effects.
|Cerumol should not be used if you have any of the following
Put about 5 drops into your ear canal. After that, put 2–3 drops into your ear canal twice a day for 3–4 days, if needed.
- Prepare a small pad of cotton wool the size of your thumbnail.
- Lie or sit down and tilt your head to the side.
- Use the dropper to put 5 drops into your ear canal. Do not push the dropper into your ear.
- As the drops enter your ear you may experience a harmless tingling sensation.
- Moisten the small pad of cotton wool with Cerumol or smear with petroleum jelly.
- Place the cotton wool pad in your ear but do not push it too far into your ear canal. This helps to keep the liquid in your ear canal.
- Remove the pad after 1 hour or the next morning.
- Repeat twice a day for 3 days if needed.
- The loosened wax usually comes out on its own, but if any wax remains, see your doctor.
- Do not use for longer than 3 days without contacting your doctor.
- If you have any difficulty with this or any concerns, contact your doctor or pharmacist for advice.
Read more about how to apply ear drops.
5 questions to ask about your medications(external link) Health Quality and Safety Commission, NZ, 2019 English(external link), te reo Māori(external link)
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