How to Use Gentisone HC Ear Drops

Updated April 17, 2017

Gentisone HC is a sterile solution of Gentimicin and hydrocortisone. Gentamicin is a common antibiotic. Hydrocortisone is a corticosteroid and anti-inflammatory. When combined, these create a powerful solution to help treat ear infections. Pain, redness, itching and swelling are common signs of ear infection. Gentisone HC is prescribed by a health care professional and is easy to apply.

Wash hands thoroughly with soap and warm water.

Clean the outer portion of your ear with soap and warm water. Dry the area with a towel.

Remove the cap from the top of the bottle. Be careful not to touch the applicator.

Tilt your head, so the infected ear is facing upward. Leaning over a sink will catch any excess solution.

Lift the bottle over your ear and turn it upside-down. Do not insert the tip directly into the ear canal.

Squeeze the bottle until two or three drops enter the ear canal. Continue to hold your head in position for two minutes.

Lift your head slowly. A small amount of solution may leak from your ear. Wipe any excess solution off of your ear and face.

Replace the cap and store the medication in a cool, dry place. Throw away any solution remaining in the bottle, at the end of your treatment period.


The medication is for external use only. Do not use this medicine, if you have a perforated ear drum.

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