Otitis media – when to use antibiotics in GP

3rd May 2022 by Dr Louise Hudman

Otitis media – when to use antibiotics in GP

This guideline was first published in 2018 and has just been updated (March 2022).

What has been updated?

We can now consider prescribing an eardrop containing an anaesthetic and an analgesic to children and young people presenting with otitis media as long as:

  • no immediate antibiotic prescription is given AND
  • there is no tympanic membrane perforation or otorrhoea.

These drops are called ‘Otigo’ and contain phenazone and lidocaine. It is a prescription-only medication.

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