Flumetasone and clioquinol ear drops (Locorten-Vioform)

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Flumetasone and clioquinol ear drops are used to treat ear inflammation.

Unless you have been told otherwise, use 2 or 3 drops two or three times daily.

Throw the bottle away after your treatment has finished, even if there is some liquid left.

Be careful not to spill the drops - they can stain your skin and clothes.

Type of medicineAnti-infective and anti-inflammatory ear drops
Used forOtitis externa in adults and children over 2 years of age
Also calledLocorten-Vioform®
Available asEar drops

Ear drops containing flumetasone and clioquinol are used to treat ear inflammation, especially if it is thought an infection is causing the swelling. This happens in ear conditions such as otitis externa. Flumetasone reduces the inflammation, and clioquinol treats the infection.

Some medicines are not suitable for people with certain conditions, and sometimes a medicine may only be used if extra care is taken. For these reasons, before you (or your child) start this treatment it is important that your doctor or pharmacist knows:

  • If you have a perforated (burst) eardrum.
  • If you are pregnant or breast-feeding.
  • If you have ever had an allergic reaction to a medicine, or to any other ear drops.
  • If you are taking or using any other medicines. This includes any medicines you are taking which are available to buy without a prescription, such as herbal and complementary medicines.

Before you start this treatment, read the manufacturer's printed information leaflet from the pack. The leaflet will give you more information about the drops, and a full list of side-effects which you may experience from using them.

  1. Wash your hands well before you begin.
  2. Clean your ear with warm water and pat it dry.
  3. Remove the cap from the bottle of ear drops.
  4. Lie down, or tilt your head a little, so that the affected ear is facing upwards.
  5. Gently pull your earlobe to straighten the ear canal.
  6. Hold the container upside down near to the ear. Try not to touch the inside of your ear as you do this.
  7. Apply enough pressure to the container to release two or three drops.
  8. Keep your ear facing upwards for a few minutes to allow the solution to come into contact with the affected area.
  9. Repeat the process in your other ear if you have been asked to use the drops in both ears.
  10. Replace the cap.
  11. Wash your hands again.
  • Use the drops exactly as you have been advised by your doctor. It is likely that your doctor will recommend you use the drops two or three times daily. Try not to miss any doses. If you forget to put the drops in on time, do it as soon as you remember.
  • Be careful not to spill any of the drops on your clothing, as they may stain.
  • Do not try to clean inside your ear with cotton buds. If you stick buds or other objects into your ear they can damage and irritate the inflamed skin, and make things worse. Just wipe the outside of your ear with a clean cloth or tissue if any discharge appears.
  • You will be prescribed a short course of treatment (usually no more than seven days). If you feel your symptoms are no better after a week, make another appointment to see your doctor for advice.

Along with their useful effects, most medicines can cause unwanted side-effects although not everyone experiences them. These usually improve as your body adjusts to the new medicine, but speak with your doctor or pharmacist if any of the following side-effects continue or become troublesome.

Possible Locorten-Vioform® side-effectsWhat can I do if I experience this?
Mild irritation, burning or stingingIf this continues or becomes severe, speak with your doctor

If you experience any other symptoms which you think may be due to these drops, speak with your doctor or pharmacist.

  • Keep all medicines out of the reach and sight of children.
  • Store in a cool, dry place, away from direct heat and light.
  • If there is any preparation left in the container after you have finished your course of treatment, do not keep it to use later. Ear drops must not be used if the bottle has been open for longer than four weeks.

Never use more than the prescribed dose. If you suspect that someone has swallowed some of this medicine, go to the accident and emergency department of your local hospital at once. Take the container with you, even if it is empty.

If you buy any medicines check with a pharmacist that they are safe to use with your other medicines.

If you are having an operation or dental treatment, tell the person carrying out the treatment which medicines you are using.

This medicine is for you. Never give it to other people even if their condition appears to be the same as yours.

Never keep out-of-date or unwanted medicines. Take them to your local pharmacy which will dispose of them for you.

If you have any questions about this medicine ask your pharmacist.

Further reading & references

  • British National Formulary; 65th Edition (Mar 2013) British Medical Association and Royal Pharmaceutical Society of Great Britain, London

Disclaimer: This article is for information only and should not be used for the diagnosis or treatment of medical conditions. EMIS has used all reasonable care in compiling the information but make no warranty as to its accuracy. Consult a doctor or other health care professional for diagnosis and treatment of medical conditions. For details see our conditions.

Original Author:
Helen Allen
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Peer Reviewer:
Dr John Cox
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