What is Easotic and what is it used for?
Easotic is a veterinary medicine used to treat dogs that suffer from acute or recurrent episodes of ear infections (otitis externa). It contains three active substances: hydrocortisone aceponate, miconazole nitrate and gentamicin sulphate.
How is Easotic used?
The medicine can only be obtained with a prescription. It is an ear drop suspension to be given once a day for five days. The dose is 1 ml, which is given directly into the ear by one activation of the pump supplied with the bottle. The inside of the ear should be cleaned and dried before treatment and any excess hair cut away.
For more information about using Easotic, see the package leaflet or contact your veterinarian or pharmacist.
How does Easotic work?
Ear infections in dogs can be caused by bacteria or fungi. They often lead to the ear(s) being inflamed (red, swollen and itchy). Two of the active substances in Easotic, miconazole nitrate and gentamicin sulphate, work against the cause of the infection, while the third one, hydrocortisone aceponate, works on the inflammation.
Hydrocortisone aceponate is a glucocorticosteroid, which is a type of substance that helps to reduce inflammation and itching. Miconazole nitrate is an antifungal that works by preventing the formation of ergosterol, which is an important part of fungal cell walls. Without ergosterol, the fungus is killed or prevented from spreading. Gentamicin sulphate is an antibiotic that belongs to the group aminoglycosides. It acts by preventing bacteria making proteins. This stops the bacteria growing, resulting in their death.