Acetic Acid

Aug 6, 2022

Dosage form: otic solution
Drug class:  Otic anti-infectives

Rx only


Acetic Acid otic solution, USP is a solution of Acetic Acid (2%), in a propylene glycol vehicle containing propylene glycol diacetate (3%), benzethonium chloride (0.02%), sodium acetate (0.015%), and citric acid. The molecular formula for Acetic Acid is CH3COOH, with a molecular weight of 60.05. The structural formula is:

Acetic Acid otic solution, USP is available as a nonaqueous otic solution buffered at pH 3 for use in the external ear canal.


Acetic Acid is antibacterial and antifungal; propylene glycol is hydrophilic and provides a low surface tension; benzethonium chloride is a surface active agent that promotes contact of the solution with tissues.


For the treatment of superficial infections of the external auditory canal caused by organisms susceptible to the action of the antimicrobial.


Hypersensitivity to Acetic Acid otic solution or any of the ingredients. Perforated tympanic membrane is considered a contraindication to the use of any medication in the external ear canal.


Discontinue promptly if sensitization or irritation occurs.


Transient stinging or burning may be noted occasionally when the solution is first instilled into the acutely inflamed ear.


Safety and effectiveness in pediatric patients below the age of 3 years have not been established.

Adverse Reactions

Stinging or burning may be noted occasionally; local irritation has occurred very rarely.

To report SUSPECTED ADVERSE REACTIONS, contact Saptalis Pharmaceuticals, LLC at 1-833-727-8254 or FDA at 1­800-FDA-1088 or


Carefully remove all cerumen and debris to allow Acetic Acid otic solution to contact infected surfaces directly. To promote continuous contact, insert a wick of cotton saturated with Acetic Acid otic solution into the ear canal; the wick may also be saturated after insertion. Instruct the patient to keep the wick in for at least 24 hours and to keep it moist by adding 3 drops to 5 drops of Acetic Acid otic solution every 4 hours to 6 hours. The wick may be removed after 24 hours but the patient should continue to instill 5 drops of Acetic Acid otic solution 3 times or 4 times daily thereafter, for as long as indicated. In pediatric patients, 3 drops to 4 drops may be sufficient due to the smaller capacity of the ear canal.


Acetic Acid otic solution, USP, containing 2% Acetic Acid, is available in 15 mL measured‑drop, safety-tip plastic bottles.

NDC 52817-816-15 15 mL Bottle


Store at 20° to 25°C (68° to 77°F) [see USP Controlled Room Temperature]. Keep container tightly closed.

Manufactured by:

Saptalis Pharmaceuticals, LLC

Hauppauge, NY 11788

Distributed by:

TruPharma, LLC

Tampa, FL 33609

Rev. 03/20-R1

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