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Waxsol Ear Drops

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Generic Name: docusate sodium
Product Name: Waxsol Ear Drops

Indication: What Waxsol Ear Drops is used for

Waxsol is used to help remove ear wax in adults, and the elderly. Use in children under 12 years only on medical advice.

Ear wax is produced by the glands in the skin lining the ear canal, and its purpose appears to be protective.

The shape of the ear canal makes it difficult to clean. Because of the delicate nature of the ear, cotton buds and other instruments should never be inserted into it. Waxsol is used to soften and remove ear wax.

Action: How Waxsol Ear Drops works

The drops help to clear your ear canal if it is blocked with wax by softening it and breaking it up. Waxsol contains a mild emulsifier which penetrates and helps disperse ear wax.

Waxsol is a clear colourless liquid. It contains 10 mL of docusate sodium 0.5 % w/v in a water-miscible base containing glycerine and water. It contains a mixture of hydroxybenzoate esters 1.7 mg/mL and phenoxyethanol 4.3 mg/mL as preservatives.

Dose advice: How to use Waxsol Ear Drops

Before you use Waxsol

Do not use Waxsol:

  • If you have a perforated eardrum (a hole in your eardrum);
  • If your ear is sore or inflamed.

Waxsol can be used if you are pregnant or breastfeeding.

How to use Waxsol

Always use Waxsol exactly as directed.

You should check with your doctor or pharmacist if you are not sure.

How to use the drops

  • Fill the dropper from the bottle;
  • Tilt your head to one side;
  • Gently drip Waxsol into your blocked ear until it is full;
  • Place a cotton wool plug in the ear. The best time to do this is before you go to bed.

Only use the drops for 2 nights at a time.

If you feel that the drops are not working after this time, or the problem continues to exist, please contact your doctor or pharmacist.

If you use more Waxsol than you should, this may seep from the ear.

It is unlikely that you will notice any problems but if you do have any, (such as skin irritation), you should tell your doctor.

If you have any further questions on the use of this product, ask your doctor or pharmacist.

How to store Waxsol

Keep all medicines out of reach of children.

Store the bottle below 25°C.

Do not use Waxsol after the expiry date which is printed or embossed on the carton and label.

Schedule of Waxsol Ear Drops

Waxsol Ear Drops is unscheduled.

Side effects of Waxsol Ear Drops

Like all medicines, Waxsol can cause side effects, although not everybody gets them.

Some people may have an allergic reaction which may include redness of the skin area and/or a rash.

If you should experience any pain on application, you should stop using this product and seek medical advice.

Do not use Waxsol if you have an injury or swelling of the ear canal as this may result in painful symptoms.

Always tell your doctor or pharmacist if you think the drops are causing you a problem.

If any of the side effects become serious, or you notice any side effects not listed here, please tell your doctor or pharmacist.

For further information talk to your doctor.


  1. Waxsol Ear Drops Consumer Medicine Information (CMI). St Leonards, NSW: MEDA Pharmaceuticals Pty Ltd. July 2013. [PDF]

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Posted On: 22 July, 2003
Modified On: 18 August, 2018
Reviewed On: 10 April, 2018

Created by: myVMC