Here is a quick mnemonic/memory aid “MAGIC EARS to remember about the Drugs Used To Treat Otitis Media

M: Macrolides (Azithromycin) – for atypical coverage in otitis media.

A: Amoxicillin – the first-line antibiotic for uncomplicated cases.

G: Gentamicin – an aminoglycoside for severe or resistant infections.

I: Ibuprofen – helps manage pain and inflammation associated with otitis media.

C: Ceftriaxone – a third-generation cephalosporin for broader spectrum coverage.

E: Erythromycin – an alternative macrolide choice for those allergic to penicillin.

A: Augmentin (Amoxicillin/Clavulanate) – offers extended coverage against beta-lactamase-producing organisms.

R: Rifampin – sometimes used for chronic or recurrent cases.

S: Sulfamethoxazole/Trimethoprim – another option for those with penicillin allergies.

Dr. Arin Nandi

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