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.