sulfites in ear drops

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   Posted 8/21/2015 1:09 PM (GMT -6)   
My allergist prescribed me ear drops for my itching ears. I got the drops and used them once. No problem, but then I read the ingredients, and this particular brand has potassium metabisulfite as a preservative.

I'm supposed to use them 3 times a day, so I'm going back to the pharmacy. The drops are just a generic, so cheap. That's not the issue. I thought the pharmacy's computer would catch my allergies!

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   Posted 8/21/2015 6:45 PM (GMT -6)   
Crikey, you have to watch everything!! I wonder if eye drops have preservatives in them too.
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   Posted 8/22/2015 8:35 AM (GMT -6)   
Read the label before buying anything, and read the package insert before using anything.

Lots of OTC eyedrops do have preservatives. A few don't.

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   Posted 8/25/2015 6:39 PM (GMT -6)   
You are your own best advocate when it comes to sulfite allergies/sensitivities. The computer program most pharmacies use do not have allowances for customized entries for the allergy list, they only have entries for known commercial pharmaceutical products. Thus, if you are allergic to a food or preservative, they can't put that on the main list, it has to go in a "comments" section. Not all pharmacists will check the "comments" section every time you fill a you have to be your own advocate and always, always check the ingredients.

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