polymyxin b - neomycin - bacitracin zinc
In this drug factsheet:DIN (Drug Identification Number)
|00666122 ||NEOSPORIN OINTMENT|
How does this medication work? What will it do for me?
Polymyxin B sulfate - neomycin sulfate - bacitracin zinc contains a combination of antibiotics used to treat certain types of infections caused by bacteria. The topical ointment can be used to treat certain skin infections and to prevent infections in burns, minor cuts, and wounds. This preparation works by killing the bacteria that cause these infections.
Your doctor may have suggested this medication for conditions other than those listed in these drug information articles. As well, some forms of this medication may not be used for all of the conditions discussed here. If you have not discussed this with your doctor or are not sure why you are taking this medication, speak to your doctor. Do not stop taking this medication without consulting your doctor.
Do not give this medication to anyone else, even if they have the same symptoms as you do. It can be harmful for people to take this medication if their doctor has not prescribed it.
How should I use this medication?
After removing any debris, such as pus or crusts, from the affected area, apply a thin layer of the ointment 2 to 5 times daily over the affected area. You may cover the area with dressing or leave it exposed. Do not use the ointment in the eyes.
This medication should not be used for more than 7 days without medical supervision. If there is no improvement after 7 days of using this medication, call your doctor.
Many things can affect the dose of medication that a person needs, such as body weight, other medical conditions, and other medications. If your doctor has recommended a dose different from the ones listed here, do not change the way that you are using the medication without consulting your doctor.
It is important to use this medication exactly as prescribed by your doctor. If you miss a dose, apply it as soon as possible and continue with your regular schedule. If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and continue with your regular dosing schedule. Do not apply a double dose to make up for a missed one. If you are not sure what to do after missing a dose, contact your doctor or pharmacist for advice.
Store this medication at room temperature and keep it out of the reach of children.
Do not dispose of medications in wastewater (e.g. down the sink or in the toilet) or in household garbage. Ask your pharmacist how to dispose of medications that are no longer needed or have expired.
What form(s) does this medication come in?
Each gram contains polymyxin B sulfate 5,000 IU (international units), bacitracin zinc 400 IU, and neomycin sulfate 5 mg, in a low melting point petrolatum base.
Who should NOT take this medication?
Do not use this medication if you:
- are allergic to polymyxin B sulfate, neomycin sulfate, bacitracin zinc, or any ingredients of this medication
- are allergic to medications belonging to the class of medications known as aminoglycosides (e.g., gentamicin)
- have an external ear infection when there is a perforated eardrum
- have eye infections (this medication is not for the eye)
- have nerve deafness
- may need this treatment for a long period of time or have a very large affected area, where a significant amount of medication may be absorbed into the body
Do not give this medication to children younger than 2 years of age.