Polysporin Antibiotic Cream
polymyxin B - gramicidin
In this drug factsheet:DIN (Drug Identification Number)
|02230844 ||POLYSPORIN ANTIBIOTIC CREAM|
How does this medication work? What will it do for me?
Polymyxin B sulfate - gramicidin contains a combination of antibiotics used to treat certain types of infections caused by bacteria. The topical cream can be used to treat certain skin infections and to prevent infections in burns, skin grafts, minor cuts, and wounds. The eye/ear drops are used to treat and prevent some types of external infections of the eye and ear. All preparations work 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.
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How should I use this medication?
Topical cream: Apply 1 to 3 times a day over the affected area. Rub the cream in gently, if condition permits. Cover with a dressing or leave exposed as directed by your doctor. Do not use the cream in the eyes.
Eye and ear solution: Apply 1 or 2 drops to the affected eye or ear, 4 times a day or more frequently as directed by 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 taking the medication without consulting your doctor.
It is important to use this medication exactly as prescribed by your doctor. If you miss a dose, take 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 take 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.
This medication is available under multiple brand names and/or in several different forms. Any specific brand name of this medication may not be available in all of the forms listed here. The forms available for the specific brand you have searched are listed under, "What form(s) does this medication come in?"
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 (as sulfate) 10,000 IU (international units) and gramicidin 0.25 mg. Nonmedicinal ingredients: methylparaben, mineral oil, petrolatum, poloxamer, propylene glycol, water, and wax.
Who should NOT take this medication?
Do not use this medication if you are allergic to polymyxin B sulfate, gramicidin, or any ingredients of the medication.