Neosporin Ointment (Bacitracin Zinc, Hydrocortisone, Neomycin Sulfate, Polymyxin B Sulfate)

(℞) Prescription Required

Neosporin Ointment (Bacitracin Zinc, Hydrocortisone, Neomycin Sulfate, Polymyxin B Sulfate) Usage and Side Effects

NEOSPORIN kills bacteria by keeping the germs from the protein they need to build cell walls.

Proper Use of this medication

You can apply a thin film of NEOSPORIN to the irritated or injured skin one to three times a day.

The ointment form may be applied to most open wounds, but the cream should not be used on broken skin.

Missed Dose of NEOSPORIN

If you have been using NEOSPORIN on a wound and forget to apply it, use it as soon as you remember.

If it's almost time for the next application, skip the missed one and use it at the regular time.

Side Effects

Common Side Effects of NEOSPORIN

  • Skin irritation
  • Rash

Serious Side Effects of NEOSPORIN

  • Kidney damage
  • Liver damage

Warnings and Precautions

Don't take if you're allergic to NEOSPORIN or any of the ingredients in the drug.  

Ask your doctor about NEOSPORIN if you have myasthenia gravis.

Do not apply the cream form to an open wound.

NEOSPORIN and Pregnancy

Some NEOSPORIN products may not be safe to use during pregnancy, and doctors do not know whether or not it's safe for your unborn child.

In generally, doctors consider NEOSPORIN safe to use while breastfeeding.

If you're pregnant, planning a pregnancy, or breastfeeding talk to your doctor before using NEOSPORIN.

Interactions with this medication

NEOSPORIN doesn't usually interact with other drugs. Nevertheless, tell your doctor and pharmacist all the medications you're taking.

This includes prescriptions and over-the-counter (OTC) medications, vitamins and other dietary supplements (nutritional shakes, protein powders, etc.), herbal remedies, and illegal and recreational drugs.

Also, even though NEOSPORIN contains neomycin, it doesn't interact with the pneumonia vaccine the way that oral neomycin does.

Other related products

The above information is an educational aid only. It is not intended as medical advice for individual conditions or treatments. Talk to your doctor, nurse or pharmacist before following any medical regimen to see if it is safe and effective for you.

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