What is Neosporin® used for?
Neosporin® is commonly used to prevent infections in minor cuts, scrapes, or burns on your skin.
Bacitracin, neomycin, and polymyxin B topical may also be used for other purposes not listed in this medication guide.
How should I take Neosporin®?
Use exactly as directed on the label, or as prescribed by your doctor. Do not use in larger or smaller amounts or for longer than recommended.
Before you apply this medication, wash the skin area with soap and water and then dry it thoroughly.
Do not apply the ointment over large skin areas. Do not use on a deep cut, an animal bite, or a serious burn. Contact your doctor for instructions on how to treat these more severe skin injuries.
This medication can be applied up to 3 times each day, or as directed on the medicine label. Cover the wound with a bandage if desired. Clean the wound and use a new bandage each time you apply the medicine.
Use the ointment for as many days as recommended on the label or by your doctor, even if your symptoms start getting better. Your symptoms may improve before the infection is completely cleared.
Call your doctor if your symptoms do not improve after 7 days of treatment, or if they get worse while using bacitracin, neomycin, and polymyxin B topical.
How do I store Neosporin®?
Neosporin® is best stored at room temperature away from direct light and moisture. To prevent drug damage, you should not store Neosporin® in the bathroom or the freezer. There may be different brands of Neosporin® that may have different storage needs. It is important to always check the product package for instructions on storage, or ask your pharmacist. For safety, you should keep all medicines away from children and pets.
You should not flush Neosporin® down the toilet or pour them into a drain unless instructed to do so. It is important to properly discard this product when it is expired or no longer needed. Consult your pharmacist for more details about how to safely discard your product.
Precautions & warnings
What should I know before using Neosporin®?
Before using this drug, tell your doctor if:
- You are pregnant or breastfeeding. This is because, while you are expecting or feeding a baby, you should only take medicines on the recommendation of a doctor.
- You are taking any other medicines. This includes any medicines you are taking which are available to buy without a prescription, such as herbal and complementary medicines.
- You have allergy with any of active or inactive ingredients of Neosporin® or other medications.
- You have any other illnesses, disorders, or medical conditions.
It is not known whether bacitracin, neomycin, and polymyxin B topical will harm an unborn baby. Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant while using this medication.
It is not known whether bacitracin, neomycin, and polymyxin B topical passes into breast milk or if it could harm a nursing baby. Tell your doctor if you are breast-feeding a baby.
Bacitracin, neomycin, and polymyxin B topical should not be used on a child younger than 2 years old without medical advice.
Is it safe during pregnancy or breastfeeding?
There isn’t enough information about the safety of using Neosporin® during pregnancy and breastfeeding. Please always consult with your doctor to weigh the potential benefits and risks before taking Neosporin®.
What side effects can occur from Neosporin®?
Get emergency medical help if you have any of these signs of an allergic reaction: hives; difficult breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.
A rare but serious side effect of neomycin is hearing loss, which has occurred in people using other forms of neomycin. It is unlikely that you would absorb enough of this medicine through your skin to cause this effect. Call your doctor at once if you notice any changes in your hearing.
Call your doctor at once if you have severe redness or irritation, swelling, pus, oozing, or other signs of infection.
Common side effects may include:
- Mild itching or rash
- Minor skin irritation after using the medicine
Not everyone experiences these side effects. There may be some side effects not listed above. If you have any concerns about a side-effect, please consult your doctor or pharmacist.
What drugs may interact with Neosporin®?
Neosporin® may interact with other drugs that you are currently taking, which can change how your drug works or increase your risk for serious side effects. To avoid any potential drug interactions, you should keep a list of all the drugs you are using (including prescription drugs, nonprescription drugs, and herbal products) and share it with your doctor and pharmacist. For your safety, do not start, stop, or change the dosage of any drugs without your doctor’s approval.
Does food or alcohol interact with Neosporin®?
Neosporin® may interact with food or alcohol by altering the way the drug works or increase the risk for serious side effects. Please discuss with your doctor or pharmacist any potential food or alcohol interactions before using this drug.
What health conditions may interact with Neosporin®?
Neosporin® may interact with your health condition. This interaction may worsen your health condition or alter the way the drug works. It is important to always let your doctor and pharmacist know all the health conditions you currently have.
Health conditions that may interact with this drug are:
- Chronic ear infections; or
- A ruptured (torn) eardrum.
The information provided is not a substitute for any medical advice. You should ALWAYS consult with your doctor or pharmacist before using Neosporin®.
What is the dose of Neosporin® for an adult?
Consult your doctor for further information.
What is the dose of Neosporin® for a child?
The dosage has not been established in pediatric patients. It may be unsafe for your child. It is always important to fully understand the safety of the drug before using. Please consult with your doctor or pharmacist for more information.
How is Neosporin® available?
Neosporin® is available in the following dosage forms and strengths:
What should I do in case of an emergency or overdose?
In case of an emergency or an overdose, call your local emergency services or go to your nearest emergency room.
What should I do if I miss a dose?
If you miss a dose of Neosporin®, take it as soon as possible. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and take your regular dose as scheduled. Do not take a double dose.
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Neosporin®. https://www.walgreens.com/store/c/neosporin-original-ointment/ID=prod1044709-product. Accessed November 10, 2017
Review Date: November 10, 2017 | Last Modified: November 10, 2017