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Polymyxin, Bacitracin, and Neomycin
Why is this medication prescribed?
This combination of antibiotics is used to treat eye infections and to prevent and treat localized skin infections.
This medication is sometimes prescribed for other uses; ask your doctor or pharmacist for more information.
How should this medicine be used?
This medication comes as an ointment that is applied to the skin and as an eye ointment and eye drops. For skin infections, the combination of polymyxin, bacitracin, and neomycin usually is used two or three times a day. For eye infections, it is used once a day or as often as every 3 or 4 hours for 7-10 days. Follow the directions on the package or on your prescription label carefully, and ask your doctor or pharmacist to explain any part you do not understand. Use polymyxin, bacitracin, and neomycin exactly as directed. Do not use more or less of it or use it more often than prescribed by your doctor.
Thoroughly clean the infected area, allow it to dry, and then gently rub the medication in until most of it disappears. Use just enough medication to cover the affected area. You should wash your hands after applying the medication.
If you obtained this medication without a prescription, do not use it for more than 7 days.
Apply only small amounts to scrapes, cuts, burns, sores, and wounds; do not apply the medication more frequently than directed because neomycin can be absorbed into the body through broken skin and cause kidney problems and hearing difficulty.
Do not apply this medication to a child's diaper area, especially if the skin is raw, unless told to do so by a doctor. If you are directed to apply it to a child's diaper area, do not use tightly fitting diapers or plastic pants; they can increase the absorption of neomycin and cause harmful effects.
To use the eye ointment, follow these steps:
To use the eye drops, follow these steps:
What special precautions should I follow?
Before using polymyxin, bacitracin, and neomycin,
What should I do if I forget a dose?
Use the missed dose as soon as you remember it. However, if it is almost time for the next dose, skip the missed dose and continue your regular dosing schedule. Do not use a double dose to make up for a missed one.
What side effects can this medication cause?
Although side effects from polymyxin, bacitracin, and neomycin are not common, they can occur.
If you experience any of the following symptoms, call your doctor immediately:
Keep this medication in the container it came in, tightly closed, and out of reach of children. Store it at room temperature and away from excess heat and moisture (not in the bathroom). Throw away any medication that is outdated or no longer needed. Talk to your pharmacist about the proper disposal of your medication.
What other information should I know?
Keep all appointments with your doctor. This medication is for external use only. Do not let polymycin, bacitracin, and neomycin get into your eyes, nose, or mouth, and do not swallow it. Do not apply dressings, bandages, cosmetics, lotions, or other skin medications to the area being treated unless your doctor tells you.
Do not let anyone else use your medication. Ask your pharmacist any questions you have about refilling your prescription.
If you still have symptoms of infection after you finish the polymycin, bacitracin, and neomycin, call your doctor.
Last updated: Tue, 06 Jan 2009 00:20:03 GMT