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Hydrocortisone, Neomycin, and Polymyxin
Why is this medication prescribed?
The combination of hydrocortisone, neomycin, and polymyxin eliminates bacteria that cause ear, eye, and skin infections and relieves pain, inflammation, redness, and itching.
This medication is sometimes prescribed for other uses; ask your doctor or pharmacist for more information.
How should this medicine be used?
This combination of drugs comes in eardrops, eyedrops, and a skin cream. For eye infections, this medication usually is used every 3 to 4 hours; for ear and skin infections, it usually is used two to four times a day. Follow the directions on your prescription label carefully, and ask your doctor or pharmacist to explain any part you do not understand. Use this combination exactly as directed. Do not use more or less of it or use it more often than prescribed by your doctor. Do not use this medication for more than 10 days. If your infection does not improve within 1 week or if it worsens, call your doctor.
To apply the eardrops, follow these directions (to make this procedure easier, have someone else insert the drops):
To apply the eyedrops, shake the bottle well and follow these directions:
To use the skin cream, wash the affected skin area thoroughly. Then apply a small amount of cream and rub it in gently. If you use the cream on your face, keep it out of your eyes.
When using the cream, do not bandage or otherwise wrap your skin unless directed by your doctor. Do not apply this medication to other areas of the body unless directed by your doctor.
Do not apply cosmetics or other skin preparations to the treated skin area without talking with your doctor.
If you use this medication on a child's diaper area, do not use tight-fitting diapers or plastic pants. Such use may increase side effects.
What special precautions should I follow?
Before using hydrocortisone, neomycin, and polymyxin,
What should I do if I forget a dose?
Apply 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 apply a double dose to make up for a missed one.
What side effects can this medication cause?
Although side effects from hydrocortisone, neomycin, and polymyxin are not common, they can occur. Tell your doctor if any of these symptoms are severe or do not go away:
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 according to the package instructions. Throw away any medication that is outdated or no longer needed. Talk to your pharmacist about the proper disposal of your medications.
What other information should I know?
Keep all appointments with your doctor.
Do not let anyone else use your medication. Ask your pharmacist any questions you have about refilling your prescription.
Last updated: Tue, 06 Jan 2009 00:20:03 GMT