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Neosporin H Ointment

Manufactured byGLAXOSMITHKLINE PHARMACEUTICALS LTD
ContainsPolymyxin B (5000 International units ) + Neomycin (3400 International units ) + Bacitracin (400 International units ) + Hydrocortisone (10 mg)
Description

Neosporin H Ointment is a combination medicine which can be used for skin and ophthalmic use. This medicine is used to treat topical bacterial skin infections and relieves itching, burning, swelling, and pain of the skin associated with insect bites and various conditions like eczema or dermatitis where bacterial infection is present or suspected to happen. It is also used for the treatment of bacterial eye infections. It is recommended not to use the same tube for skin and eye infections that is two separate tubes should be used.

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Side effects

Major & minor side effects for Neosporin H Ointment

  • Severe allergic reaction
  • Itching and skin rash
  • Blistering and peeling of skin
  • Skin irritation
  • Eye irritation and discomfort
  • Blurred vision

Uses of Neosporin H Ointment

What is it prescribed for?

  • Bacterial skin infections
  • Bacterial eye infections
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Concerns

Commonly asked questions

  • How long does it take for this medicine to take effect?
    The amount of time required for this medicine to show its action is not clinically established.
  • How long do the effects of this medicine last?
    The time duration for which this medicine remains effective in the body is not clinically established.
  • Is it safe to consume alcohol while taking this medicine?
    Interaction with alcohol is unknown. It is advisable to consult your doctor before consumption.
  • Is this a habit forming medicine?
    No habit-forming tendencies were reported.
  • Can this medicine be taken during pregnancy?
    This medicine is not recommended for use in pregnant women unless absolutely necessary. All the risks and benefits should be discussed with the doctor before using this medicine.
  • Can this medicine be taken while breast-feeding?
    This medicine is not recommended for use in breastfeeding women unless absolutely necessary. All the risks and benefits should be discussed with the doctor before using this medicine.

Allergy

This medicine is not recommended for use if you have a known history of allergy to Polymyxin B, Neomycin, Bacitracin, hydrocortisone, or any other inactive ingredients present in the formulation.
Warnings for special population

Pregnancy

This medicine is not recommended for use in pregnant women unless absolutely necessary. All the risks and benefits should be discussed with the doctor before using this medicine.

Breast-feeding

This medicine is not recommended for use in breastfeeding women unless absolutely necessary. All the risks and benefits should be discussed with the doctor before using this medicine.
General warnings

Kidney Disease

This medicine should be used with caution in patients with kidney diseases due to the increased risk of adverse effects. Regular monitoring of kidney function, appropriate dose adjustments, or replacement with a suitable alternative may be required in some cases based on the clinical condition.

Diarrhea

Antibiotic therapy will cause an imbalance in the normal microbial flora of the large intestine, which may promote the growth of a bacteria called Clostridium difficile and you may experience severe diarrhea as a result. Report any such incidence to the doctor on priority and avoid usage of this medicine in such cases.

Duration of therapy

This medicine is usually recommended to use for not more than 7 days unless prescribed by your physician. Consult your physician in case of persisting symptoms of infection.

Driving or operating machinery

Ophthalmic use of this medicine may cause blurred vision in some patients. If you experience blurred vision during treatment with this medicine, it is advised that you do not perform any activities such as driving a vehicle or operating machinery until your vision is clear.

Other medicines

This combination medicine may interact with many other medicines and may cause severe adverse effects. Hence, it is advised that you inform the doctor about all your current medicines including any herbs and supplements before beginning treatment with this medicine.

Aminoglycosides

This medicine is not recommended for use along with other aminoglycosides due to the increased risk of severe adverse effects including kidney damage and hearing loss.

Use in children

This medicine is not recommended for use in children below 2 years of age since the safety and efficacy of use are not clinically established.

Missed Dose

Apply the missed dose as soon as you remember. If it is almost the time for your next dose, skip the missed dose. Do not apply a double dose to make up for the missed dose.

Overdose

An overdose of this medicine is not likely to cause severe symptoms. However, ingestion of this medicine may cause harm and immediate medical intervention may be required.
All drugs interact differently for person to person. You should check all the possible interactions with your doctor before starting any medicine.
Interaction with Alcohol

Description

Interaction with alcohol is unknown. It is advisable to consult your doctor before consumption.

Instructions

Interaction with alcohol is unknown. It is advisable to consult your doctor before consumption.
Interaction with Medicine
Disease interactions

Hyperadrenocorticism

This medicine should be used with extreme caution in patients suffering from a condition where the adrenal glands secrete an excess of steroidal hormones in the body. Suitable tests must be conducted to rule out this condition before beginning treatment with this medicine. Replacement with a suitable alternative may be required based on the clinical condition of the patient.
Food interactions
Information not available.
Lab interactions
Information not available.
Apply a thin ribbon of ointment to the affected area as instructed by the doctor. Follow all the usage instructions mentioned on the label or the package insert. Do not apply in larger or smaller quantities than recommended. Contact your doctor if symptoms do not improve or resolve after two weeks of use.
Miscelleneous

Usage does not depend on food timings

To be taken as instructed by doctor

Does not cause sleepiness

How it works
Polymyxin B, Neomycin, and Bacitracin work by disrupting the cell wall formation and inhibiting certain proteins required for the growth of the bacteria. Hydrocortisone reduces the actions of certain chemicals that cause swelling and pain in the body.
Legal Status

Unknown

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Classification

Category

Topical steroids with anti-infectives, Ophthalmic anti-infectives with steroids, Miscellaneous antibiotics

Schedule

Schedule H

[Internet]. India-pharma.gsk.com. 2019 [cited 14 May 2019]. Available from:

https://india-pharma.gsk.com/media/701213/neosporin-h-ointment.pdf

Polymyxin B Sulfate: DrugBank [Internet]. Drugbank.ca. 2017 [cited 10 May 2017]. Available from:

https://www.drugbank.ca/drugs/DB00781

Neomycin - DrugBank [Internet]. Drugbank.ca. 2017 [cited 10 August 2017]. Available from:

https://www.drugbank.ca/drugs/DB00994

Bacitracin - DrugBank [Internet]. Drugbank.ca. 2019 [cited 17 April 2019]. Available from:

https://www.drugbank.ca/drugs/DB00626

Hydrocortisone - DrugBank [Internet]. Drugbank.ca. 2017 [cited 12 July 2017]. Available from:

https://www.drugbank.ca/drugs/DB00741
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