Neomycin/Polymyxin B/Hydrocortisone Otic

Generic Name: Hydrocortisone

  • What is Neomycin/Polymyxin B/Hydrocortisone Otic?

    Neomycin/polymyxin B/hydrocortisone otic suspension is an antibiotic used to treat bacterial infections of your outer ear. Neomycin/polymyxin B/hydrocortisone is also used to treat infections of mastoidectomy or fenestration cavities, which are types of surgery of the ears.

  • What is the most important information I should know about Neomycin/Polymyxin B/Hydrocortisone Otic?

    Neomycin/polymyxin B/hydrocortisone can cause permanent hearing loss, especially if you use this medication for long periods of time.

    Neomycin/polymyxin B/hydrocortisone can cause an allergic skin reaction. Stop using neomycin/polymyxin B/hydrocortisone and tell your doctor immediately if you develop a skin rash, irritation, reddening with swelling, dry scaling, or itching.

    If you use neomycin/polymyxin B/hydrocortisone for a long period of time, it can lead to other infections, including fungal infections, that might not respond to this medication. Tell your doctor if your infection does not improve after 1 week of therapy.

  • Who should not take Neomycin/Polymyxin B/Hydrocortisone Otic?

    Do not use neomycin/polymyxin B/hydrocortisone if you are allergic to it or any of its ingredients, or if you are allergic to other similar antibiotics (such as gentamicin, kanamycin, paromomycin, or streptomycin). Also, do not use neomycin/polymyxin B/hydrocortisone if you have viral infections (such as herpes simplex virus or varicella zoster virus).

  • What should I tell my doctor before I take the first dose of Neomycin/Polymyxin B/Hydrocortisone Otic?

    Tell your doctor about all prescription, over-the-counter, and herbal medications you are taking before beginning treatment with neomycin/polymyxin B/hydrocortisone. Also, talk to your doctor about your complete medical history, especially if you have allergies, a viral infection, a perforated eardrum, other skin disorders, or kidney problems.

  • What is the usual dosage?

    The information below is based on the dosage guidelines your doctor uses. Depending on your condition and medical history, your doctor may prescribe a different regimen. Do not change the dosage or stop taking your medication without your doctor's approval.

    Adults: Apply 4 drops into the affected ear(s) 3-4 times a day for up to 10 days.

    Children ≥2 years: Apply 3 drops into the affected ear(s) 3-4 times a day for up to 10 days.

  • How should I take Neomycin/Polymyxin B/Hydrocortisone Otic?

    Apply neomycin/polymyxin B/hydrocortisone exactly as prescribed by your doctor. Shake the suspension well immediately before you use it. Cleanse and dry your ear canal.

    Lie with your affected ear upward and then apply the drops into your ear using the dropper. You should maintain this position for 5 minutes. Repeat, if necessary, for your opposite ear.

    If preferred, you can insert a cotton wick into your ear canal and apply the suspension onto it. Keep the cotton wick moist by adding further suspension every 4 hours. You should replace the wick at least once every 24 hours.

  • What should I avoid while taking Neomycin/Polymyxin B/Hydrocortisone Otic?

    Do not use neomycin/polymyxin B/hydrocortisone in your eyes.

    Do not touch the applicator tip with material from your ear, fingers, or other sources, as this can contaminate neomycin/polymyxin B/hydrocortisone.

  • What are possible food and drug interactions associated with Neomycin/Polymyxin B/Hydrocortisone Otic?

    No significant interactions have been reported with neomycin/polymyxin B/hydrocortisone at this time. However, always tell your doctor about any medicines you take, including over-the-counter medications, vitamins, and herbal supplements.

  • What are the possible side effects of Neomycin/Polymyxin B/Hydrocortisone Otic?

    Side effects cannot be anticipated. If any develop or change in intensity, tell your doctor as soon as possible. Only your doctor can determine if it is safe for you to continue taking this drug.

    Side effects may include: abnormal hair growth, acne (pimples), allergic skin reactions, burning or stinging in your ear, dryness, ear problems, infections, inflamed hair follicles, irritation, itching, kidney problems, loss of skin color, skin inflammation, stretch marks, sweat rash, thinning of skin layers

  • Can I receive Neomycin/Polymyxin B/Hydrocortisone Otic if I am pregnant or breastfeeding?

    The effects of neomycin/polymyxin B/hydrocortisone during pregnancy and breastfeeding are unknown. Neomycin/polymyxin B/hydrocortisone can be found in your breast milk if you use it while breastfeeding. Tell your doctor immediately if you are pregnant, plan to become pregnant, or are breastfeeding.

  • What should I do if I miss a dose of Neomycin/Polymyxin B/Hydrocortisone Otic?

    If you miss a dose of neomycin/polymyxin B/hydrocortisone, apply it as soon as you remember. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, skip the one you missed and return to your regular dosing schedule. Do not apply two doses at once.

  • How should I store Neomycin/Polymyxin B/Hydrocortisone Otic?

    Store at room temperature.