1 What is Neomycin?

Brand: Neomycin

Generic: Neomycin

Neomycin is a type of antibiotic used to treat several types of infection, including infections of the skin.

This topical preparation is mainly used in preventing skin infections, but may be used to treat other problems, as well.

You may get this topical preparation without a doctor’s prescription.

2 What to Know Before Using

Your doctor will inform you of what you need to know before using Neomycin. The risks and benefits the medicine offer must be weighed. Before using this medicine, you and your doctor must consider the following:


If you have any unusual reaction to any medicine, be sure to tell your doctor about it. Additionally, disclose other types of allergies - foods, preservatives, animals, or dyes, if there are any. Read the package ingredients carefully and make sure you are not allergic to any of its ingredients.


No adequate studies have been done in children to determine safety and efficacy of use in pediatric patients.


No adequate studies have been done in the elderly to determine safety and efficacy of use in older patients.


Use of this medicine is not recommended during pregnancy as studies show possible risk to developing a fetus.


While there are no specific studies done in lactating women to determine the risk of using this drug to the breastfeeding infant, you may weigh the potential benefits against the risks before using this drug.

Drug Interactions

Certain medicines have adverse effects when used together. Nevertheless, it is still possible to take other medicines when taking this drug. Make sure to inform your doctor about other drugs you are taking, so that alterations and precautions will be made if necessary.

Using this with certain medicines needs utmost caution because the combination may result in certain side effects. Before taking this drug, talk to your doctor about possible interactions if you are taking other medications, both prescription and over-the-counter.

3 Proper Usage

To use neomycin properly, you must follow all instructions given by your doctor. Do not use neomycin to treat deep, puncture wounds, raw areas of the skin, and serious burns without your doctor’s advice. Do not apply in the eyes. Wash your hands thoroughly before applying for this medicine. Wash the affected areas using soap and water. Dry thoroughly with clean cloth or towel.

Apply generously and rub in gently until absorbed by the skin. You may cover the affected area with clean gauze after applying for the medicine. For minor skin infections, apply 1-3 times a day for 7-10 days.

Missed dose

Take the missed dose as soon as possible. In case it is almost time for the next dose, skip the missed one and follow your regular dosing schedule.


Keep the medicine in an airtight container at normal room temperature. Keep it away from direct light, heat, and moisture. Do not let it freeze. Keep the medicine out of children’s reach. Throw away any outdated medicine or medicine that are not in use.

4 Precautions to Take

In using Neomycin, you must be careful and take some precautions as advised by your doctor. Consult your doctor if your symptoms persist or get worse after 7 days of treatment.

5 Potential Side Effects

Make sure you meet with your doctor in using Neomycin to avoid unwanted potential side effects.

Common side effects include rash, itching, swelling, redness, and other skin irritation that occurs after application.

You may contact your doctor if any of these side effects become bothersome.

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