Neomycin, Polymyxin B, and Hydrocortisone (Otic)
Brand Names : AK-Spore HC Otic, Antibiotic Ear, Cortatrigen Ear, Cortatrigen Modified Ear Drops, Cort-Biotic, Cortisporin, Cortomycin, Drotic, Ear-Eze, LazerSporin-C, Masporin Otic, Octicair, Octigen, Otic-Care, Otic-Care Ear, Otimar, Otisan, Otocidin, Otocort, Pediotic, UAD Otic
Before Using This Medicine
In deciding to use a medicine,
the risks of using the medicine must be weighed against the good it will do.
This is a decision you and your doctor will make. For neomycin, polymyxin
B, and hydrocortisone otic preparations, the following should be considered:
Allergies - Tell your doctor if you have ever had any unusual or
allergic reaction to this medicine or to any related antibiotic, such as amikacin
(e.g., Amikin), colistimethate (e.g., Coly-Mycin M), colistin (e.g., Coly-Mycin
S), gentamicin (e.g., Garamycin), kanamycin (e.g., Kantrex), neomycin by mouth
or by injection (e.g., Mycifradin), netilmicin (e.g., Netromycin), paromomycin
(e.g., Humatin), polymyxin B by injection (e.g., Aerosporin), streptomycin,
or tobramycin (e.g., Nebcin). Also tell your health care professional if you
are allergic to any other substances, such as preservatives or dyes.
Pregnancy - Neomycin, polymyxin B, and hydrocortisone otic preparations
have not been studied in pregnant women. However, studies in animals have
shown that topical corticosteroids (such as hydrocortisone) cause birth defects.
Before using this medicine, make sure your doctor knows if you are pregnant
or if you may become pregnant.
Breast-feeding - Neomycin, polymyxin B, and hydrocortisone otic
preparations have not been reported to cause problems in nursing babies.
Children - Although there is no specific information comparing
use of otic neomycin, polymyxin B, and hydrocortisone preparation in children
with use in other age groups, this preparation is not expected to cause different
side effects or problems in children than it does in adults.
Older adults - Many medicines have not been studied specifically
in older people. Therefore, it may not be known whether they work exactly
the same way they do in younger adults. Although there is no specific information
comparing use of otic neomycin, polymyxin B, and hydrocortisone preparation
in the elderly with use in other age groups, this preparation is not expected
to cause different side effects or problems in older people than it does in
Other medicines - Although certain medicines should not be used
together at all, in other cases two different medicines may be used together
even if an interaction might occur. In these cases, your doctor may want to
change the dose, or other precautions may be necessary. Tell your health care
professional if you are using any other otic (for the ear) prescription or
nonprescription (over-the-counter [OTC] medicine).
Other medical problems - The presence of other medical
problems may affect the use of neomycin, polymyxin B, and hydrocortisone otic
preparations. Make sure you tell your doctor if you have any other medical
Any other ear infection or condition (including punctured eardrum) - Use
of neomycin, polymyxin B, and hydrocortisone otic preparations may make the