Generic Name: gramicidin, neomycin, and polymyxin B ophthalmic (gram i SYE din, NEE oh MYE sin, POL ee MIX in B off THAL mik)Brand names: Neosporin Ophthalmic, Ocu-Spore-G, Neocidin, AK-Spore, Neocin PG, Neoptic
Gramicidin, neomycin, and polymyxin B are all antibiotics. They are used to treat bacterial infections.The ophthalmic form of gramicidin, neomycin, and polymyxin B is used to treat bacterial infections of the eyes.
Gramicidin, neomycin, and polymyxin B ophthalmic may also be used for purposes other than those listed in this medication guide.What is the most important information I should know about gramicidin, neomycin, and polymyxin B ophthalmic?
Contact your doctor if your symptoms begin to get worse or if you do not see any improvement in your condition after a few days.Do not touch the dropper to any surface, including your eyes or hands. The dropper is sterile. If it becomes contaminated, it could cause an infection in your eye.
Apply light pressure to the inside corner of your eye (near your nose) after each drop to prevent the liquid from draining down your tear duct.
Use gramicidin, neomycin, and polymyxin B eyedrops exactly as directed by your doctor. If you do not understand these directions, ask your pharmacist, nurse, or doctor to explain them to you.Wash your hands before and after using your eyedrops.
To apply the eyedrops:
Tilt your head back slightly and pull down on your lower eyelid. Position the dropper above your eye. Look up and away from the dropper. Squeeze out a drop and close your eye. Apply gentle pressure to the inside corner of your eye (near your nose) for about 1 minute to prevent the liquid from draining down your tear duct. If you are using more than one drop in the same eye or drops in both eyes, repeat the process with about 5 minutes between drops.
Apply the missed dose as soon as you remember. However, if it is almost time for your next regularly scheduled dose, skip the missed dose and apply the next one as directed. Do not use a double dose of this medication.
An overdose of this medication is unlikely to occur. If you do suspect an overdose, wash the eye with water and call an emergency room or poison control center near you. If the drops have been ingested, drink plenty of fluid and call an emergency center for advice.What should I avoid while using gramicidin, neomycin, and polymyxin B ophthalmic?Do not touch the dropper to any surface, including your eyes or hands. The dropper is sterile. If it becomes contaminated, it could cause an infection in your eye. Use caution when driving, operating machinery, or performing other hazardous activities. Gramicidin, neomycin, and polymyxin B ophthalmic may cause blurred vision. If you experience blurred vision, avoid these activities.
Use caution with contact lenses. Wear them only if your doctor approves. After applying this medication, wait at least 15 minutes before inserting contact lenses.
Avoid other eye medications unless your doctor approves.
Serious side effects are not expected with this medication.
Commonly, some burning, stinging, irritation, itching, redness, blurred vision, eyelid itching, eyelid swelling or crusting, tearing, or sensitivity to light may occur.
This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.
Avoid other eye medications unless they are approved by your doctor.
Drugs other than those listed here may also interact with gramicidin, neomycin, and polymyxin B ophthalmic. Talk to your doctor and pharmacist before taking any prescription or over-the-counter medicines.