Generic Name(s): neomycin, bacitracin, polymyxin B
Drug Class: Antibiotics
Treats: burns, cuts, scrapes
Neosporin is an antibiotic medication used to treat and prevent minor skin infections that may be caused by burns, scrapes, and cuts. The drug stops the growth of bacteria within the skin. If you have deep cuts, serious burns, animal bites, or puncture wounds, you need to talk with your doctor before using this medication because it is intended to treat and prevent minor infections. It is available for self-medication without a prescription.
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Neosporin contains polymyxin, neomycin, and bacitracin, which are antibiotics that work to stop bacteria from growing. It only prevents and treats bacterial skin infections and may not work for other types of infections such as those caused by virus and fungi.
- Bacterial Skin Infections
Neosporin is intended for use on skin. If you use the ointment, you should apply small amounts that can fit on a fingertip. This medication should not be used for more than one week. If you do not see improvement, consult with your doctor.
- Ointment: apply a thin layer on the skin then rub it gently 1 to 3 times in a day
- Spray: apply a small amount to the affected skin for about 1 to 3 times in a day.
Neosporin Side Effects
While this medication is well tolerated, at times, its use may result in other kinds of skin infections such as bacterial or fungal infections. Many people who use this medication do not experience serious side effects. However, though rare, a serious allergic reaction might occur. You should consult your doctor if you notice any serious allergic reaction symptoms listed below.
- Rash accompanied by a burning sensation and redness
- Itching and swelling of face, throat, and tongue
- Trouble breathing
- Severe dizziness
- Hearing loss
Because there is little, if any amount, of Neosporin that gets to the blood stream, there is minimal risk of an interaction with other medicines. While it isn't likely other drugs that you inject or take orally can affect a medication applied topically like Neosporin, there may be interactions between this drug and the drugs listed below. Talk to your doctor if there are any other medications you are using orally, as an injection, or skin application including OTCs, herbal products, and vitamins.