Neomycin (Ophthalmic)

As an antibiotic, Neomycin ophthalmic is commonly prescribed to patients who suffer from a number of different eye infections.

Overview

Neomycin ophthalmic is a drug that is prescribed to people who suffer from a range of different eye infections. As an antibiotic, it can help to treat the eye infection. However, despite it helping a range of different infections, it is only available if you have a doctor's prescription. To decide whether it is indeed the best course of treatment for you, your doctor will first need to examine your condition. It has the potential to interact with other drugs you may be taking and can cause a number of different side effects to occur. Your doctor can prepare you for all such eventualities, as well as tell you the exact amount and frequency of the medicine that is best to clear up your particular infection.

Condition(s) treated

  • Eye infections

Type of medicine

  • Ophthalmic

Side Effects

As well as helping to clear up your eye infection, it is possible that this drug will cause you to experience some unwanted side effects. In some cases, these side effects are less severe and require less cause for immediate concern. However, directly below you can find a list of the more severe side effects you could potentially experience. If you do have any of the following, you should contact your doctor at once.

More common

  • Redness, swelling, itching, rash, or another sign of irritation that was not present before using this medicine

As mentioned, you could experience some less serious side effects which do not require immediate attention. In fact, you may find that these side effects will pass over time as treatment for your eye infection continues and your body adjusts to the medicine. Directly below is a list of such side effects. Do be aware however that, if you do experience any of the below and find them bothersome or lingering, you can still contact your doctor. They may be able to advise ways to reduce the effects, possibly by altering your dosages.

Less common

  • Stinging or burning

Beyond this, it is possible that after first applying this medicine, you find that your vision becomes blurred. This may be expected with a number of eye ointments.
Beyond this, you may experience other side effects not listed here. If this is the case, then you can still contact your doctor regarding any queries you have.

Dosage

Below you can find the typical dosages of this medicine that are prescribed to patients suffering from an eye infection. Be aware that the exact dosage you are given may differ greatly from that listed below. That is because every patient is different and your doses are based on your exact medical condition, as well as other drugs you currently take.

You should not alter your dosages in any way unless told to do so by your doctor. Instead, you should follow all guidance they give you, especially regarding the frequency and time of day with which you should take your Neomycin.

  • Adults and children. Use these drops in your eye every 8 to 24 hours.

It is imperative that you don't miss any doses of this medicine as doing so will impact the effectiveness it will have on your infection. However, if you do miss an infection for any reason, then you should take the missed dose as soon as possible. Afterwards, return to your normal dosing schedule. Be aware that, if you have missed a dose and it is almost time for your next one, then simply skip the dose you missed.

Here is a guide to using the Neomycin ophthalmic medication.

  • Before starting, wash your hands thoroughly.

In order to fully clear up your infection, you should keep using this ointment for the full time you have been prescribed. Even if you find that your symptoms are clearing up, you should keep taking the medicine unless told to stop. Again, it is imperative that you don't miss any doses.

Interactions

It is possible that Neomycin eye ointment will interact with other drugs you are currently taking. For this reason, your doctor will need to know any and all drugs you are currently taking. This includes all prescription and nonprescription drugs. If an interaction was to occur, your doctor may change one or both of the medicines in question. However, in other cases, an interaction may be necessary as it is the best course of treatment for your condition. Under such circumstances, your doctor may alter the exact doses you receive of one or both medicines in order to limit the extent of the interactions. Either way, you should advise your doctor of all medicines you take and they can advise you on the likelihood of any interactions. Directly below is a list of the drugs which are known to cause a major interaction when used with Neomycin ophthalmic.

As well as drugs, it is possible that this medicine will interact with certain parts of your dietary intake. For this reason, your doctor may advise that you limit your intake of certain things you eat, drink, or smoke. You should follow this guidance as it will enable you to get the most benefits from your treatment. For example, they may require you stop drinking as much alcohol or smoking as much tobacco whilst using this medicine.

Warnings

Before prescribing you this medicine, your doctor will first want to ensure it is a suitable medicine for you. As a part of this process, they will need to be made aware of any allergies you have. This includes allergies to foods, animals, preservatives, or dyes.

As of writing, no appropriate studies have yet been performed into the effects of this drug on pediatric patients.

Similarly, there is no specific information regarding how this affects geriatric patients in comparison to average adults. Your doctor can advise you if you are likely to face any extra risks.

Studies carried out on pregnant women have highlighted an increased risk to the unborn fetus. However, the benefits obtained from using this drug may still outweigh any risks You doctor can discuss this with you.

As of writing, there are no suitable studies for examining the increased risks to breastfeeding women of using this medicine. Your doctor can weigh up any increased risks with you.

If you find your eye infection doesn't clear up, or becomes worse, within a few days of using this medicine, inform your doctor.

Storage

You should store your Neomycin is a sealed container that is provided to you when you receive the prescription. You should store it at room temperature, and keep it away from any direct light, heat, and moisture. Under no circumstances should the medicine be allowed to freeze. It can be harmful to children, so should be stored somewhere safe. Once you are finished with your course of treatment, you should dispose of any remaining medicine in a sensible and safe manner. The same applies to any medicine that you find to be out of date. If you have any questions regarding how to dispose of your Neomycin, you can ask your doctor or pharmacist.

Summary

If you suffer from an eye infection, then it is likely that you may be prescribed Neomycin ophthalmic medicine as a means to help clear up the infection. However, it is not necessarily given to every patient, as it is not suitable for all. It has the potential to interact with some drugs and can cause unwanted side effects. Your doctor is best placed to advise you of any increased risks you face and then what to do if you experience unwanted side effects. If you notice your condition getting worse or not improving after having used this medicine for a few days, you should contact your doctor. Similarly, if you have any of questions regarding this drug, your doctor is best placed to answer them.