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Neomycin Topical



Neomycin is used topically to prevent or treat skin infections caused by bacteria.

How it works

Neomycin belongs to the class of medications called as antibiotics. It prevents the bacterial growth by stopping the production of essential protein in the bacterial cells, thereby relieving the associated symptoms. 

Common side effects

Allergic reaction, Itching, Skin redness, Eye infection, Skin rash, Fever


Expert advice

  • Avoid direct contact of cream/ ointment with your eyes. In case of direct contact, wash your eyes with water immediately and seek immediate medical attention.
  • Inform your doctor if symptoms do not disappear after 7 days of use. 
  • Tell your doctor if you are pregnant, planning to become pregnant or are breastfeeding.
  • Do not use if you are allergic to neomycin or any of its ingredients. 

Frequently asked questions

Neomycin Topical

Q. Does neomycin expire?
Yes. The expiry date is provided on the ointment tube.
Q. Does neomycin topical cover pseudomonas?
No, neomycin topical is not effective against pseudomonas. 
Q. Does neomycin contain penicillin?
No, neomycin does not contain penicillin. It belongs to a group of drugs called aminoglycosides.
Q. Does neomycin cause tinnitus?
Neomycin is known to cause damage to the ear. One of the symptoms of damage to ear is tinnitus.

Content on this page was last updated on 30 September, 2016, by Dr. Varun Gupta (MD Pharmacology)