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Polymyxin B Topical



Polymyxin B topical is used in combination with other antibiotic (e.g., neomycin) and steroid (e.g., dexamethasone) medications, for treatment of infections of eye, ear, and skin, which are not fungal or viral.

How it works

Polymyxin B belongs to a group of medications called as polypeptide antibiotic. It works by killing the bacteria that causes the infection.

Common side effects

Acne-like rash, Allergic reaction, Itching


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Expert advice

  • Do not use contact lenses during treatment with polymyxin B topical.
  • Consult your doctor if you experience the symptoms of infections other than the existing, with prolonged use of polymyxin B topical.
  • Seek immediate medical attention if pain, redness, swelling, or irritation in your eyes worsens or persists.
  • Get your eye pressure checked regularly while using polymyxin B eye drops.
  • Do not drive or use machines immediately after taking this drug as it may cause blurred vision.
  • Tell your doctor if you are or planning to become pregnant or are breastfeeding.
  • It should not take if patient isallergic to polymyxin B or any of its ingredients 
  • It sholud not given to patients with herpes simplex keratitis (a condition of eye), fungal, viral, or mycobacterial infections of eye.

Frequently asked questions

Polymyxin B Topical

 Q. Is polymyxin B topical an antibiotic/sulpha drug/penicillin? 
Polymyxin B belongs to a class of medications called as antibiotics. It is not a sulpha drug/penicillin.
Q. Does Polymyxin B topical expire?
Polymyxin B topical does expire and should not be used beyond the expiry date.
Q. Does Polymyxin B topical treat pink eye or conjunctivitis? 
Polymyxin B topical may be used to treat pink eye or conjunctivitis. Your doctor will decide the most suitable medication based on your condition.

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