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All about: Neosporin Plus Cream

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Generic Name: Neomycin/Polymyxin/Pramoxine Cream (NEE-oh-MYE-sin/POL-ee-MIX-in /pra-MOX-een)
Brand Name: Neosporin Plus

Neosporin Plus Cream is used for:

Treating and preventing infection and relieving pain or discomfort due to minor cuts, scrapes, and burns.

Neosporin Plus Cream is an antibiotic and anesthetic combination. It works by slowing the growth of, or killing, sensitive bacteria on the skin or in wounds.

Do NOT use Neosporin Plus Cream if:

  • you are allergic to any ingredient in Neosporin Plus Cream

Contact your doctor or health care provider right away if any of these apply to you.

Before using Neosporin Plus Cream:

Some medical conditions may interact with Neosporin Plus Cream. Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you have any medical conditions, especially if any of the following apply to you:

  • if you are pregnant, planning to become pregnant, or are breast-feeding
  • if you are taking any prescription or nonprescription medicine, herbal preparation, or dietary supplement
  • if you have allergies to medicines, foods, or other substances
  • if you have deep puncture wounds, animal bites, or serious burns

Some MEDICINES MAY INTERACT with Neosporin Plus Cream. Because little, if any, of Neosporin Plus Cream is absorbed into the blood, the risk of it interacting with another medicine is low.

Ask your health care provider if Neosporin Plus Cream may interact with other medicines that you take. Check with your health care provider before you start, stop, or change the dose of any medicine.

How to use Neosporin Plus Cream:

Use Neosporin Plus Cream as directed by your doctor. Check the label on the medicine for exact dosing instructions.

  • Neosporin Plus Cream is for external use only. Do not use in or near the eyes, nose, or mouth, or apply over large parts of the body.
  • To prevent reinfection, wash your hands before and after using Neosporin Plus Cream, unless your hands are part of the treated area.
  • Wash and completely dry the affected area. Apply a small amount of Neosporin Plus Cream (about the size of the tip of the finger) to the affected area. Gently rub the medicine in until it is evenly distributed.
  • The treated area may be covered with bandages.
  • If your doctor recommended that you use Neosporin Plus Cream for a certain period of time, it is important to use Neosporin Plus Cream for the full course of treatment. Keep using it even if you feel better within a few days.
  • If you miss a dose of Neosporin Plus Cream and you are using it regularly, use it as soon as possible. If it is almost time for the next dose, skip the missed dose and go back to your regular dosing schedule. Do not use 2 doses at once.

Ask your health care provider any questions you may have about how to use Neosporin Plus Cream.

Important safety information:

  • If your symptoms do not get better within a few days or if they get worse, check with your doctor.
  • Neosporin Plus Cream may cause harm if it is swallowed. If you may have taken it by mouth, contact your poison control center or emergency room right away.
  • Neosporin Plus Cream should not be used in CHILDREN younger than 2 years old; safety and effectiveness in these children have not been confirmed.
  • PREGNANCY and BREAST-FEEDING: If you become pregnant, contact your doctor. You will need to discuss the benefits and risks of using Neosporin Plus Cream while you are pregnant. It is not known if Neosporin Plus Cream is found in breast milk. If you are or will be breast-feeding while you use Neosporin Plus Cream, check with your doctor. Discuss any possible risks to your baby.

Possible side effects of Neosporin Plus Cream:

All medicines may cause side effects, but many people have no, or minor, side effects. Check with your doctor if any of these most COMMON side effects persist or become bothersome:

Burning; itching; rash; stinging.

Seek medical attention right away if any of these SEVERE side effects occur:

Severe allergic reactions (rash; hives; itching; difficulty breathing; tightness in the chest; swelling of the mouth, face, lips, or tongue); skin irritation not present before using Neosporin Plus Cream; worsening or recurrence of wound symptoms.

This is not a complete list of all side effects that may occur. If you have questions or need medical advice about side effects, contact your doctor or health care provider. You may report side effects to the FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088 (1-800-332-1088) or at http://www.fda.gov/medwatch.

If OVERDOSE is suspected:

Contact 1-800-222-1222 (the American Association of Poison Control Centers), your local poison control center (http://www.aapcc.org/findyour.htm ), or emergency room immediately.

Proper storage of Neosporin Plus Cream:

Store Neosporin Plus Cream at room temperature, between 59 and 77 degrees F (15 and 25 degrees C), in a tightly closed container. Store away from heat, moisture, and light. Do not store in the bathroom. Keep Neosporin Plus Cream out of the reach of children and away from pets.

General information:

  • If you have any questions about Neosporin Plus Cream, please talk with your doctor, pharmacist, or other health care provider.
  • Neosporin Plus Cream is to be used only by the patient for whom it is prescribed. Do not share it with other people.
  • If your symptoms do not improve or if they become worse, check with your doctor.

This information is a summary only. It does not contain all information about Neosporin Plus Cream. If you have questions about the medicine you are taking or would like more information, check with your doctor, pharmacist, or other health care provider.

Issue Date: September 5, 2007
Database Edition 07.3.1.003
Copyright © 2007 Wolters Kluwer Health, Inc.

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