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Neomycin Sulfate

Neomycin Sulfate Patient Information Including Side Effects

Brand Names: Neo-Fradin, Neo-Tab

Generic Name: neomycin (Pronunciation: nee oh MY sin)

What is neomycin (Neomycin Sulfate)?

Neomycin is an antibiotic that fights bacteria in the body.

Neomycin is used to reduce the risk of infection during surgery of your intestines. Neomycin is also used to reduce the symptoms of hepatic coma.

Neomycin may also be used for purposes not listed in this medication guide.

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What are the possible side effects of neomycin (Neomycin Sulfate)?

Get emergency medical help if you have any of these signs of an allergic reaction: hives; difficult breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.

Call your doctor at once if you have a serious side effect such as:

  • hearing problems, ringing in your ears, or a feeling of fullness in the ears;
  • spinning sensation, nausea, feeling like you might pass out;
  • loss of balance or coordination, trouble walking;
  • numbness or tingly feeling under your skin;
  • muscle twitching, seizure (convulsions);
  • urinating less than usual or not at all;
  • drowsiness, confusion, mood changes, increased thirst, loss of appetite, nausea and vomiting;
  • swelling, weight gain, feeling short of breath;
  • weak or shallow breathing; or
  • severe stomach cramps, diarrhea that is watery or bloody.

Less serious side effects may include:

  • mild nausea, vomiting; or
  • mild diarrhea.

This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.

Read the Neomycin Sulfate (neomycin sulfate) Side Effects Center for a complete guide to possible side effects

What is the most important information I should know about neomycin (Neomycin Sulfate)?

You should not take this medicine if you are allergic to neomycin or similar antibiotics such as amikacin (Amikin), gentamicin (Garamycin), kanamycin (Kantrex), paromomycin (Humatin, Paromycin), streptomycin, or tobramycin (Nebcin, Tobi).

You should not take neomycin if you have ulcerative colitis, Crohn's disease, a blockage in your intestines, or other inflammatory bowel disease.

Do not use neomycin if you are pregnant. It could harm the unborn baby.

Before you take neomycin, tell your doctor if you have kidney disease, myasthenia gravis, or Parkinson's disease.

Never take neomycin in larger amounts than recommended, or for longer than 2 weeks. High doses or long-term use of neomycin can cause serious kidney problems, or hearing loss that may not be reversible. The longer you take neomycin, the more likely you are to develop these serious side effects.

To be sure this medication is not causing harmful effects, your kidney function, and your nerve and muscle function will need to be tested often. You may also need hearing tests. Neomycin can have long lasting effects on your body. Do not miss any follow up visits to your doctor for blood or urine tests.

Neomycin can harm your kidneys, and this effect is increased when you also use certain other medicines harmful to the kidneys. Before using neomycin, tell your doctor about all other medicines you use. Many other drugs (including some over-the-counter medicines) can be harmful to the kidneys.

If you are being treated for hepatic coma, avoid eating foods that are high in protein. Follow your doctor's instructions about any other restrictions on food, beverages, or activity.

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You are encouraged to report negative side effects of prescription drugs to the FDA. Visit the FDA MedWatch website or call 1-800-FDA-1088.


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