Medical Editor: John P. Cunha, DO, FACOEP
What Is Cortisporin Otic Suspension?
Cortisporin Otic Suspension (neomycin and polymyxin B sulfates and hydrocortisone) is a combination of two antibiotics and an anti-inflammatory corticosteroid used to treat outer ear infections caused by bacteria (also known as swimmer's ear). Cortisporin Otic Suspension is available in generic form.
What Are Side Effects of Cortisporin Otic Suspension?
Common side effects of Cortisporin Otic Suspension include:
- temporary stinging or burning of the ear for a minute or two when applied.
Tell your doctor if you have this rare but very serious side effect of Cortisporin Otic Suspension:
- hearing problems (e.g., hearing loss).
Dosage for Cortisporin Otic Suspension
For adults, the dose of Cortisporin Otic Suspension is 4 drops of the suspension instilled into the affected ear 3 or 4 times daily. For infants and children, 3 drops are suggested because of the smaller capacity of the ear canal. Limit use to 10 days.
Cortisporin Otic Suspension During Pregnancy or Breastfeeding
Cortisporin Otic Suspension may interact with other drugs. Tell your doctor all medications and supplements you use. Cortisporin Otic Suspension should be used only if prescribed during pregnancy. It is unknown if this medication passes into breast milk. Consult your doctor before breastfeeding.
Our Cortisporin Otic Suspension (neomycin and polymyxin B sulfates and hydrocortisone) Side Effects Drug Center provides a comprehensive view of available drug information on the potential side effects when taking this medication.
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.
Remember that your doctor has prescribed this medication because he or she has judged that the benefit to you is greater than the risk of side effects. Many people using this medication do not have serious side effects.
Tell your doctor immediately if this rare but very serious side effect occurs: hearing problems (e.g., hearing loss).
Use of this medication for prolonged or repeated periods may result in a new fungal ear infection. Do not use it for longer than prescribed. Contact your doctor if you notice new or worsening symptoms.
A very serious allergic reaction to this drug is unlikely, but seek immediate medical attention if it occurs. Symptoms of a serious allergic reaction may include: rash, itching/swelling (especially of the face/tongue/throat), redness of the ears, severe dizziness, trouble breathing.
This is not a complete list of possible side effects. If you notice other effects not listed above, contact your doctor or pharmacist.
In the US -
Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.
In Canada - Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to Health Canada at 1-866-234-2345.
Neomycin occasionally causes skin sensitization. Ototoxicity and nephrotoxicity have also been reported (see WARNINGS). Adverse reactions have occurred with topical use of antibiotic combinations including neomycin and polymyxin B. Exact incidence figures are not available since no denominator of treated patients is available. The reaction occurring most often is allergic sensitization. In one clinical study, using a 20% neomycin patch, neomycin-induced allergic skin reactions occurred in two of 2,175 (0.09%) individuals in the general population.2 In another study, the incidence was found to be approximately 1%.3
The following local adverse reactions have been reported with topical corticosteroids, especially under occlusive dressings: burning, itching, irritation, dryness, folliculitis, hypertrichosis, acneiform eruptions, hypopigmentation, perioral dermatitis, allergic contact dermatitis, maceration of the skin, secondary infection, skin atrophy, striae and miliaria. Stinging and burning have been reported rarely when this drug has gained access to the middle ear.
Read the entire FDA prescribing information for Cortisporin Otic Suspension (Neomycin and Polymyxin B Sulfates and Hydrocortisone Otic Suspension)
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