Neosporin Ophthalmic Ointment

Last reviewed on RxList: 5/5/2021
Neosporin Ophthalmic Ointment Side Effects Center

Medical Editor: John P. Cunha, DO, FACOEP

What Is Neosporin Ophthalmic Ointment?

Neosporin Ophthalmic Ointment (neomycin and polymyxin B sulfates and bacitracin zinc) is a combination of antibiotics used to treat bacterial infections of the eyes. The brand name Neosporin Ophthalmic Ointment is discontinued, but generic versions may be available.

What Are Side Effects of Neosporin Ophthalmic Ointment?

Common side effects of Neosporin Ophthalmic Ointment (neomycin and polymyxin B sulfates and bacitracin zinc) include:

  • stinging, burning, irritation, itching, or redness of the eyes for 1 to 2 minutes;
  • temporary blurred vision when this medication is applied,
  • eyelid itching,
  • eyelid swelling or crusting,
  • tearing, or
  • sensitivity to light.

A serious allergic reaction to Neosporin Ophthalmic Ointment is rare. Seek immediate medical attention if you notice any of the following symptoms of a serious allergic reaction to Neosporin Ophthalmic Ointment:

  • rash,
  • itching,
  • swelling (especially of the face/tongue/throat/eye/eyelid),
  • severe dizziness, or
  • trouble breathing.

Dosage for Neosporin Ophthalmic Ointment

Apply Neosporin Ophthalmic Ointment every 3 or 4 hours for 7 to 10 days, depending on the severity of the infection.

What Drugs, Substances, or Supplements Interact with Neosporin Ophthalmic Ointment?

Neosporin Ophthalmic Ointment may interact with other eye medications. Tell your doctor all medications and supplements you use.

Neosporin Ophthalmic Ointment During Pregnancy or Breastfeeding

During pregnancy, Neosporin Ophthalmic Ointment should be used only if prescribed. It is unknown if this drug passes into breast milk. Consult your doctor before breastfeeding.

Additional Information

Our Neosporin Ophthalmic Ointment (neomycin and polymyxin B sulfates and bacitracin zinc) 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.

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

Stop using this medicine and call your doctor at once if you have:

  • eye pain, redness, severe discomfort, crusting or drainage;
  • skin rash;
  • worsened eye infection symptoms; or
  • swelling, itching, and redness of your eyelid.

Common side effects may include:

  • burning, stinging, itching, or other eye irritation;
  • blurred vision;
  • eye redness;
  • watery eyes; or
  • your eyes may be more sensitive to light.

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 entire detailed patient monograph for Neosporin Ophthalmic Ointment (Neomycin, Polymyxin and Bacitracin Zinc Ophthalmic Ointment)

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SIDE EFFECTS

Adverse reactions have occurred with the anti-infective components of NEOSPORIN Ophthalmic Ointment. The exact incidence is not known. Reactions occurring most often are allergic sensitization reactions including itching, swelling, and conjunctival erythema (see WARNINGS). More serious hypersensitivity reactions, including anaphylaxis, have been reported rarely.

Local irritation on instillation has also been reported.

Read the entire FDA prescribing information for Neosporin Ophthalmic Ointment (Neomycin, Polymyxin and Bacitracin Zinc Ophthalmic Ointment)

© Neosporin Ophthalmic Ointment Patient Information is supplied by Cerner Multum, Inc. and Neosporin Ophthalmic Ointment Consumer information is supplied by First Databank, Inc., used under license and subject to their respective copyrights.

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