What is it?
Neomycin Sulfate is the most commonly used antibiotic in skin creams,  ointment and in drops used in the eyes and ears. It is frequently used in combination with other antibacterials, antifungals, and corticosteroids. Neomycin is available in prescription and nonprescription forms. It is infrequently used by dentists and veterinarians. Occasionally it is given by mouth for local antibacterial effects in the gastrointestinal tract.

How can I avoid it?
Patient should read labels of all topical medication and avoid this substance. Since some of this substance is present in prescription drugs (creams, ointments, pills, and injections), the patient should supply all health care providers with the list of products containing Neomycin Sulfate and the cross-reacting substances.

  • Antibiotic ointments
  • Antibacterial bandages
  • Cosmetics
  • Dental products
  • Deodorants
  • Ear drops
  • Eye drops
  • Oral or injectable medications
  • Powders
  • Preservatives in some vaccines
  • Skin creams
  • Soaps
  • Products containing 
  • Neomycin Sulfate:
  • Cutaneous preparations:
  • Bactine First Aid Antibiotic ointment
  • Campho-Phenique Triple Antibiotic ointment
  • Cortisporin Cream or ointment
  • Myciguent ointment
  • Mycitracin ointment
  • NeoDecadron topical cream
  • Neosporin cream or ointment
  • Neosprin GU irrigant, sterile
  • Neo-Synalar cream
  • Ophthalmic (Eye) preparations:
  • Cortisporin Ophthalmic ointment or suspension, sterile
  • NeoDecadron Ophthalmic ointment or solution, sterile
  • Neosporin ophthalmic ointment or solution, sterile
  • Otic (Ear) preparations:
  • Coly-MycinS Otic
  • Cortisporin Otic solution or suspension, sterile
  • LazerSporin-C
  • PediOtic suspension, sterile1

Other names for Neomycin Sulfates:
  • Fradiomycin
  • Framycetin
  • Meomycin ndecylenate
  • Mivemycin
  • Myacine
  • Mycifradin
  • Neodecyllin
  • Neolate
  • Neomas
  • Neomin
  • Pimavecort
  • Soframycin
  • Vonamycin Powder V

Potential cross-reacting/co-reacting substances:
  • Amikacin
  • Bacitracin (Ambutyrosin)—Aquaphor Antibiotic Formula and Polysporin
  • Butirosin (Ambutyrosin)
  • Dihydrostreptomycin
  • Framycetin
  • Gentamicin (Garamycin)
  • Kanamycin
  • Paromomycin
  • Sisomycin
  • Spectinomycin
  • Steptomycin
  • Tobramycin

Safe Alternatives:
  • Topical preparations
  • ErythromycinmIodine (Betadine)
  • Mupirocin
  • Tetracyline
  • Otic preparations
  • Acetic acid preparations
  • Castelani point
  • Chloramphenicol
  • Ophthalmic preparation
  • Chloramphenicol
  • Erythromycin
  • Norfoxacin
  • Sulfa
  • Tetracyline

How safe is it?

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