What is this medicine?
HYDROCORTISONE; NEOMYCIN; POLYMYXIN B (hye droe KOR ti sone; nee oh MYE sin; pol i MIX in B) helps to reduce swelling, redness, and itching of the skin. It is also used to treat skin infections.
How should I use this medicine?
This medicine is for external use only. Do not take by mouth. Follow the directions on the prescription label. Wash your hands before and after use. Apply a thin film of medicine to the affected area. Do not cover with a bandage or dressing unless your doctor or health care professional tells you to. Do not use on healthy skin or over large areas of skin. Do not get this medicine in your eyes. If you do, rinse out with plenty of cool tap water. It is important not to use more medicine than prescribed. Do not use your medicine more often than directed.
Talk to your pediatrician regarding the use of this medicine in children. Special care may be needed.
What side effects may I notice from receiving this medicine?
Side effects that you should report to your doctor or health care professional as soon as possible:
allergic reactions like skin rash, itching or hives, swelling of the face, lips, or tongue
red, itchy, dry scaly skin at the affected site
swelling at the affected site
Side effects that usually do not require medical attention (report to your doctor or health care professional if they continue or are bothersome):
burning or stinging
loss of skin color
streaks in the skin
What may interact with this medicine?
Interactions are not expected. Do not use any other skin products without telling your doctor or health care professional.
What if I miss a dose?
If you miss a dose, use it as soon as you can. If it is almost time for your next dose, use only that dose. Do not use double or extra doses.
Where should I keep my medicine?
Keep out of the reach of children.
Store at room temperature between 15 and 25 degrees C (59 and 77 degrees F). Do not freeze. Throw away any unused medicine after the expiration date.
What should I tell my health care provider before I take this medicine?
They need to know if you have any of these conditions:
any active infection including active cold sores
large areas of burned or damaged skin
skin wasting or thinning
an unusual or allergic reaction to hydrocortisone, neomycin, polymyxin B, corticosteroids, other medicines, foods, dyes, or preservatives
pregnant or trying to get pregnant
What should I watch for while using this medicine?
Tell your doctor or healthcare professional if your symptoms do not start to get better or if they get worse. Do not use for more than 7 days. Tell your doctor or health care professional if you are exposed to anyone with measles or chickenpox, or if you develop sores or blisters that do not heal properly.
To prevent the spread of infection, do not share skin products, or share towels and washcloths with anyone else. Throw away any unused cream.