Before you begin using a medication, be sure to inform your doctor of any medical conditions or allergies you may have, any medications you are taking, whether you are pregnant or breast-feeding, and any other significant facts about your health. These factors may affect how you should use this medication.
Absorption: The absorption of topically-applied (i.e., applied to the skin) steroids into the bloodstream is increased if treating a large area of the body or if using dressings that don't breathe. Your doctor will monitor you closely.
Ear and kidney damage: Neomycin that is absorbed into the bloodstream can cause ear damage (e.g., affect balance and hearing) and kidney damage. This medication should not be used over a large area or for extended periods of time.
If your condition does not improve after you have been using this medication for a week, contact your doctor. Using this medication in large quantities or on large areas for a prolonged period of time is not recommended.
Skin reactions: It is possible to become sensitized to neomycin while using this medication. Sensitization to neomycin usually appears as reddening of the skin with swelling, dry scaling, and itching. Neomycin may simply cause a failure to heal. It may also cause a skin rash. If these symptoms occur, call your doctor. These symptoms should disappear quickly after stopping the medication. Medications that contain neomycin should then be avoided in the future.
Pregnancy: This medication should not be used in pregnancy. If you become pregnant while taking this medication, contact your doctor immediately.
Breast-feeding: It is not known if this medication passes into breast milk. This medication should not be used in women who are breast-feeding.
Children: The safety and effectiveness of using this medication have not been established for children under 2 years of age.