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.
Allergic reactions: Polymyxin b – neomycin -gramicidin eye/ear drops may cause the area being treated to become more sensitive. If you experience itching, dry skin, reddening, and swelling of the area being treated, stop using this medication and contact your doctor.
Contact lenses: Avoid wearing contact lenses if you are using the drops for the eye.
Length of treatment: This medication should not be used for more than 7 days without medical supervision. Prolonged use of this medication may cause overgrowth of other bacteria or fungi. Contact your doctor if you do not see improvement after one week of treatment or if your condition worsens.
For eye infections, treatment should be continued until at least 48 hours after the eye infection has gone.
Do not use this medication again for at least 3 months to reduce the possibility of bacteria becoming resistant to the medication, and experiencing more severe adverse effects of the medication. If you get another eye or ear infection before 3 months, contact your doctor.
Pregnancy: This medication should not be used during pregnancy. If you become pregnant while using this medication, stop using it and contact your doctor.
Breast-feeding: It is not known if polymyxin b - neomycin – gramicidin eye/ear drops pass into breast milk. If you are a breast-feeding mother and are using this medication, it may affect your baby. Talk to your doctor about whether you should continue breast-feeding.
Children: The safety and effectiveness of using this medication have not been established for children younger than 2 years of age.