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What is this medicine?

HYDROCORTISONE; NEOMYCIN; and POLYMYXIN B (hye droe KOR ti sone; nee oh MYE sin; pol i MIX in B) is used to treat ear infections.

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 other active infections
  • chronic ear infections or fluid in the ear
  • perforated ear drum
  • an unusual or allergic reaction to hydrocortisone, neomycin, polymyxin B, sulfites, other medicines, foods, dyes, or preservatives
  • pregnant or trying to get pregnant
  • breast- feeding

How should I use this medicine?

This medicine is only for use in the ears. Wash your hands with soap and water. Clean your ear of any fluid that can be easily removed. Do not insert any object or swab into the ear canal. Gently warm the bottle by holding it in the hand for 1 to 2 minutes. Lie down on your side with the infected ear up. Try not to touch the tip of the dropper to your ear, fingertips, or other surface. Shake the bottle immediately before using. Squeeze the bottle gently to put the prescribed number of drops in the ear canal. Stay in this position for 30 to 60 seconds to help the drops soak into the ear. Repeat the steps for the other ear if both ears are infected. Do not use your medicine more often than directed. Finish the full course of medicine prescribed by your doctor or health care professional even if you think your condition is better.

Talk to your pediatrician regarding the use of this medicine in children. While this drug may be prescribed for selected conditions, precautions do apply.

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 take double or extra doses.

               
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