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Double Antibiotic/Corticosteroid Ophthalmic drops, suspension

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Generic Name: neomycin/polymyxin b/prednisolone ophthalmic

Brand Names: Poly Pred

What is this medicine?

NEOMYCIN; POLYMYXIN B; PREDNISOLONE (nee oh MYE sin; pol i MIX in B; pred NISS oh lone) is used to treat eye infections and reduce symptoms like swelling, redness, and itching of the eye.

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 infection
  • glaucoma
  • recent cataract surgery
  • wear contact lenses
  • an unusual or allergic reaction to neomycin, polymyxin B, corticosteroids, other medicines, foods, dyes, or preservatives
  • pregnant or trying to get pregnant
  • breast-feeding

How should I use this medicine?

This eye suspension is only for use in the eye. Follow the directions on the prescription label. Wash hands before and after use. Shake suspension well before using. Tilt your head back slightly and pull your lower eyelid down with your index finger to form a pouch. Try not to touch the tip of the dropper to your eye, fingertips, or other surface. Squeeze the prescribed number of drops into the pouch. Close the eye gently to spread the drops. 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. Do not stop using except on the advice of your doctor or health care professional.

Talk to your pediatrician regarding the use of this medicine in children. Special care may be needed.

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.

What may interact with this medicine?

Interactions are not expected. Do not use any other eye products without telling your doctor or health care professional.

What should I watch for while using this medicine?

Check with your doctor or health care professional if your condition dose not start to get better after 2 days or if it gets worse. Do not use longer than 10 days unless instructed by your doctor or health care professional.

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.

If you are a contact lens wearer, ask your doctor or health care professional when you can use your lenses again.

A burning or stinging reaction that does not go away may mean you are allergic to this product. Stop using and call your doctor or health care professional.

This eye suspension can make certain eye conditions worse. Only use it for conditions for which your doctor or health care professional has prescribed.

To prevent the spread of infection, do not share eye products, towels, and washcloths with anyone else. Throw away any unused eye suspension once your treatment is complete.

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
  • burning, stinging or swelling of the eyelids
  • changes in vision
  • persistent eye pain
  • watery eyes

Side effects that usually do not require medical attention (report to your doctor or health care professional if they continue or are bothersome):

  • mild burning, redness, or stinging in the eye
  • eye irritation
  • temporary watering or blurring of vision

Last Updated: October 19, 2011
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