GENERIC NAME: NEOMYCIN/BACITRACIN/POLYMYXIN/HYDROCORTISONE - TOPICAL (NEE-oh-MYE-sin/BAS-i-TRAY-sin/POL-ee-MIX-in/ HYE-droe-KOR-ti-sone)
BRAND NAME(S): Cortisporin
USES: This medication is used to treat skin infections. This product contains neomycin, bacitracin, and polymyxin, antibiotics that work by stopping the growth of bacteria. It also contains hydrocortisone, an anti-inflammatory corticosteroid that works by reducing swelling and itching.This medication treats only bacterial skin infections. It will not work for other types of skin infections (e.g., infections caused by fungi, viruses). Unnecessary use or misuse of any antibiotic can lead to its decreased effectiveness.
HOW TO USE: This medication is for use on the skin only. Wash your hands before using. Clean and dry the affected area as directed. Then apply a small amount of medication in a thin layer on the skin and rub in gently, usually 2 to 4 times a day or as directed by your doctor. Wash your hands after use, unless you are using this product to treat the hands.Do not bandage, cover, or wrap the treated area unless you are instructed to do so by your doctor. If you are using this medication on a child's diaper area, do not use tight-fitting diapers or plastic pants.Do not use large amounts of this medication or apply this more often or for a longer period than directed. Your condition will not clear faster, but the risk of side effects may be increased. This product is not recommended for use over a wide area of the body. Do not use this product for longer than 1 week unless directed by your doctor.Avoid getting this medication in your eyes or inside the mouth. If this occurs, wipe off the medication and rinse thoroughly with water. Do not use inside the nose unless directed by your doctor.Use this medication regularly in order to get the most benefit from it. To help you remember, use it at the same times each day.Inform your doctor if your condition does not improve after 1 week.
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