Generic Name: neomycin (nee oh MY sin)Brand Names: Mycifradin, Neo-Fradin, Neo-Tab
Neomycin is an antibiotic.
Neomycin is used to reduce the risk of infection during surgery of the bowel. Neomycin is also used to reduce the symptoms of hepatic coma.
Neomycin may also be used for purposes other than those listed here.What is the most important information I should know about Neo-Fradin (neomycin)?
Neomycin may cause damage to the kidneys and/or nerves. Kidney function and drug levels in the blood may be monitored with blood tests during treatment. Tell your doctor if you experience decreased urination, hearing loss, ringing in the ears, feeling of fullness in the ears, dizziness, numbness, skin tingling, muscle twitching, or seizures which may be signs of kidney or nerve damage.What should I discuss with my healthcare provider before taking Neo-Fradin (neomycin)?Do not take neomycin without first talking to your doctor if you have
a blockage in the intestines;
bowel disease such as Crohn's disease or ulcerative colitis;
a neuromuscular disorder such as Parkinson's disease or myasthenia gravis;
hearing loss or loss of balance due to ear problems; or
other medical problems or if you take other medications.
You may not be able to take neomycin, or you may require a dosage adjustment or special monitoring during treatment if you have any of the conditions listed above.Neomycin is in the FDA pregnancy category D. This means that it is known to be harmful to an unborn baby. Do not take neomycin without first talking to you doctor if you are pregnant or could become pregnant during treatment. It is not known whether neomycin passes into breast milk. Do not take neomycin without first talking to your doctor if you are breast-feeding a baby.
Take neomycin exactly as directed by your doctor. If you do not understand these instructions, ask your doctor, nurse, or pharmacist to explain them to you.Take each oral dose with a full glass of water. Shake the liquid form of neomycin well before measuring a dose. To ensure that you get a correct dose, measure the suspension with a dose-measuring spoon, dropper, or cup, not a regular table spoon. If you do not have a dose-measuring device, ask your pharmacist where you can get one.
It is important to take neomycin on a regular schedule to get the most benefit.Take all of the neomycin that has been prescribed for you even if you feel well. It is important to take this medication for the full amount of time prescribed.
Neomycin may cause damage to the kidneys and/or nerves. Kidney function and drug levels in the blood may be monitored with blood tests during treatment. Tell your doctor if you experience decreased urination, hearing loss, ringing in the ears, feeling of fullness in the ears, dizziness, numbness, skin tingling, muscle twitching, or seizures which may be signs of kidney or nerve damage.Store neomycin at room temperature away from moisture and heat.
Take the missed dose as soon as you remember. However, if it is almost time for the next dose, skip the dose you missed and take only the next regularly scheduled dose. Do not take a double dose of this medication unless otherwise directed by your doctor.
Symptoms of an neomycin overdose may include decreased hearing, numbness or tingling, muscle twitching, seizures, and decreased urination.
There are no restrictions on food, beverages, or activity while taking neomycin unless otherwise directed by your doctor.
an allergic reaction (shortness of breath; closing of the throat; hives; swelling of the lips, face, or tongue; rash; or fainting);
little or no urine;
decreased hearing, ringing in the ears, or a feeling of fullness in the ears;
dizziness, clumsiness, or unsteadiness;
numbness, skin tingling, muscle twitching, or seizures; or
severe watery diarrhea and abdominal cramps.
Other, less serious side effects may be more likely to occur. Continue to take neomycin and talk to your doctor if you experience
nausea or vomiting; or
Side effects other than those listed here may also occur. Talk to your doctor about any side effect that seems unusual or that is especially bothersome. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.
Other drugs, especially those that affect the kidneys, can interact with neomycin resulting in dangerous side effects and/or decreased effectiveness. Do not take any other prescription or over-the-counter medicines, including vitamins, minerals, and herbal products, without first talking to your doctor during treatment with neomycin.