Antibiotic Ear Side Effects

Generic Name: hydrocortisone / neomycin / polymyxin b otic

Note: This page contains information about the side effects of hydrocortisone / neomycin / polymyxin b otic. Some of the dosage forms included on this document may not apply to the brand name Antibiotic Ear.

Not all side effects for Antibiotic Ear may be reported. You should always consult a doctor or healthcare professional for medical advice. Side effects can be reported to the FDA here.

For the Consumer

Applies to hydrocortisone / neomycin / polymyxin b otic: otic solution, otic suspension

In addition to its needed effects, some unwanted effects may be caused by hydrocortisone / neomycin / polymyxin b otic. In the event that any of these side effects do occur, they may require medical attention.

You should check with your doctor immediately if any of these side effects occur when taking hydrocortisone / neomycin / polymyxin b otic:

More common
  • Itching, skin rash, redness, swelling, or other sign of irritation in or around the ear not present before use of this medicine

For Healthcare Professionals

Applies to hydrocortisone / neomycin / polymyxin b otic: otic solution, otic suspension

Hypersensitivity

Hypersensitivity reactions associated with the anti-infective component of this drug include allergic sensitization manifested by itching and swelling. More serious reactions such as anaphylaxis have rarely been reported.

Neomycin is known to cause contact sensitivity.

Dermatologic

Dermatologic side effects associated with the use of topical corticosteroids have included burning, itching, irritation, dryness, folliculitis, hypertrichosis, acneiform eruptions, hypopigmentation, perioral dermatitis, allergic contact dermatitis, maceration of the skin, secondary infection, skin atrophy, striae, and miliaria.

General

Stinging and burning have been rarely reported when this drug has entered the middle ear.

Nervous system

Neomycin-polymyxin B containing ear drops contributed to sensorineural hearing loss in chronic otitis media patients receiving treatment for extended periods of time.

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