Neomycin and Polymyxin B
Medically reviewed on March 25, 2018
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- Neomy Sulf/Polymyxin B Sulfate
- Polymyxin B and Neomycin
Excipient information presented when available (limited, particularly for generics); consult specific product labeling. [DSC] = Discontinued product
Neosporin G.U. Irrigant: Neomycin 40 mg and polymyxin sulfate B 200,000 units per 1 mL (1 mL [DSC], 20 mL [DSC])
Generic: Neomycin 40 mg and polymyxin B sulfate 200,000 units per 1 mL (1 mL, 20 mL)
Brand Names: U.S.
- Neosporin G.U. Irrigant [DSC}
- Antibiotic, Topical
- Genitourinary Irrigant
Neomycin: Interferes with bacterial protein synthesis by binding to 30S ribosomal subunits.
Polymyxin B: Binds to phospholipids, alters permeability, and damages the bacterial cytoplasmic membrane permitting leakage of intracellular constituents.
Topical: Clinically insignificant amounts of neomycin and polymyxin B are absorbed following irrigation of an intact urinary bladder. Systemic absorption may occur from a denuded bladder.
Use: Labeled Indications
Urinary bladder irrigant: Continuous irrigant or rinse for short-term use (up to 10 days) in the urinary bladder of abacteriuric patients to help prevent bacteriuria and gram-negative rod septicemia associated with the use of indwelling catheters.
Hypersensitivity to neomycin, polymyxin B, or any component of the formulation; history of a serious toxic reaction to an aminoglycoside
Urinary bladder irrigant: Intravesical: Add 1 mL irrigant to 1,000 mL isotonic saline solution per day as a continuous irrigation for up to 10 days.
Refer to adult dosing.
Children and Adolescents: Refer to adult dosing.
Dosing: Renal Impairment
There are no dosage adjustments provided in the manufacturer’s labeling. Use with caution; systemic absorption is low, however, absorption from the denuded bladder surface has been reported and risk for toxicity is increased in patients with renal impairment.
Dosing: Hepatic Impairment
There are no dosage adjustments provided in the manufacturer’s labeling.
Concentrated irrigant solution must be diluted prior to administration; add 1 mL of irrigant to 1,000 mL of isotonic saline solution.
For bladder irrigation only; not for injection. Connect irrigation container to the inflow lumen of a 3-way catheter to permit continuous irrigation of the urinary bladder. Rinsing of the bladder should be continuous; the inflow or rinse solution should not be interrupted for more than a few minutes. Adjust flow rate to 1,000 mL/24 hours; if patient’s urine output exceeds 2,000 mL/day, increase flow rate to 2,000 mL/24 hours.
Store at 2°C to 8°C (36°F to 46°F). May be stored at room temperature for up to 6 months if undiluted (Cohen 2007). Prepared dilutions should be stored in the refrigerator and discarded after 48 hours.
AbobotulinumtoxinA: Aminoglycosides may enhance the neuromuscular-blocking effect of AbobotulinumtoxinA. Monitor therapy
Acarbose: Neomycin may enhance the adverse/toxic effect of Acarbose. Neomycin may decrease the metabolism of Acarbose. Monitor therapy
Amphotericin B: May enhance the nephrotoxic effect of Aminoglycosides. Monitor therapy
Arbekacin: May enhance the nephrotoxic effect of Aminoglycosides. Arbekacin may enhance the ototoxic effect of Aminoglycosides. Monitor therapy
Ataluren: May enhance the adverse/toxic effect of Aminoglycosides. Specifically, an increased risk of nephrotoxicity may occur with the concomitant use of ataluren and aminoglycosides. Avoid combination
Bacitracin (Systemic): Polymyxin B may enhance the nephrotoxic effect of Bacitracin (Systemic). Avoid combination
Bacitracin (Systemic): Neomycin may enhance the nephrotoxic effect of Bacitracin (Systemic). Avoid combination
BCG (Intravesical): Antibiotics may diminish the therapeutic effect of BCG (Intravesical). Avoid combination
BCG Vaccine (Immunization): Antibiotics may diminish the therapeutic effect of BCG Vaccine (Immunization). Monitor therapy
Bisphosphonate Derivatives: Aminoglycosides may enhance the hypocalcemic effect of Bisphosphonate Derivatives. Monitor therapy
Capreomycin: May enhance the neuromuscular-blocking effect of Polymyxin B. Monitor therapy
CARBOplatin: Aminoglycosides may enhance the ototoxic effect of CARBOplatin. Especially with higher doses of carboplatin. Monitor therapy
Cardiac Glycosides: Aminoglycosides may decrease the serum concentration of Cardiac Glycosides. This effect has only been demonstrated with oral aminoglycoside administration. Monitor therapy
Cefazedone: May enhance the nephrotoxic effect of Polymyxin B. Monitor therapy
Cephalosporins (2nd Generation): May enhance the nephrotoxic effect of Aminoglycosides. Monitor therapy
Cephalosporins (3rd Generation): May enhance the nephrotoxic effect of Aminoglycosides. Monitor therapy
Cephalosporins (4th Generation): May enhance the nephrotoxic effect of Aminoglycosides. Monitor therapy
Cephalothin: May enhance the nephrotoxic effect of Aminoglycosides. Monitor therapy
Cephradine: May enhance the nephrotoxic effect of Aminoglycosides. Monitor therapy
Cholera Vaccine: Antibiotics may diminish the therapeutic effect of Cholera Vaccine. Avoid combination
CISplatin: May enhance the nephrotoxic effect of Aminoglycosides. Monitor therapy
Colistimethate: Aminoglycosides may enhance the nephrotoxic effect of Colistimethate. Aminoglycosides may enhance the neuromuscular-blocking effect of Colistimethate. Consider therapy modification
CycloSPORINE (Systemic): Aminoglycosides may enhance the nephrotoxic effect of CycloSPORINE (Systemic). Monitor therapy
Distigmine: Aminoglycosides may diminish the therapeutic effect of Distigmine. Monitor therapy
Foscarnet: May enhance the nephrotoxic effect of Aminoglycosides. Avoid combination
Lactobacillus and Estriol: Antibiotics may diminish the therapeutic effect of Lactobacillus and Estriol. Monitor therapy
Loop Diuretics: May enhance the adverse/toxic effect of Aminoglycosides. Specifically, nephrotoxicity and ototoxicity. Monitor therapy
Mannitol (Systemic): May enhance the nephrotoxic effect of Aminoglycosides. Avoid combination
Mecamylamine: Polymyxin B may enhance the neuromuscular-blocking effect of Mecamylamine. Avoid combination
Methoxyflurane: May enhance the nephrotoxic effect of Polymyxin B. Avoid combination
Neuromuscular-Blocking Agents: Polymyxin B may enhance the neuromuscular-blocking effect of Neuromuscular-Blocking Agents. Consider therapy modification
Nonsteroidal Anti-Inflammatory Agents: May decrease the excretion of Aminoglycosides. Data only in premature infants. Monitor therapy
OnabotulinumtoxinA: Aminoglycosides may enhance the neuromuscular-blocking effect of OnabotulinumtoxinA. Monitor therapy
Oxatomide: May enhance the ototoxic effect of Aminoglycosides. Monitor therapy
Penicillins: May decrease the serum concentration of Aminoglycosides. Primarily associated with extended spectrum penicillins, and patients with renal dysfunction. Exceptions: Amoxicillin; Ampicillin; Bacampicillin; Cloxacillin; Dicloxacillin; Nafcillin; Oxacillin; Penicillin G (Parenteral/Aqueous); Penicillin G Benzathine; Penicillin G Procaine; Penicillin V Benzathine; Penicillin V Potassium. Consider therapy modification
Regorafenib: Neomycin may decrease serum concentrations of the active metabolite(s) of Regorafenib. Monitor therapy
RimabotulinumtoxinB: Aminoglycosides may enhance the neuromuscular-blocking effect of RimabotulinumtoxinB. Monitor therapy
Sodium Picosulfate: Antibiotics may diminish the therapeutic effect of Sodium Picosulfate. Management: Consider using an alternative product for bowel cleansing prior to a colonoscopy in patients who have recently used or are concurrently using an antibiotic. Consider therapy modification
SORAfenib: Neomycin may decrease the serum concentration of SORAfenib. Monitor therapy
Tenofovir Products: Aminoglycosides may increase the serum concentration of Tenofovir Products. Tenofovir Products may increase the serum concentration of Aminoglycosides. Monitor therapy
Vancomycin: May enhance the nephrotoxic effect of Aminoglycosides. Monitor therapy
Vitamin K Antagonists (eg, warfarin): Neomycin may enhance the anticoagulant effect of Vitamin K Antagonists. Monitor therapy
Frequency not defined.
Central nervous system: Localized burning
Dermatologic: Contact dermatitis, erythema, skin rash, urticaria
Genitourinary: Bladder mucosa irritation, nephrotoxicity
Neuromuscular & skeletal: Neuromuscular blockade
Concerns related to adverse effects:
• Superinfection: Prolonged use may result in fungal or bacterial superinfection, including C. difficile-associated diarrhea (CDAD) and pseudomembranous colitis; CDAD has been observed >2 months postantibiotic treatment.
• Systemic toxicity: Ototoxicity, nephrotoxicity, and neuromuscular blockade may occur if systemically absorbed. Avoid use in patients with defects in the bladder mucosa or bladder wall (eg, vesical rupture) or in association with operative procedure on the bladder wall due to the risk of systemic toxicity; absorption of neomycin from the denuded bladder surface has been reported.
• Renal impairment: Use with caution in patients with renal impairment; risk for toxicity is increased.
Concurrent drug therapy issues:
• Drug-drug interactions: Potentially significant interactions may exist, requiring dose or frequency adjustment, additional monitoring, and/or selection of alternative therapy. Consult drug interactions database for more detailed information.
• Dehydrated patients: Use with caution; risk for toxicity is increased.
• Elderly: Use with caution; risk for toxicity is increased.
• Pediatric: Use with caution in infants; risk for toxicity is increased.
• Appropriate use: Irrigant is for urinary bladder irrigation only. Risk of systemic toxicity is low if irrigation of intact urinary bladder does not exceed 10 days.
• Prolonged treatment: Patients receiving high doses of prolonged treatment are at increased risk for toxicity.
Urinalysis, renal function.
Animal reproduction studies have not been conducted with this combination; however, there are reports of total irreversible bilateral congenital deafness in children whose mothers received streptomycin during pregnancy. See individual agents.
• Discuss specific use of drug and side effects with patient as it relates to treatment. (HCAHPS: During this hospital stay, were you given any medicine that you had not taken before? Before giving you any new medicine, how often did hospital staff tell you what the medicine was for? How often did hospital staff describe possible side effects in a way you could understand?)
• Patient may experience bladder irritation or skin irritation. Have patient report immediately to prescriber hearing impairment, urinary retention, or change in amount of urine passed (HCAHPS).
• Educate patient about signs of a significant reaction (eg, wheezing; chest tightness; fever; itching; bad cough; blue skin color; seizures; or swelling of face, lips, tongue, or throat). Note: This is not a comprehensive list of all side effects. Patient should consult prescriber for additional questions.
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