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Coly-Mycin S Prescribing Information

Package insert / product label
Generic name: colistin sulfate, neomycin sulfate, thonzonium bromide and hydrocortisone acetate
Dosage form: otic suspension
Drug class: Otic steroids with anti-infectives

Medically reviewed by Last updated on Mar 25, 2024.

Coly-Mycin S Description

Coly-Mycin®S Otic with Neomycin and Hydrocortisone (colistin sulfate—neomycin sulfate—thonzonium bromide—hydrocortisone acetate otic suspension) is a sterile antibacterial and anti-inflammatory aqueous suspension containing in each mL: Colistin base activity, 3 mg (as the sulfate); Neomycin base activity, 3.3 mg (as the sulfate); Hydrocortisone acetate, 10 mg (1%); Thonzonium bromide, 0.5 mg (0.05%); Polysorbate 80, acetic acid, and sodium acetate in a buffered aqueous vehicle. Thimerosal (mercury derivative), 0.002%, is added as a preservative. It is a nonviscous liquid, buffered at pH 5, for instillation into the canal of the external ear or direct application to the affected aural skin.

The structural formulas of colistin sulfate (mixture of Colistin A & B), neomycin sulfate (mixture of neomycin A, B & C), hydrocortisone acetate ((11β)-21-(acetyloxy)-11,17-dihydroxypregn) methyl]-2 pyrimidinylamino] ethyl]-N,N-dimethyl-1-hexadecanaminium, bromide) are represented below:

Chemical Structure

Thonzonium Bromide

Chemical Structure

Colistin sulfate

Chemical Structure

Neomycin A

Chemical Structure

Neomycin B Sulfate

Chemical Structure

Hydrocortisone Acetate

Chemical Structure

Neomycin C Sulfate

Coly-Mycin S - Clinical Pharmacology

Colistin sulfate is a polypeptide antibiotic which penetrates into and disrupts the bacterial cell membrane. Neomycin sulfate is an aminoglycoside antibiotic which inhibits protein synthesis, disrupting the normal cycle of ribosomal function. Hydrocortisone acetate is a corticosteroid hormone which is thought to act by regulating the rate of protein synthesis; it controls inflammation, edema, pruritus and other dermal reactions. Cortiscosteroids suppress the inflammatory response to a variety of agents and they may delay healing. Since corticoids may inhibit the body's defense mechanism against infection, a concomitant antimicrobial drug may be used when this inhibition is considered to be clinically significant in a particular case.

The relative potency of corticosteroids depends on the molecular structure, concentration, and release from the vehicle.

Thonzonium bromide is a surface-active agent that promotes tissue contact by dispersion and penetration of the cellular debris and exudate.


Together, colistin sulfate and neomycin sulfate have bactericidal activity against most strains of the following microorganisms, both in vitro and in clinical infections as described in the INDICATIONS AND USAGE section.

Aerobic gram-positive microorganisms:

Staphylococcus aureus.

Aerobic gram-negative microorganisms:

Enterobacter aerogenes

Escherichia coli

Klebsiella pneumoniae

Pseudomonas aeruginosa.

Susceptibility Tests

It is not recommended that colistin sulfate or neomycin sulfate be routinely tested and reported by clinical microbiology laboratories.

Indications and Usage for Coly-Mycin S

Coly-Mycin®S Otic is indicated for the treatment of superficial bacterial infections of the external auditory canal, caused by organisms susceptible to the action of the antibiotics; and for the treatment of infections of mastoidectomy and fenestration cavities, caused by organisms susceptible to the antibiotics.


This product is contraindicated in those individuals who have shown hypersensitivity to any of its components.

This product should not be used if the external auditory canal disorder is suspected or known to be due to cutaneous viral infection (e.g., herpes simplex virus or varicella zoster virus).


Neomycin can induce permanent sensorineural hearing loss due to cochlear damage, mainly destruction of hair cells in the organ of Corti. The risk is greater with prolonged use. Therapy should be limited to 10 consecutive days. (See PRECAUTIONS-General.) Patients being treated with eardrops containing neomycin should be under close clinical observation. Coly-Mycin® S Otic should be used cautiously in any patient with a perforated tympanic membrane.

Neomycin sulfate may cause cutaneous sensitization. A precise incidence of hypersensitivity reactions (primarily skin rash) due to topical neomycin is not known. Discontinue promptly if sensitivity or irritation occurs.

When using neomycin-containing products to control secondary infection in the chronic dermatoses, such as chronic otitis externa or stasis dermatitis, it should be borne in mind that the skin in these conditions is more liable than is normal skin to become sensitized to many substances, including neomycin. The manifestation of sensitization to neomycin is ususally a low-grade reddening with swelling, dry scaling, and itching; it may be manifest simply as a failure to heal. Periodic examination for such signs is advisable, and the patient should be told to discontinue the product if they are observed. These symptoms regress quickly on withdrawing the medication. Neomycin containing applications should be avoided for the patient thereafter.



As with any other antibiotic preparation, prolonged treatment may result in overgrowth of nonsusceptible organisms and fungi. If the infection is not improved after one week, cultures should be repeated to verify the identity of the organism and to determine whether therapy should be changed.

Treatment should not be continued for longer than ten days.

Allergic cross-reactions may occur which could prevent the use of any or all of the aminoglycoside antibiotics for the treatment of future infections.

Information for Patients

Avoid contaminating the dropper with material from the ear, fingers, or other source. This caution is necessary if the sterility of the drops is to be preserved.

If sensitization or irritation occurs, discontinue use immediately and contact your physician.

Do not use in the eyes.

If you prefer to warm the medication before using it, do not heat the suspension above body temperature in order to avoid loss of potency.


Laboratory Tests

Systemic effects of excessive levels of hydrocortisone may include a reduction in the number of circulating eosinophils and a decrease in urinary excretion of 17-hydroxycorticosteroids.

Carcinogenesis, Mutagenesis, Impairment of Fertility

Long-term animal carcinogenicity studies have not been performed with colistin or neomycin, or Coly-Mycin® S Otic. An increased incidence of chromosome aberrations in human lymphocytes has been reported following in vitro exposure to colistin or neomycin.

Fertility studies have not been performed with neomycin, but reports from the scientific literature suggest that it may decrease spermatogenesis in rats. No adverse effects on fertility were observed in male or female rats given intramuscular doses of colistimethate sodium, the methanesulfonate salt of colistin, up to 20 mg/kg (equivalent to 9.3 mg/kg of colistin base). This is approximately 30 times the clinical daily dose based on body surface area, assuming 100% absorption from the ear; however, significant systemic levels of colistin or neomycin would not be anticipated in humans when Coly-Mycin®S Otic is used as directed.

Long term studies in rodents showed no evidence of carcinogenicity attributable to oral administration of corticosteroids. Mutagenicity studies with hydrocortisone were negative. Studies have not been performed to evaluate the effect on fertility of topical corticosteroids.


Teratogenic Effects

Pregnancy Category C

There are no adequate and well controlled studies of Coly-Mycin®S Otic in pregnant women. It is not known whether Coly-Mycin® S Otic can cause fetal harm when administered to a pregnant woman.

Colistimethate sodium, the methanesulfonate salt of colistin, was not teratogenic in rats or rabbits given intramuscular doses up to 20 mg/kg (equivalent to 9.3 mg/kg of colisitin base, approximately 30 times (rats) or 55 times (rabbits) the clinical daily dose based on body suface area and assuming 100% absorption from the ear). Increased resorptions were observed in rabbits at 20 mg/kg, but not 10 mg/kg (equivalent to 4.15 mg/kg of colistin base). Decreased pup survival at weaning was observed in rats at 20 mg/kg, a maternally toxic dose of colistin, but not 10 mg/kg. Colistin has not been shown to have any adverse effects on the developing embryo or fetus at doses relevant to the amount that will be delivered ototopically at the recommended clinical doses.

Although aminoglycosides can cause congenital deafness in humans if administered during pregnancy, significant systemic levels of neomycin would not be anticipated when Coly-Mycin®S Otic is used as directed.

Corticosteroids are generally teratogenic in laboratory animals when administered systemically at relatively low dosage levels. The more potent corticosteroids have been shown to be teratogenic after dermal application in laboratory animals.

Coly-Mycin®S Otic should be used during pregnancy only if the potential benefit justifies the potential risk to the fetus.

Nursing Mothers

Hydrocortisone and colistin sulfate appear in human milk following oral administration of the drugs. Since systemic absorption of these drugs may occur when they are used topically, caution should be exercised when Coly-Mycin®S Otic Suspension is used by a nursing woman.

Pediatric Use


The safety and effectiveness of Coly-Mycin® S Otic in infants below one year of age have not been established. The efficacy of Coly-Mycin® S Otic in pediatric patients one year or older in the treatment of superficial bacterial infections of the external auditory canal and for the treatment of infections of mastoidectomy and fenestration cavities has been demonstrated in a controlled clinical trial.

Geriatric Use

No overall differences in safety or effectiveness have been observed between elderly and younger patients.

Adverse Reactions/Side Effects

Neomycin occasionally causes skin sensitization.

Ototoxicity (see WARNINGS section) and nephrotoxicity have also been reported.

Adverse reactions have occurred with topical use of antibiotic combinations. Exact incidence figures are not available since no denominator of treated patients is available. The reaction occurring most often is allergic sensitization. In one clinical study, using a 20% neomycin patch, neomycin-induced allergic skin reactions occurred in two of 2,175 (0.09%) individuals in the general populaton. In another study the incidence was found to be approximately 1%.

The following local adverse events have been reported with topical corticosteroids, especially under occlusive dressings: 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.

For medical advice about adverse reactions contact your medical professional. To report SUSPECTED ADVERSE REACTIONS, contact JHP at 1-866-923-2547 or MEDWATCH at 1-800-FDA-1088 (1-800-332-1088) or

Coly-Mycin S Dosage and Administration

Therapy with this product should be limited to 10 days. (See WARNINGS.)

The external auditory canal should be thoroughly cleansed and dried with a sterile cotton applicator.

When using the calibrated dropper:

For adults, 5 drops of the suspension should be instilled into the affected ear 3 or 4 times daily. For pediatric patients, 4 drops are suggested because of the smaller capacity of the ear canal.

The patient should lie with the affected ear upward and then the drops should be instilled. This position should be maintained for 5 minutes to facilitate penetration of the drops into the ear canal. Repeat, if necessary, for the opposite ear.

If preferred, a cotton wick may be inserted into the canal and then the cotton may be saturated with the suspension. This wick should be kept moist by adding further solution every 4 hours. The wick should be replaced at least once every 24 hours.

How is Coly-Mycin S supplied

Coly-Mycin®S Otic is supplied as:

NDC 42023-108-01 ..... 5 mL bottle with dropper

Each mL contains: Colistin sulfate equivalent to 3 mg of colistin base activity, Neomycin sulfate equivalent to 3.3 mg neomycin base activity, Hydrocortisone acetate 10 mg (1%), Thonzonium bromide 0.5 mg (0.05%), and Polysorbate 80 in an aqueous vehicle buffered with acetic acid and sodium acetate. Thimerosal (mercury derivative) 0.002% is added as a preservative.

A sterilized dropper-cap assembly for use on the bottle of suspension is included in the package.

Shake well before using.

Store at 20°–25°C (68°–77°F).

Rx only.

Prescribing Information as of June 2009

Manufactured by: JHP Pharmaceuticals, LLC, Rochester, MI 48307



NDC 42023-108-01

Coly-Mycin® S Otic
with Neomycin and


5 mL




NDC 42023-108-01

Coly-Mycin® S Otic
with Neomycin and Hydrocortisone

(colistin sulfate—neomycin
acetate otic suspension

Rx Only

Shake Well Before Using.
—The enclosed dropper has been sterilized.
If dropper wrapper is broken or open, sterility
cannot be guaranteed.

5 mL bottle with dropper


colistin sulfate, neomycin sulfate, thonzonium bromide and hydrocortisone acetate suspension
Product Information
Product TypeHUMAN PRESCRIPTION DRUGItem Code (Source)NDC:42023-108
Route of AdministrationAURICULAR (OTIC)
Active Ingredient/Active Moiety
Ingredient NameBasis of StrengthStrength
colistin sulfate (UNII: WP15DXU577) (colistin - UNII:Z67X93HJG1) colistin3 mg in 1 mL
neomycin sulfate (UNII: 057Y626693) (neomycin - UNII:I16QD7X297) neomycin3.3 mg in 1 mL
thonzonium bromide (UNII: JI2B19CR0R) (thonzonium - UNII:Z05ZE98FV8) thonzonium bromide0.5 mg in 1 mL
hydrocortisone acetate (UNII: 3X7931PO74) (hydrocortisone - UNII:WI4X0X7BPJ) hydrocortisone acetate10 mg in 1 mL
#Item CodePackage DescriptionMarketing Start DateMarketing End Date
1NDC:42023-108-015 mL in 1 BOTTLE, DROPPER; Type 0: Not a Combination Product
Marketing Information
Marketing CategoryApplication Number or Monograph CitationMarketing Start DateMarketing End Date
Labeler - Par Pharmaceutical, Inc. (092733690)

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