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Neomycin Eye Drops BP 3500 iu/ml

4. Possible side effects

Neomycin Sulphate
Read all of this leaflet carefully before you start using this medicine. It contains
important information.
• Keep this leaflet. You may need to read it again.
• If you have any further questions, ask your doctor or pharmacist.
• This medicine has been prescribed for you. Do not pass it on to others. It may harm them,
even if their symptoms are the same as yours.
• If any of the side effects gets serious, or if you notice any side effects not listed in this
leaflet, please tell your doctor or pharmacist.

What Neomycin Eye Drops contain
The active ingredient is neomycin sulphate
BP equivalent to 3500iu/ml.
The other ingredients are disodium edetate,
Possible side effects include:
• irritation, burning, itching and stinging in sodium acid phosphate, sodium phosphate,
phenylmercuric nitrate and purified water.
the area. This may occur after treatment
has stopped.
What Neomycin Eye Drops look like and
contents of the pack
If any of the side effects get serious, or if you Neomycin Eye Drops are a clear, colourless
notice any side effects not listed in this
and sterile solution supplied in a plastic
leaflet, please tell your doctor or pharmacist. dropper bottle with a tamper proof cap. Each
bottle contains 10ml of the solution.

In this leaflet:

3. How to use Neomycin Eye Drops

1. What Neomycin Eye Drops are and what
they are used for
2. Before you use Neomycin Eye Drops
3. How to use Neomycin Eye Drops
4. Possible side effects
5. How to store Neomycin Eye Drops
6. Further information

5. How to store Neomycin Eye

Always use Neomycin Eye Drops exactly as your
doctor has told you. You should check with your
doctor or pharmacist if you are not sure.

Keep all medicines out of the reach and sight
of children.

Instructions for use
If you wear soft contact lenses they must be
removed during treatment with Neomycin
Eye Drops.
1. What Neomycin Eye Drops are
1. Before opening a new bottle of Neomycin
and what they are used for
Eye Drops, please check that the safety
Neomycin Eye Drops contain neomycin
strip on the bottom of the outer cap is
sulphate which belongs to a group of
medicines known as aminoglycoside
2. Twist the outer cap to break the seal.
antibiotics, which are used to treat bacterial
3. Wash your hands well before use.
4. Remove the outer cap. If you are putting in
the drops yourself you should use a mirror.
Neomycin Eye Drops are used to treat
5. Tilt your head back and look up at the
bacterial infections of the eye such as
conjunctivitis and styes (collection of pus in a
6. Pull the lower lid of the eye out to form a
small sac of the eyelash), and to prevent
small pocket between your eyelid and
infection if you have suffered an injury to
your eye.
your eye.
7. Hold the container between the thumb
and middle finger of the other hand, turn
2. Before you use Neomycin Eye
the bottle upside down near to your eye,
try not to touch your eye with the nozzle.
Do not use Neomycin Eye Drops if:
8. Apply enough pressure to the container
• you are allergic to Neomycin Sulphate or
to release one to two drops, as directed
to any of the other ingredients of this
by your doctor.
medicine, listed in section 6 of this leaflet 9. Blink your eye a few times.
• you are allergic to medicines similar to
10. If you think that you have missed your
Neomycin Eye Drops (aminoglycoside
eye, then insert another Drop.
11. Repeat steps 5-10 in the other eye, if you
have been told to use Neomycin Eye
If any of the above apply to you or your child
Drops in both eyes.
please tell your doctor or pharmacist before
12. Replace the outer cap on the bottle, trying
you start taking Neomycin Eye Drops.
not to touch the applicator tip with
Take special care with Neomycin Eye Drops
anything, including the eye or your fingers.
13. Wash your hands.
• you have liver or kidney problems
If you are unsure about how to use Neomycin
• you have open wounds
Eye Drops talk to your doctor or pharmacist.
• you wear soft contact lenses. These
should not be worn during your
How much to use
treatment with Neomycin Eye Drops
For adults, the elderly and children
• Do not use Neomycin Eye Drops for a
The usual dose is one or two drops placed in
prolonged period of time as this may
the eye up to 6 times daily or more often if
cause serious side effects.
needed. For severe infections you may need
If you are unsure about how to use Neomycin
to use one or two drops every 15-20 minutes.
Eye Drops talk to your doctor or pharmacist.
Your doctor may reduce the dose once the
Taking other medicines
condition of your eye has begun to improve
Please tell your doctor or pharmacist if you
If there is no improvement see your doctor or
are taking or have recently taken any other
medicines, including medicines obtained
If you use more Neomycin Eye Drops than
without a prescription.
you should

Pregnancy and breast-feeding
This medicine should be avoided if you are
pregnant, trying to become pregnant or
breast-feeding. Ask your doctor for advice
before taking any medicine.
Driving and using machines
Neomycin Eye Drops can cause temporary
blurring of vision after application to the eye.
Wait until your vision is clear before driving
or using machines.

Make sure the container is properly closed
after each use.
Store Neomycin Eye Drops in their original
container away from direct light. Store below
Do not use Neomycin Eye Drops after the
expiry date which is stated on the label. The
expiry date refers to the last day of that

Marketing Authorisation Holder and
Martindale Pharmaceuticals Ltd
Bampton Road
Harold Hill
United Kingdom
This leaflet was last approved in 11/2009
Product license number: PL 00156/0072

Dispose of this medicine four weeks after
Medicines should not be disposed of via
waste water or household waste. Ask your
pharmacist how to dispose of medicines no
longer required. These measures will help to
protect the environment.

Prolonged use of Neomycin Eye Drops is not
If you are at all concerned that you have used
too much of this medicine contact your
doctor or pharmacist.
Neomycin Eye Drops are for external use only.
If you have swallowed or you suspect
someone else has swallowed any, contact
your doctor or pharmacist.
If you forget to use Neomycin Eye Drops
If you have just missed taking your dose and
it is a long time until your next dose is due,
put in the missed dose now and continue the
course of treatment. If it is near the time for
taking your next dose wait and take this dose
at the correct time. Do not take a double
dose to make up for one you have missed.
If you stop using Neomycin Eye Drops
You should keep using Neomycin Eye Drops
for as long as your doctor has asked. Your
treatment is helping your condition, even if
you have not noticed a difference in how you
feel. Should you need to stop your treatment,
your doctor will advise you how to do this.
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If you have any doubts about whether this
medicine is suitable for you, consult your
doctor or pharmcist.

6. Further Information

Like all medicines, Neomycin Eye Drops can
cause side effects, although not everybody
gets them.

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