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Neomycin Eye Ointment BP 3500 iu/ml
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.

In this leaflet:
1. What Neomycin Eye Ointment is
and what it is used for
2. Before you use Neomycin Eye
3. How to use Neomycin Eye
4. Possible side effects
5. How to store Neomycin Eye
6. Further information

1. What Neomycin Eye
Ointment is and what it
isused for
Neomycin Eye Ointment contains
neomycin sulphate which belongs
to a group of medicines known as
aminoglycoside antibiotics, which
are used to treat bacterial infections.
Neomycin Eye Ointment is used to
treat bacterial infections of the eye
such as conjunctivitis and styes
(collection of pus in a small sac of
the eyelash), and to prevent
infection if you have suffered an
injury to your eye.

2. Before you use Neomycin
Eye Ointment
Do not use Neomycin Eye
Ointment if:
• you are allergic to Neomycin
Sulphate or to any of the other
ingredients of this medicine,
listed in section 6 of this leaflet
• you are allergic to medicines
similar to Neomycin Eye
Ointment (aminoglycoside
If any of the above apply to you or
your child please tell your doctor or
pharmacist before you start taking
Neomycin Eye Ointment.
Take special care with Neomycin
Eye Ointment if:
• you have liver or kidney
• you have open wounds
• you wear soft contact lenses.
These should not be worn
during your treatment with
Neomycin Eye Ointment

Take special care when using in
small children or infants, the active
ingredient (Neomycin Sulphate) can
cause hearing loss
If you are unsure about how to use
Neomycin Eye Ointment talk to your
doctor or pharmacist.
Taking other medicines
Please tell your doctor or pharmacist
if you are taking or have recently
taken any other medicines,
including medicines obtained
without a prescription.
If you have any doubts about
whether this medicine is suitable for
you, consult your doctor or
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
Driving and using machines
Neomycin Eye Ointment can cause
temporary blurring of vision after
application to the eye. Wait until
your vision is clear before driving or
using machines.

3. How to use Neomycin Eye
Always use Neomycin Eye Ointment
exactly as your doctor has told you.
You should check with your doctor
or pharmacist if you are not sure.
How much to use
For adults, the elderly and
The usual dose is around half an
inch of ointment placed alongside
the lower lid of the eye 3-4 times
daily or more often if needed.
Neomycin Eye Ointment may be
used at night.
If there is no improvement see your
doctor or pharmacist.
Instructions for use

3. Tilt your head back and look up
at the ceiling.
4. Pull the lower lid of the eye out
to form a small pocket between
your eyelid and your eye.
5. Hold the tube between the
thumb and middle finger of the
other hand, turn the tube
upside down near to your eye,
try not to touch your eye with
the tip.
6. Place about half an inch of the
ointment into the pocket
formed between the lid and the
7. Blink your eye a few times.
8. Repeat steps 3-7 in the other
eye, if you have been told to use
Neomycin Eye Ointment in both
9. Replace the outer cap on the
tube, trying not to touch the
applicator tip with anything,
including the eye or your
10. Wash your hands.

If any of the side effects get
serious, or if you notice any side
effects not listed in this leaflet,
please tell your doctor or

5. How to store Neomycin
Eye Ointment
Keep all medicines out of the reach
and sight of children.
Make sure the container is properly
closed after each use.
Store Neomycin Eye Ointment in the
original container away from direct
light. Store below 25°C.
Do not use Neomycin Eye Ointment
after the expiry date which is stated
on the label. The expiry date refers
to the last day of that month.
Dispose of this medicine four weeks
after opening.

Medicines should not be disposed
If you are unsure about how to use of via waste water or household
Neomycin Eye Ointment talk to your waste. Ask your pharmacist how to
dispose of medicines no longer
doctor or pharmacist.
required. These measures will help
to protect the environment.
If you use more Neomycin Eye
Ointment than you should
6. Further Information
Prolonged use of Neomycin Eye
Ointment is not recommended.
What Neomycin Eye Ointment
If you are at all concerned that you contain
The active ingredient is neomycin
have used too much of this
sulphate BP equivalent to
medicine contact your doctor or
The other ingredients are yellow
Neomycin Eye Ointment are for
soft paraffin, liquid paraffin,
external use only. If you have
anhydrous lanolin (wool fat).
swallowed or you suspect someone
What Neomycin Eye Ointment
else has swallowed any, contact
looks like and contents of the
your doctor or pharmacist.
If you forget to use Neomycin Eye Neomycin Eye Ointment is supplied
in an aluminium and plastic tube
If you have just missed taking your with a tamper proof cap. Each tube
dose and it is a long time until your contains 3g of the ointment.
next dose is due, put in the missed
dose now and continue the course Marketing Authorisation Holder
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If you stop using Neomycin Eye
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If you would like any more
You should keep using Neomycin
information, or would like the
Eye Ointment for as long as your
doctor has asked. Your treatment is leaflet in a different format,
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you feel. Should you need to stop
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your treatment, your doctor will
advise you how to do this.
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4. Possible side effects

If you wear soft contact lenses they
must be removed during treatment
Do not use Neomycin Eye Ointment with Neomycin Eye Ointment.
for a prolonged period of time
(more than 7 days) as this may cause 1. Wash your hands well before use.
serious side effects, particularly in
2. Remove the outer cap. If you are
putting in the ointment yourself
you should use a mirror.
Continued overleaf

Like all medicines, Neomycin Eye
Ointment can cause side effects,
although not everybody gets them.
Possible side effects include:
• irritation, burning, itching and
stinging in the area. This may
occur after treatment has




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Source: Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency

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