NIVEMYCIN TABLETS 500MG
Active substance(s): NEOMYCIN SULPHATE
TRADE NAME OF THE MEDICINAL PRODUCT
Nivemycin Tablets 500mg
Neomycin 500mg Tablets
QUALITATIVE AND QUANTITATIVE COMPOSITION
Neomycin sulphate Ph Eur.
an amount equivalent to 550mg of material having a potency of 700 units per mg.
Neomycin tablet (Neomycin sulphate BP) is indicated for pre-operative sterilisation of the
bowel and may be useful in the treatment of impending hepatic coma, including portal
For oral administration.
Posology and method of administration
Pre-operative sterilisation of the bowel.
Adults: 2 tablets every hour for 4 hours; then 2 tablets every 4 hours for two or three days
before the operation.
Children over 12 years: 2 tablets every 4 hours for 2 or 3 days before the operation.
Children from 6 to 12 years: ½ to 1 tablet every 4 hours for 2 or 3 days before the operation.
For practical reasons, use of the tablets in children under 6 years is not recommended.
In hepatic coma, the adult dose is 4-12 gm/day in divided doses for a period of 5-7 days,
whilst for children, 50-100mg/kg/day in divided doses appears appropriate. Chronic hepatic
insufficiency may require up to 4gm/day over an indefinite period.
The elderly dose is the same as for adults.
Neomycin tablets should not be given when intestinal obstruction is present.
Hypersensitivity to aminoglycosides.
Infants under 1 year.
Special warnings and precautions for use
The absorption of neomycin is poor from the alimentary tract, with about 97% of an orally
administered dose being excreted unchanged in the faeces. Impaired G.I. motility however
may increase absorption of the drug and it is therefore possible, as with other broad spectrum
antibiotics, that prolonged therapy could result in ototoxicity and nephrotoxicity, particularly
in patients with a degree of renal failure. In such patients, and infants and the elderly, it is
generally desirable to determine dosage requirements of aminoglycosides by individual
monitoring. Some authorities consider that monitoring is also important in obese patients and
those with cystic fibrosis.
Impaired hepatic function or auditory function, bacteraemia, fever, and possibly exposure to
loud noises have been reported to increase the risk of ototoxicity, while volume depletion or
hypotension, liver disease, or female sex have reported as additional risk factors for
nephrotoxicity. Regular assessment of auditory, vestibular and renal function is particularly
necessary in patients with additional risk factors.
When used as an adjunct in the management of hepatic coma, care should be taken that
administration is of the minimal period necessary, since prolonged exposure to the drug may
result in malabsorption.
Neomycin should be used with caution in patients with neuromuscular disorders and
There is almost complete cross-resistance between neomycin, kanamycin, paromomycin and
framycetin. Cross-resistance with gentamicin has also been reported.
Since prolonged therapy may result in the overgrowth of non-sensitive organisms,
treatment should not be continued longer than necessary to prevent superinfection due
to the over growth of non-sensitive organisms.
Interaction with other medicinal products and other forms of interaction
Neomycin may impair absorption of other drugs including phenoxymethylpenicillin, digoxin,
methotrexate and some vitamins. Aminoglycosides exhibit synergistic activity with a number
of beta lactams, but aminoglycoside activity was reported to be diminished in a few patients
with severe renal impairment.
Care should be taken when considering the use of neomycin concurrently with drugs with a
potential to cause nephrotoxicity (including other aminoglycosides, some of the
cephalosporins, amphotericin, ciclosporin, capreomycin, polymixins, platinum compounds,
teicoplanin and vancomycin) or ototoxicity (including loop diuretics, capreomycin,
teicoplanin, vancomycin and possibly platinum compounds).
The effect of non-depolarising muscle relaxants may be enhanced by aminoglycosides. Care
is required if other drugs with a neuromuscular blocking action, including botulinum toxic, are
given concomitantly. Care is required when patients being treated with aminoglycosides are
to receive a general anaesthetic or opioids in order to avoid the possible neuromuscular sideeffects provoking severe respiratory depression.
The effect of the parasympathomimetic drugs neostigmine and pyridostigmine, may be
antagonised by aminoglycosides.
The hypoglycaemic effect of acarbose may be enhanced by neomycin and the severity of
gastrointestinal side effects increased.
Aminoglycosides may increase the risk of hypocalcaemia in patients receiving
Experience in anticoagulant clinics suggests that INR (International Normalised Ratio) may be
altered by antibacterials such as neomycin given for local action on the gut.
The efficacy of oral contraceptives may be reduced with broad spectrum antibiotics.
Oral typhoid vaccine is inactivated by concomitant antibiotic administration.
Fertility, pregnancy and lactation
The use of neomycin in pregnancy is not recommended unless the benefits outweigh the
There are no reports linking the use of neomycin to congenital defects. However, small
amounts of the drug are absorbed when given orally and neomycin and other aminoglycosides
may have harmful effects on the foetus following oral absorption during pregnancy.
In some circumstances neomycin may enter the breast milk of lactating mothers. There is little
risk of ototoxicity in the infant, but abnormal development of the gut flora may occur. The use
of neomycin in lactating mothers is not recommended unless the benefits outweigh the
Effects on ability to drive and use machines
Nausea, vomiting, diarrhoea, increased salivation, stomatitis, nephrotoxicity, ototoxicity, rise
in serum levels of hepatic enzymes and bilirubin, blood dyscrasias, haemolytic anaemia,
confusion, paraesthesia, disorientation, nystagmus, hypersensitivity reactions including
dermatitis, pruritus, drug fever and anaphylaxis.
Cross-sensitivity with other aminoglycosides may occur.
Malabsorption syndrome with steatorrhoea and diarrhoea, which can be severe, may be caused
by prolonged oral therapy.
Superinfection may occur, especially with prolonged oral treatment.
Electrolyte disturbances (notably hypomagnesaemia
hypokalaemia) have occurred with other aminoglycosides.
Reporting of side effects
Reporting suspected adverse reactions after authorisation of the medicinal product
is important. It allows continued monitoring of the benefit/risk balance of the
medicinal product. Healthcare professionals are asked to report any suspected
adverse reactions via the Yellow Card Scheme at: www.mhra.gov.uk/yellowcard.
In overdose, exacerbation of the adverse events reported for neomycin (nausea, diarrhoea
nephrotoxicity, ototoxicity etc.) is expected.
Monitor renal and auditory function. If these are impaired, haemodialysis is indicated.
Prolonged assisted ventilation may also be required.
Neomycin is an aminoglycoside antibiotic.
Neomycin acts by binding to polysomes, inhibiting protein synthesis and generating errors in
the transcription of the genetic code.
The absorption of neomycin from the alimentary tract is poor: Only 3% of an oral dose is
absorbed, neomycin is rapidly excreted by the kidneys in the unchanged form. The plasma
half-life in healthy adults is approximately 2-3 hours. Oral doses of 3g produce peak plasma
concentrations of up to 4 μg/ml.
Preclinical safety data
List of excipients
Special precautions for storage
Store below 30°C in a dry place – protect from light.
Nature and contents of container
An amber glass bottle having a tin-plate screw cap with a waxed aluminium-faced pulpboard
liner. The ullage is filled with cotton wool.
Pack size: 100 tablets.
Special precautions for disposal
MARKETING AUTHORISATION HOLDER
Amdipharm UK Limited
Capital House, 85 King William Street,
London EC4N 7BL, UK
MARKETING AUTHORISATION NUMBER(S)
DATE OF FIRST AUTHORISATION/RENEWAL OF THE AUTHORISATION
11th January 1999
DATE OF REVISION OF THE TEXT
Source: Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency
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