Neomycin (By mouth)
Treats a condition called hepatic coma, in which the liver does not filter toxins properly and they build up in the blood.
There may be other brand names for this medicine.
When This Medicine Should Not Be Used
You should not use this medicine if you have had an allergic reaction to neomycin or to similar medicines such as amikacin, gentamicin, streptomycin, Amikin®, or Garamycin®. You should not use this medicine if you are pregnant or if you have a stomach ulcer or intestinal colitis.
How to Use This Medicine
- Your doctor will tell you how much of this medicine to use and how often. Do not use more medicine or use it more often than your doctor tells you to.
- Carefully follow your doctor's instructions about any special diet.
If a dose is missed:
- If you miss a dose or forget to use your medicine, use it as soon as you can. If it is almost time for your next dose, wait until then to use the medicine and skip the missed dose. Do not use extra medicine to make up for a missed dose.
How to Store and Dispose of This Medicine
- Store the medicine in a closed container at room temperature, away from heat, moisture, and direct light.
- Ask your pharmacist, doctor, or health caregiver about the best way to dispose of any outdated medicine or medicine no longer needed.
- Keep all medicine away from children and never share your medicine with anyone.
Drugs and Foods to Avoid
Ask your doctor or pharmacist before using any other medicine, including over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal products.
- There are many other drugs that can interact with neomycin. Make sure your doctor knows about all other medicines you are using. This is especially important if you are receiving other treatments for infection, cancer, or muscle disorders.
- Make sure your doctor knows if you are also using a diuretic ("water pill") such as furosemide, ethacrynic acid, Edecrin®, or Lasix®.
- Make sure you doctor knows if you are using digoxin (Lanoxin®, Digitek®), or a blood thinner such as warfarin (Coumadin®),
Warnings While Using This Medicine
- Using this medicine while you are pregnant can harm your unborn baby. Use an effective form of birth control to keep from getting pregnant. If you think you have become pregnant while using the medicine, tell your doctor right away.
- Make sure your doctor knows if you are breast feeding, or if you are allergic to any medicines. Tell your doctor if you have kidney disease, or a muscle disorder such as myasthenia gravis or Parkinson's disease.
- Your doctor will need to check your progress at regular visits while you are using this medicine. Be sure to keep all appointments.
Possible Side Effects While Using This Medicine
Call your doctor right away if you notice any of these side effects:
- Decrease in how much or how often you urinate.
- Fever, chills, cough, sore throat, and body aches.
- Fainting, or loss of consciousness.
- Hearing loss.
- Numbness, tingling, muscle twitching, or seizure.
- Shallow breathing.
If you notice these less serious side effects, talk with your doctor:
- Changes in your stools.
- Nausea, vomiting, diarrhea.
- Vaginal itching or discharge.
If you notice other side effects that you think are caused by this medicine, tell your doctor
Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088
- Last Reviewed on 06/12/2013
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This page was last updated: June 18, 2013