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Brand Names: Ocu-Cort

Generic Name: bacitracin, neomycin, polymyxin B, and hydrocortisone ophthalmic (Pronunciation: BAS i TRAY sin, NEE oh MYE sin, POL ee MIX in, HYE droe KOR ti sone off THAL mik)

What is bacitracin, neomycin, polymyxin B and hydrocortisone ophthalmic (Ocu-Cort)?

Bacitracin, neomycin, and polymyxin B are antibiotics that kill bacteria.

Hydrocortisone is a steroid. It prevents the release of substances in the body that cause inflammation.

Bacitracin, neomycin, polymyxin B and hydrocortisone ophthalmic (for the eyes) is used to treat eye infections caused by bacteria, injury, burns, or contamination by a foreign body in the eye. This medication is also used to treat an eye condition called chronic uveitis.

Bacitracin, neomycin, polymyxin B and hydrocortisone ophthalmic may also be used for other purposes not listed in this medication guide.

What are the possible side effects of bacitracin, neomycin, polymyxin B and hydrocortisone ophthalmic (Ocu-Cort)?

Get emergency medical help if you have any of these signs of an allergic reaction: hives; difficult breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.

Call your doctor at once if you have a serious side effect such as:

  • blurred vision, eye pain, or seeing halos around lights;
  • severe itching, watering, redness, or swelling of your eyes;
  • vision changes, increased sensitivity to light;
  • white patches on your eyes;
  • crusting or drainage from your eyes; or
  • any new signs of infection.

Less serious side effects may include temporary blurred vision and mild eye irritation after using the ointment.

This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.

What is the most important information I should know about bacitracin, neomycin, polymyxin B and hydrocortisone ophthalmic (Ocu-Cort)?

You should not use this medication if you are allergic to bacitracin, neomycin, polymyxin B, or hydrocortisone. Do not use this medication if you have a fungal or viral infection that affects your eyes, including herpes, chickenpox, or smallpox.

Before using this medication, tell your doctor if you have glaucoma, cataracts, or a viral or fungal infection anywhere in your body.

Do not allow the tip of the ointment tube to touch any surface, including the eyes or hands. If the tip becomes contaminated it could cause an infection in your eye, which can lead to vision loss or serious damage to the eye.

Use this medication for the full prescribed length of time. Your symptoms may improve before the infection is completely cleared. Bacitracin, neomycin, polymyxin B, and hydrocortisone will not treat a viral or fungal infection of the eye.

To make sure this medication is helping your condition and is not causing harmful effects, your eyes will need to be checked on a regular basis during treatment. This will help your doctor determine how long to treat you with bacitracin, neomycin, polymyxin B, and hydrocortisone. Do not miss any follow-up visits to your doctor.

Call your doctor if your symptoms do not improve, or if your infection gets worse while using this medication.

Bacitracin, neomycin, polymyxin B and hydrocortisone should not be used on a child.



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