Neosporin

(neomycin / polymyxin / bacitracin)

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Helps prevent infection in minor cuts, scrapes, and burns.

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Neosporin (neomycin / polymyxin / bacitracin) is an effective, over-the-counter, first-line infection prevention in minor scrapes, cuts, and burns.

Quick facts about Neosporin
  • Drug class: Dermatologic
  • Rx status: Over-the-counter
  • Generic status: Lower-cost generic available (neomycin / polymyxin / bacitracin)

Upsides

  • Can help your wound heal faster.
  • Comes in a ointment, cream, foam and spray.
  • Is available over-the-counter.
  • A more affordable generic option is also available.
  • Comes in formulations that can also help treat pain, itch, and scars.
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Downsides

  • May not be effective for large or deep cuts.
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How it works

Neosporin (neomycin / polymyxin / bacitracin) contains three first aid antibiotics that prevent infection by killing bacteria.

Quick facts about Neosporin
  • Drug class: Dermatologic
  • Rx status: Over-the-counter
  • Generic status: Lower-cost generic available (neomycin / polymyxin / bacitracin)

Used for

  • Minor cuts
  • Minor scrapes
  • Minor burns

Dosage forms

  • Cream
  • Ointment
  • Foam
  • Spray
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What to expect when you take Neosporin (neomycin / polymyxin / bacitracin) for Minor cuts, scrapes, and burns

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  • Possible side effects
  • Redness of the skin
  • Skin itching
  • Local swelling of the skin
  • Skin irritation
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Side effect rates for Neosporin (neomycin / polymyxin / bacitracin)

Risks and Warnings for Neosporin (neomycin / polymyxin / bacitracin)

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  • Do not use Neosporin (neomycin / polymyxin / bacitracin) if you are allergic to any of these ingrediants: bacitracin, neomycin, and polymxyin B. Stop using and talk to a doctor if you experience rashes, hives, or other allergic reactions.