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Polysporin Opthalmic Eye Ear is a medication used to treat and prevent some types of external infections of the eye and ear. It treats only bacterial eye infections. It will not work for other types of eye infections (such as infections caused by viruses, fungi, mycobacteria).
The active ingredients in Polysporin drops include bacitracin zinc and polymyxin B sulfate. These antibiotics work together preventing the growth of bacteria in the eye and ear.
Use and Dosage
Polysporin Eye and Ear Ointment should be administered as directed by a healthcare professional. Generally, apply 1 or 2 drops to the affected eye or ear, 4 times a day or more frequently as directed by your doctor.
To use Polysporin Ophthalmic Eye Ear drops, first wash your hands. Then, tilt your head back or lie down with your head tilted to one side. Use your fingers to gently pull down your lower eyelid to create a small pocket. Hold the dropper directly over your eye/ear and squeeze the prescribed number of drops into the pocket. Release your lower eyelid and close your eye/ear gently for a few seconds. Repeat the process for the other eye/ear if needed.
Be careful not to touch the dropper tip to any surface, including your eye/ear, to avoid contamination. If using the ointment, apply a small amount to the affected area. Remember to follow the directions provided by your doctor or healthcare professional.
Take the drops exactly as prescribed by your doctor. If you miss a dose, take it as soon as possible and continue with your regular schedule. If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and continue with your regular dosing schedule. Do not take a double dose to make up for a missed one. If you are not sure what to do after missing a dose, contact your doctor or pharmacist for advice.
Common Side Effects of Polysporin Opthalmic Eye Ear (Bacitracin Zinc/Polymyxin B Sulfate):
- Irritation of the area where the cream is applied
- Worsening eye, ear, or skin infection
Serious Side Effects of Polysporin Opthalmic Eye Ear (Bacitracin Zinc/Polymyxin B Sulfate):
- Eye pain or sensitivity to light
- Hearing loss
- Impaired vision
- Severe ear pain
- Signs of severe allergic reaction such as: severe rash or hives; difficulty breathing; or swelling of the mouth, lips, tongue, or throat
Forms and Strength
Polysporin Opthalmic Eye Ear (Bacitracin Zinc/Polymyxin B Sulfate) is available in the following forms and strength:
Polysporin Opthalmic Eye Ear: Drops
- Polysporin Ophthalmic Ointment should never be directly introduced into the anterior chamber of the eye. Polysporin Eye and Ear Drops should be used with caution if you have an allergy to any of its ingredients.
- Polysporin Eye and Ear Drops may cause side effects such as redness, itching, swelling, irritation, or pain in the eye or ear.
- If the condition does not improve after using Polysporin Eye and Ear Drops or Ointment for a few days, or if it worsens, consult a healthcare professional.
- Polysporin Eye and Ear Drops or Ointment are available only with a doctor's prescription.
- Do not use Polysporin Eye and Ear Drops or Ointment if you are pregnant or breastfeeding, unless recommended by a healthcare professional.
- Polysporin Eye and Ear Drops or Ointment should not be used in viral or fungal infections of the eye or ear.
- Do not share Polysporin Eye and Ear Drops or Ointment with others, as it may lead to cross-infection or the spread of infection.
- Polysporin Eye and Ear Drops or Ointment may interfere with certain laboratory tests, so inform your doctor or healthcare professional if you are taking them.
- If you experience any unusual or severe side effects or adverse reactions after using Polysporin Eye and Ear Drops or Ointment, seek medical attention immediately.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
Can Polysporin Eye and Ear Drops be used for children?
Yes, Polysporin Eye and Ear Drops may be used for children, but the dose and duration of treatment should be determined by a healthcare professional.
Is Polysporin Eye and Ear Drops available without a prescription?
No, Polysporin Eye and Ear Drops are available only with a doctor's prescription.
Can Polysporin Eye and Ear Drops be used for viral or fungal infections of the eye/ear?
No, Polysporin Eye and Ear Drops should not be used to treat viral or fungal infections of the eye/ear.
How long does it take for Polysporin Eye and Ear Drops to work?
Polysporin Eye and Ear Drops may start working immediately to relieve symptoms such as redness and swelling but complete the full course of treatment as prescribed.
It's important to purchase Polysporin Opthalmic Eye/Ear from verified Canadian pharmacy.