Cortisporin Skin Drug

Cortisporin is a skin treatment drug used as an anti bacterial medication. This medication is used to treat skin infections. This product contains neomycin and polymyxin, antibiotics that work by stopping the growth of bacteria. It also contains hydrocortisone, an anti-inflammatory corticosteroid that works by reducing swelling and itching. This medication treats only bacterial skin infections. It will not work for other types of skin infections such as, infections caused by fungi, viruses. Unnecessary use or misuse of any antibiotic can lead to its decreased effectiveness. Cortisporin can be used as an eye medicine and can be applied at the time of eye injury caused by bacteria, injury, burns, or contamination by a foreign body in the eye. Cortisporin has the active ingredient of hydrocortisone which is a steroid. It prevents the release of substances in the body that cause inflammation.

How to Use

Cortisporin skin cream is for use on the skin only. Wash your hands before using. Clean and dry the affected area as directed. Then apply a small amount of medication in a thin layer on the skin and rub in gently, usually 2 to 4 times a day or as directed by your healthcare provider. Wash your hands after use, unless you are using this product to treat the hands. Do not bandage, cover, or wrap the treated area unless you are instructed to do so by your healthcare provider. If you are using this medication on a child’s diaper area, do not use tight-fitting diapers or plastic pants. Do not use large amounts of this medication or apply this more often or for a longer period than directed.

Cautions before Using

The cautions which are to be taken are as follows:

  • The patient should take care that he or she is not allergic to neomycin, polymyxin, or hydrocortisone; or to amino glycoside antibiotics such as gentamicin, tobramycin or to other corticosteroids like dexamethasone, and prednisone.
  • This medication should not be used to treat an infection in the outer ear canal if the eardrum is torn or punctured.
  • Persons who are having a medical history of weak immune system should avoid using Cortisporin.
  • People with a history of poor blood circulation should also stay away from this medication.
  • Pregnant women and breastfeeding mothers should be more cautious before start taking this medication.

Possible Side Effects

The Side Effects which may occur during the usage of Cortisporin are as follows:

  • Burning, redness, irritation, or dryness of the skin may occur
  • Stretch marks,
  • Skin thinning or discoloration, acne,
  • Extreme or unwanted hair growth,
  • Hair bumps or folliculitis
  • Different types of skin infections like fungal or other bacterial infections may occur
  • Difficulty in breathing
  • Extreme dizziness
  • Swelling in ear, throat and face
  • Allergic rashes

Reactions and Overdose

It has been suggested that before using Cortisporin, the patients should talk to their doctor or pharmacist about all the prescription and nonprescription or any herbal products they are using especially to name aminoglycoside antibiotics like amikacin, gentamicin, tobramycin, and prednisone.

Overdose may occur if Cortisporin is swallowed by a patient and he or she must attend the medical assistance.


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