Terramycin has been on back order at my feedstore for months...manufacturer isn't keeping up with demands or some such thing. Called my vet, and was told to use neosporin. Called another vet, same thing. Neosporin, AKA polymyxin b, also comes in the form of eye drops and eye ointments. I used it on a young drake's eye with success. Using the OTC topical is not ideal, but will work in a pinch. I have since gotten a bottle of Gentak from my vet to keep on hand, as I prefer eye drops to ointment.
How does Neosporin work? What will it do for me?
Polymyxin b - neomycin compound belongs to the family of medications known as antibacterials. The compound contains a combination of antibiotics used to treat certain types of infections caused by bacteria.
The topical ointment can be used to treat some skin infections and to prevent infections in burns, minor cuts, and wounds. The drops are used to treat some types of infections of the eye and ear. The irrigating solution is used to prevent bladder infections in people who have catheters in place.
All preparations work by killing the bacteria that cause these infections.
Your doctor may have suggested this medication for conditions other than those listed in these drug information articles. As well, some forms of this medication may not be used for all of the conditions discussed here. If you have not discussed this with your doctor or are not sure why you are being given this medication, speak to your doctor. Do not stop using this medication without consulting your doctor.
Do not give this medication to anyone else, even if they have the same symptoms as you do. It can be harmful for people to use this medication if their doctor has not prescribed it.
How should I use Neosporin?
Eye and ear drops: The suggested dose is 1 or 2 drops in the affected eye or ear 2 to 4 times daily, or more frequently as directed by your doctor. Avoid contaminating the dropper by touching it with the fingers, eyes, ears, or other surfaces. Do not wear contact lenses during eye treatment.
Eye ointment: Apply a thin ribbon of ointment into the lower lid of the eye as directed by your doctor.
Irrigating solution: Your doctor or health care professional will administer the irrigating solution.
Edited by DutchChic - 5/15/12 at 7:05pm