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Neosporin Overdose

The effects of an overdose with Neosporin will vary, depending on how much was taken and how it was taken. If a large amount of the medication is absorbed into the bloodstream, overdose symptoms may occur. Some of these symptoms can potentially be dangerous, such as hearing loss and kidney damage. Treatment for people who use too much Neosporin will include supportive care.

Can You Use Too Much Neosporin?

Neosporin® first aid products contain various antibiotics and, sometimes, a pain-relieving ingredient, depending on the particular product. The specific effects of a Neosporin overdose would likely vary, based on a number of factors, including the Neosporin dosage, the particular product, and how it was taken (applied to the skin or taken by mouth).
 

Effects of an Overdose With Neosporin

Very little (if any) of the active ingredients in Neosporin are absorbed from the skin into the bloodstream with normal use. However, certain situations increase the chance of absorption of significant amounts and, therefore, of problems in the case of an overdose. Such situations include using Neosporin in a large open wound, over a large area of the body, or on delicate and immature newborn skin. In such cases, using too much Neosporin could result in serious overdose symptoms.
 
In addition, accidentally taking Neosporin by mouth, which might occur with young children or pets, can result in significant absorption of the active ingredients.
 
Most notably, neomycin, one of the active ingredients in Neosporin, can sometimes cause hearing loss and kidney damage in the case of an overdose. Also, it is possible that an overdose of Neosporin by mouth might result in a serious kind of pneumonia, especially if some of the medication is inhaled into the lungs.
 
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