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Neosporin Neo To Go! Antiseptic Pain Relieving Spray

December 7th, 2010 Leave a comment Go to comments

3 Stars- techdadNeosporin Neo To Go!

I have two young children who seem to scrape their knees or elbows anytime they stop out of our front door. I’d seen the Neosporin Neo To Go! product at our local Target store and always wanted to try it out but the price seemed exorbitant for what it was. When Amazon offered me a review unit to try, I was happy to give it a Go!

PROS

  • Durable container
  • Decent pain relief for minor cuts/scrapes

CONS

  • Expensive
  • Not as simple to operate as it should be
  • Requires some priming
  • Should NOT be stored in a vehicle

First of all, the active ingredients in the Neo To Go! are not antibiotics. Benzalkonium Chloride is the antiseptic, preventing infection, while Pramozine Hydrochloride is the topical analgesic, for temporary pain relief. It does not contain the antibiotics used in the ointment or cream by Neosporin. I don’t view that as good or bad, but in case someone thought that it contained the same ingredients, I wanted to note that it does not.

While I like the durability of the container, I found it to be somewhat difficult to operate. I expected it to work a bit smoother and without having to prime it. If it sits for a while, you have to prime it a few times before the spray comes out. I do like how the lot # and expiration are printed clearly for easy viewing.

I also thought it was rather bogus of Johnson & Johnson to print a car icon, next to the bike and purse. Why? Because only if you happen to go to their website will you see that they do NOT recommend you keep the Neo To Go! in your car. It is supposed to remain at room temperature of much as possible, within 68-77 degrees Fahrenheit. That’s pretty standard for medication, but the car icon gives somewhat of a false impression that keeping it in your car is ok. Essentially, you can carry it with you, in a car, on a bike, or in a purse, but should always bring it back inside.

My biggest problem though, is that the price premium for the Neo To Go! doesn’t make up for the very minor convenience of having the spray. If you are that active or prone to minor cuts and scrapes, carrying a tube of Neosporin with you is just as easy. I guess you wouldn’t want to slide it in your jean pocket, but a diaper bag, purse, or jacket pocket would all work fine with the regular tube. I get that the individual unit price is pretty good from Amazon when you order the 6 pack with the 15% off Subscribe & Save discount. But who gets hurt that often? One tube of Neosporin cream usually lasts me about a year or more, even with my two kids challenging concrete on a daily basis. It’s also harder to target smaller cuts because the spray coverage area might be bigger than the actual cut.

My family will definitely get use out of the Neosporin Neo To Go!, but we doubt we will be getting any more. We are just fine with the cream in a tube.

Available from Amazon.com.

* Review sample provided by Neosporin.

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