I prefer the antibiotic cream that numbs the area. That's what gives me relief from the pain from a cut or something similar.
These days, you can find the generic version of these creams at any discount store, much cheaper than the name brands.
Sometimes, a prescription ointment or cream is necessary, though, and if a doctor prescribes you an antibiotic cream, then go ahead and get your scrip filled and use what the doctor recommends.
But, for less serious injuries, most over the counter creams and/or ointments will do nicely, and you can get the generic brand and not spend nearly as much money.