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Bacitracin/ neomycin/ polymyxin ointment

Generic Name: bacitracin/neomycin/polymyxin (BAS-i-TRAY-sin/NEE-oh-MYE-sin/POL-ee-MIX-in)
Brand Name: Examples include Lanabiotic and Neosporin

Bacitracin/ neomycin/ polymyxin ointment is used for:

Treating and preventing infection due to minor cuts, scrapes, and burns.

Bacitracin/neomycin/polymyxin ointment is an antibiotic combination. It works by killing sensitive bacteria on the skin or in wounds.

Do NOT use bacitracin/ neomycin/ polymyxin ointment if:

  • you are allergic to any ingredient in bacitracin/neomycin/polymyxin ointment

Contact your doctor or health care provider right away if any of these apply to you.

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Before using bacitracin/ neomycin/ polymyxin ointment:

Some medical conditions may interact with bacitracin/neomycin/polymyxin ointment. Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you have any medical conditions, especially if any of the following apply to you:

  • if you are pregnant, planning to become pregnant, or are breast-feeding
  • if you are taking any prescription or nonprescription medicine, herbal preparation, or dietary supplement
  • if you have allergies to medicines, foods, or other substances
  • if you have deep wounds, puncture wounds, animal bites, or serious burns

Some MEDICINES MAY INTERACT with bacitracin/neomycin/polymyxin ointment. Because little, if any, of bacitracin/neomycin/polymyxin ointment is absorbed into the blood, the risk of it interacting with another medicine is low.

Ask your health care provider if bacitracin/neomycin/polymyxin ointment may interact with other medicines that you take. Check with your health care provider before you start, stop, or change the dose of any medicine.

How to use bacitracin/ neomycin/ polymyxin ointment:

Use bacitracin/neomycin/polymyxin ointment as directed by your doctor. Check the label on the medicine for exact dosing instructions.

  • Bacitracin/neomycin/polymyxin ointment is for external use only. Do not use in or near the eyes, nose, or mouth. If you get bacitracin/neomycin/polymyxin ointment in your eyes, rinse immediately with cool tap water.
  • Do not apply bacitracin/neomycin/polymyxin ointment over large areas of your body without first checking with your doctor.
  • Wash your hands thoroughly before and after using bacitracin/neomycin/polymyxin ointment, unless your hands are part of the treated area.
  • Wash and completely dry the affected area. Apply a small amount of bacitracin/neomycin/polymyxin ointment (about the size of the tip of the finger) to the affected area. Gently rub the medicine in until it is evenly distributed.
  • The treated area may be covered with bandages.
  • If you miss a dose of bacitracin/neomycin/polymyxin ointment and you are using it regularly, use it as soon as possible. If it is almost time for the next dose, skip the missed dose and go back to your regular dosing schedule. Do not use 2 doses at once.

Ask your health care provider any questions you may have about how to use bacitracin/neomycin/polymyxin ointment.

Important safety information:

  • If your symptoms do not get better within 1 week, if they clear up and then reappear, or if they get worse, check with your doctor.
  • Do NOT take more than the recommended dose or use for longer than 1 week without checking with your doctor.
  • If your doctor recommended that you use bacitracin/neomycin/polymyxin ointment for a certain period of time, it is important to use bacitracin/neomycin/polymyxin ointment for the full course of treatment, even if your symptoms improve within a few days.
  • Bacitracin/neomycin/polymyxin ointment should not be used in CHILDREN younger than 2 years old; safety and effectiveness in these children have not been confirmed.
  • PREGNANCY and BREAST-FEEDING: If you become pregnant, contact your doctor. You will need to discuss the benefits and risks of using bacitracin/neomycin/polymyxin ointment while you are pregnant. It is not known if bacitracin/neomycin/polymyxin ointment is found in breast milk. If you are or will be breast-feeding while you use bacitracin/neomycin/polymyxin ointment, check with your doctor. Discuss any possible risks to your baby.

Possible side effects of bacitracin/ neomycin/ polymyxin ointment:

All medicines may cause side effects, but many people have no, or minor, side effects. When used in small doses, no COMMON side effects have been reported with this product. Seek medical attention right away if any of these SEVERE side effects occur:

Severe allergic reactions (rash; hives; itching; difficulty breathing; tightness in the chest; swelling of the mouth, face, lips, or tongue); skin irritation, pain, burning, cracking, redness, or peeling not present before using bacitracin/neomycin/polymyxin ointment; worsening or recurrence of wound symptoms.

This is not a complete list of all side effects that may occur. If you have questions about side effects, contact your health care provider. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. To report side effects to the appropriate agency, please read the Guide to Reporting Problems to FDA.

If OVERDOSE is suspected:

Contact 1-800-222-1222 (the American Association of Poison Control Centers), your local poison control center, or emergency room immediately.

Proper storage of bacitracin/neomycin/polymyxin ointment:

Store bacitracin/neomycin/polymyxin ointment at room temperature, between 59 and 86 degrees F (15 and 30 degrees C), in a tightly closed container. Store away from heat, moisture, and light. Do not store in the bathroom. Keep bacitracin/neomycin/polymyxin ointment out of the reach of children and away from pets.

General information:

  • If you have any questions about bacitracin/neomycin/polymyxin ointment, please talk with your doctor, pharmacist, or other health care provider.
  • Bacitracin/neomycin/polymyxin ointment is to be used only by the patient for whom it is prescribed. Do not share it with other people.
  • If your symptoms do not improve or if they become worse, check with your doctor.
  • Check with your pharmacist about how to dispose of unused medicine.

This information should not be used to decide whether or not to take bacitracin/neomycin/polymyxin ointment or any other medicine. Only your health care provider has the knowledge and training to decide which medicines are right for you. This information does not endorse any medicine as safe, effective, or approved for treating any patient or health condition. This is only a brief summary of general information about bacitracin/neomycin/polymyxin ointment. It does NOT include all information about the possible uses, directions, warnings, precautions, interactions, adverse effects, or risks that may apply to bacitracin/neomycin/polymyxin ointment. This information is not specific medical advice and does not replace information you receive from your health care provider. You must talk with your healthcare provider for complete information about the risks and benefits of using bacitracin/neomycin/polymyxin ointment.

Issue Date: September 3, 2014
Database Edition 14.3.1.003
Copyright © 2014 Wolters Kluwer Health, Inc.

Disclaimer: This information should not be used to decide whether or not to take this medicine or any other medicine. Only your health care provider has the knowledge and training to decide which medicines are right for you. This information does not endorse any medicine as safe, effective, or approved for treating any patient or health condition. This is only a brief summary of general information about this medicine. It does NOT include all information about the possible uses, directions, warnings, precautions, interactions, adverse effects, or risks that may apply to this medicine. This information is not specific medical advice and does not replace information you receive from your health care provider. You must talk with your healthcare provider for complete information about the risks and benefits of using this medicine.

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