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Bacitracin ointment

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Generic Name: bacitracin (bass-ih-TRAY-sin)
Brand Name: Generic only. No brands available.

Bacitracin ointment is used for:

Treating external eye infections.

Bacitracin ointment is an antibiotic for the eye. It works by stopping or preventing bacterial infections of the eyeball by either killing susceptible bacteria or inhibiting their growth.

Do NOT use bacitracin ointment if:

  • you are allergic to any ingredient in bacitracin ointment

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

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Before using bacitracin ointment:

Some medical conditions may interact with bacitracin 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

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

Ask your health care provider if bacitracin 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 ointment:

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

  • Bacitracin ointment may be used around the eye or in the eye. To use bacitracin ointment in the eye, first, wash your hands. Using your index finger, pull the lower eyelid away from your eye to form a pouch. Squeeze a thin strip of ointment into the pouch. After using bacitracin ointment, gently close your eyes for 1 to 2 minutes. Wash your hands to remove any medicine that may be on them. Wipe the applicator tip with a clean, dry tissue.
  • To prevent germs from contaminating your medicine, do not touch the applicator tip to any surface, including the eye. Keep the container tightly closed.
  • Wash your hands before using bacitracin ointment. To use bacitracin ointment, pull the lower eyelid away from your eye to form a pouch. Squeeze a thin strip of ointment into the pouch. After using the medicine, gently close your eyes and keep them closed for 1 to 2 minutes. Wash your hands to remove any medicine that may be on them. Wipe the applicator tip with a clean, dry tissue.
  • Ask your doctor how to use your contact lenses while using bacitracin ointment.
  • Bacitracin ointment works best if it is used at the same time each day.
  • To clear up your infection completely, use bacitracin ointment for the full course of treatment. Keep using it even if you feel better in a few days.
  • To prevent germs from contaminating your medicine, do not touch the applicator tip to any surface, including the eye. Keep the container tightly closed.
  • If you miss a dose of bacitracin ointment, use it as soon as possible. If it is almost time for your 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 ointment.

Important safety information:

  • Bacitracin ointment may cause blurred vision when you first put it in your eye. Do not drive, or perform other possibly unsafe tasks if you cannot see clearly.
  • Be sure to use bacitracin ointment for the full course of treatment. If you do not, the medicine may not clear up your infection completely. The bacteria could also become less sensitive to this or other medicines. This could make the infection harder to treat in the future.
  • Do not use bacitracin ointment for treating future eye problems without consulting your doctor.
  • Long-term or repeated use of bacitracin ointment may cause a second infection. Your doctor may want to change your medicine to treat the second infection. Contact your doctor if signs of a second infection occur.
  • PREGNANCY and BREAST-FEEDING: If you plan on becoming pregnant, contact your doctor. You will to discuss the benefits and risks of using bacitracin ointment while you are pregnant. It is not known if bacitracin ointment is found in breast milk. If you are or will be breast-feeding, check with your doctor. Discuss any possible risks to your baby.

Possible side effects of bacitracin ointment:

All medicines may cause side effects, but many people have no, or minor, side effects. Check with your doctor if any of these most COMMON side effects persist or become bothersome:

Minor blurring of vision.

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); burning, redness, or swelling of eyelids; changes in eyesight; worsening eye pain.

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. Symptoms may include eyelid swelling; flushing; increased tearing; lid itching; redness.

Proper storage of bacitracin ointment:

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

General information:

  • If you have any questions about bacitracin ointment, please talk with your doctor, pharmacist, or other health care provider.
  • Bacitracin 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 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 ointment. It does NOT include all information about the possible uses, directions, warnings, precautions, interactions, adverse effects, or risks that may apply to bacitracin 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 ointment.

Issue Date: April 2, 2014
Database Edition 14.2.1.001
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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