Generic Name: bacitracin (bass-ih-TRAY-sin)
Brand Name: Generic only. No brands available.
Bacitracin ointment is used for:
Treating or preventing infection in minor skin wounds.
Bacitracin ointment is an antibiotic. It works by stopping or preventing bacterial infections 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.
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.
- Wash and completely dry the affected area. Gently rub the medicine in until it is evenly distributed. The area may be left uncovered, or you may cover it with a sterile bandage. Wash your hands immediately after using bacitracin ointment, unless your hands are part of the treated area.
- 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.
- If you miss a dose of bacitracin ointment and you are using it regularly, use it as soon as possible. If several hours have passed or if it is nearing time for the next dose, do not double the dose to catch up, unless advised by your health care provider. 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:
- 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 in your eyes or to cover large areas of your body. If you have deep puncture wounds, animal bites, or serious burns, check with your doctor.
- Do not use for longer than 7 days unless directed by your doctor.
- PREGNANCY AND BREAST-FEEDING: If you become pregnant, contact your doctor. You will need 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. 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; swelling.
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. Bacitracin ointment may be harmful if swallowed.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. Store away from heat, moisture, and light. Do not store in the bathroom. Keep bacitracin ointment out of the reach of children and away from pets.
- 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.
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.