Duospore ointment

Generic Name: bacitracin/polymyxin (BAS-i-TRAY-sin/POL-ee-MIX-in)
Brand Name: Examples include Duospore and Polysporin

Duospore ointment is used for:

Treating or preventing infection in minor skin wounds.

Duospore ointment is an antibiotic. It works by stopping or preventing bacterial infections by either killing susceptible bacteria or inhibiting their growth.

Do NOT use Duospore ointment if:

  • you are allergic to any ingredient in Duospore ointment

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

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Before using Duospore ointment:

Some medical conditions may interact with Duospore 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 Duospore ointment. Because little, if any, of Duospore ointment is absorbed into the blood, the risk of it interacting with another medicine is low.

Ask your health care provider if Duospore 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 Duospore ointment:

Use Duospore 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 Duospore ointment, unless your hands are part of the treated area.
  • Duospore ointment works best if used at the same time each day.
  • To clear up your infection completely, use Duospore 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 Duospore ointment, use it as soon as you remember. Continue to use it as directed by your doctor or on the package label.

Ask your health care provider any questions you may have about how to use Duospore ointment.

Important safety information:

  • Duospore ointment is for external use only. Do not get it in your eyes, nose, or mouth. If you get it in your eyes, rinse right away with cool water.
  • Do not use Duospore ointment 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 more than the recommended dose or use for longer than 7 days without checking with your doctor.
  • PREGNANCY AND BREAST-FEEDING: If you become pregnant, contact your doctor. You will need to discuss the benefits and risks of using Duospore ointment while you are pregnant. It is not known if Duospore ointment is found in breast milk. If you are or will be breast-feeding while you use Duospore ointment, check with your doctor. Discuss any possible risks to your baby.

Possible side effects of Duospore ointment:

All medicines may cause side effects, but many people have no, or minor, side effects. No COMMON side effects have been reported with Duospore ointment. 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. Duospore ointment may be harmful if swallowed.

Proper storage of Duospore ointment:

Store Duospore ointment between 59 and 77 degrees F (15 and 25 degrees C). Store in a tightly closed container. Store away from heat, moisture, and light. Do not store in the bathroom. Keep Duospore ointment out of the reach of children and away from pets.

General information:

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

Issue Date: July 2, 2014
Database Edition 14.3.1.001
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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