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Polysporin ointment

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

Polysporin ointment is used for:

Treating or preventing infection in minor skin wounds.

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

Do NOT use Polysporin ointment if:

  • you are allergic to any ingredient in Polysporin ointment

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

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Before using Polysporin ointment:

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

Ask your health care provider if Polysporin 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 Polysporin ointment:

Use Polysporin 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 Polysporin ointment, unless your hands are part of the treated area.
  • Polysporin ointment works best if used at the same time each day.
  • To clear up your infection completely, use Polysporin 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 Polysporin 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 Polysporin ointment.

Important safety information:

  • Polysporin 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 Polysporin 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 Polysporin ointment while you are pregnant. It is not known if Polysporin ointment is found in breast milk. If you are or will be breast-feeding while you use Polysporin ointment, check with your doctor. Discuss any possible risks to your baby.

Possible side effects of Polysporin ointment:

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

Proper storage of Polysporin ointment:

Store Polysporin 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 Polysporin ointment out of the reach of children and away from pets.

General information:

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