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Ocu-Tracin

Generic Name: bacitracin ophthalmic (BAS i TRAY sin off THAL mik)
Brand Name: Ocu-Tracin

What is Ocu-Tracin?

Bacitracin is an antibiotic that kills bacteria.

Ocu-Tracin (for the eyes) is used to treat bacterial infections of the eyes.

Ocu-Tracin may also be used for other purposes not listed in this medication guide.

Important Information

Before using Ocu-Tracin, tell your doctor if you have any type of viral or fungal infection in your eye. Bacitracin is for treating only bacterial infections.

Do not use any other eye medications unless your doctor has prescribed them.

Ocu-Tracin can cause temporary blurred vision. Be careful if you drive or do anything that requires you to be able to see clearly.

Use this medication for the full prescribed length of time. Your symptoms may improve before the infection is completely cleared. Bacitracin will not treat a viral or fungal infection of the eye.

Do not allow the tip of the ointment tube to touch any surface, including the eyes or hands. If the dropper becomes contaminated it could cause an infection in your eye, which can lead to vision loss or serious damage to the eye.

Before taking this medicine

You should not use this medication if you are allergic to bacitracin.

Before using Ocu-Tracin, tell your doctor if you have any type of viral or fungal infection in your eye. Bacitracin is for treating only bacterial infections.

FDA pregnancy category B. Ocu-Tracin is not expected to be harmful to an unborn baby. Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant during treatment.

It is not known whether Ocu-Tracin passes into breast milk or if it could harm a nursing baby. Do not use this medication without telling your doctor if you are breast-feeding a baby.

How should I use Ocu-Tracin?

Use this medication exactly as prescribed by your doctor. Do not use it in larger amounts or for longer than recommended. Follow the directions on your prescription label.

Wash your hands before using Ocu-Tracin ointment.

You may warm the ointment by holding the medicine tube in your hand for a few minutes before use. Tilt your head back slightly and pull down gently on your lower eyelid. Apply a thin film of the ointment into your lower eyelid. Close your eye and roll your eyeball around for 1 to 2 minutes.

Do not allow the tip of the ointment tube to touch any surface, including the eyes or hands. If the dropper becomes contaminated it could cause an infection in your eye, which can lead to vision loss or serious damage to the eye.

Use this medication for the full prescribed length of time. Your symptoms may improve before the infection is completely cleared. Bacitracin will not treat a viral or fungal infection of the eye.

Store Ocu-Tracin at room temperature away from moisture and heat. Keep the tube tightly capped when not in use.

What happens if I miss a dose?

Use the medication as soon as you remember the missed dose. If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and use the medicine at your next regularly scheduled time. Do not use extra medicine to make up the missed dose.

What happens if I overdose?

An overdose of Ocu-Tracin is not likely to occur.

What should I avoid while using Ocu-Tracin?

Do not use any other eye medications unless your doctor has prescribed them.

Ocu-Tracin can cause temporary blurred vision. Be careful if you drive or do anything that requires you to be able to see clearly.

Ocu-Tracin side effects

Get emergency medical help if you have any of these signs of an allergic reaction: hives; difficult breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.

Less serious side effects may include temporary blurred vision.

This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.

See also: Side effects (in more detail)

What other drugs will affect Ocu-Tracin?

It is not likely that other drugs you take orally or inject will have an effect on Ocu-Tracin used in the eyes. But many drugs can interact with each other. Tell your doctor about all your prescription and over-the-counter medications, vitamins, minerals, herbal products, and drugs prescribed by other doctors. Do not start a new medication without telling your doctor.

Further information

Remember, keep this and all other medicines out of the reach of children, never share your medicines with others, and use this medication only for the indication prescribed.

Always consult your healthcare provider to ensure the information displayed on this page applies to your personal circumstances.

Date modified: January 03, 2018
Last reviewed: December 15, 2010

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