Bacitracin and Polymyxin B (Topical)
Medically reviewed by Drugs.com. Last updated on Sep 7, 2020.
(bas i TRAY sin & pol i MIKS in bee)
- Bacitracin Zinc/Polymyx B Sulfate
- Bacitracin/Polymyxin B Sulfate
- Polymyxin B and Bacitracin
Excipient information presented when available (limited, particularly for generics); consult specific product labeling.
Double Antibiotic: Bacitracin 500 units and polymyxin B 10,000 units per g (1 ea, 14 g, 14.17 g, 28 g, 28.35 g, 28.4 g)
Polysporin: Bacitracin 500 units and polymyxin B 10,000 units per g (1 ea, 14.2 g, 28.3 g)
Brand Names: U.S.
- Double Antibiotic [OTC]
- Polysporin [OTC]
- Antibiotic, Topical
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Insignificant from intact skin or mucous membrane
Use: Labeled Indications
Topical infection prevention: Prevention of infection in minor cuts, scrapes, or burns
Hypersensitivity to bacitracin, polymyxin B, or any component of the formulation
Topical infection prevention: Topical: Apply to affected area 1 to 3 times/day; may cover with sterile bandage if needed.
Refer to adult dosing.
Prevention of infection: Infants, Children, and Adolescents: Topical ointment: Apply to the affected area 1 to 3 times daily; may cover with sterile bandage if needed
Topical: Clean affected area prior to application. Apply amount equal to the surface area of the tip of the finger. Do not use topical ointment in the eyes or over large areas of the body; avoid contact of tube tip with skin.
There are no known significant interactions.
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Pregnancy Risk Factor
Refer to individual monographs.
What is this drug used for?
• It is used to avoid or treat skin infections.
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