Medically reviewed by Drugs.com. Last updated on Apr 5, 2020.
(bas i TRAY sin)
Excipient information presented when available (limited, particularly for generics); consult specific product labeling.
Ointment, External, as zinc [strength expressed as base]:
Generic: 500 units/g (1 ea, 1 g, 14 g, 14.17 g, 14.2 g, 15 g, 28 g, 28.35 g, 28.4 g, 30 g, 113.4 g, 425 g, 453.6 g, 453.9 g)
- Antibiotic, Topical
Inhibits bacterial cell wall synthesis by preventing transfer of mucopeptides into the growing cell wall
Poor from mucous membranes and intact or denuded skin
Use: Labeled Indications
Topical infection prevention: Prevention of infection in minor cuts, scrapes, or burns.
Hypersensitivity to bacitracin or any component of the formulation
Prevention of infection: Topical: Apply 1 to 3 times daily.
Refer to adult dosing.
Prevention of infection: Infants, Children, and Adolescents: Topical: Apply small amount 1 to 3 times daily; duration of therapy >7 days is not recommended, unless directed by health care provider. Note: Do not use in the eyes or over large areas of the body.
Clean the affected area prior to use. Apply a small amount of product (an amount equal to the surface area of the tip of a finger); may cover with sterile bandage.
Topical ointment (OTC): Store at 15°C to 30°C (59°F to 86°F).
There are no known significant interactions.
Postmarketing and/or case reports: Anaphylaxis (Elsner, 1990; Farley, 1995)
Concerns related to adverse effects:
• Allergic reaction: Stop use and consult health care provider if allergic reaction or rash develops.
• Anaphylaxis: Use with caution in patients who have been previously exposed to bacitracin; anaphylactic reactions have occurred on repeat exposure (Elsner, 1990; Farley, 1995).
• Topical anti-infective (self-medication, OTC use): Use longer than 1 week is not recommended unless directed by prescriber. Do not use in eyes or over large areas of the body. Seek advice from health care provider prior to use for deep puncture wounds, bites, or serious burns, or if condition lasts longer than 1 week.
Although large studies have not been conducted, absorption is limited following topical application; use during pregnancy has not been associated with an increased risk of adverse fetal events (Leachman, 2006; Murase, 2014).
What is this drug used for?
• It is used to avoid or treat skin infections.
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