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Bacitracin / polymyxin b ophthalmic Side Effects

Medically reviewed by Last updated on Jul 10, 2023.

Applies to bacitracin/polymyxin b ophthalmic: ophthalmic ointment.

Serious side effects

Along with its needed effects, bacitracin/polymyxin b ophthalmic may cause some unwanted effects. Although not all of these side effects may occur, if they do occur they may need medical attention.

Check with your doctor immediately if any of the following side effects occur while taking bacitracin / polymyxin b ophthalmic:

Incidence not known

Other side effects

Some side effects of bacitracin / polymyxin b ophthalmic may occur that usually do not need medical attention. These side effects may go away during treatment as your body adjusts to the medicine. Also, your health care professional may be able to tell you about ways to prevent or reduce some of these side effects.

Check with your health care professional if any of the following side effects continue or are bothersome or if you have any questions about them:

Incidence not known

For Healthcare Professionals

Applies to bacitracin / polymyxin b ophthalmic: ophthalmic ointment.


Frequency not reported: Allergic sensitization reactions (including itching, swelling, conjunctival erythema), more serious hypersensitivity reactions (including anaphylaxis)[Ref]


Frequency not reported: Local irritation upon application[Ref]

Frequently asked questions


1. (2022) "Product Information. Polysporin (bacitracin-polymyxin B topical)." Apothecon Inc

Further information

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

Some side effects may not be reported. You may report them to the FDA.