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Bacitracin / polymyxin b ophthalmic Side Effects

Medically reviewed by Last updated on Feb 24, 2021.

For the Consumer

Applies to bacitracin/polymyxin b ophthalmic: ophthalmic ointment

Side effects requiring immediate medical attention

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

  • Slow healing of the eye

Side effects not requiring immediate medical attention

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

  • Burning, itching, redness, swelling, or irritation at the application site

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. "Product Information. Polysporin (bacitracin-polymyxin B ophthalmic)." Monarch Pharmaceuticals Inc, Bristol, TN.

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.