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Polytracin Ophthalmic Side Effects

Generic Name: bacitracin / polymyxin b ophthalmic

Note: This page contains side effects data for the generic drug bacitracin / polymyxin b ophthalmic. It is possible that some of the dosage forms included below may not apply to the brand name Polytracin Ophthalmic.

For the Consumer

Applies to bacitracin / polymyxin b ophthalmic: ophthalmic ointment

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

Stop using this medication and call your doctor at once if you have a serious side effect such as:

  • severe itching, redness, or swelling of your eyelids;

  • eye pain, redness, or watering;

  • vision changes, increased sensitivity to light;

  • white patches on your eyes;

  • crusting or drainage from your eyes; or

  • any new signs of infection.

Less serious side effects may include temporary blurred vision and mild eye irritation after using the ointment.

This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects.

For Healthcare Professionals

Applies to bacitracin / polymyxin b ophthalmic: ophthalmic ointment


Hypersensitivity reactions have included itching, swelling and conjunctival erythema. More serious hypersensitivity reactions including anaphylaxis have been reported rarely.[Ref]


Local irritation upon application has been reported.[Ref]


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

It is possible that some side effects of Polytracin Ophthalmic may not have been reported. These can be reported to the FDA here. Always consult a healthcare professional for medical advice.

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