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Bacitracin (On the skin)

Bacitracin (bas-i-TRAY-sin)

Prevents infection of minor cuts, burns, or scrapes.

Brand Name(s):

Antibiotic Ointment, Baciguent, Quality Choice Bacitracin, Rite Aid Bacitracin Zinc

There may be other brand names for this medicine.

When This Medicine Should Not Be Used:

You should not use this medicine if you have had an allergic reaction to bacitracin. Do not use this medicine in your eyes, over large areas of your body, or use it for longer than 7 days in a row.

How to Use This Medicine:

Ointment

  • Take your medicine as directed.
  • Follow the instructions on the medicine label if you are using this medicine without a prescription.
  • Clean your skin wound before applying this medicine. Apply a small amount to the wound 1 to 3 times each day. You may cover the wound with a clean bandage after applying the medicine.
  • Call your doctor if your symptoms do not improve or if they get worse.

If a dose is missed:

  • Take a dose as soon as you remember. If it is almost time for your next dose, wait until then and take a regular dose. Do not take extra medicine to make up for a missed dose.

How to Store and Dispose of This Medicine:

  • Store the medicine in a closed container at room temperature, away from heat, moisture, and direct light.
  • Ask your pharmacist or doctor how to dispose of the medicine container and any leftover or expired medicine.
  • Keep all medicine out of the reach of children. Never share your medicine with anyone.

Drugs and Foods to Avoid:

Ask your doctor or pharmacist before using any other medicine, including over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal products.

Warnings While Using This Medicine:

  • Make sure your doctor knows if you are pregnant or breast feeding.
  • This medicine is for use only on minor cuts or burns. Call your doctor if you have an animal bite or other puncture wound, a serious burn (with blistering), or a deep cut or skin injury.

Possible Side Effects While Using This Medicine:

Call your doctor right away if you notice any of these side effects:

  • Allergic reaction: Itching or hives, swelling in your face or hands, swelling or tingling in your mouth or throat, chest tightness, trouble breathing
  • Signs of infection (swelling, warmth, redness, pus) of your wound or skin injury.

If you notice these less serious side effects, talk with your doctor:

  • Mild itching or skin rash.

If you notice other side effects that you think are caused by this medicine, tell your doctor

Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088


Last Updated: 10/4/2014


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