BACITRACIN (bass i TRAY sin) is a polypeptide antibiotic. It is used to treat bacterial skin infections or to prevent infection of minor burns, cuts, or scrapes.
This medicine may be used for other purposes; ask your health care provider or pharmacist if you have questions.
They need to know if you have any of these conditions:
•large areas of damaged skin
•an unusual or allergic reaction to bacitracin, neomycin, other antibiotics, other medicines, foods, dyes, or preservatives
•pregnant or trying to get pregnant
This medicine is only for external use on the skin. Follow the directions on the prescription label. Wash hands before and after use. Apply a thin layer to cover the affected area. You can cover the treated area with a sterile gauze dressing (bandage). Use this medicine at regular intervals. Do not use more often than directed. Finish the full course prescribed by your doctor or health care professional even if you think you are better. Do not stop using except on your doctor's advice.
Talk to your pediatrician regarding the use of this medicine in children. Special care may be needed.
Overdosage: If you think you have taken too much of this medicine contact a poison control center or emergency room at once.
NOTE: This medicine is only for you. Do not share this medicine with others.
If you miss a dose, use it as soon as you can. If it is almost time for your next dose, use only that dose. Do not use double or extra doses.
Interactions are not expected. Do not use other skin care products unless your doctor or health care professional tells you to.
This list may not describe all possible interactions. Give your health care provider a list of all the medicines, herbs, non-prescription drugs, or dietary supplements you use. Also tell them if you smoke, drink alcohol, or use illegal drugs. Some items may interact with your medicine.
Tell your doctor or health care professional if the infection does not get better within 1 week or if they get worse.
Do not get this medicine in your eyes. If you do, rinse out with plenty of cool tap water.
Side effects that you should report to your doctor or health care professional as soon as possible:
•allergic reactions like skin rash, itching or hives, swelling of the face, lips, or tongue
•lower back pain
•pain, difficulty passing urine
Side effects that usually do not require medical attention (report to your doctor or health care professional if they continue or are bothersome):
This list may not describe all possible side effects. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.
Keep out of the reach of children.
Store at room temperature between 15 and 30 degrees C (59 and 86 degrees F). Protect from light. Throw away any unused medicine after the expiration date.
NOTE: This sheet is a summary. It may not cover all possible information. If you have questions about this medicine, talk to your doctor, pharmacist, or health care provider.
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