Bacitracin topical

Name: Bacitracin topical

Bacitracin Dosage and Administration

Administration

Apply ointment or powder topically to cleansed area.a

May cover affected area with a sterile bandage following use of ointments, powders, or sprays.a

Has been used for topical compresses in 0.9% sodium chloride injection or sterile water for injection (250–1000 units/mL).a

Dosage

Adults

Superficial Skin Infections Topical

Ointment: Apply amount equal to the surface area of a fingertip to the affected area 1–3 times daily.a

Powder: Use a light dusting on affected area 1–3 times daily.a

Prescribing Limits

Maximum 1 week of use unless directed by a physician.a

Preparations

Excipients in commercially available drug preparations may have clinically important effects in some individuals; consult specific product labeling for details.

Please refer to the ASHP Drug Shortages Resource Center for information on shortages of one or more of these preparations.

* available from one or more manufacturer, distributor, and/or repackager by generic (nonproprietary) name

Bacitracin

Routes

Dosage Forms

Strengths

Brand Names

Manufacturer

Bulk

Powder*

Topical

Ointment

500 units/g*

Baciguent

Lee Pharmaceuticals

* available from one or more manufacturer, distributor, and/or repackager by generic (nonproprietary) name

Bacitracin Combinations

Routes

Dosage Forms

Strengths

Brand Names

Manufacturer

Topical

Ointment

400 units/g with Neomycin Sulfate 0.5% (0.35% of neomycin) and Polymyxin B Sulfate 5000 units (of polymyxin B) per g*

Triple Antibiotic Ointment

Alpharma, Pfeiffer

Bacitracin Zinc

Routes

Dosage Forms

Strengths

Brand Names

Manufacturer

Bulk

Powder

Topical

Ointment

500 units (of bacitracin) per g

Bacitracin Zinc Ointment

Alpharma, Rugby

* available from one or more manufacturer, distributor, and/or repackager by generic (nonproprietary) name

Bacitracin Zinc Combinations

Routes

Dosage Forms

Strengths

Brand Names

Manufacturer

Topical

Ointment

400 units (of bacitracin) per g with Neomycin Sulfate 0.5% (0.35% of neomycin) and Polymyxin B Sulfate 5000 units (of polymyxin B) per g

Neosporin

Pfizer

Triple Antibiotic Ointment

500 units (of bacitracin) per g with Lidocaine 4%, Neomycin Sulfate 0.5% (0.35% of neomycin), and Polymyxin B Sulfate 10,000 units (of polymyxin B) per g*

Bactine First Aid Antibiotic Plus Anesthetic

Bayer

Campho-Phenique First Aid Antibiotic Plus Pain Reliever Maximum Strength

Bayer

Mycitracin Plus Pain Reliever (with parabens)

J&J Consumer

Spectrocin Plus

Numark

Triple Antibiotic Extra

IVAX

Triple Antibiotic Plus Ointment Maximum Strength

Alpharma, G&W, Major

Triple Antibiotic with Lidocaine Ointment Maximum Strength

Clay-Park, Moore

500 units (of bacitracin) per g with Neomycin Sulfate 0.5% (0.35% of neomycin) and Polymyxin B Sulfate 10,000 units (of polymyxin B) per g

Mycitracin Triple Antibiotic First Aid Ointment Maximum Strength (with parabens)

J&J Consumer

500 units (of bacitracin) per g with Polymyxin B Sulfate 10,000 units (of polymyxin B) per g and Pramoxine Hydrochloride 1%

Betadine Brand First Aid Antibiotics + Pain Reliever

Purdue Frederick

500 units (of bacitracin) per g, with Neomycin Sulfate 0.5% (0.35% of neomycin), Polymyxin B Sulfate 10,000 units (of polymyxin B) per g, and Pramoxine Hydrochloride 1%

Neosporin Plus Maximum Strength First Aid Antibiotic/Pain Relieving Ointment

Pfizer

500 units (of bacitracin) per g with Polymyxin B Sulfate 10,000 units (of polymyxin B) per g

Bacitracin-Polymyxin Ointment

Clay-Park, Major, Rugby

Band-Aid with Antibiotic Ointment

J&J Consumer

Betadine Brand First Aid Antibiotics + Moisturizer Ointment

Purdue Frederick

Double Antibiotic Ointment

Fougera

Polysporin Ointment

Pfizer

Powder

500 units (of bacitracin) per g with Polymyxin B Sulfate 10,000 units (of polymyxin B) per g

Polysporin Powder

Pfizer

Anti-infective combinations including bacitracin are also commercially available in combination with corticosteroids for topical use.

How do I store and/or throw out Bacitracin?

  • Store at room temperature.
  • Store in a dry place. Do not store in a bathroom.
  • Keep all drugs in a safe place. Keep all drugs out of the reach of children and pets.
  • Check with your pharmacist about how to throw out unused drugs.

Consumer Information Use and Disclaimer

  • If your symptoms or health problems do not get better or if they become worse, call your doctor.
  • Do not share your drugs with others and do not take anyone else's drugs.
  • Keep a list of all your drugs (prescription, natural products, vitamins, OTC) with you. Give this list to your doctor.
  • Talk with the doctor before starting any new drug, including prescription or OTC, natural products, or vitamins.
  • Some drugs may have another patient information leaflet. Check with your pharmacist. If you have any questions about this medicine, please talk with your doctor, nurse, pharmacist, or other health care provider.
  • If you think there has been an overdose, call your poison control center or get medical care right away. Be ready to tell or show what was taken, how much, and when it happened.

This information should not be used to decide whether or not to take bacitracin or any other medicine. Only the healthcare provider has the knowledge and training to decide which medicines are right for a specific patient. This information does not endorse any medicine as safe, effective, or approved for treating any patient or health condition. This is only a brief summary of general information about this medicine. It does NOT include all information about the possible uses, directions, warnings, precautions, interactions, adverse effects, or risks that may apply to bacitracin. This information is not specific medical advice and does not replace information you receive from the healthcare provider. You must talk with the healthcare provider for complete information about the risks and benefits of using this medicine.

Review Date: October 4, 2017

Pregnancy Considerations

Although large studies have not been conducted, absorption is limited following topical application; use during pregnancy has not been associated with an increased risk of adverse fetal events (Leachman, 2006; Murase, 2014).

Side Effects

This medication usually has no side effects. If you have any unusual effects, contact your doctor or pharmacist promptly.

If your doctor has directed you to use this medication, remember that he or she has judged that the benefit to you is greater than the risk of side effects. Many people using this medication do not have serious side effects.

Rarely, use of this medication for prolonged or repeated periods may result in other types of skin infections (such as fungal or other bacterial infections). Contact your doctor if you notice any unusual skin symptoms or if your condition does not improve.

A very serious allergic reaction to this drug is rare. However, seek immediate medical attention if you notice any symptoms of a serious allergic reaction, including: rash, itching/swelling (especially of the face/tongue/throat), severe dizziness, trouble breathing.

This is not a complete list of possible side effects. If you notice other effects not listed above, contact your doctor or pharmacist.

In the US -

Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088 or at www.fda.gov/medwatch.

In Canada - Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to Health Canada at 1-866-234-2345.

List Bacitracin Ointment side effects by likelihood and severity.

What are some other side effects of this drug?

All drugs may cause side effects. However, many people have no side effects or only have minor side effects. Call your doctor or get medical help if you have any side effects that bother you or do not go away.

These are not all of the side effects that may occur. If you have questions about side effects, call your doctor. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects.

You may report side effects to the FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088. You may also report side effects at http://www.fda.gov/medwatch.

Some side effects of bacitracin topical may not be reported. Always consult your doctor or healthcare specialist for medical advice. You may also report side effects to the FDA.

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