Bacitracin topical

Generic name: Bacitracin ointment is the name for the drug as a whole.
Brand name: Baciguent
Dosage form: topical cream (500 units/g; zinc 500 units/g)
Drug Class: Topical antibiotics are a type of drug.

What exactly is bacitracin?

The drug bacitracin kills bacteria.

Bacitracin for the skin is used to keep small cuts, scrapes, and burns from getting infected.

Bacitracin can also be used for other things that aren’t in this book.


Follow all of the advice on the label and package of your medicine. Tell each health care worker about all of your health problems, allergies, and medicines.

Drugs that are similar
Bactrim, Bactrim DS, Neosporin, Septra, sulamethoxazole/trimethoprim, tetracycline ointment, Bactrim DS, Neosporin,

Before you take this drug

If you are allergic to bacitracin, mineral oil, or petroleum jelly, you shouldn’t use bacitracin ointment.

Don’t use bacitracin topical to treat animal bites, puncture wounds, deep skin wounds, or serious burns. If you’re not sure if you can take this medicine, ask a doctor or drugstore.

Bacitracin is not thought to hurt a baby who is still in the womb.

No one knows if bacitracin gets into breast milk or if it could hurt a baby who is being fed by a mother.

If you are pregnant or breastfeeding, ask your doctor or pharmacist if it is safe for you to take this medicine.

How do I put bacitracin to use?

Follow the directions on the package or what your doctor tells you to do. Do not use more or less or for longer than what is suggested.

Before putting bacitracin on the skin, clean the area.

You can put bacitracin on the wound one to three times a day. Use just enough to cover the spot you’re trying to treat.

Don’t put this medicine on a lot of skin at once.

You can put a cloth over the treated skin.

Bacitracin shouldn’t be used for more than 7 days in a row. If your symptoms don’t get better after 7 days of treatment or if you get a rash, you should call your doctor.

Keep at room temperature and away from heat and moisture. Do not die.

What will happen if I don’t take a dose?

Since you only use bacitracin ointment when you need it, you won’t miss a dose.

What happens if I overdose?

Get help from a doctor right away or call 1-800-222-1222 to reach the Poison Help line.

What should I stay away from while I’m taking bacitracin?

Topical Bacitracin can only be used on the skin. Don’t get this medicine in your eyes, nose, mouth, genital area, or vagina. If this happens, wash it off with water.

Bacitracin side effects

If you have hives, trouble breathing, or swelling in your face, lips, tongue, or throat, you may be having an allergic response.

More likely, you will have side effects that aren’t as bad, and you might not have any at all.

This isn’t a full list of all possible side effects, and there may be others. You should talk to your doctor about any side effects. You can call 1-800-FDA-1088 to tell the FDA about side affects.

What other medicines might interact with bacitracin?

It is not likely that other drugs you take by mouth or inject will affect bacitracin that you put on your skin. But there are many ways that drugs can affect each other. Tell each of your health care workers about all of the medicines you take, including prescription and over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal products.

For more details,

Remember to keep this and all other medicines out of reach of children, to never give your medicines to other people, and to only use this medicine for what it was given for.

Talk to your doctor or other healthcare source to make sure that the information on this page applies to your situation.

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