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Bacitracin Topical

Generic name: Bacitracin topical [BAS-i-TRAY-sin-TOP-i-kal]
Brand name: Baciguent
Dosage form: Topical Ointment with 500 units/gram zinc dosage and 400 units/gram sulfur dosage.
Class of drugs: topical antibacterials

What is Bacitracin Topical?

Bacitracin, an antibacterial, is used to fight bacteria.Use Bacitracin Topical (for the skin) to prevent infection after minor cuts, scratches, and burns.This medication guide does not list all possible uses of bacitracin.

Side effects of Bacitracin Topical

If you experience any of the following symptoms of an allergic reaction, seek immediate medical attention: hives, difficulty breathing, swelling of your lips, face, tongue, or throat.You may experience less serious side effects or none at all.There may be other side effects. For medical advice on side effects, call your doctor. The FDA can be contacted at 1-800-FDA-1088 to report side effects.


Please read all the instructions on the label or package of your medication. Inform your healthcare provider about your medical conditions, your allergies, and the medicines you are using.

Before you take this drug

If you have an allergy to bacitracin or mineral oils, then do not use the bacitracin topically.Use bacitracin topically only to treat minor skin injuries, such as puncture wounds and deep burns. If you're not sure, ask your doctor or pharmacist whether this medication is safe to use.Bacitracin should not harm a baby in utero.It is unknown if bacitracin can pass into breast milk or if it would harm a baby who was nursing.If you are pregnant or breastfeeding, ask your doctor or pharmacist whether it is safe to take this medication.

Similar/related drugs

Bactrim, sulfamethoxazole, trimethoprim, tetracycline topical, Bactrim DS, Neosporin, and Septra

How to take Bacitracin Topical?

Do not exceed the recommended dosage or duration. Use the recommended dose and do not exceed it.Before applying topical bacitracin, clean the area of skin.Apply bacitracin 1–3 times daily to the affected area. Only apply enough to cover the affected area.Use this medication only on small areas of the skin.Cover the treated skin with a bandage.Use bacitracin for no more than seven consecutive days. If your symptoms don't improve after seven days or you develop a skin rash, call your doctor.Store away from moisture or heat at room temperature. Store at room temperature, away from moisture and heat sources.

What happens if I miss the dose?

You are unlikely to miss a dose of bacitracin because it is applied only when necessary.

What happens if you overdose?

Call 1-800-222-1222 for poison help or seek immediate medical attention.

What should be avoided?

Use Bacitracin Topical only on your skin. This medication should not be gotten in your eyes or nose. It is also best to avoid getting it in the rectum and vagina. If you do get it in your eyes, nose, mouth, or rectum or vagina, wash with water.

Interaction with other drug

Bacitracin applied topically is unlikely to be affected by other drugs that you may take orally or even inject. Many drugs interact with each other. Inform your healthcare providers of all medications you take, including prescriptions, over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal products.