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Topical Bacitracin

Generic Name: Bacitracin topical [BAS-i-TRAY-sin-TOP-i-kal]
The brand Name: Baciguent.
Dosage Form: Topical ointment (500 units/g; zinc 500 units/g)
Class of Drugs: Topical antibiotics.

What is Bacitracin?

Bacitracin can be described as an antibiotic that fights bacteria. Topical Bacitracin (for the face) helps to stop infections in small cuts, scrapes, and burns. Bacitracin can also be employed for other purposes that are not covered in this guideline.

Side Effects of  Bacitracin

Contact a medical professional immediately. Get medical attention immediately if you notice symptoms that indicate an allergic reaction, such as hives, difficulty breathing, or swelling of your lips, face, and tongue.

More minor negative side effects are more likely, and you could not have any whatsoever. This isn't a complete list of possible side effects, and others could happen. Consult your physician to seek medical advice on the effects. You can report any adverse reactions to the FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.


Follow all the instructions on the label of your medication and the package. Inform your healthcare professionals about your medical issues, allergies, and any medications you take.

Before you take this drug

It is not recommended to use the topical bacitracin if you're intolerant to bacitracin, mineral oil, or petroleum jelly.

Don't use bacitracin for topical application to treat bites from animals, puncture wounds, severe skin wounds, or severe burns. Talk to a pharmacist or doctor about whether it is appropriate to take this medication if you aren't certain. Bacitracin is not believed to cause harm to a baby who is not yet born. It is unclear if the bacitracin is absorbed into the breast milk or if it is harmful to the nursing infant.

Speak with a pharmacist or doctor about whether it is safe to take this medication in case you are nursing or pregnant.

How to take Bacitracin?

Take exactly as indicated on the label or as directed by your physician. Avoid using in larger than smaller quantities or for longer periods than suggested.Cleanse the skin before applying the topical bacitracin.You can apply bacitracin on the affected area up to 3 times daily. Only apply enough to completely cover the area you're treating.

Don't apply this medication on large areas of your skin. You could cover the affected skin by the help of a bandage. Do not take bacitracin more than 7 days consecutively. Consult your physician if symptoms don't improve after seven days of treatment or if you experience an eczema eruption. Storage at room temperature far from heat and moisture. Avoid freezing.

Be sure to keep this medication and other medications away from reach of children. Do not give your medication to anyone else Use this medication only in the manner prescribed by your doctor.Always consult your physician to make sure the information presented on this site is appropriate to your specific situation.

What happens if I miss a dose?

Since topical bacitracin is required, you aren't likely to skip a dose.

What happens if I overdose?

Seek emergency medical attention or contact for help at the Poison Helpline at 1-800-222-1222.

What should be avoided?

Bacitracin topical should be used solely on skin. Beware of getting this medication into your nose, eyes, mouth, rectum or vagina. If this happens, wash away your eyes.

Interaction with other drugs

It's unlikely that other medications you take by mouth or injecting can affect the bacitracin you apply topically. But, there are many drugs that interfere with one another. Be sure to inform your health professionals about any medications you take such as prescription and over-the-counter drugs, vitamins, and herbal remedies.