Bacitracin/Polymyxin B Ophthalmic

Generic Name: Bacitracin

  • What is Bacitracin/Polymyxin B Ophthalmic?

    Bacitracin/polymyxin B ophthalmic ointment is an eye medicine used to treat bacterial infections in your eyes.

  • What is the most important information I should know about Bacitracin/Polymyxin B Ophthalmic?

    If you use bacitracin/polymyxin B for a long period of time, it can lead to the growth of bacteria that are resistant to the effects of this medicine.

    Bacitracin/polymyxin B can impair healing of your cornea (the clear tissue over the pupil of the eye).

  • Who should not take Bacitracin/Polymyxin B Ophthalmic?

    Do not use bacitracin/polymyxin B if you are allergic to it or any of its ingredients.

  • What should I tell my doctor before I take the first dose of Bacitracin/Polymyxin B Ophthalmic?

    Tell your doctor about all prescription, over-the-counter, and herbal medications you are taking before beginning treatment with bacitracin/polymyxin B. Also, talk to your doctor about your complete medical history.

  • What is the usual dosage?

    The information below is based on the dosage guidelines your doctor uses. Depending on your condition and medical history, your doctor may prescribe a different regimen. Do not change the dosage or stop taking your medication without your doctor's approval.

    Adults: Apply the ointment into the affected eye(s) every 3-4 hours for 7-10 days, depending on the severity of your infection.

  • How should I take Bacitracin/Polymyxin B Ophthalmic?

    Apply bacitracin/polymyxin B exactly as prescribed by your doctor.

  • What should I avoid while taking Bacitracin/Polymyxin B Ophthalmic?

    Do not skip or miss any scheduled doses.

  • What are possible food and drug interactions associated with Bacitracin/Polymyxin B Ophthalmic?

    No significant interactions have been reported with bacitracin/polymyxin B at this time. However, always tell your doctor about any medicines you take, including over-the-counter medications, vitamins, and herbal supplements.

  • What are the possible side effects of Bacitracin/Polymyxin B Ophthalmic?

    Side effects cannot be anticipated. If any develop or change in intensity, tell your doctor as soon as possible. Only your doctor can determine if it is safe for you to continue taking this drug.

    Side effects may include: allergic reactions, impaired corneal healing

  • Can I receive Bacitracin/Polymyxin B Ophthalmic if I am pregnant or breastfeeding?

    The effects of bacitracin/polymyxin B during pregnancy and breastfeeding are unknown. Tell your doctor immediately if you are pregnant, plan to become pregnant, or are breastfeeding.

  • What should I do if I miss a dose of Bacitracin/Polymyxin B Ophthalmic?

    If you miss a dose of bacitracin/polymyxin B, apply it as soon as you remember. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, skip the one you missed and return to your regular dosing schedule. Do not apply two doses at once.

  • How should I store Bacitracin/Polymyxin B Ophthalmic?

    Store at room temperature.