Generic Name: Bacitracin, Polymyxin B

  • Other names:

    Polysporin First Aid Antibiotic Ointment, Polysporin First Aid Antibiotic Powder
  • What is this medication?

    Polysporin contains first aid antibiotics. It is intended to help prevent infection in minor cuts, scrapes, and burns.
  • Are there any warnings associated with Polysporin?

    This product is for external use only.

    Do not use this product if you are allergic to any of its ingredients.

    Do not use this product in the eyes or over large areas of the body.

    Stop using this product and talk to a doctor if you need to use this product for longer than 1 week, your condition persists or gets worse, or a rash or other allergic reaction develops.

    Keep this product out of the reach of children. If it is swallowed, get medical help or contact a poison control center immediately.

  • Should I talk to my doctor before using Polysporin?

    Talk to a doctor before using this product if you have deep or puncture wounds, animal bites, or serious burns.
  • What are the possible side effects of Polysporin?

    Side effects cannot always 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 using this product.
  • What should I avoid while using Polysporin?

    Do not use this product in the eyes.

    Do not use this product over large areas of your body.

  • What are possible food and drug interactions associated with Polysporin?

    If Polysporin is used with certain other drugs, the effects of either could be increased, decreased, or altered. Always check with your doctor before combining Polysporin with any other medication.
  • What is the usual dosage of Polysporin?

    Clean the affected area, and apply a small amount of this product on the area 1 to 3 times daily. The amount of the ointment used should be equal to the surface area of a fingertip. If using the powder, apply a light dusting. You may cover this product with a sterile bandage.
  • How should I store Polysporin?

    Store at room temperature. Do not refrigerate the powder.