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  • Generic Name: (bacitracin)
    Other Brands: N/A
  • Last Revised: 02/2014
    • What is this medication and its most common uses?

      Bacitracin ophthalmic ointment is a medicine used to treat eye infections caused by certain bacteria.

    • What should I know when beginning and continuing on this medication?

      How does this medication work?

      Bacitracin ophthalmic ointment works by stopping the growth of bacteria, thereby treating your eye infection.

      What are the beneficial effects of this medication and when should I begin to have results?

      What: Bacitracin ophthalmic ointment may help relieve symptoms of bacterial infections and may eliminate the bacteria causing the infection.

      When: Everyone responds differently to treatment, so try to be patient and follow your healthcare provider's directions. It is important that you use bacitracin ophthalmic ointment exactly as your healthcare provider has prescribed for the full course of treatment, even if your symptoms improve earlier.

      How do I know it is working?

      You may start to notice an improvement in your symptoms. This is a good indicator that your medication is working. Your healthcare provider may ask you questions and order tests to assess how well your infection is being treated.

    • What are the possible side effects of this medication?

      The following is not a full list of side effects. Side effects cannot be anticipated. If any develop or change in intensity, tell your healthcare provider as soon as possible. Only your healthcare provider can determine if it is safe for you to continue taking this medication.

      Side effects may include: allergic reactions, such as itching, swelling, redness around your eyes and eyelid area.

    • Who should not take this medication?

      Do not use bacitracin ophthalmic ointment if you are allergic to it or any of its ingredients.

    • What should I tell my healthcare provider before I take the first dose of this medication?

      Tell your healthcare provider about all prescription, over-the-counter, and herbal medications you are taking before beginning treatment with bacitracin ophthalmic ointment. Also, talk to your healthcare provider about your complete medical history, especially if you have glaucoma (high pressure in the eye), cataract surgery, fungal or viral infection of the eyes, or if you are pregnant or breastfeeding.

    • What is the usual dosage?

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

      Adults: Apply a small amount to your lower eyelid(s) 1 to 3 times a day.

    • How should I take this medication?

      Apply bacitracin ophthalmic ointment exactly as prescribed by your healthcare provider. Do not change your dose or stop using bacitracin ophthalmic ointment without first talking to your healthcare provider.

    • What should I avoid while taking this medication?

      Do not allow the tip of the tube to touch your eye, fingers, or any other surface, as this can contaminate the medication.

    • What are the possible food and drug interactions associated with this medication?

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

    • May I receive this medication if I am pregnant or breastfeeding?

      The effects of bacitracin ophthalmic ointment during pregnancy and breastfeeding are unknown. Tell your healthcare provider immediately if you are pregnant, plan to become pregnant, or are breastfeeding.

       

    • What should I do if I miss a dose of this medication?

      If you miss a dose of bacitracin ophthalmic ointment, 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 this medication?

      Store at room temperature.

    • Who should I contact in case of emergency or overdose?
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      In the event of a medical emergency call your doctor or 9-1-1 immediately. In the event of overdose, call your doctor or poison control for further instructions.
      National Poison Control#: Call 1-800-222-1222

      This PDR+ drug information has been developed by the Physicians’ Desk Reference Network (PDRN), a source of medication information trusted by doctors for over 65 years.

      This monograph summarizes the most important information about your medication and does not cover all the information you may need. If you have any questions or concerns or want to learn more about your medication, ask your healthcare provider; he/she will be able to provide answers to your questions. This medication should only be used by the patient for whom it was prescribed and should not be shared with other people.
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