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Bacitracin/Polymyxin B eye ointment is a medicine used to treat eye infections. Bacitracin/Polymyxin B eye ointment contains two medicines that work together to treat your eye infection: bacitracin and polymyxin b.
How does this medication work?
Bacitracin and polymyxin b are antibiotics that work by stopping the growth of bacteria.
What are the beneficial effects of this medication and when should I begin to have results?
What: Bacitracin/Polymyxin B eye ointment 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/polymyxin b eye 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.
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: delayed wound healing, increased risk of other infections (such as fungal infections).
Do not use bacitracin/polymyxin b eye ointment if you are allergic to it or any of its ingredients.
Tell your healthcare provider about all prescription, over-the-counter, and herbal medications you are taking before beginning treatment with bacitracin/polymyxin b eye ointment. Also, talk to your healthcare provider about your complete medical history, especially if you have an eye infection or have received any eye surgery.
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 to the affected eye(s) every 3 or 4 hours for 7 to 10 days, as directed by your healthcare provider.
Apply bacitracin/polymyxin b eye ointment exactly as prescribed by your healthcare provider. Do not change your dose or stop using bacitracin/polymyxin b eye ointment without first talking to your healthcare provider.
Do not allow the tip of the tube to touch your eye, fingers, or any other surface, as this can contaminate the medication.
No significant interactions have been reported with bacitracin/polymyxin b eye ointmentat this time. However, always tell your healthcare provider about any medicines you take, including over-the-counter medications, vitamins, and herbal supplements.
The effects of bacitracin/polymyxin b eye ointment during pregnancy and breastfeeding are unknown. Tell your healthcare provider immediately if you are pregnant, plan to become pregnant, or are breastfeeding.
If you miss a dose of bacitracin/polymyxin b eye 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.
Store at room temperature.
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
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