Bacitracin Eye Ointment - Treatment and Usage

Bacitracin Eye Ointment is a topical antibiotic used to prevent and treat bacterial eye infections.
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Drug
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Available by prescription.
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Bacitracin-Eye-Ointment FAQ


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What is bacitracin eye ointment?

Bacitracin eye ointment is an antibiotic. It stops the growth of bacteria by making their protective covering weaker. It also blocks certain proteins they need to survive from working. Are you looking for information on bacitracin topical ointment or Ak-Poly-Bac (bacitracin / polymyxin B) instead?

What is ophthalmic bacitracin used for?

Ophthalmic bacitracin is used to treat bacterial infections of the eye. Bacitracin is in a class of medications called antibiotics. It works by killing bacteria that cause infections. How should this medicine be used? Ophthalmic bacitracin comes as an ointment to apply to the eyes. It is usually applied one to three times a day.

Can bacitracin eye ointment cause allergic reactions?

Though very rare, bacitracin eye ointment can cause allergic reactions. Stop the medication and let your provider know if you experience itching, redness, swelling of the eyes and eyelids, or if your infection isn't getting better. These reactions typically go away after you stop using the medication.

How do you use bacitracin eye ointment?

Wipe off any excess ointment from your eyelids and lashes with a clean tissue. Do not rub your eyes, even if your vision is blurry. Wash your hands again. If your doctor has told you to use bacitracin eye ointment to treat an infection on your eyelids, carefully wipe your eyelids with water to remove scales and crusts.

Is bacitracin ophthalmic safe?

You should not use bacitracin ophthalmic to treat any eye infection that has not been checked by your doctor. To make sure bacitracin is safe for you, tell your doctor about all your medical conditions or allergies. Bacitracin ophthalmic is not expected to be harmful to an unborn baby.

How often should I use bacitracin eye ointment?

Use bacitracin eye ointment exactly as directed. Do not use more or less of it or use it more often than prescribed by your doctor. You should expect your symptoms to improve during your treatment. Call your doctor if your symptoms get worse or do not go away, or if you develop other problems with your eyes during your treatment.

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