Bacitracin (On the skin)


Bacitracin (bas-i-TRAY-sin)
Prevents infection of minor cuts, burns, or scrapes.

Brand Name(s)

There may be other brand names for this medicine.

Baciguent, Quality Choice Bacitracin, Bacitracin, Antibiotic Ointment, Bacitracin Zinc

When This Medicine Should Not Be Used

You should not use this medicine if you have had an allergic reaction to bacitracin. Do not use this medicine in your eyes, over large areas of your body, or use it for longer than 7 days in a row.

How to Use This Medicine

  • Your doctor will tell you how much of this medicine to use and how often. Do not use more medicine or use it more often than your doctor tells you to.
  • If you are using this medicine without a prescription, follow the instructions on the medicine label.
  • Clean your skin wound before applying this medicine. Apply a small amount to the wound 1 to 3 times each day. You may cover the wound with a clean bandage after applying the medicine.
  • If your symptoms do not improve or if they get worse, call your doctor.
If a dose is missed:
  • If you miss a dose or forget to use your medicine, use it as soon as you can. If it is almost time for your next dose, wait until then to use the medicine and skip the missed dose. Do not use extra medicine to make up for a missed dose.

How to Store and Dispose of This Medicine

  • Store the medicine in a closed container at room temperature, away from heat, moisture, and direct light.
  • Ask your pharmacist, doctor, or health caregiver about the best way to dispose of the used medicine container and any leftover medicine after you have finished your treatment. You will also need to throw away old medicine after the expiration date has passed.
  • Keep all medicine away from children and never share your medicine with anyone.

Drugs and Foods to Avoid

Ask your doctor or pharmacist before using any other medicine, including over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal products.

Warnings While Using This Medicine

  • Make sure your doctor knows if you are pregnant or breast feeding.
  • This medicine is for use only on minor cuts or burns. Call your doctor if you have an animal bite or other puncture wound, a serious burn (with blistering), or a deep cut or skin injury.

Possible Side Effects While Using This Medicine

Call your doctor right away if you notice any of these side effects:
  • Allergic reaction: Itching or hives, swelling in your face or hands, swelling or tingling in your mouth or throat, chest tightness, trouble breathing.
  • Signs of infection (swelling, warmth, redness, pus) of your wound or skin injury.
If you notice these less serious side effects, talk with your doctor:
  • Mild itching or skin rash.

If you notice other side effects that you think are caused by this medicine, tell your doctor

Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088
Review Date: 2011-02-04 Reviewed By: Keywords: ,
Adam Data Copyright The information provided herein should not be used during any medical emergency or for the diagnosis or treatment of any medical condition. A licensed medical professional should be consulted for diagnosis and treatment of any and all medical conditions. Call 911 for all medical emergencies. Links to other sites are provided for information only--they do not constitute endorsements of those other sites. © 1997- 2010 A.D.A.M., Inc. Any duplication or distribution of the information contained herein is strictly prohibited.

For information 410.787.4000

© 2015 UM Baltimore Washington Medical Center.  All rights reserved.

301 Hospital Drive, Glen Burnie, MD 21061 | 410-787-4000 | TTY 410-787-4498