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Bacitracin Ophthalmic

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Why is this medication prescribed?

Bacitracin ophthalmic ointment is typically prescribed for bacterial eye infections, such as conjunctivitis (pink eye) or other minor eye irritations caused by bacteria. It belongs to the class of antibiotics known as bacitracin, which works by stopping the growth of bacteria.

How should this medicine be used?

When using bacitracin ophthalmic ointment, it’s essential to follow the instructions provided by your healthcare provider or pharmacist. Here’s a general guideline:

  • Wash your hands thoroughly before applying the ointment to avoid contaminating the medication or introducing bacteria to your eye.
  • Tilt your head back and pull down your lower eyelid to create a small pocket.
  • Squeeze a small amount of the ointment (usually about a half-inch strip) into the lower eyelid pocket. Avoid touching the tip of the ointment tube to your eye or any surface to prevent contamination.
  • Close your eyes gently for a moment to allow the ointment to spread evenly over the eye surface. Avoid blinking excessively, as this may cause the ointment to be expelled from the eye.
  • Wipe away any excess ointment from the eyelid or surrounding skin with a clean tissue.
  • Repeat the process for the other eye if directed by your healthcare provider.
  • Use the ointment as directed by your doctor, usually several times a day for a specified duration. Even if your symptoms improve, it’s crucial to complete the full course of treatment to ensure the infection is completely eradicated.
  • Avoid wearing contact lenses while using bacitracin ophthalmic ointment unless otherwise directed by your doctor.
  • Continue using the ointment for the full prescribed duration, even if your symptoms improve before the treatment is completed. Stopping early could allow the infection to return or worsen.
  • If you experience any irritation or adverse effects while using bacitracin ophthalmic ointment, contact your healthcare provider promptly.

Always consult your healthcare provider or pharmacist for specific instructions tailored to your condition and needs.

Other uses for this medicine

Some potential off-label uses for bacitracin ophthalmic ointment may include:

  • Prevention of eye infections: In certain situations, such as after eye surgery, healthcare providers may prescribe bacitracin ophthalmic ointment to prevent bacterial infections.
  • Treatment of corneal abrasions: Bacitracin ophthalmic ointment may sometimes be used to promote healing and prevent infection in minor corneal abrasions, under the supervision of a healthcare provider.
  • Management of eyelid conditions: In some cases, bacitracin ophthalmic ointment may be used to manage certain eyelid conditions, such as blepharitis, where bacterial infection is a contributing factor.

What special precautions should I follow?

Regarding special precautions for using bacitracin ophthalmic ointment, here are some important considerations:

  • Allergy: If you are allergic to bacitracin or any other ingredients in the ointment, inform your healthcare provider before using it. Allergic reactions can range from mild skin irritation to severe allergic reactions requiring immediate medical attention.
  • Contact lenses: Avoid wearing contact lenses while using bacitracin ophthalmic ointment, as it may contain ingredients that can be absorbed by the lenses and cause irritation. Consult your doctor for guidance on when it’s safe to resume wearing contact lenses after treatment.
  • Pregnancy and breastfeeding: If you are pregnant, planning to become pregnant, or breastfeeding, discuss the risks and benefits of using bacitracin ophthalmic ointment with your healthcare provider before starting treatment.
  • Use as directed: Use bacitracin ophthalmic ointment exactly as prescribed by your healthcare provider. Do not use it in larger or smaller amounts or for longer than recommended.
  • Avoid contamination: To prevent contamination, do not touch the tip of the ointment tube to your eye or any surface. Wash your hands before and after applying the ointment, and avoid sharing the medication with others.
  • Storage: Store bacitracin ophthalmic ointment at room temperature, away from moisture and heat. Keep the tube tightly closed when not in use.

Always follow your healthcare provider’s instructions and guidelines for using bacitracin ophthalmic ointment, and contact them if you have any questions or concerns.

What special dietary instructions should I follow?

Regarding special dietary instructions, there are typically no specific dietary restrictions associated with using Bacitracin Ophthalmic. However, it’s always a good idea to maintain a healthy and balanced diet to support overall health and well-being.

What should I do if I forget a dose?

If you forget a dose of Bacitracin Ophthalmic, apply it as soon as you remember. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and continue with your regular dosing schedule. Do not apply extra ointment to make up for a missed dose. If you have any concerns or questions about missed doses, consult your healthcare provider for guidance.

What side effects can this medication cause?

Bacitracin ophthalmic ointment is generally well-tolerated when used as directed, but like any medication, it can cause side effects in some people. Common side effects of Bacitracin Ophthalmic may include:

  • Eye irritation: Some individuals may experience mild irritation, burning, stinging, or itching in the eye after applying Bacitracin Ophthalmic. This is usually temporary and should improve with continued use.
  • Redness: The eye may appear slightly red or bloodshot after applying the ointment. This is typically mild and temporary.
  • Blurred vision: Bacitracin Ophthalmic may cause temporary blurred vision immediately after application. This effect should resolve as the ointment spreads and is absorbed by the eye.
  • Allergic reactions: In rare cases, individuals may experience an allergic reaction to Bacitracin Ophthalmic. Symptoms of an allergic reaction may include rash, itching, swelling, severe dizziness, or difficulty breathing. If you experience any signs of an allergic reaction, seek medical attention immediately.
  • Eye discomfort: Some people may feel a sensation of discomfort or foreign body sensation in the eye after applying Bacitracin Ophthalmic. This is usually mild and temporary.
  • Sensitivity to light: Bacitracin Ophthalmic may cause increased sensitivity to light (photophobia) in some individuals. This symptom should subside once the medication is no longer being used.

It’s important to note that this is not a complete list of side effects associated with Bacitracin Ophthalmic. If you experience any unusual or persistent symptoms after using this medication, contact your healthcare provider for further evaluation and advice.

What should I know about storage and disposal of this medication?

Storage and disposal of Bacitracin Ophthalmic, here’s what you should know:


  • Store Bacitracin Ophthalmic at room temperature, away from moisture, heat, and light.
  • Keep the tube tightly closed when not in use.
  • Do not freeze the medication.
  • Store the ointment out of reach of children and pets.


  • Dispose of expired or unused Bacitracin Ophthalmic properly according to local regulations or guidelines.
  • Do not flush medications down the toilet or pour them into a drain unless instructed to do so.
  • If you have questions about how to properly dispose of Bacitracin Ophthalmic, consult your pharmacist or local waste disposal authority.

In case of emergency/overdose

  • If you suspect an overdose of Bacitracin Ophthalmic or if someone has accidentally ingested the medication, contact your local poison control center or emergency room immediately.
  • Symptoms of overdose may include severe eye irritation, burning, or discomfort.

What other information should I know?

  • Keep all appointments with your healthcare provider while using Bacitracin Ophthalmic.
  • Do not share Bacitracin Ophthalmic with others, even if they have similar symptoms.
  • Do not use Bacitracin Ophthalmic for longer than prescribed or in higher doses than recommended by your healthcare provider.
  • Inform your healthcare provider about all other medications, vitamins, and supplements you are taking before using Bacitracin Ophthalmic to avoid potential interactions.
  • Follow all instructions provided by your healthcare provider or pharmacist for using Bacitracin Ophthalmic, including dosage and frequency of application.
  • If your symptoms do not improve or worsen after using Bacitracin Ophthalmic for a few days, contact your healthcare provider for further evaluation and treatment.

By following these guidelines, you can ensure the safe and effective use of Bacitracin Ophthalmic and minimize any potential risks associated with its use.

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