About polymyxin and bacitracin ointment
|Type of medicine||Antibacterial|
|Used for||Bacterial infections of the skin|
Polymyxin and bacitracin ointment is used to treat bacterial infections of the skin. It works by killing the bacteria responsible for the infection.
Before using polymyxin and bacitracin ointment
Before using polymyxin and bacitracin ointment make sure your doctor or pharmacist knows:
- If you are pregnant, trying for a baby or breast-feeding.
- If you have ever had an allergic reaction to this or any other medicine.
- If you are using any other preparations, including those available to buy without a prescription, herbal and complementary medicines.
How to use polymyxin and bacitracin ointment
- Before using this ointment, read the manufacturer's printed information leaflet from the pack.
- Use this preparation exactly as directed by your doctor.
- Polymyxin and bacitracin ointment is usually applied thinly to the skin twice a day unless your doctor has told you otherwise. Only apply it to the affected areas.
Can polymyxin and bacitracin ointment cause problems?
Polymyxin and bacitracin ointment may occasionally cause some skin irritation, although this should soon disappear. If any irritation to your skin continues or if it becomes severe, stop using the ointment and ask your doctor or pharmacist for advice.
If you experience any other symptoms which you think may be due to this ointment, speak with your doctor or pharmacist.
How to store polymyxin and bacitracin ointment
- Keep all medicines out of the reach and sight of children.
- Store in a cool, dry place, away from direct heat and light.
Important information about all medicines
Further reading & references
- British National Formulary; 62nd Edition (Sep 2011) British Medical Association and Royal Pharmaceutical Society of Great Britain, London
|Original Author: Helen Allen||Current Version: Helen Allen||Peer Reviewer: Prof Cathy Jackson|
|Last Checked: 18/04/2012||Document ID: 3738 Version: 24||© EMIS|
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