Bacitracin (On the skin)

Bacitracin (bas-i-TRAY-sin)

Prevents infection of minor cuts, burns, or scrapes.

Brand Name(s):

Antibiotic Ointment, Bacitraycin Plus, GRx Bacitracin Zinc, Quality Choice Bacitracin

There may be other brand names for this medicine.

When This Medicine Should Not Be Used:

This medicine is not right for everyone. Do not use it if you had an allergic reaction to bacitracin.

How to Use This Medicine:


  • Your doctor will tell you how much medicine to use. Do not use more than directed.
  • Follow the instructions on the medicine label if you are using this medicine without a prescription.
  • Clean your wound before you apply 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 you apply the medicine.
  • Do not use this medicine in your eyes or over large areas of your body. Do not use it for longer than 7 days in a row.
  • Missed dose: Take a dose as soon as you remember. If it is almost time for your next dose, wait until then and take a regular dose. Do not take extra medicine to make up for a missed dose.
  • Store the medicine in a closed container at room temperature, away from heat, moisture, and direct light.

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:

  • Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or breastfeeding.
  • This medicine is for use only on minor cuts or burns. Do not use it on an animal bite or other puncture wound, a serious burn (with blistering), or a deep cut or skin injury unless directed by your doctor.
  • Call your doctor if you see signs of infection near your wound, such as swelling, warmth, redness, or pus.
  • Keep all medicine out of the reach of children. Never share your medicine with anyone.

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

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

Last Updated: 11/6/2020

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