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Bacitracin Opht



This medication is an antibiotic used to treat certain bacterial eye infections. It works by stopping the growth of bacteria.This medication treats only bacterial eye infections. It will not work for other types of eye infections. Unnecessary use or overuse of any antibiotic can lead to its decreased effectiveness.

 
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Bacitracin Opht

Uses
This medication is an antibiotic used to treat certain bacterial eye infections. It works by stopping the growth of bacteria.This medication treats only bacterial eye infections. It will not work for other types of eye infections. Unnecessary use or overuse of any antibiotic can lead to its decreased effectiveness.
Notes
  • Do not share this medication with others.This medication has been prescribed for your current condition only.
  • Throw away the unused portion after treatment is completed.
  • Do not use it later for another infection.
  • A different medication may be necessary in that case.

Storage
  • Store at room temperature between 59-86 degrees F (15-30 degrees C) away from heat.
  • Keep all medicines away from children and pets.


How To Use
  • Do not wear contact lenses while you are using this medicine.
  • Sterilize contact lenses according to manufacturer's directions, and check with your doctor before you begin using them again.To apply eye ointments, wash hands first.
  • To avoid contamination, be careful not to touch the tube tip or let it touch your eye.
  • Tilt your head back, look upward, and gently pull down the lower eyelid to make a pouch.
  • Place a 1/4 to 1/2 inch (0.5 to 1.5 centimeter) strip of ointment into the pouch.
  • Gently close the eye and roll the eyeball in all directions to spread the medication.
  • Try not to blink and do not rub the eye.If you are treating an infection of the eyelid, first clean all scales and crusts away from the area before applying the eye ointment on the eyelid.Repeat these steps for your other eye if so directed.
  • Apply the medication usually 1 to 3 times daily or as directed by your doctor.Wipe the tip of the ointment tube with a clean tissue to remove extra medication before recapping it.If you are using another kind of eye medication (e.g., drops or ointments), wait at least 5 to 10 minutes before applying other medications.
  • Use eye drops before eye ointments to allow the drops to enter the eye.Use this medication regularly in order to get the most benefit from it.
  • To help you remember, use it at the same time(s) each day.Tell your doctor if your condition persists or worsens.

Side Effects
  • Remember that your doctor has prescribed this medication because he or she has judged that the benefit to you is greater than the risk of side effects.
  • Many people using this medication do not have serious side effects.Tell your doctor immediately if any of these unlikely but serious side effects occur: burning/swelling/redness in or around the eye, increased sweating, dizziness.Tell your doctor immediately if any of these rare but very serious side effects occur: chest tightness, fainting, slow heartbeat.Use of this medication for prolonged or repeated periods may result in a new fungal eye infection.
  • Do not use this medication for longer than prescribed.
  • Contact your doctor if you notice new or worsening symptoms.A very serious allergic reaction to this drug is rare.
  • However, seek immediate medical attention if you notice any symptoms of a serious allergic reaction, including: rash, itching, swelling, severe dizziness, trouble breathing.If you notice other effects not listed above, contact your doctor or pharmacist.

Precautions
  • Before using bacitracin, tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are allergic to it; or to neomycin; or if you have any other allergies.Before using this medication, tell your doctor or pharmacist your medical history.After you apply this drug, your vision may become temporarily blurred.
  • Use caution while driving, using machinery, or doing any other activity that requires clear vision.During pregnancy, this medication should be used only when clearly needed.
  • Discuss the risks and benefits with your doctor.It is not known whether this drug passes into breast milk.
  • Consult your doctor before breast-feeding.

Missed Dose
  • If you miss a dose, use it as soon as you remember.
  • If it is near the time of the next dose, skip the missed dose and resume your usual dosing schedule.
  • Do not double the dose to catch up.

Drug Interactions
  • Your doctor or pharmacist may already be aware of any possible drug interactions and may be monitoring you for them.
  • Do not start, stop, or change the dosage of any medicine before checking with them first.Before using this medication, tell your doctor or pharmacist of all prescription and nonprescription/herbal products you may use.

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