Bacitracin is an antibiotic medicine to treat minor wounds on the skin. This drug is used to prevent the growth of bacteria that can cause infection in the wound.

Bacitracin belongs to the group of polypeptide antibiotics. This drug works by inhibiting the formation of bacterial cell walls. That way, the growth of bacteria can be stopped. This medicine can only be used according to a doctor's prescription.

Bacitracin trademarks: Bacitracin – Polymyxin B, Enbatic, Liposin, NB Topical Ointment, Nebacetin, Scanderma Plus, Tigalin

What is Bacitracin

Group Prescription drugs
Category Polypeptide antibiotics
Benefits Prevents and treats bacterial infections on wounded skin
Used by Adults and children
Bacitracin for pregnant and lactating women Category C: Studies on experimental animals show side effects on the fetus, but there are no controlled studies on pregnant women. Medicines can only be used if the magnitude of the expected benefit exceeds the magnitude of the risk to the fetus.

It is not yet known whether bacitracin can be absorbed into breast milk or not. For breastfeeding mothers, consult a doctor first before using this medicine.

Drug form Cream, ointment, powder

Precautions Before Using Bacitracin

Follow the doctor's advice when undergoing treatment with bacitracin. Before using this medicine, you need to pay attention to the following things:

  • Do not use bacitracin if you are allergic to this medicine. Always tell your doctor about any allergies you have.
  • Do not use bacitracin on skin wounds that are wide and deep. Immediately see a doctor if you experience these conditions.
  • Please be careful while using bacitracin so as not to swallow or touch the mouth, nose, or eyes, because this medicine is only used on the outer layer of the skin.
  • Do not apply bacitracin to the child's groin and genital area. Avoid using diapers that are too tight on children while using this medicine.
  • Tell your doctor if you are taking certain medications, supplements, or herbal products.
  • Tell your doctor if you are pregnant, breastfeeding, or planning to become pregnant.
  • See a doctor immediately if an allergic drug reaction occurs after using bacitracin.

Dosage and Administration of Bacitracin

The dose of bacitracin cream, ointment, or powder to prevent bacterial infection on skin with minor wounds, both in adults and children, is 1-3 times a day by applying a thin layer to the injured skin area.

How to Use Bacitracin Correctly

Follow the doctor 's advice and read the information on the bacitracin packaging before starting to use it.

Before using bacitracin cream, ointment, or powder, wash your hands with clean water, then dry them. Don't forget to clean and dry the area to be treated.

Take and place bacitracin on the fingertips according to the dosage recommended by the doctor. Ask the doctor if the area where the medicine is applied should be covered with a bandage or not. Don't forget to wash your hands after applying the medicine.

Make sure there is enough time between one dose and the next. Try to use bacitracin at the same time every day for maximum treatment.

If you forget to use bacitracin, it is recommended to use it immediately when the break with the next use schedule is not too close. If it's close, ignore it and don't double the dose.

If the wound does not improve after using bacitracin for 1 week, see a doctor immediately.

Store bacitracin at room temperature and away from direct sunlight. Keep the medicine out of the reach of children.

Interactions of Bacitracin with Other Drugs

Bacitracin can cause drug interaction effects if used with other drugs. The following are some of the interaction effects that can occur:

  • Increased levels of narcotics in the blood
  • Increased risk of kidney disorders if used with colistin, kanamycin, neomycin , polymyxin B, or streptomycin

Side Effects and Dangers of Bacitracin

If used according to the doctor's recommendations and the instructions for use on the packaging, bacitracin rarely causes side effects. However, in some conditions, the use of this drug can cause an allergic reaction to the drug that can be marked by the appearance of an itchy rash on the skin or difficulty breathing. Immediately go to the doctor if you experience such complaints.

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