Topical Polymyxin B is a topical antibiotic that is used to treat bacterial infections of the skin. This medication is usually used to treat infected wounds and minor skin infections caused by bacteria. This medicine cannot be used to treat skin infections caused by viruses.
Polymyxin B is a polypeptide class of antibiotics that is useful for slowing or stopping the growth of bacteria. This drug works by damaging the bacterial cell wall so that the bacteria will die. Topical polymyxin B is usually combined with bacitracin or neomycin .
Doctors sometimes prescribe topical polymyxin b to treat minor injuries, such as cuts or lacerations. This is usually done to prevent bacterial infection, or speed up the healing of wounds that are at risk of infection.
Before polymyxin B topical: Liposin, Tigalin, Enbatic Plus
What is Polymyxin B Topical
|Category||Polypeptide class of antibiotics|
|Benefit||Treat skin infections caused by bacteria|
|Used by||Adults and children|
|Topical polymyxin for pregnant and lactating women||
Category C: Studies in animals have shown an adverse effect on the fetus, but there have been no controlled studies in pregnant women.
Drugs should only be used if the expected benefit outweighs the risk to the fetus.
It is not yet known whether topical polymyxin B can be absorbed into breast milk or not. If you are breastfeeding, do not use this medication without telling your doctor.
Precautions Before Using Topical Polymyxin B
Before using topical polymyxin B, pay attention to the following points:
- Do not use topical polymyxin B if you are allergic to this drug. Tell your doctor if you are allergic to certain foods, dyes or preservatives.
- Always consult your doctor first before using topical polymyxin B, especially if you want to use it for wounds resulting from animal bites, serious burns , or large or deep wounds.
- Tell your doctor if you have kidney disease .
- Inform your doctor if you are pregnant, breastfeeding or planning a pregnancy.
- Tell your doctor if you are using other medicines, especially those applied to the same area, to anticipate drug interaction effects.
- Tell your doctor about all medications you are using, including topical polymyxin B, before having surgery.
- Immediately see a doctor if you experience a drug allergic reaction or serious side effects after using topical polymyxin B.
Dosage and Rules for Use Topical Polymyxin B
To treat skin infections , polymyxin B ointment is generally combined with antibiotics or other drugs. For both adults and children, the dose of polymyxin B ointment is 1–3 times a day.
How to Use Topical Polymyxin B Properly
Use topical polymyxin B according to doctor 's instructions or instructions for use listed on the drug packaging.
Be sure to always wash your hands before and after using polymyxin B ointment. Also clean the infected skin before applying the medicine.
Apply a thin layer of topical polymyxin B to the infected skin area. Use this medicine regularly and at the same intervals every day. Do not increase or decrease your dose without consulting your doctor first.
Topical Polymyxin B should only be used on the skin. Avoid exposing this drug to the eyes, inside the mouth, or inside the nose. If the area is accidentally exposed to the drug, clean it immediately and rinse it under running water.
Call your doctor if your condition does not improve after using topical polymyxin B for 7 days, or if your condition worsens.
Store topical polymyxin B at room temperature and avoid direct sunlight, and keep out of reach of children.
Topical Polymyxin B Interactions with Other Drugs
Topical Polymyxin B rarely causes serious drug interactions. However, in some conditions, this drug has the potential to cause the following interaction effects:
- Increased risk of kidney damage or ear damage when used with acyclovir , amphotericin B deoxycholate, carboplatin , gentamicin, or neomycin by mouth
- Increased risk of developing respiratory side effects from anesthetic drugs, such as pancuronium or rocuronium
Topical Polymyxin B Side Effects and Dangers
Topical Polymyxin B rarely causes side effects. However, if used excessively, for example on large areas of skin or in the long term, the risk of side effects from polymyxin B ointment can increase.
Immediately see a doctor if a severe drug allergic reaction or contact dermatitis appears , which can be characterized by skin rash, itching, or redness and swelling of the skin area that is smeared with the drug.