To gain the most benefit, do not miss doses. Use as you have been told, even if you are feeling better. Take with or without food. Take with food if it causes an upset stomach. There is a liquid (suspension) if you cannot swallow pills. Shake well before use. Those who have feeding tubes may also use the liquid. Flush the feeding tube before and after this drug is given.
Topical- Apply a small amount on the affected eyes as directed by your physician.
It comes as a solution for injection to be administered by a healthcare provider into the vein. IV- The recommended dose is 20mg per day.
It comes as eye drops to instill into the affected eyes as directed by your physician. Topical- Apply the ointment every 3 or 4 hours for 7 to 10 days, depending on the severity of the infection.
How it works
This drug works to harm the bacteria and fight the infection. It works to lower the ammonia-making bacteria in the bowel in patients with hepatic coma.
Bacitracin prevents transfer of mucopeptides into the growing cell wall thus inhibiting bacterial cell wall synthesis.
It is also used to treat certain types of cancer.
Gram negative bacteria except Proteus, Serratia and Neisseria. Salmonella and Shigella
Common side effects
Belly pain. Upset stomach or throwing up. Many small meals, good mouth care, sucking hard, sugar-free candy, or chewing sugar-free gum may help. Loose stools (diarrhea). Yogurt or probiotics may help. You may get these products at health food stores or in some pharmacies. Skin irritation.
Eye: Stinging, burning of eyes and blurred vision. Skin rash, itchingburningrednesspainswelling in or around the eyes.
High blood sugar may cause diabetes while on this drug. This most often goes back to normal when this drug is stopped. Chance of getting an infection. Wash hands often. Stay away from people with infections, colds, or flu. Belly pain. Upset stomach or throwing up. Many small meals, good mouth care, sucking hard, sugar-free candy, or chewing sugar-free gum may help. Weight gain. Mood changes. Change in body fat. Weak bones with long-term use. Muscle weakness, mostly in the thighs and upper arms. Skin changes (pimples, stretch marks, slow healing, hair growth). For women, vaginal yeast infection. Report itching or discharge. Cataracts or glaucoma with long-term use.
Dizziness, paraesthesia, muscle weakness, ataxia, confusion, drowsiness, psychoses, convulsions, coma. Neuromuscular blockade characterized by respiratory paralysis and apoea. Acute interstitial nephritis; nausea, vomiting, electrolyte imbalance. Topical: Hypersensitivity eg, macular rashes, risk of systemic toxicity if applied to large areas of broken skin. Otic: Ototoxicity, stinging and burning sensation. Ophthalmic: Hypersensitivity, itching, redness and oedema of conjunctiva and eye lid. Intrathecal: Meningeal irritation.