NEOSPORIN® vs Bacitracin Ingredients and Usage
Bacitracin is an antibiotic that is only available as an ointment.
What can Bacitracin be used for?
Like NEOSPORIN®, Bacitracin can be used to help:
When should I not use Bacitracin?
Avoid using Bacitracin on:
How to use Bacitracin
Tell your doctor if you have had any unusual or allergic reactions to this medicine5
Do not use Bacitracin in the eyes or mouth6
Wash your hands before and after use5
Before application, wash the affected area with soap and water, then dry thoroughly or use an antiseptic wash to clean the wound
Treat the wound with Bacitracin by applying a small amount to the wound until it is healed
After application, protect the treated area with a sterile bandage or gauze
The dosage of Bacitracin varies according to the patient. You should follow your doctor’s instructions or the directions on the label. The average dose for adults and children is to apply to the affected area two to five times a day.
If you miss a dose, apply as soon as possible after you realize. However, if it’s nearly time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and go back to your regular schedule. Do not use double or extra doses5.
Bacitracin side effects
Contact your doctor or healthcare professional if you have:
An allergic reaction – for example a skin rash, itching, hives, or swelling of the lips, face or tongue5
Infection, redness or swelling of the tongue5
Lower back pain5
Pain, difficulty passing urine5
What is the difference between NEOSPORIN® and Bacitracin?
NEOSPORIN® is most commonly a triple antibiotic that contains three antibiotic ingredients, including Bacitracin for 24-hour protection against infections. Bacitracin, meanwhile, is a single antibiotic ointment. If you have any allergies to neomycin or polymyxin B, Bacitracin could be used as an alternative.