Bacitracin and Polymyxin B

(bas i TRAY sin & pol i MIKS in bee)

Brand Names: U.S.

  • AK-Poly-Bac™
  • Polycin™
  • Polysporin® [OTC]

Brand Names: Canada

  • LID-Pack®
  • Optimyxin®

Is it safe for my child to take this drug?

  • Not if your child has an allergy to bacitracin, polymyxin B, or any other part of this drug.
  • Be sure to let the doctor know if your child has any allergies or side effects to drugs, foods, or dyes. Make sure to tell about the allergy and what signs your child had. This includes telling about rash; hives; itching; shortness of breath; wheezing; cough; swelling of face, lips, tongue, or throat; or any other signs.

Why does my child need this drug?

  • It is used to avoid or treat skin infections.
  • It is used to stop or treat eye infections.

How is this drug given?

  • Wash your hands before and after use.
  • Skin: Powder and ointment (topical):
  • Do not give by mouth. Use on your child's skin only. Keep out of your child's mouth, nose, and eyes (may burn).
  • Wash affected skin and pat dry.
  • Powder (topical):
  • Sprinkle powder over affected skin.
  • Ointment (topical):
  • Put a thin layer on the affected part and rub in gently.
  • Use a dressing if needed.
  • Eye ointment:
  • For the eye only.
  • Tilt your child's head back.
  • Gently pull down the lower lid and squeeze in how much the doctor told you to use.
  • Release the lower eyelid and have your child keep eyes closed for 1 to 2 minutes.
  • Use other eye drugs 10 minutes after the ointment.

How long does this drug take to work?

  • It may take a few days to see the full effect.

What do I do if my child misses a dose?

  • Give a missed dose as soon as you think about it.
  • If it is close to the time for your child's next dose, skip the missed dose and go back to your child's normal time.
  • Do not change the dose or stop your child's drug. Talk with your child's doctor.

What safety measures do I need to take when my child is using this drug?

  • Keep a list of all your child's drugs (prescription, natural products, vitamins, OTC) with you. Give this list to your child's doctor.
  • Check all drugs your child is taking with your child's doctor. This drug may not mix well with some other drugs.
  • Do not use longer than you have been told. A second infection may happen.
  • Use care when putting on. Staining may happen.
  • Eye ointment:
  • Have your child stop wearing his/her contact lenses unless the doctor tells them to keep wearing them.

What are some side effects of this drug?

  • Itching.
  • Swelling.
  • Skin irritation.
  • Eye ointment:
  • Blurred eyesight.
  • Tearing.

When do I need to call my child's doctor?

  • If any of this news causes you to be worried, any of the unwanted side effects happen, or if your child is not better after taking this drug.
  • If you think there has been an overdose, call your poison control center or get medical care right away. Be ready to tell or show what was taken, how much, and when it happened.
  • If your child shows signs of a very bad reaction, call your child's doctor or the ER right away. These include wheezing; chest tightness; fever; itching; bad cough; blue skin color; seizures; swelling of face, lips, tongue, or throat; or if your child is not acting normal.
  • If your child shows any signs of infection. These include a fever of 100.5°F (38°C) or higher, chills, very bad sore throat, ear or sinus pain, cough, more sputum or change in color or sputum, pain with passing urine, mouth sores, wound that will not heal, or anal itching or pain.
  • If your child has very bad skin irritation.
  • If your child gets a rash.
  • If your child’s health problem does not get better or if you believe your child’s health problem is worse.

How do I store and/or throw out this drug?

  • Store at room temperature.
  • Protect from heat.

General drug facts

  • If your child has a very bad allergy, he/she needs to wear an allergy ID at all times.
  • You may get this drug by drug order only. If there are refills, call your pharmacy. If your child does not have refills left, you may need to call your child's doctor.
  • Get rid of this drug when your child no longer needs it or if the drug is outdated.
  • Some drugs may have another patient information leaflet. If you have any questions about this drug, please talk with your doctor, pharmacist, or other health care provider.
  • In Canada, take any unused drugs to the pharmacy. Also, visit http://www.hc-sc.gc.ca/hl-vs/iyh-vsv/med/disposal-defaire-eng.php#th to learn about the right way to get rid of unused drugs.http://www.hc-sc.gc.ca/hl-vs/iyh-vsv/med/disposal-defaire-eng.php#th to learn about the right way to get rid of unused drugs.
  • Do not share your child's drug with others and do not give anyone else's drug to your child.
  • Keep all drugs out of the reach of children and pets.
  • Keep a list of all your child's drugs (prescription, natural products, vitamins, OTC) with you. Give this list to your child's doctor.
  • These are not all of the side effects that may occur. If you have questions about side effects, call your doctor. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects.
  • Talk with the doctor before giving your child any new drug, including OTC, natural products, or vitamins.
  • If you do not use a drug the right way, it may not be safe. Follow what your child’s doctor tells you.