Bacitracin

Trade name(s)

Bacitracin as single agent: Baciguent; baci-tracin as one component of a multi-agent preparation: Betadine antibiotic ointment; Gold Bond Triple Action; Mycitracin; Neosporin; Polysporin; Spectrocin Plus

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Bacitracin. Dermatologie indications and dosage

Disease

Adult dosage

Child dosage

Impetigo

Apply twice per day for 7 days

Apply twice per day for 7 days

Postoperative wound infection prophylaxis

Apply twice per day for 7 days

Apply twice per day for 7 days

Bacitracin. Dermatologie indications and dosage

Generic available

Drug class

Antibiotic

Mechanism of action

Inhibits bacterial cell wall synthesis

Dosage form

Cream; ointment

Dermatologic indications and dosage

See table

Common side effects

Cutaneous: contact dermatitis

Serious side effects

None

Drug interactions

None

Contraindications/precautions

Hypersensitivity to drug class or component

References

Bass, JW, Chan DS, Creamer KM, Thompson MW, Malone FJ, Becker TM, Marks SN (1997) Comparison of oral cephalexin, topical mupirocin and topical bacitracin for treatment of impetigo. Pediatric Infectious Disease Journal 16(7)1708-710

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