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bacitracin ophthalmic (cont.)

What should I discuss with my healthcare provider before using bacitracin ophthalmic (Ocu-Tracin)?

You should not use this medication if you are allergic to bacitracin.

Before using bacitracin ophthalmic, tell your doctor if you have any type of viral or fungal infection in your eye. Bacitracin is for treating only bacterial infections.

FDA pregnancy category B. Bacitracin ophthalmic is not expected to be harmful to an unborn baby. Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant during treatment.

It is not known whether bacitracin ophthalmic passes into breast milk or if it could harm a nursing baby. Do not use this medication without telling your doctor if you are breast-feeding a baby.

How should I use bacitracin ophthalmic (Ocu-Tracin)?

Use this medication exactly as prescribed by your doctor. Do not use it in larger amounts or for longer than recommended. Follow the directions on your prescription label.

Wash your hands before using bacitracin ophthalmic ointment.

You may warm the ointment by holding the medicine tube in your hand for a few minutes before use. Tilt your head back slightly and pull down gently on your lower eyelid. Apply a thin film of the ointment into your lower eyelid. Close your eye and roll your eyeball around for 1 to 2 minutes.

Do not allow the tip of the ointment tube to touch any surface, including the eyes or hands. If the dropper becomes contaminated it could cause an infection in your eye, which can lead to vision loss or serious damage to the eye.

Use this medication for the full prescribed length of time. Your symptoms may improve before the infection is completely cleared. Bacitracin will not treat a viral or fungal infection of the eye.

Store bacitracin ophthalmic at room temperature away from moisture and heat. Keep the tube tightly capped when not in use.

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