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Brand Names: AK-Poly-Bac

Generic Name: bacitracin and polymyxin B ophthalmic (Pronunciation: BAS i TRAY sin and POL ee MIX in B off THAL mik)

What is bacitracin and polymyxin B ophthalmic (AK-Poly-Bac)?

Bacitracin and polymyxin B are antibiotics that kill bacteria.

Bacitracin and polymyxin B ophthalmic (for the eyes) is used to treat eye infections caused by bacteria.

Bacitracin and polymyxin B ophthalmic may also be used for other purposes not listed in this medication guide.

What are the possible side effects of bacitracin and polymyxin B ophthalmic (AK-Poly-Bac)?

Get emergency medical help if you have any of these signs of an allergic reaction: hives; difficult breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.

Stop using this medication and call your doctor at once if you have a serious side effect such as:

  • severe itching, redness, or swelling of your eyelids;
  • eye pain, redness, or watering;
  • vision changes, increased sensitivity to light;
  • white patches on your eyes;
  • crusting or drainage from your eyes; or
  • any new signs of infection.

Less serious side effects may include temporary blurred vision and mild eye irritation after using the ointment.

This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.

What is the most important information I should know about bacitracin and polymyxin B ophthalmic (AK-Poly-Bac)?

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

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

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

Call your doctor if your symptoms do not improve, or if your infection gets worse while using this medication.

If you use this medication long-term, you may need frequent eye exams to make sure this medication is not causing harmful effects. Do not miss any follow-up visits to your doctor.

Bacitracin and polymyxin B should not be used on a child.

Report Problems to the Food and Drug Administration

You are encouraged to report negative side effects of prescription drugs to the FDA. Visit the FDA MedWatch website or call 1-800-FDA-1088.

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