Compare Bacitracin vs. Neosporin

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Baciguent
(bacitracin)

Neosporin
(neomycin / polymyxin / bacitracin)

Coming soon.Helps prevent infection in minor cuts, scrapes, and burns. Neosporin (neomycin / polymyxin / bacitracin) is an effective, over-the-counter, first-line infection prevention in minor scrapes, cuts, and burns.
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Side effects
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We haven’t found good data for Bacitracin side effects.

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How it works
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Coming soon.Neosporin (neomycin / polymyxin / bacitracin) contains three first aid antibiotics that prevent infection by killing bacteria.
Type of medication
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Over-the-counter
Available as
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  • Injection
  • Eye cream, gel, or ointment
  • Cream, gel, or ointment
  • Cream, ointment, foam, spray
Used for
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  • Empyema Eye Infection
  • Minor Cuts
Risk factors for serious side effects
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    Coming soon.
      Detailed Neosporin (neomycin / polymyxin / bacitracin) risks & warnings »
      Pregnancy

      Research studies with animals found harmful effects on unborn babies. It hasn’t been properly studied in humans. The benefits might outweigh the risks even if you’re pregnant. Talk with your doctor.

      Upsides and benefits
      BacitracinNeosporin
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      • Can help your wound heal faster.
      • Comes in a ointment, cream, foam and spray.
      • Is available over-the-counter.
      • A more affordable generic option is also available.
      • Comes in formulations that can also help treat pain, itch, and scars.
      Downsides and risks
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      Coming soon
      • May not be effective for large or deep cuts.
      Tips from our pharmacists for people taking the medication
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      • Make sure you clean the affected area and dry well before applying Neosporin (neomycin / polymyxin / bacitracin).
      • Wash your hands before and after use.
      • Place a thin layer of Neosporin (neomycin / polymyxin / bacitracin) on the affected area 1 to 3 times daily. You can gently rub in the product.
      • You should put a bandaid or dressing over the affected area to prevent further irritation or bacteria.
      • Do not use Neosporin (neomycin / polymyxin / bacitracin) if it is expired.
      • If your wound does not stop bleeding, seek medical attention.
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