Compare bacitracin vs. Neosporin

Head-to-head comparisons of medication uses, side effects, ratings, and more.

Helps prevent infection in minor cuts, scrapes, and burns.

bacitracin is an effective over-the-counter, first-line infection prevention in minor scrapes, cuts, and burns.

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.

Upsides
  • bacitracin is available OTC and is inexpensive.
  • Works well as a first-line medicine to kill bacteria in minor wounds.
  • 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
  • Cannot be used if you have deep or large wounds.
  • May not be effective for large or deep cuts.
Used for
  • Prevention of infection
  • Minor cuts
  • Minor scrapes
  • Minor burns
Dosage forms
  • Ointment
  • Cream
  • Ointment
  • Foam
  • Spray
Price
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Side effects
The bacitracin FDA package insert doesn’t have numbers about how common side effects are.
The Neosporin (neomycin / polymyxin / bacitracin) FDA package insert doesn’t have numbers about how common side effects are.
Risks and risk factors
  • Allergic reaction
  • Use in serious wounds
  • Long-term use
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  • Allergic reaction
  • Use in serious wounds
  • Long-term use
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