Polysporin

(bacitracin and polymyxin B)

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Helps prevent skin infections in small cuts, scrapes, and burns.

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Polysporin (bacitracin and polymyxin B) is a cheap over-the-counter antibacterial ointment that helps prevent skin infections in small cuts, scrapes, and burns.

Quick facts about Polysporin
  • Drug class: Infection
  • Rx status: Over-the-counter
  • Generic status: Lower-cost generic available (bacitracin and polymyxin b)

Upsides

  • Polysporin (bacitracin and polymyxin B) is available over-the-counter and as a generic.
  • It helps prevent skin infections from forming in small cuts, scrapes, or burns.
  • It is easy to use and causes few side effects.
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Downsides

  • Polysporin (bacitracin and polymyxin B) can only be used for small cuts, scrapes, or burns. It can’t be used for large and serious skin infections, deep wounds or cuts, animal bites, or serious burns.
  • It might cause a skin rash in some people.
  • You need to wash your hands before and after using Polysporin (bacitracin and polymyxin B).
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How it works

Polysporin (bacitracin and polymyxin B) is an antibacterial. It kills bacteria by weakening their protective covering and by preventing them from rebuilding it.

Quick facts about Polysporin
  • Drug class: Infection
  • Rx status: Over-the-counter
  • Generic status: Lower-cost generic available (bacitracin and polymyxin b)

Dosage forms

  • Ointment
  • Powder
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What to expect when you take Polysporin (bacitracin and polymyxin B) for Bacterial infection

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Side effect rates for Polysporin (bacitracin and polymyxin B)

Risks and Warnings for Polysporin (bacitracin and polymyxin B)

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  • Polysporin (bacitracin and polymyxin B) might give you itchy, red, or burning skin. In most cases, these symptoms are mild and get better on their own. Stop using this medicine and talk to your doctor right away if you have very bad burning, itchy, or red skin.

Common concerns from people taking Polysporin (bacitracin and polymyxin B)

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Price
  • Polysporin (bacitracin and polymyxin B) is available over-the-counter and as a generic.