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Ocutricin

Generic Name: bacitracin/neomycin/polymyxin B ophthalmic
Brands: AK-Spore Ointment, Neocin, Neosporin Ophthalmic Ointment, Ocutricin


What is the most important information I should know about Ocutricin?

· Contact your doctor if your symptoms begin to get worse or if you do not see any improvement in your condition after a few days.

· Do not touch the tube opening to any surface, including your eyes or hands. The tube opening is sterile. If it becomes contaminated, it could cause an infection in your eye.

 

What is Ocutricin?

· Bacitracin, neomycin, and polymyxin B are all antibiotics. They are used to treat bacterial infections.

· The ophthalmic form of bacitracin/neomycin/polymyxin B is used to treat bacterial infections of the eyes.

· Bacitracin/neomycin/polymyxin B may also be used for purposes other than those listed in this medication guide.

 

Who should not use Ocutricin?

· Do not use Ocutricin if you have a viral or fungal infection in your eye. It is used to treat infections caused by bacteria only.

· It is not known whether Ocutricin will harm an unborn baby. Do not use this medication without first talking to your doctor if you are pregnant or if you are planning a pregnancy.

· It is not known whether Ocutricin passes into breast milk. Do not use this medication without first talking to your doctor if you are breast-feeding a baby.

 

How should I use Ocutricin?

· Use bacitracin/neomycin/polymyxin B ointment exactly as directed by your doctor. If you do not understand these directions, ask your pharmacist, nurse, or doctor to explain them to you.

· Wash your hands before and after using your eye ointment.

· To apply the ointment:     ·Hold the tube in your hand for a few minutes to warm it up so that the ointment comes out easily. 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 in all directions for 1 to 2 minutes. If you are applying another eye medication, allow at least 10 minutes before your next application.

 

· Do not touch the tube opening to any surface, including your eyes or hands. The tube opening is sterile. If it becomes contaminated, it could cause an infection in your eye.

· Store Ocutricin at room temperature away from moisture and heat. Keep the tube properly capped.

 

What happens if I miss a dose?

· Apply the missed dose as soon as you remember. However, if it is almost time for your next regularly scheduled dose, skip the missed dose and apply the next one as directed. Do not use a double dose of this medication.

 

What happens if I overdose?

· An overdose of this medication is unlikely to occur. If you do suspect an overdose, wash the eye with water and call an emergency room or poison control center near you. If the ointment has been ingested, drink plenty of fluid and call an emergency center for advice.

 

What should I avoid while using Ocutricin?

· Do not touch the tube opening to any surface, including your eyes or hands. The tube opening is sterile. If it becomes contaminated, it could cause an infection in your eye.

· Use caution when driving, operating machinery, or performing other hazardous activities. Ocutricin may cause blurred vision. If you experience blurred vision, avoid these activities.

· Use caution with contact lenses. Wear them only if your doctor approves. After applying this medication, wait at least 15 minutes before inserting contact lenses.

· Avoid other eye medications unless your doctor approves.

 

What are the possible side effects of Ocutricin?

· Serious side effects are not expected with this medication.

· Commonly, some burning, stinging, irritation, itching, redness, blurred vision, eyelid itching, eyelid swelling or crusting, tearing or sensitivity to light may occur. Continue to use bacitracin/neomycin/polymyxin B and talk to your doctor about any side effects you experience.

 

What other drugs will affect Ocutricin?

· Avoid other eye medications unless they are approved by your doctor.

· Drugs other than those listed here may also interact with Ocutricin. Talk to your doctor and pharmacist before taking any prescription or over-the-counter medicines.

 

Where can I get more information?

· Your pharmacist has additional information about bacitracin/neomycin/polymyxin B written for health professionals that you may read.


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