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Bacitracin Side Effects Center

Medical Editor: John P. Cunha, DO, FACOEP

Last reviewed on RxList 11/4/2015

Bacitracin for Injection is an antibiotic used intramuscularly (IM) for the treatment of infants with pneumonia and empyema caused by staphylococci shown to be susceptible to the drug. Bacitracin for injection is available in generic form. Common side effects of bacitracin for injection include nausea, vomiting, injection site reactions (pain, burning, or swelling), skin rashes, and possible kidney problems.

The infant dose of Bacitracin for injection for infants under 2500 grams is 900 units/kg/24 hours in 2 or 3 divided doses. For infants over 2500 grams, the dose is 1,000 units/kg/24 hours, in 2 or 3 divided doses. In older children and adults, the dose will be determined by a physician. Bacitracin for injection may interact with other drugs. Tell your doctor all medications and supplements you or your child take. During pregnancy, Bacitracin for injection should be used only if prescribed. Consult your doctor before breast-feeding.

Our Bacitracin for Injection, USP Side Effects Drug Center provides a comprehensive view of available drug information on the potential side effects when taking this medication.

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.

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Bacitracin in Detail - Patient Information: Side Effects

Get emergency medical help if your child has any of these signs of an allergic reaction: hives; difficulty breathing; swelling of the face, lips, tongue, or throat.

While receiving bacitracin injection, your child will be watched for the following serious side effects:

  • urinating more than usual or more often;
  • urinating less than usual, or not at all (fewer wet diapers);
  • blood in the urine;
  • lower back pain; or
  • painful urination.

Less serious side effects include:

  • nausea, vomiting;
  • mild skin rash; or
  • pain, burning, or swelling where the medicine was injected.

This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Tell your doctor about any unusual or bothersome side effect. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.

Read the entire detailed patient monograph for Bacitracin (Bacitracin)

What is Prescribing information?

The FDA package insert formatted in easy-to-find categories for health professionals and clinicians.

Bacitracin FDA Prescribing Information: Side Effects
(Adverse Reactions)


Nephrotoxic reactions-Albuminuria, cylindruria, azotemia. Rising blood levels without any increase in dosage.

Other reactions-Nausea and vomiting. Pain at site of injection. Skin rashes.

Read the entire FDA prescribing information for Bacitracin (Bacitracin)

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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