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Bacitracin overdose
Definition Poisoning from an overdose of Bacitracin.
Alternative Names 
Poisonous Ingredient
  • Bacitracin
  • Where Found
  • as an injectable (true overdose only occurs with
  • intravenous (IV) or intramuscular (IM) administration
  • in some antibiotic ointments such as Bacitracin, Bactine Triple Antibiotic
  • in some prescription eye ointments such as AK-Tracin
  • Note: This list may not be all inclusive.
  • body as a whole
  • swelling of the lips and face
  • sweating
  • tightness of the chest
  • respiratory
  • temporarily stop breathing
  • gastrointestinal
  • nausea
  • vomiting
  • diarrhea
  • skin
  • rash
  • itching
  • heart and blood vessels
  • low blood pressure
  • heart stops
  • nervous system
  • unconsciousness
  • Note: These reactions are more likely as a result of an
  • allergic reaction rather than a true overdose situation:
    Home Treatment Discontinue use of the antibiotic. If Bacitracin was swallowed, call Poison Control for guidance. If instructed to induce emesis , proceed as follows or as otherwise instructed: Give the usual dose of ipecac syrup: 15 milliliters (ml) or 1 TABLEspoonful for children and 30 ml (2 TABLEspoonsful) for an adult. Follow with 1/2 glass or 4 ounces (oz.) of water for children or 8 to 12 oz. of water for adults. Repeat 1 more time in 1/2 hour if emesis has not occurred.
    Before Calling Emergency Determine the following information:
  • the patient's age, weight, and condition
  • the name of the product (ingredients and strengths if known)
  • the time it was swallowed
  • the amount swallowed
  • Poison Control, or a local emergency number They will instruct you if it is necessary to take the patient to the hospital. See Poison Control centers for telephone numbers and addresses. Take the container with you to the emergency room.
    What to expect at the emergency room
  • Treat the symptoms.
  • Gastric lavage.
  • Administer activated charcoal.
  • Expectations (prognosis) If the allergic reaction can be controlled, recovery is very likely.

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