Generic Name: Retapamulin

  • What is Altabax?

    Altabax is a prescription medicine that belongs to a group of medicines called antibacterials. Antibacterial products work by killing disease-causing bacteria (germs) and/or keeping them from growing. Altabax is used to treat impetigo, a skin infection anyone can get, but often seen in children. Impetigo looks like small, liquid-filled blisters that break and develop a yellowish crust. Impetigo can spread easily from one person to another.

    Altabax can be used in adults and children as young as 9 months old. Altabax has not been studied in children younger than 9 months of age.

  • What is the most important information I should know about Altabax?

    Altabax may cause severe local irritation in which case usage should be discontinued. Altabax is not intended for oral use, inside the nose, eyes, or female genital area because it has not been evaluated in these areas.

    The use of Altabax may promote the growth of other infections. Appropriate measures should be taken by your healthcare provider.

    Notify your healthcare professional if there is no improvement in symptoms within 3 to 4 days after starting use of Altabax. Make sure to use the medication for the full time given by the healthcare provider even if symptoms have improved in a shorter time.

    Do not use this medication in children younger than 9 months of age; Altabax has not been studied in these children.

  • Who should not take Altabax?

    Children under the age of 9 months should not be taking Altabax
  • What should I tell my doctor before I take the first dose of Altabax?

    Tell your doctor about all prescription, over-the-counter, and herbal medications you are taking before beginning treatment with Altabax. Also, talk to your doctor about all of your medical problems, including if you: have had an allergic reaction to any medicine, are pregnant or trying to become pregnant, or are breastfeeding. It is not known if Altabax is safe for your unborn baby or if it passes into your breast milk.
  • What is the usual dosage?

    The information below is based on the dosage guidelines your doctor uses. Depending on your condition and medical history, your doctor may prescribe a different regimen. Do not change the dosage or stop taking your medication without your doctor's approval.

    A thin layer of Altabax ointment is usually applied twice a day for 5 days

  • How should I take Altabax?

    Use a clean cotton swab to spread a thin layer of Altabax over the infected area, twice a day for 5 days. Wash your hands after applying Altabax.

    If you need to spread Altabax on an infected area on you hands, keep the treated area dry. You can cover the treated area with a clean bandage or gauze if you choose. This is especially recommended for children using Altabax because it will protect the treated area and keep Altabax out of the eyes and mouth.

    Altabax is for use only on the skin. Be sure to use Altabax for the full 5 days, even though the skin infection seems to be getting better. Call your doctor if there is no improvement in symptoms within 3 to 4 days after starting use of Altabax.

  • What should I avoid while taking Altabax?

    Do not bathe, shower, or swim after applying Altabax. This could wash off the ointment.

    Do not swallow or put in eyes, on mouth, lips, inside the nose, or inside the female genital area.

  • What are possible food and drug interactions associated with Altabax?

    If Altabax is used with certain other drugs, the effects of either could be increased, decreased, or altered. It is especially important to check with your doctor before combining Altabax with the following: ketoconazole.
  • What are the possible side effects of Altabax?

    Side effects cannot be anticipated. If any develop or change in intensity, tell your doctor as soon as possible. Only your doctor can determine if it is safe for you to continue taking this drug.

    Side effects may include: reactions at the site of application of the ointment. Inform the healthcare practitioner if the area of application worsens in irritation, redness, itching, burning, swelling, blistering, or oozing.

  • Can I receive Altabax if I am pregnant or breastfeeding?

    The effects of Altabax during pregnancy and breastfeeding are unknown. Tell your doctor immediately if you are pregnant, plan to become pregnant, or are breastfeeding.
  • What should I do if I miss a dose of Altabax?

    If you forget to apply your dose of Altabax, apply it as soon as you remember if it is within 24 hours of your missed dose. Do not double the dose.
  • How should I store Altabax?

    Store at room temperature. Throw away Altabax that is out of date or no longer needed.