Generic Name: Mupirocin

  • What is Bactroban?

    Bactroban cream and ointment are used to treat bacterial infections that affect the skin.

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

    Use this medication only as directed by your doctor. It is for external use only.

    If your skin infection does not improve within 3-5 days of using Bactroban, or it becomes worse, notify your doctor. Prolonged use of Bactroban, as with other antibacterial products, may result in overgrowth of other microorganisms.

  • Who should not take Bactroban?

    Do not use Bactroban if you are sensitive to or allergic to any of its components.

  • What should I tell my doctor before I take the first dose of Bactroban?

    Tell your doctor about all prescription, over-the-counter, and herbal medications you are taking before beginning treatment with Bactroban, especially if you are using any other prescription or nonprescription medicine that is applied to the same area of skin. Also, talk to your doctor about your complete medical history.

  • 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.

    Impetigo (highly contagious bacterial skin infection common among pre-school children)

    Adults and children ≥2 months: Apply Bactroban ointment three times a day to the affected area.

    Secondarily Infected Traumatic Skin Lesions

    Adults and children ≥3 months: Apply Bactroban cream three times a day, for 10 days.

  • How should I take Bactroban?

    Wash your hands before and after using this medication.

    Before applying Bactroban, wash the affected area with soap and water. Dry thoroughly. Apply a small amount of cream or ointment. Cover the area with gauze dressing, if desired.

  • What should I avoid while taking Bactroban?

    Avoid contact with the eyes.

    Bactroban ointment should not be used in combination with other products that contain polyethylene glycol.

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

    No significant drug interactions have been reported with Bactroban at this time. However, always tell your doctor about any medicines you take, including over-the-counter drugs, vitamins, and herbal supplements.

  • What are the possible side effects of Bactroban?

    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 of Bactroban cream may include: headache, rash, nausea

    Side effects of Bactroban ointment may include: burning, pain, stinging

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

    The effects of Bactroban during pregnancy and breastfeeding are unknown. Talk with your doctor before taking this drug if you are pregnant, plan to become pregnant, or are breastfeeding.

  • What should I do if I miss a dose of Bactroban?

    Apply it as soon as you remember. If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the dose you missed and go back to your regular schedule. Never apply two doses at once.

  • How should I store Bactroban?

    Store at room temperature and away from heat and light. Keep the medicine from freezing.

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