Bactroban Nasal

Generic Name: Mupirocin

  • What is Bactroban Nasal?

    Bactroban Nasal is a medicine used to treat a certain bacteria in your nose, called methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), and reduce your risk of infection during a hospital outbreak of MRSA. Bactroban Nasal comes in the form of a nasal (nose) ointment.

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

    Bactroban Nasal is for use in your nose only.

    If you use Bactroban Nasal for a long period of time, it can lead to other infections, including fungal infections, that might not respond to this medication.

    Do not use Bactroban Nasal in your eyes. If this occurs, you can experience severe symptoms, including burning or tearing. Tell your doctor immediately if this medication gets in your eyes.

    Bactroban Nasal can cause an allergic reaction or severe local irritation. Stop using Bactroban Nasal and tell your doctor immediately if you develop an allergic reaction or irritation.

  • Who should not take Bactroban Nasal?

    Do not use Bactroban Nasal if you are allergic to it or any of its ingredients.

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

    Tell your doctor about all prescription, over-the-counter, and herbal medications you are taking before beginning treatment with Bactroban Nasal. 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.

    Adults and adolescents ≥12 years: Apply one-half of the ointment from the single-use tube into 1 nostril, and apply the other half into the other nostril twice a day for 5 days.

  • How should I take Bactroban Nasal?

    Use Bactroban Nasal exactly as prescribed by your doctor. You should apply this ointment in the morning and evening. After application to both of your nostrils, close your nostrils by pressing and releasing the sides of your nose repetitively for about 1 minute and gently massage. This will spread the ointment throughout your nostrils. Discard the Bactroban Nasal tube after you use it.

  • What should I avoid while taking Bactroban Nasal?

    Do not use Bactroban Nasal in your eyes.

    Do not reuse Bactroban Nasal ointment tubes.

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

    If Bactroban Nasal 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 Bactroban Nasal with other intranasal products.

  • What are the possible side effects of Bactroban Nasal?

    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: burning or stinging, cough, diarrhea, dry mouth, ear pain, headache, inflammation of your eyelash follicles, itching, lung congestion or disorder, nausea, nose bleed, rash, runny nose, sore throat, taste changes

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

    The effects of Bactroban Nasal 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 Bactroban Nasal?

    If you miss a dose of Bactroban Nasal, apply it as soon as you remember. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, skip the one you missed and return to your regular dosing schedule. Do not apply two doses at once.

  • How should I store Bactroban Nasal?

    Store at room temperature. Do not refrigerate.