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Mupirocin Calcium Nasal ointment
Generic Name: mupirocin topical | Brand Name: Bactroban
What is this medicine?MUPIROCIN CALCIUM (myoo PEER oh sin KAL see um) is an antibiotic. It is used inside the nose to treat infections that are caused by certain bacteria. This helps prevent the spread of infection to patients and health care workers during outbreaks at institutions.
What should I tell my health care provider before I take this medicine?They need to know if you have any of these conditions:
- an unusual or allergic reaction to mupirocin, other medicines, foods, dyes, or preservatives
- pregnant or trying to get pregnant
How should I use this medicine?This medicine is only for use inside the nose. Follow the directions on the prescription label. Wash your hands before and after use. Squeeze half the contents of a single-use tube into one nostril, then squeeze the other half into the other nostril. Press the sides of your nose together and gently massage after application to spread the ointment throughout the nostrils. Do not use your medicine more often than directed. Finish the full course of medicine prescribed by your doctor or health care professional even if you think your condition is better.
Talk to your pediatrician regarding the use of this medicine in children. Special care may be needed.
What if I miss a dose?If you miss a dose, take it as soon as you can. If it is almost time for your next dose, take only that dose. Do not take double or extra doses.
What may interact with this medicine?Interactions are not expected. Do not use any other nose products without telling your doctor or health care professional.
What should I watch for while using this medicine?If your nose is severely irritated, burning or stinging from use of this medicine, stop using it and contact your doctor or health care professional.
Do not get this medicine in your eyes. If you do, rinse out with plenty of cool tap water.
What side effects may I notice from receiving this medicine?Side effects that you should report to your doctor or health care professional as soon as possible:
- severe irritation, burning, stinging, or pain
Side effects that usually do not require medical attention (report to your doctor or health care professional if they continue or are bothersome):
- altered taste
- skin itching
- sore throat
- stuffy or runny nose
Where should I keep my medicine?Keep out of the reach of children.
Store at room temperature between 15 and 30 degrees C (59 and 86 degrees F). Do not refrigerate. One tube of ointment is for single use in both nostrils. Throw away after use.
Remember, keep this and all other medicines out of the reach of children, never share your medicines with others, and use this medication only for the indication prescribed.