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Mupirocin Topical ointment
Generic Name: mupirocin topical | Brand Name: Bactroban
What is this medicine?MUPIROCIN (myoo PEER oh sin) is an antibiotic. It is used on the skin to treat skin infections.
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, polyethylene glycol (PEG), or other topical antibiotic medicine
- pregnant or trying to get pregnant
How should I use this medicine?This medicine is for external use only. Follow the directions on the prescription label. Wash your hands before and after use. Before applying, wash the affected area with mild soap and water and pat dry. Apply a small amount to the affected area and rub gently. You can cover the area with a gauze dressing. Do not get this medicine in your eyes. If you do, rinse out with plenty of cool tap water. 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. Do not use over large areas of burnt skin.
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 skin products on the affected area without telling your doctor or health care professional.
What should I watch for while using this medicine?Tell your doctor or health care professional if your skin condition does not begin to improve within 3 to 5 days.
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:
- skin rash, redness, continued swelling, burning, itching, 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):
- dry skin, itching
Where should I keep my medicine?Keep out of the reach of children.
Store at room temperature between 20 and 25 degrees C (68 and 77 degrees F). Throw away any unused medicine after the expiration date.
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.