Mupirocin is a topical antibiotic. This medicine prevents bacteria from growing on your skin or used to treat infections of the skin such as impetigo (streptococcal infection) or secondarily infected traumatic lesions e.g. small lacerations, sutured wounds or abrasions.
Special precautions: not or ophthalmic or intranasal use; avoid contact with eyes, nose, lips, mouth and if medications gets in any of these areas, wash with water; use with caution if there is evidence of moderate or severe renal impairment.
Use this medication for the full amount of time prescribed by your doctor or as recommended in the package even if you begin to feel better. Your symptoms may improve before the infection is completely healed. Watch for signs of improvement in 3 to 5 days. If your condition gets worse or does not improve, see your doctor.
Contraindications: hypersensitivity reactions; do not use this topical medicine if you have ever had an allergic reaction to it. You may not be able to use mupirocin topical if you have a very large open wound. This medication contains polyethylene glycol, which may cause damage to your kidneys if too much drug is absorbed through your skin. Pregnancy and lactation. Mupirocin topical is in the FDA pregnancy category B. This means that it is unlikely to harm an unborn baby. Do not use mupirocin topical without first talking to your doctor if you are pregnant or nursing an infant.
If you missed a dose, apply the missed dose as soon as you remember. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, skip the dose you missed and apply only the regular amount of mupirocin topical. Do not use a double dose of this medication unless otherwise directed by your doctor. Avoid using other topical preparations on the same area at the same time unless directed to do so by your doctor
No symptoms of an overdose are known. An overdose of mupirocin topical is rare. Consult a doctor if you suspect an overdose. If mupirocin topical is ingested, consult a poison control specialist or toxicologist.
Serious side effects are not expected to occur with mupirocin topical therapy. Stop using mupirocin topical and see your doctor if you experience unusual blistering, itching, redness, peeling, dryness, or irritation of the skin.
Contraindication: Avoid using other products on the same area at the same time unless directed to do so by your doctor. Other topical medications may change the way your skin absorbs mupirocin topical.
Each gram of Bactroban ointment 2% contains 20 mg mupirocin in a bland water miscible ointment base (polyethylene glycol ointment) consisting of polyethylene glycol 400 and polyethylene glycol 3350. Mupirocin is a naturally occurring antibiotic. The chemical name is (E)-(2S,3R,4R,5S)-5-[(2S,3S,4S,5S)-2, 3-Epoxy-5-hydroxy-4-methylhexyl]tetrahydro-3, 4-dihydroxy-b-methyl-2H-pyran-2-crotonic acid, ester with 9-hydroxynonanoic acid.
Brand name: Bactroban
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