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Bactroban

What is Bactroban

Mupirocin is an antibiotic. Bactroban prevents bacteria from growing on your skin.

Bactroban is used to treat infections of the skin such as impetigo.

Bactroban may also be used for purposes other than those listed in this medication guide.

General medical information about Bactroban

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.

Avoid your eyes, nose, mouth, and lips when applying Bactroban. If medication gets in any of these areas, wash with water.

Watch for signs of improvement in 3 to 5 days. If your condition gets worse or does not improve, see your doctor.

Who should not use Bactroban

Do not use Bactroban if you have ever had an allergic reaction to it.

You may not be able to use Bactroban 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.

Bactroban is in the FDA pregnancy category B. This means that it is unlikely to harm an unborn baby. Do not use Bactroban without first talking to your doctor if you are pregnant.

Bactroban passes into breast milk and may affect a nursing infant. Do not use Bactroban without first talking to your doctor if you are breast-feeding a baby.

How should you use Bactroban

Use Bactroban exactly as directed by your doctor. If you do not understand these instructions, ask your pharmacist, nurse, or doctor to explain them to you.

Wash your hands before and after using this medication.

Clean and dry the affected area. Apply a small amount of the ointment as directed.

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.

You should notice improvement in 3 to 5 days. If the infection gets worse or does not improve, consult your doctor.

Do not use bandages that do not allow air circulation over the affected area unless otherwise directed by your doctor. A light, cotton-gauze dressing may be used to protect clothing.

Avoid getting this medication in your eyes, nose, or mouth or in large, open wounds.

Store Bactroban at room temperature away from moisture and heat.

If you miss 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 Bactroban. Do not use a double dose of this medication unless otherwise directed by your doctor.

What happens if you overdose:

An overdose of Bactroban is rare. Consult a doctor if you suspect an overdose. No symptoms of an overdose are known.

If Bactroban gets in your eyes or mouth, rinse with water.

If Bactroban is ingested, consult a poison control center.

What should you avoid while using Bactroban

Avoid using other topical preparations on the same area at the same time unless directed to do so by your doctor.

Possible side effects of Bactroban

Serious side effects are not expected to occur with Bactroban therapy. Stop using Bactroban and see your doctor if you experience unusual blistering, itching, redness, peeling, dryness, or irritation of the skin.

Side effects other than those listed here may also occur. Talk to your doctor about any side effect that seems unusual or that is especially bothersome.

What other drugs will affect Bactroban

Other topical medications may change the way that your skin absorbs Bactroban. Avoid using other products on the same area at the same time unless directed to do so by your doctor.

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