What is Bactroban (Mupirocin) used for?
Bactroban (Mupirocin) is a topical antibiotic medication used to treat bacterial skin infections. The medication slows or prevents the reproduction of bacteria cells so that the immune system may destroy or control the infection completely. It is commonly used to treat impetigo, folliculitis, or to prevent bacterial infections in minor injuries such as abrasions or small lacerations. Your doctor may also recommend this medication for the treatment of other unlisted conditions.
How should I use Bactroban (Mupirocin)?
Bactroban (Mupirocin) is normally administered to the affected area two or three times each day, but your individual directions will depend on your age, weight, current health, and the severity of your symptoms. Thoroughly rinse and dry the area being treated before each use to remove any dirt or loose skin. Apply a small amount of cream to the area, gently massage it into the skin, and leave the area uncovered allowing any excess medicine to evaporate. Thoroughly wash your hands after each use to prevent the medicine from contacting any areas not being treated or the severity of your symptoms. Ask your doctor any questions you have about the medicine to ensure the correct administration.
What are the side effects of Bactroban (Mupirocin)?
Bactroban (Mupirocin) may cause side effects in some patients including:
Stop using the cream and contact your doctor as soon as possible if you experience any worrying or intense symptoms such as severe pain, intense burning, severe skin rashes, or signs of an allergic reaction such as hives, swelling, or difficulty breathing. These conditions may require lower doses, reduced application frequency, or emergency medical attention in serious cases to prevent more complications from occurring.
Bactroban (Mupirocin) should not be applied to skin that is broken or severely damaged. This medication should not be used by patients who are allergic to mupirocin or who have had a bad reaction to similar treatments in the past. You are also advised to inform your doctor of any other chronic health conditions you have that may cause unexpected health problems to make sure the necessary adjustments are made to your treatment.
Strictly use Bactroban (Mupirocin) as prescribed and follow all instructions provided by your doctor. Safe, suitable, and optimum dosage can vary and is dependent on the patient`s health and medical history, as well as the condition you are treating.
Bactroban (Mupirocin) may not be safe or suitable for all patients. Always ensure your doctor is informed if you are pregnant or breastfeeding, using any other type of medication (including non-prescription medicine, vitamins, and supplements), as well as if you have any allergies, other illnesses, or pre-existing medication conditions.
Seek immediate medical attention or proceed to your nearest accident and emergency department if you suffer a hypersensitive or allergic reaction. Symptoms usually present during a reaction of this nature include difficulty breathing or swallowing, swelling of the limbs or face, tight chest, hives, and skin rashes.