What is Bactroban (Mupirocin) used for?
Bactroban (Mupirocin) is a topical antibiotic prescribed to treat patients suffering from bacterial skin infections such as impetigo. The medication slows or stops the reproduction of bacteria cells making it easier for the immune system to destroy the infection. It may also be useful for treating infections of minor skin injuries. Your physician may prescribe it for other unlisted purposes, as well.
How should I use Bactroban (Mupirocin)?
Bactroban (Mupirocin) should always be used according to your physician's instructions to get the safest and most effective results from treatment. The ointment is normally administered two to three times each day for a cycle of medication lasting one or two weeks. Never stop using the medicine prior to being instructed to do so as the infection may not be gone and can return stronger and more resistant to treatment. Thoroughly rinse the area being treated to remove any dirt or loose skin. Apply a small amount of medication and gently massage it into the skin. Wash your hands with soap and water following each administration to prevent the cream from contacting any areas not being treated or mucous membranes. Ask your physician any questions you have about the medicine to ensure the correct usage.
What are the side effects of Bactroban (Mupirocin)?
Side effects that may occur while using Bactroban (Mupirocin) include:
Immediately inform your physician and stop using the ointment if you experience any severe skin reactions or signs of an allergic reaction such as hives, swelling, or difficulty breathing. These conditions may require reduced dosages, fewer daily applications, or emergency medical attention in more serious cases.
Do not apply Bactroban (Mupirocin) to skin that is broken or severely damaged. Do not use the medication if you are allergic to mupirocin or if you have had a bad reaction to similar treatments in the past. Also disclose if you have any other skin conditions or chronic health conditions that may cause complications during treatment to make sure the correct adjustments are made to your regimen.
Strictly follow all instructions provided to you by your physician or pharmacist while using Bactroban (Mupirocin). Optimum and safe dosage can differ based on the patient and the condition being treated.
As this medication may be unsafe for certain patients, it is essential you always inform your physician if you are pregnant or breastfeeding, as well as if you have any allergies, other illnesses, or ongoing health conditions, and if you are taking any other form of medication, supplements, or herbal products.
Immediately seek emergency medical care if you have an allergic or hypersensitive reaction. Common signs of a reaction include hives, swelling, skin rashes, chest pains, as well as trouble breathing or swallowing.