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What Is Mupirocin Used For

what is mupirocin used for

Description

Mupirocin is a prescription drug used to treat certain skin infections, such as impetigo and methicillin-resistant staphylococcus aureus (MRSA). It's sold under the brand names Bactroban and Centany. Mupirocin is an antibiotic. It works by killing bacteria or preventing their growth.

Mupirocin is an antibiotic. It works by killing bacteria or preventing their growth.The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved mupirocin in 1987 for manufacturer GlaxoSmithKline under the brand name Bactroban. Generic mupirocin is now available from several drug companies.

How to use Mupirocin Ointment

Read the Patient Information Leaflet if available from your pharmacist before you start using mupirocin and each time you get a refill. If you have any questions, ask your doctor or pharmacist.

Use this medication only on the skin. Clean and dry the affected area first. Then apply a small amount of ointment to the area as directed by your doctor, usually 3 times a day. You may cover the treated area with a bandage.

Use this medication regularly to get the most benefit from it. Continue to use it for the full time prescribed, even if symptoms disappear after a few days. Stopping the medication too early may result in a return of the infection.

More common side effects

The more common side effects of mupirocin topical ointment can include:

  • burning, stinging, pain, itching, rash, redness, dryness, tenderness, or swelling of the treated skin
  • nausea
  • increased oozing at the infection site

If these effects are mild, they may go away within a few days or a couple of weeks. If they’re more severe or don’t go away, talk to your doctor or pharmacist.

How does this medication work? What will it do for me?

Mupirocin belongs to the class of medications called topical antibiotics. It is applied topically (to the skin) to treat skin infections such as impetigo, caused by certain bacteria. It may also be used to prevent infections from developing in scrapes and minor cuts and injuries. It works by killing the bacteria that cause the skin infection.

This medication may be available under multiple brand names and/or in several different forms. Any specific brand name of this medication may not be available in all of the forms or approved for all of the conditions discussed here. As well, some forms of this medication may not be used for all of the conditions discussed here.

Interactions

Drug interactions may change how your medications work or increase your risk for serious side effects. This document does not contain all possible drug interactions. Keep a list of all the products you use (including prescription/nonprescription drugs and herbal products) and share it with your doctor and pharmacist. Do not start, stop, or change the dosage of any medicines without your doctor's approval.

Precautions

Before using mupirocin, tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are allergic to it; or if you have any other allergies. This product may contain inactive ingredients (such as polyethylene glycol found in some brands), which can cause allergic reactions or other problems. Talk to your pharmacist for more details.

Before using this medication, tell your doctor or pharmacist your medical history, especially of: kidney disease (if you are using a brand of mupirocin that contains polyethylene glycol).

Before having surgery, tell your doctor or dentist about all the products you use (including prescription drugs, nonprescription drugs, and herbal products).

During pregnancy, this medication should be used only when clearly needed. Discuss the risks and benefits with your doctor.

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