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What is Bactroban Ointment?

Bactroban Ointment is a prescription medication that is used to treat skin infections including impetigo and “staph infections”. Bactroban contains the antibiotic mupirocin and works by preventing bacteria from being able to grow on the skin.

Make sure to always read the patient information and instructions before using this medication. Always follow your doctor’s directions.

  • Bactroban Ointment is a topical medication to be applied to the skin.
  • Clean and dry the affected area before applying Bactroban.
  • Apply this ointment with a cotton swab or gauze pad.
  • Avoid getting this medication in your eyes, nose or mouth. Rinse thoroughly with water if this occurs.
  • This medication should be applied to a small area of skin.
  • Bactroban Ointment is typically used for ten days.

Cautions

Tell your doctor and pharmacist:

  • About your drug and other allergies.
  • If you take any other prescription or over-the-counter medications.
  • Your medical history particularly of kidney disease.
  • If you are pregnant or planning pregnancy.
  • If you are breast-feeding. If you apply Bactroban Ointment to your breast or nipple, clean the area thoroughly before nursing.

You should also know:

  • This medication should be used for the full length of time prescribed, even if your symptoms improve before this time.
  • Do not use anti-diarrhea medication while using Bactroban Ointment.

Side Effects of Bactroban Ointment

Common side effects of Bactroban Ointment include but are not limited to:

  • Pain.
  • Stinging.
  • Burning.
  • Itching.

Get medical help if you have any of the following side effects of mupirocin:

  • Any sign of a new skin infection.
  • Severe stomach pain.
  • Watery or bloody diarrhea. Do not use anti-diarrhea medication if this occurs.
  • Unusual skin peeling or blistering.
  • Severe irritation, itching or rash on the applied skin.
  • Symptoms of an allergic reaction such as difficulty breathing, hives or swelling in your face, lips or throat.

FAQs

What should I do if I miss a dose of Bactroban Ointment?

If you miss a dose of Bactroban Ointment, you should apply it as soon as you remember. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, then skip your missed dose.

What is the strength of Bactroban Ointment?

Bactroban Ointment is available in a strength of 2%.

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