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Bactroban (Generic Mupirocin)

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Why is this medication prescribed?

The antibiotic mupirocin is used to treat bacterial skin diseases such as impetigo. Viral or fungal diseases are not well treated by it.

Ask your doctor or pharmacist for more details if you’re interested in using this drug for any other conditions.

How should this medicine be used?

Mupirocin is available as an ointment that is administered topically. For one to two weeks, mupirozin is typically applied three times each day. Ask your doctor or pharmacist to explain any instructions on your prescription label that you are unsure about following. Utilize mupirocin precisely as advised. Use it only as directed by your doctor, neither more nor less often.

Apply a tiny amount (a thin film) of the ointment after thoroughly washing the afflicted skin area. You could apply a clean gauze dressing to the area.

Never put mupirocin near your eyes.

Mupirocin should not be applied to burns unless your doctor instructs you to.

What special precautions should I follow?

Before using mupirocin,

  • If you have an allergy to mupirocin or any other medication, inform your doctor and pharmacist right away.
  • Inform your doctor and pharmacist about all medications you take, including prescription and non-prescription ones, notably chloramphenicol (Chloromycetin).
  • Inform your doctor if you are expecting, intend to get pregnant, or are nursing a baby. Call your doctor if you become pregnant while taking mupirocin.

What should I do if I forget a dose?

As soon as you realise you missed a dose, administer it. If the next dose is soon due, skip the missed one and carry on with your regular dosing plan. Applying a second dose to make up for a missed one is not advised.

What side effects can this medication cause?

Mupirocin might have negative effects. If any of these symptoms are severe or do not go away, let your doctor know right once:

  • Stinging, itching, burning, discomfort, or rash

What should I know about storage and disposal of this medication?

Keep this medication tightly closed in the original container and out of the reach of children. Store it away from excessive heat and moisture at room temperature (not in the bathroom).

As many containers (such as weekly pill minders and those for eye drops, creams, patches, and inhalers) are not child-resistant and are simple for young children to open, it is crucial to keep all medications out of sight and out of reach of children. Always lock safety caps and promptly stash medication up and away from young children where it is out of their sight and reach to prevent poisoning. http://www.upandaway.org

Unused prescriptions must be disposed of carefully to prevent pets, kids, and other people from ingesting them. You should not, however, dispose of this medication in the toilet. Instead, utilising a medicine take-back programme is the easiest approach to get rid of your medication. To find out about take-back programmes in your area, speak with your pharmacist or the garbage/recycling department in your city. If you do not have access to a take-back programme, see the FDA’s Safe Disposal of Medicines website at http://goo.gl/c4Rm4p for additional information.

What other information should I know?

Keep all of your doctor’s appointments. Mupirocin is only to be applied externally. Do not consume mupirocin ointment and avoid getting it in your eyes, nose, or mouth. If your doctor has not instructed you to, avoid using dressings, bandages, cosmetics, lotions, or other skin treatments on the region being treated.

Do not share your medication with anybody else. Any queries you may have regarding medication refills should be directed to your pharmacist.

Call your doctor if, after taking the mupirocin, you continue to experience signs of infection.

You should keep a written record of every medication you take, including any over-the-counter (OTC) items, prescription drugs, and dietary supplements like vitamins and minerals. This list should be brought with you whenever you see a doctor or are admitted to the hospital. You should always have this information with you in case of emergencies.

Brand names

  • Bactroban®
  • Bactroban® Nasal
  • Centany® Nasal
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