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Mupirocin nasal ointment kills germs (bacteria) in the nose.

Use it two or three times a day for five days – apply the ointment into both nostrils.

Mupirocin nasal ointment

Bactroban Nasal Ointment
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About mupirocin nasal ointment

Type of medicine An antibacterial ointment
Used for To kill germs (bacteria) in the nose (adults and children)
Also called Bactroban Nasal® Ointment
Available as Nasal Ointment

Mupirocin nasal ointment is used to kill bacteria which can live in your nose, and which can spread to other people when you breathe or sneeze. It is used in particular to kill bacteria called meticillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), which can cause skin infections. Although you may have MRSA in your nose and be otherwise well, MRSA is easily spread to other people. If it spreads to a person who is frail or already ill, it can be difficult to treat.

Mupirocin nasal ointment must only be used for your nose, but there is also a cream and an ointment containing mupirocin which is used to kill bacteria on the skin. See separate medicine leaflet called Mupirocin for skin infections which gives more information about this.

Before using mupirocin

To make sure that this is the right treatment for you, before you start using mupirocin it is important that your doctor knows:

  • If you are pregnant or breastfeeding – although mupirocin is not known to be harmful to babies, it is still important that you tell your doctor about this.
  • If you have ever had an allergic reaction to a medicine, or to any skin preparation.

How to use mupirocin nasal ointment

  • Before you start the treatment, read the manufacturer’s printed information leaflet from inside the pack. It will give you more information about the nasal ointment.
  • Wash your hands before you use the ointment. Use your little finger or a cotton wool bud to apply a small amount of ointment (about the size of a match head) to the inside of each nostril. Press the sides of your nose together for a short while to allow the ointment to spread around the inside of your nostrils. Use it in this way two or three times a day for five days. It is likely that you will be tested a day or so after you have finished using the ointment, to make sure it has worked. If there are still some bacteria remaining in your nose, you will be asked to repeat the treatment.
  • For mupirocin to work properly it should be applied regularly during the course of treatment. If you forget to use it at your usual time, apply it as soon as you remember and then go on as before.
  • If you are due to have an operation or any dental treatment, please tell the person carrying out the treatment that you are using mupirocin nasal ointment.

Can mupirocin nasal ointment cause problems?

It is unusual to experience unwanted side-effects with mupirocin. Occasionally it can cause itching or tingling when it’s first used, but this soon passes. Rarely, some people have experienced an allergic reaction to it. If you develop a particularly irritating or severe reaction, stop using the ointment and speak with your doctor for further advice as soon as possible.

How to store mupirocin nasal ointment

  • Keep all medicines out of the reach and sight of children.
  • Store in a cool, dry place, away from direct heat and light.

Important information about all medicines

This preparation is for use in the nose only. If someone swallows some of it by accident, contact the accident and emergency department of your local hospital for advice.

This medicine is for you. Never give it to other people even if their condition appears to be the same as yours.

Do not keep out-of-date or unwanted medicines. Take them to your local pharmacy which will dispose of them for you.

If you have any questions about this medicine ask your pharmacist.

Further reading and references

Manufacturers PIL, Bactroban® 2% Nasal Ointment ; GlaxoSmithKline UK, The electronic Medicines Compendium. Dated November 2019

British National Formulary, 82nd Edition (Sep 2021) ; British Medical Association and Royal Pharmaceutical Society of Great Britain, London.

How to apply bactroban

Bactroban cream and ointment contain mupirocin, which acts as an antibacterial medicine.

It is only available on prescription in the UK. Mupirocin is also available as a generic ointment.

There is also a Bactroban nasal ointment formulation, that is used in the nostrils to get rid of staphylococcal bacteria, in particular MRSA.

What is Bactroban used for?

Bactroban ointment is used to treat bacterial skin infections, such as impetigo, infected hair follicles (folliculitis) and boils (furunculosis), including infections caused by MRSA.

Bactroban cream is used to treat traumatic lesions such as small lacerations, sutured wounds or abrasions (up to 10cm in length or 100cm 2 in area), that have become infected with susceptible strains of Staphylococcus aureus or Streptococcus pyogenes bacteria.

How to apply bactroban

How does Bactroban work?

Bactroban ointment/cream contain the antibacterial mupirocin, that works by affecting the bacteria’s production of certain proteins that are necessary for their survival. It causes the bacteria to produce abnormal and faulty proteins. This kills the bacteria and clears up the infection.

How to use Bactroban cream and ointment

▪️ A thin layer of cream or ointment should be applied to the affected area of skin three times a day for up to 10 days. A dressing can be applied over the treated area if needed. Follow the instructions given by your doctor.

▪️ Bactroban cream/ointment should not be applied for longer than 10 days to avoid the bacteria developing resistance to the mupirocin. If your infection does not seem to be getting better or appears worse within 3 to 5 days of using Bactroban you should let your doctor know.

▪️ Bactroban ointment contains polyethylene glycol. Polyethylene glycol can be absorbed from open wounds and damaged skin and is excreted by the kidneys. For this reason, the ointment should be used with caution in people with kidney problems.

▪️ Bactroban cream contains cetyl alcohol and stearyl alcohol that may cause skin reactions where you apply the cream.

How to apply bactroban

Is it safe to use Bactroban if pregnant?

The safety of using of mupirocin during pregnancy has not been established. There is no clinical data about the use of Bactroban during pregnancy. The manufacturer advises that it should only be used during pregnancy if the potential benefits outweigh any risks to the developing baby. Seek medical advice from your doctor.

Is it safe to use Bactroban if breastfeeding?

It is not known if mupirocin passes into breast milk. If Bactroban is prescribed to treat an infection in a cracked nipple, the cream or ointment should be thoroughly washed off the nipple before giving a feed. Seek further medical advice from your doctor.

Possible side effects of Bactroban cream and ointment

Medicines and possible side-effects can affect individual people in different ways. The following are some of the side-effects which may be associated with this medicine. Just because a side-effect is listed here, this does not mean that everyone who uses this medicine will experience it, or any side-effect. If you are concerned about side-effects or experience an adverse reaction from your medicine, consult your GP.

Common side (affecting up to 1 in 100 people)

  • Itching, redness, burning, tingling or stinging sensation at the site of application.
  • Rash.
  • Contact dermatitis.
  • Dry skin.

Very rarely people using Bactroban can have a severe skin reaction or allergy.

Read the patient information leaflet that is supplied with your medication for more information about side effects associated with Bactroban cream or Bactroban ointment.

If you think you have experienced side effects from Bactroban you can report them using the yellow card scheme.

How to apply bactroban

Can I use Bactroban cream and ointment with other medicines?

Bactroban is not known to affect other medicines.

However, if you are using any other creams, ointments or lotions on the same area of skin you should not apply them at the same time as Bactroban, because they could dilute the Bactroban and make it less effective at treating the infection. Always leave about 30 minutes between applying different products to the same area of skin to give them time to be absorbed.

Unless your doctor tells you otherwise, apply mupirocin 2-3 times a day for ten days.

Your skin may sting a little at first but this should soon pass.

Mupirocin for skin infections

Bactroban
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About mupirocin

Type of medicine An antibacterial skin preparation
Used for Bacterial skin infections in adults and children
Also called Bactroban®
Available as Cream and ointment

Mupirocin is an antibacterial cream/ointment which is used to treat small areas of skin infection. It is sometimes used to treat infections such as impetigo in children. It works by killing the germs (bacteria) causing the infection.

Mupirocin is used in particular to treat infections caused by bacteria called meticillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA). Infection with MRSA bacteria mainly occurs in people who are already ill in hospital. The infection can be difficult to treat and it can also spread to other people.

There is also a nasal ointment which contains mupirocin. It is prescribed for people who have been in contact with people with MRSA infection. It helps to stop the infection from spreading to other people. See the separate medicine leaflet called Mupirocin nasal ointment which gives more information about this preparation.

Before using mupirocin

To make sure that this is the right treatment for you, before you start using mupirocin it is important that your doctor knows:

  • If you are pregnant or breastfeeding – although mupirocin is not known to be harmful to babies, it is still important that you tell your doctor about this.
  • If you have a problem with the way your kidneys work.
  • If you have ever had an allergic reaction to a medicine, or to any skin preparation.

How to use mupirocin

  • Before you start the treatment, read the manufacturer’s printed information leaflet from inside the pack. It will give you more information about the preparation prescribed for you.
  • Wash your hands before you use the cream/ointment. Use a cotton wool pad to apply a small amount to the infected area. It may sting a little when you first apply it but this should soon pass. You can use a sticking plaster or dressing to protect the treated area if needed. You should use mupirocin two or three times a day unless your doctor has told you otherwise. Do not use it for longer than ten days.
  • For mupirocin to work properly it should be applied regularly. If you forget to use it at your usual time, apply it as soon as you remember and then go on as before.

Getting the most from your treatment

  • You should notice your skin starting to get better within a few days. If you haven’t noticed any improvement after 4-5 days, check with your doctor for further advice. If after ten days your symptoms have not gone, talk to your doctor about this too.
  • You may be asked to use an antiseptic wash as part of your treatment. This is to prevent the bacteria causing your infection from becoming resistant to treatment, so it is important you follow the advice you are given.
  • If you are having an operation or dental treatment, tell the person carrying out the treatment that you are using mupirocin. This is especially important if you are using it for MRSA.

Can mupirocin cause problems?

Along with their useful effects, most medicines can cause unwanted side-effects although not everyone experiences them. The table below contains the most common ones associated with mupirocin. You will find a full list in the manufacturer’s information leaflet supplied with your medicine. The unwanted effects often improve as your body adjusts to the new medicine, but speak with your doctor or pharmacist if any continue or become troublesome.

Common mupirocin side-effects (these affect fewer than 1 in 10 people) What can I do if I experience this?
Your skin may itch, burn or sting slightly when you first apply mupirocin This should soon pass
Allergic-type skin reactions Some of the ingredients can cause allergic skin reactions in some people. If you develop a particularly irritating or severe skin reaction, stop using mupirocin and speak with your doctor as soon as possible

If you experience any other symptoms which you think may be due to the cream/ointment, speak with your doctor or pharmacist for further advice.

How to store mupirocin

  • Keep all medicines out of the reach and sight of children.
  • Store in a cool, dry place, away from direct heat and light.

Important information about all medicines

This preparation is for use on the skin only. If someone swallows some of it by accident, go to the accident and emergency department of your local hospital. Take the container with you, even if it is empty.

This medicine is for you. Never give it to other people even if their condition appears to be the same as yours.

Do not keep out-of-date or unwanted medicines. Take them to your local pharmacy which will dispose of them for you.

If you have any questions about this medicine ask your pharmacist.

Further reading and references

Manufacturers PIL, Bactroban® 2% Cream ; GlaxoSmithKline UK, The electronic Medicines Compendium. Dated September 2021.

Manufacturer’s PIL, Bactroban® 2% Ointment ; GlaxoSmithKline UK, The electronic Medicines Compendium. Dated November 2019.

British National Formulary, 82nd Edition (Sep 2021) ; British Medical Association and Royal Pharmaceutical Society of Great Britain, London.

Bactroban nasal ointment contains the active ingredient mupirocin, which is an antibacterial medicine. It is used to eliminate staphylococcal bacteria from the nasal passages. In particular, it is usually reserved for eradicating methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) bacteria from the nasal passages of hospital inpatients.

What is it used for?

  • Eradicating staphylococcal bacteria, in particular MRSA, from the nostrils in order to prevent infections.

How does it work?

Bactroban nasal ointment contains the active ingredient mupirocin, which is an antibacterial medicine. It is used to eliminate staphylococcal bacteria from the nasal passages. In particular, it is usually reserved for eradicating methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) bacteria from the nasal passages of hospital inpatients.

Certain bacteria, including MRSA, are found naturally on many people’s skin and inside their nose. These bacteria are usually harmless and don’t cause any problems. However, they can cause infection if they get into a wound or spread to other parts of the body. In a hospital environment it is important that these types of bacteria are eliminated, because they can not only cause infections in the carrier, but can also be spread to other people and potentially cause serious infections in people who are sick and vulnerable.

Bactroban nasal ointment is applied inside the nose for this purpose.

The mupirocin works by affecting the bacteria’s production of certain proteins that are necessary for their survival. It causes the bacteria to produce abnormal and faulty proteins. This ultimately kills the bacteria.

How do I use it?

  • Bactroban nasal ointment should be applied inside the nostrils twice a day for at least five days. Follow the instructions given by your doctor, nurse or pharmacist.
  • A small amount of the ointment (about the size of a match head) should be placed on the little finger and applied to the inside of each nostril. The nostrils should then closed by pressing the sides of the nose together to spread the ointment around the nostrils. A cotton bud may be used instead of the little finger for applying the ointment to infants or patients who are very ill.
  • Wash your hands after applying the ointment.
  • A swab will be taken from the nose two days after completing this treatment to confirm that the bacteria have been eradicated.
  • The course may be repeated if this sample is positive (and the throat is not colonised). To avoid the bacteria developing resistance to mupirocin, the treatment course should not exceed seven days and the course should not be repeated on more than one occasion.

Warning!

  • Avoid getting the ointment in contact with the eyes. If it gets in the eyes they should be thoroughly rinsed with plenty of water.

Not to be used in

  • People with known sensitivity or allergy to any ingredient.

This medicine should not be used if you are allergic to any of its ingredients. Please inform your doctor or pharmacist if you have previously experienced such an allergy.

If you feel you have experienced an allergic reaction, stop using this medicine and inform your doctor or pharmacist immediately.

Pregnancy and breastfeeding

Certain medicines should not be used during pregnancy or breastfeeding. However, other medicines may be safely used in pregnancy or breastfeeding providing the benefits to the mother outweigh the risks to the unborn baby. Always inform your doctor if you are pregnant or planning a pregnancy, before using any medicine.

  • The safety of this medicine for use during pregnancy has not been fully established. The manufacturer therefore advises that it should only be used during pregnancy if the potential benefits outweigh any risks to the developing baby. However, since very little of the medicine is absorbed into the bloodstream from the nasal lining it is likely to be low risk to a developing baby. Seek further medical advice from your doctor if you are or think you could be pregnant.
  • There is limited information available about the safety of this medicine during breastfeeding. However, it is likely to be low risk to a nursing infant because very little of the medicine is absorbed into the mother’s bloodstream from the nasal lining. Seek further medical advice from your doctor if you are breastfeeding.

Side effects

Medicines and their possible side effects can affect individual people in different ways. The following are some of the side effects that are known to be associated with this medicine. Just because a side effect is stated here, it does not mean that all people using this medicine will experience that or any side effect.

Uncommon (affect between 1 in 100 and 1 in 1000 people)

  • Itching, redness, burning, tingling or stinging sensation in the nose.

Very rare (affect fewer than 1 in 10,000 people)

  • Skin irritation or allergic reaction.

The side effects listed above may not include all of the side effects reported by the medicine’s manufacturer.

For more information about any other possible risks associated with this medicine, please read the information provided with the medicine or consult your doctor or pharmacist.

How can this medicine affect other medicines?

This medicine is not known to affect other medicines. However, other nasal products (eg nasal drops or sprays) should not be applied at the same time as the ointment, as they could dilute it and make the antibiotic less effective.

Nasal ointment may be required for a dry nose, to address allergies, or as treatment for a Staph infection. Nasal ointment is also commonly required after nasal surgery including, septoplasty, rhinoplasty, turbinate reduction or turbinoplasty surgery and endoscopic sinus surgery.

Antibiotic nasal ointment is used for eradicating staphylococcal bacteria, in particular MRSA, from the nostrils in order to prevent infections. Bactroban ointment is applied inside the nose for this purpose.

How to apply bactroban

Store at room temperature (below 25°C). The shelf life is three years. There are no known incompatibilities or reactions with other medications.

If Bactroban ointment is unavailable then Chlorsig ointment is a reasonable alternative.

How to apply bactroban

How does it work?

Bactroban nasal ointment contains the active ingredient mupirocin. This is an antibacterial medicine. It is used to eliminate staphylococcal bacteria from the nasal passages. In particular, it can be used for clearing methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) bacteria from the nasal passages of hospital patients. Mupirocin exerts its antimicrobial activity by reversibly inhibiting isoleucyl-transfer RNA, thereby inhibiting bacterial protein and RNA synthesis. This causes the bacteria to produce abnormal and faulty proteins – ultimately killing the bacteria.

Certain bacteria, including Staph aureus, are found naturally on many people’s skin and inside their nose. These bacteria are usually harmless and don’t cause issues. However, they can cause infection if they get into a wound or spread to other parts of the body. In a hospital environment or after surgery, it is important that these types of bacteria are eliminated. They can not only cause infections in the carrier, but can also be spread and cause serious infections in people who are already unwell.

How to apply nasal ointment

Squeeze a generous amount (about the size of a grape) onto your thumb.

How to apply bactroban

Carefully align the ointment with your nostril.

How to apply bactroban

Apply to the inside surface each nostril.

How to apply bactroban

Gently press your nostrils together to help spread the ointment throughout your nose.

How to apply bactroban

Do this over and over again for approximately one minute. You may also press the sides of the nose together and gently massage the nose. These will help spread the medicine throughout the inside of the nostrils. Remember to wash your hands before and after applying nasal ointment.

Remember

Avoid getting Bactroban ointment in contact with the eyes. If it gets in the eyes they should be thoroughly rinsed with plenty of water. This medicine should not be used if you are allergic to any of its ingredients. Please inform your doctor or pharmacist if you have previously experienced such an allergy. If you feel you have experienced an allergic reaction, stop using this medicine and inform your doctor or pharmacist immediately.

How to apply bactroban

Why use nasal ointment?

Nasal ointment may be required for a dry nose, to address allergies, or as treatment for a Staph infection. Nasal ointment is also commonly required after nasal surgery including, septoplasty, turbinate reduction or turbinoplasty surgery, rhinoplasty, and endoscopic sinus surgery.

Antibiotic nasal ointment is used for eradicating staphylococcal bacteria, in particular MRSA, from the nostrils in order to prevent infections. Bactroban ointment is applied inside the nose for this purpose.

Store at room temperature (below 25°C). The shelf life is three years. There are no known incompatibilities or reactions with other medications.

If Bactroban ointment is unavailable then Chlorsig ointment is a reasonable alternative.

How does it work?

Bactroban nasal ointment contains the active ingredient mupirocin. This is an antibacterial medicine. It is used to eliminate staphylococcal bacteria from the nasal passages. In particular, it can be used for clearing methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) bacteria from the nasal passages of hospital patients. Mupirocin exerts its antimicrobial activity by reversibly inhibiting isoleucyl-transfer RNA, thereby inhibiting bacterial protein and RNA synthesis. This causes the bacteria to produce abnormal and faulty proteins – ultimately killing the bacteria.

Certain bacteria, including Staph aureus, are found naturally on many people’s skin and inside their nose. These bacteria are usually harmless and don’t cause issues. However, they can cause infection if they get into a wound or spread to other parts of the body. In a hospital environment or after surgery, it is important that these types of bacteria are eliminated. They can not only cause infections in the carrier, but can also be spread and cause serious infections in people who are already unwell.

How to apply nasal ointment

Squeeze a generous amount (about the size of a grape) onto your thumb.

How to apply bactroban

Carefully align the ointment with your nostril.

How to apply bactroban

Apply to the inside surface each nostril.

How to apply bactroban

Gently press your nostrils together to help spread the ointment throughout your nose.

How to apply bactroban

Do this over and over again for approximately one minute. You may also press the sides of the nose together and gently massage the nose. These will help spread the medicine throughout the inside of the nostrils. Remember to wash your hands before and after applying nasal ointment.

How to apply bactroban

Bactroban is the trade name of an antibiotic ointment with the active ingredient mupirocin. Each gram of ointment contains 20 mg of mupirocin, an antibiotic made by fermenting Pseudomonas fluorescens. It’s an effective antibiotic ointment in treating the vast majority of bacteria that cause skin infections.

How does Bactroban work?

Bactroban works by preventing bacterial protein synthesis through the inhibition of the enzyme isoleucil-transfer RNA synthetase.

Due to its mechanics and its chemical structure, it doesn’t create cross-resistance with other antibiotics. Mupirocin is bacteriostatic at minimal inhibitory concentrations and bactericidal at the highest concentrations obtained when applied locally.

Why do physicians prescribe it?

You use Mupirocin for the treatment of skin infections caused by sensitive microorganisms. Therefore, physicians prescribe it for the treatment of primary skin infections, such as folliculitis, impetigo, or forunculosis.

However, a doctor may also prescribe mupirocin when secondary dermatological infections appear, such as infected contact dermatitis, infected wounds, atopic dermatitis and eczematous dermatitis, provided the infection is limited.

However, in vitro, the spectrum of its activity includes bacteria such as:

  • Staphylococcus aureus y Staphylococcus epidermidis
  • Streptococcus species
  • Haemophilus influenzae
  • Neisseria gonorrhoeae y Neisseria meningitidis
  • Moraxella catarrhalis
  • Pasteurella multocida

If a doctor prescribed Bactroban to treat cracks in the nipple, it’s important to wash it very well before breastfeeding your baby.

How do you use Bactroban?

Apply mupirocin 2-3 times a day for 5-10 days, depending on the response. If after 3-5 days of treatment, you don’t see any improvement, you should reconsider the diagnosis and/or treatment.

First, wash and dry the area you’re treating. Then apply a small amount of ointment and, if necessary, cover it with an occlusive bandage or gauze.

Don’t mix Bactroban with other ointments, since there is a risk of dilution. This would result in a decrease of antibacterial activity and, consequently, a possible loss of mupirocin stability in the ointment.

Adverse reactions and contraindications

The pooled data of a clinical trial population of 1,573 treated patients covering 12 clinical studies determined the adverse reactions that Bactroban can cause.

At skin-level and in the subcutaneous tissue, burning located in the area of ​​application may appear. Less commonly, itching, erythema and stinging may occur. Some users also reported allergic reactions that include anaphylaxis, generalized rash, urticaria and angioedema.

You may experience contraindications with the use of mupirocin if you have a history of hypersensitivity to its active substance and to the other ingredients that appear in its formula.

If you’re pregnant or think you might be, due to lack of available information, you shouldn’t use mupirocin. Similarly, you also shouldn’t use mupirocin if you’re breastfeeding, as it can pass into the milk and affect the baby.

What should you keep in mind?

In the event of sensitization or strong local irritation when using this medicine, you should stop the treatment and remove the applied product. As an antibiotic with antibacterial action, prolonged use of it can cause a proliferation of non-susceptible organisms.

Patients are unlikely to suffer from diarrhea during treatment with mupirocin, as you administer it topically. However, if the patient experiences prolonged or significant diarrhea, or abdominal cramps, they should discontinue the treatment and consult a doctor.

Don’t use Bactroban when there’s evidence of renal failure. This is because it has macrogol as the basis of its formula and this substance can be absorbed through the injured skin, being subsequently eliminated by the kidneys.

Don’t use Bactroban on very large areas of skin. In case of overdose, there’s no specific treatment, although, if it occurs, the patient should receive supportive treatment and, if necessary, ask a nurse or doctor to monitor them.

Conclusion

You can use mupirocin for the treatment of skin infections caused by sensitive microorganisms. When used, you must take into account the national recommendations regarding the appropriate use of antibacterials.

Objective: Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) otorrhea has become an increasing problem with regard to infection through the tympanic membrane perforation and postsurgical infection. In particular, dry ear, at the preoperative stage, is considered to be a crucial factor in surgery. We evaluated how to control MRSA otorrhea before and after ear surgery.

Patients and methods: Twenty-six patients having MRSA otorrhea were enrolled in the present study and randomly divided into 2 groups, namely, mupirocin ointment therapy for 16 patients and ofloxacin ear drops for 10 patients. Approximately 0.6 mg of mupirocin ointment was administered locally to the tympanic membrane and the promontory around and through the perforation with its adjacent external ear canal 1 to 4 times for 2 or 3 weeks at the clinic. On the other hand, ofloxacin ear drops were administered daily by the patients for 2 or 3 weeks at home.

Results: Complete elimination of MRSA from the ear was obtained in all patients of the mupirocin group. This showed a significant improvement (p < 0.001) as compared with the ofloxacin group (improvement + cure rate, 40%). Local application of mupirocin did not aggravate hearing acuity of any patients who were evaluated by pure-tone audiometry before and after treatment.

Conclusion: The present findings first indicate that minimally essential application of mupirocin ointment is an extremely useful ototopical agent against MRSA otorrhea without ototoxicity.

Mupirocin is an antibiotic that prevents bacteria from growing on your skin.

Mupirocin topical (for use on the skin) is used to treat skin infections such as impetigo (IM-pe-TYE-go) or a “Staph” infection of the skin.

Mupirocin topical may also be used for purposes not listed in this medication guide.

What are the possible side effects of mupirocin topical (Bactroban, Centany, Centany AT Kit)?

Get emergency medical help if you have signs of an allergic reaction: hives; dizziness, fast or pounding heartbeats; wheezing, difficult breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.

Stop using this medicine and call your doctor at once if you have:

  • severe stomach pain, diarrhea that is watery or bloody;
  • severe itching, rash, or other irritation of treated skin;
  • unusual skin blistering or peeling; or
  • any signs of a new skin infection.

Common side effects may include:

  • burning, stinging;
  • itching; or
  • pain.

This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.

What is the most important information I should know about mupirocin topical (Bactroban, Centany, Centany AT Kit)?

Follow all directions on your medicine label and package. Tell each of your healthcare providers about all your medical conditions, allergies, and all medicines you use.

How to apply bactroban

SLIDESHOW

What should I discuss with my healthcare provider before using mupirocin topical (Bactroban, Centany, Centany AT Kit)?

You should not use this medicine if you are allergic to mupirocin.

To make sure mupirocin topical is safe for you, tell your doctor if you have ever had:

  • kidney disease.

Do not use mupirocin topical on a child without medical advice. The cream should not be used on a child younger than 3 months old. The ointment may be used on a child as young as 2 months old.

It is not known whether this medicine will harm an unborn baby. Tell your doctor if you are pregnant.

It is not known whether mupirocin topical passes into breast milk or if it could harm a nursing baby. Tell your doctor if you are breast-feeding a baby. If you apply this medicine to your breast or nipple, wash the areas thoroughly before nursing your baby.

How should I use mupirocin topical (Bactroban, Centany, Centany AT Kit)?

Follow all directions on your prescription label. Do not use this medicine in larger or smaller amounts or for longer than recommended.

Do not take by mouth. Topical medicine is for use only on the skin. If this medicine gets in your eyes, nose, or mouth, rinse with water.

Wash your hands before and after applying mupirocin topical.

Clean and dry the affected skin area. Use a cotton swab or gauze pad to apply a small amount of mupirocin topical as directed.

Do not spread mupirocin topical over large areas of skin.

Mupirocin topical is usually applied 3 times per day for 10 days. Use only a small amount of the medicine.

Use a sterile gauze pad to cover the treated skin. Do not cover treated areas with a bandage, plastic wrap, or other covering that does not allow air to circulate.

Call your doctor if your symptoms do not improve within 3 to 5 days, or if your skin condition gets worse.

Use this medicine for the full prescribed length of time. Your symptoms may improve before the infection is completely cleared. Skipping doses may also increase your risk of further infection that is resistant to antibiotics.

Store at room temperature away from moisture and heat. Do not freeze. Keep the medicine tube tightly closed when not in use.

How to apply bactroban

QUESTION

What happens if I miss a dose (Bactroban, Centany, Centany AT Kit)?

Apply the missed dose as soon as you remember. Skip the missed dose if it is almost time for your next dose. Do not use extra medicine to make up the missed dose.

What happens if I overdose (Bactroban, Centany, Centany AT Kit)?

An overdose of mupirocin topical is not expected to be dangerous. Seek emergency medical attention or call the Poison Help line at 1-800-222-1222 if anyone has accidentally swallowed the medication.

What should I avoid while using mupirocin topical (Bactroban, Centany, Centany AT Kit)?

Antibiotic medicines can cause diarrhea, which may be a sign of a new infection. If you have diarrhea that is watery or bloody, call your doctor. Do not use anti-diarrhea medicine unless your doctor tells you to.

Avoid getting this medicine in your eyes, mouth, or nose. A separate product called mupirocin nasal is made for use in the nose. Mupirocin topical is for use only on the skin.

Avoid using other medications on the areas you treat with mupirocin topical unless your doctor tells you to.

What other drugs will affect mupirocin topical (Bactroban, Centany, Centany AT Kit)?

It is not likely that other drugs you take orally or inject will have an effect on topically applied mupirocin. But many drugs can interact with each other. Tell each of your health care providers about all medicines you use, including prescription and over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal products.

How to apply bactroban

The ointment Bactroban is prescribed for people who have a bacterial skin infection such as impetigo. When you ask your doctor “What is Bactroban?” they should outline the proper use of this ointment. No serious adverse reactions stemming from regular use or overuse of the medication have been reported. While you should follow your physician’s instructions exactly when prescribed a course of treatment with Bactroban, you should not fear serious consequences in case of misuse.

This ointment’s safe usage has been confirmed in many studies. In describing what is Bactroban, a physician should explain that its use has been proven to be safe for children. However, it should only be used under a physician’s direction. Do not choose to apply Bactroban you have left over from a previous course of treatment to a skin area afflicted with a bacterial infection before speaking with a physician.

When explaining what is Bactroban, a doctor will explain that it is dispensed in tubes containing 22 grams of this medication. This should be applied to the affected area on your skin three times a day. Before you apply Bactroban, carefully wash the appropriate part of your skin. Apply a small amount of the drug. While a physician may choose to explain exactly how much to apply when describing what is Bactroban, you can use your judgment to make sure you have applied enough of the ointment to form a thin layer covering the afflicted area.

Patients may choose to cover this area with gauze after applying Bactroban. However, this is an optional component of treatment. If no improvement in your condition occurs after three to five days, a physician who has explained what is Bactroban may decide that treatment should be discontinued.

While adverse reactions from treatment with Bactroban are rare, you should report any which occur to a physician. If the affected skin area becomes more irritated, becomes itchy or swells, these are indications that your treatment may need to be discontinued. When explaining what is Bactroban, a physician should note that treatment has not been linked with any more serious responses. These kinds of reactions may indicate that you are allergic to the active ingredient in Bactroban.

Do not apply the drug on your eyes, mouth, nose or any other area where it could enter your system. In their overview of what is Bactroban, a physician should make it clear that the drug is only for application on external skin areas. If the skin area in question has been burned, a physician will need to evaluate whether Bactroban can be used safely.

It is highly unlikely that use of this medication will lead to serious adverse consequences. A physician’s explanation of what is Bactroban will make it clear that as long as you immediately report any worsening of your condition, you can be confident treatment will be safe. In the event that a physician does not appropriately respond to control or manage such adverse reactions, you may wish to contact a lawyer to see if you have grounds for malpractice litigation.

Please read this leaflet carefully before you use BACTROBAN, or before helping someone else to use BACTROBAN.

This leaflet answers some common questions about BACTROBAN. It does not contain all of the available information.

It does not take the place of talking to your doctor or pharmacist.

All medicines have risks and benefits. Sometimes new risks are found even when a medicine has been used for many years. Your doctor has weighed the expected benefits of you using BACTROBAN against the risks this medicine could have for you.

If you have any concerns about using this medicine, ask your doctor or pharmacist.

Keep this leaflet with the medicine.

You may need to read it again.

What is BACTROBAN used for?

BACTROBAN cream contains mupirocin (2% w/w) as the active ingredient.

Mupirocin is an antibiotic. Antibiotics work by killing bacteria which can cause infection.

BACTROBAN cream can be used to treat small wounds which have become infected. These wounds may include small cuts and abrasions or stitches. BACTROBAN cream is for use on your skin only.

Your doctor may have prescribed BACTROBAN for another reason.

There is no evidence that BACTROBAN is addictive.

Before you use BACTROBAN

Do not use BACTROBAN if:

Tell your doctor if:

How do I use BACTROBAN?

Follow your doctor`s instructions about how and when to use BACTROBAN cream. Please read the direction label carefully.

If you have any questions about BACTROBAN cream and how to use it, please ask your doctor or pharmacist.

How much BACTROBAN to use:

Use BACTROBAN as directed by your doctor or pharmacist.

Your doctor or pharmacist will tell you how many times to apply the cream.

How and when to use BACTROBAN:

Always wash your hands before and after applying BACTROBAN cream.

Squeeze a small amount onto your finger-tip and apply to the affected area three times each day. Your doctor may tell you to cover the area with a dressing after you have applied BACTROBAN cream.

How long to use BACTROBAN for:

Use BACTROBAN cream for as long as your doctor or pharmacist tells you to. BACTROBAN treatment is usually for upto 10 days.

Do not stop using BACTROBAN, or change the dose without first checking with your doctor.

If you miss a dose of BACTROBAN:

If you forget an application, apply some BACTROBAN cream as soon as you can, then continue as before.

Use in children:

Do not apply BACTROBAN cream to children under 2 years of age unless instructed by your doctor. Use in young children has not been studied.

What do I do if I use too much BACTROBAN? (Overdose)

Problems of overdose with this medicine are unlikely. However if you or someone else has swallowed a large quantity of BACTROBAN cream, immediately telephone your doctor or Poisons Information Centre (telephone 131126) for advice, even if there are no signs of discomfort or poisoning.

If you are not sure what to do, contact your doctor, pharmacist or nearest hospital.

While you are using BACTROBAN

Things you must do:

Tell your doctor if, for any reason, you have not used your medicine exactly as directed.

Otherwise, your doctor may think that it was not working as it should and change your treatment unnecessarily.

Stop using BACTROBAN cream and tell your doctor if you develop an allergic reaction (such as a rash, local pain or swelling).

If BACTROBAN cream is accidentally applied to the eyes, wash the eyes thoroughly with water.

Things you must not do:

Do not give this medicine to anyone else, even if their symptoms seem similar to yours.

Do not use BACTROBAN to treat any other complaints unless your doctor says to.

Do not mix BACTROBAN cream with any other preparation. They may prevent BACTROBAN cream from working.

What are the side-effects?

Check with your doctor as soon as possible if you think you are experiencing any side effects or allergic reactions due to using BACTROBAN, even if the problem is not listed below.

BACTROBAN cream is generally well tolerated. However, like other medicines, BACTROBAN can cause some side-effects. If they occur, they are most likely to be minor and temporary. However, some may be serious and need medical attention.

Headache, nausea and diarrhoea have been reported in people treated with BACTROBAN cream.

Allergic reactions can occur if BACTROBAN cream is applied to open or infected wounds.

Tell your doctor immediately if you notice any of the following:

This is not a complete list of all possible side-effects. Others may occur in some people and there may be some side-effects not yet known.

Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you notice any side effects from your medicine which are not mentioned here.

Do not be alarmed by this list of possible side-effects. You may not experience any of them.

This medicine does not affect your ability to drive or operate machinery.

How do I store BACTROBAN?

You should keep BACTROBAN cream in the original pack at room temperature (about 25 degrees C). Do not freeze the cream.

Keep this medicine where children cannot reach it, such as in a locked cupboard.

Do not leave in a car, on a window sill or in the bathroom.

Return any unused or expired medicine to your pharmacist.

Product description

What BACTROBAN looks like:

BACTROBAN cream is a white cream supplied in tubes.

Ingredients:

BACTROBAN contains the active ingredient mupirocin.

BACTROBAN also contains the following inactive ingredients: xanthan gum, liquid paraffin, cetomacrogol 1000, stearyl alcohol, cetyl alcohol, phenoxyethanol, benzyl alcohol and water.

Manufacturer:

Your BACTROBAN is made by:

Where to go for further information:

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Why is Bactroban prescribed?

Mupirocin (Bactroban) ointment is prescribed for the treatment of bacterial skin infections such as impetigo, cellulitis and folliculitis.

What does it do?

Impetigo is caused by bacteria that infects the epidermis (outermost layer) of the skin. Bacteria enters through a cut or scratch and may cause the formation of reddish sores that may develop to form blisters. Symptoms of impetigo include painful and itchy sores that are usually found on the face.

Mupirocin is an antibiotic that blocks the synthesis of proteins; thus, stopping the growth of bacteria on the skin.

How should I apply it?

Bactroban is a 2mg ointment available in 15g or 30g tubes intended for use on the skin only (topical administration).

    To apply Bactroban ointment:

    1. Wash your hands with soap and water before handling the ointment.
    2. Wash and dry the affected area of your skin.
    3. Apply a small amount of the ointment using a cotton swab or gauze pad.
    4. You may use a sterile gauze pad if you want to cover the treated area. Do not use bandages, plastic wrap or any type of covering that causes poor circulation of air.

Apply Bactroban ointment exactly as your doctor instructed and do not make alterations in the dosage or frequency of application. Do not stop applying the ointment even if you start to feel better and complete the duration of your treatment. If you stop applying the ointment early or if you skip doses, you may become at risk of developing an infection that is resistant to antibiotics.

This medication is only intended for use on the affected areas of your skin and should not be applied elsewhere.

Always consult your doctor or pharmacist for any concerns you may have when applying Bactroban ointment.

What if I missed a dose?

Applying the ointment properly at the scheduled time is needed to attain the desired effect of the drug. If you miss a dose, apply it as soon as you remember. However, if it is near the time of the next dose, skip the missed dose and catch the next dose at the regular time. Do not apply extra amounts of the ointment just to make up for your missed dose.

What are the special precautions before applying Bactroban ointment?

Inform your doctor if you are allergic to Mupirocin, any component of Bactroban, or any other medications.

Tell your doctor if you have or have had kidney disease.

For the drug label information of Bactroban ointment, click here.

Does it have any side effects?

It is important to note that all drugs have corresponding side effects and adverse reactions. Additional information may be obtained when you ask your doctor or pharmacist.

    Common side effects may include:
  • Burning sensation on the application site
  • Dry skin
  • Itching of the skin
  • Redness of the skin
  • Stinging or pain on the application site
    Serious side effects may include:
  • Chest tightness
  • Diarrhea
  • Dizziness
  • Fast heartbeats
  • Severe stomach pain
  • Skin blistering or peeling
  • Skin rashes

Is it safe to apply it with another drug?

Some drug interactions may cause serious or life-threatening reactions when administered together. Immediately inform your doctor if you are using Bactroban ointment with any of the following medications:

  • 4-hydroxycoumarin
  • Acenocoumarol
  • Chloramphenicol
  • Clorindione
  • Coumadin
  • Coumarin
  • Dicumarol
  • Diphenadione
  • Ethyl biscoumacetate
  • Fluindione
  • Phenindione
  • Phenprocoumon
  • Tioclomarol

Tell your doctor of any prescription and non-prescription medications, herbal products, and cosmetic products you are using to prevent interactions with Mupirocin. Ask your doctor or pharmacist for other possible interactions not listed within this section.

How should I store it?

Store Bactroban ointment at room temperature (20-25 °C) in a clean environment away from light and moisture. Do not keep it in the bathroom. Always keep it in the container it came in and keep it tightly closed. Keep out of reach from children and pets. Throw away unused or expired medications. Do not flush it in the toilet or down the sink. Consult your pharmacist on the proper disposal of this medication.

What action should I take in case of overdose?

Overdose with Mupirocin is not expected to be dangerous. However, if you swallow it or suspect an overdose, seek immediate medical attention or call the poison control center for advice.

Is it safe for pregnant or breastfeeding women?

There are limited studies and data available on the use of Mupirocin in pregnant women. It is unknown if it is harmful to the fetus.

It is unknown if Mupirocin is excreted in human milk. Exercise caution in using Mupirocin when breastfeeding an infant.

The use of Mupirocin pregnant and breastfeeding women should be avoided unless the potential benefits outweigh the risks.

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Nasal ointment may be required for a dry nose, to address allergies, or as treatment for a Staph infection. Nasal ointment is also commonly required after nasal surgery including, septoplasty, rhinoplasty, turbinate reduction or turbinoplasty surgery and endoscopic sinus surgery.

Antibiotic nasal ointment is used for eradicating staphylococcal bacteria, in particular MRSA, from the nostrils in order to prevent infections. Bactroban ointment is applied inside the nose for this purpose.

Store at room temperature (below 25°C). The shelf life is three years. There are no known incompatibilities or reactions with other medications.

If Bactroban ointment is unavailable then Chlorsig ointment is a reasonable alternative.

How does it work?

Bactroban nasal ointment contains the active ingredient mupirocin. This is an antibacterial medicine. It is used to eliminate staphylococcal bacteria from the nasal passages. In particular, it can be used for clearing methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) bacteria from the nasal passages of hospital patients. Mupirocin exerts its antimicrobial activity by reversibly inhibiting isoleucyl-transfer RNA, thereby inhibiting bacterial protein and RNA synthesis. This causes the bacteria to produce abnormal and faulty proteins – ultimately killing the bacteria.

Certain bacteria, including Staph aureus, are found naturally on many people’s skin and inside their nose. These bacteria are usually harmless and don’t cause issues. However, they can cause infection if they get into a wound or spread to other parts of the body. In a hospital environment or after surgery, it is important that these types of bacteria are eliminated. They can not only cause infections in the carrier, but can also be spread and cause serious infections in people who are already unwell.

How to apply nasal ointment

Squeeze a generous amount (about the size of a grape) onto your thumb.

Carefully align the ointment with your nostril.

Apply to the inside surface each nostril.

Gently press your nostrils together to help spread the ointment throughout your nose.

Do this over and over again for approximately one minute. You may also press the sides of the nose together and gently massage the nose. These will help spread the medicine throughout the inside of the nostrils. Remember to wash your hands before and after applying nasal ointment.

Remember

Avoid getting Bactroban ointment in contact with the eyes. If it gets in the eyes they should be thoroughly rinsed with plenty of water. This medicine should not be used if you are allergic to any of its ingredients. Please inform your doctor or pharmacist if you have previously experienced such an allergy. If you feel you have experienced an allergic reaction, stop using this medicine and inform your doctor or pharmacist immediately.

Bactroban is a prescription drug, available for use as Cream, Ointment. Bacterial Infections are some of its major therapeutic uses. The alternative uses of Bactroban have also been explained below.

The correct dosage of Bactroban depends on the patient’s age, gender, and medical history. Individual symptoms and route of administration also determines the right dosage. Refer to the dosage section for a detailed discussion.

The most common side effects of Bactroban are Altered taste. Besides the aforementioned side effects, there are other adverse effects of Bactroban as well, which are listed below. Usually, these side effects of Bactroban go away soon, and do not persist beyond the duration of the treatment. Consult your doctor if these side effects become worse or stay for a longer duration.

In addition, Bactroban’s effect is Safe during pregnancy and Safe for lactating mothers. Warnings related to Bactroban’s effects on the liver, heart and kidney, if any, have been listed below.

Bactroban is contraindicated in people with pre-existing medical conditions like Burns as it can result in adverse effects. Other conditions have been mentioned below in the Bactroban contraindications section.

Additionally, Bactroban may also adversely react with other medicines. See below for a complete list.

In addition to the above precautions for Bactroban, it is important to know that it is safe while driving, and is habit-forming.

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Mupirocin is used to treat certain skin infections (such as impetigo). It is an antibiotic. It works by stopping the growth of certain bacteria.

How to use Bactroban topical

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.

Avoid using this medication around your eyes, nose, mouth, or on large areas of damaged or broken skin unless otherwise directed by your doctor. If you accidentally get it in your eyes, nose, or mouth, rinse well with plenty of water.

Tell your doctor if your condition does not get better in 3 to 5 days.

Side Effects

Remember that this medication has been prescribed because your doctor has judged that the benefit to you is greater than the risk of side effects. Many people using this medication do not have serious side effects.

Although uncommon, mild burning or stinging after using this medication may occur. If you have severe burning, stinging, or irritation, stop using this medication and tell your doctor right away.

This medication may rarely cause a severe intestinal condition due to a bacteria called C. difficile. This condition may occur during treatment or weeks to months after treatment has stopped. Tell your doctor right away if you develop: diarrhea that doesn’t stop, abdominal or stomach pain/cramping, blood/mucus in your stool.

If you have these symptoms, do not use anti-diarrhea or opioid products because they may make symptoms worse.

Use of this medication for prolonged or repeated periods may result in a new skin infection caused by fungus or yeast. Tell your doctor right away if you notice signs of a new infection, or if your current infection does not get better or if it gets worse.

A very serious allergic reaction to this drug is rare. However, get medical help right away if you notice any symptoms of a serious allergic reaction, including: rash, itching/swelling (especially of the face/tongue/throat), severe dizziness, trouble breathing.

This is not a complete list of possible side effects. If you notice other effects not listed above, contact your doctor or pharmacist.

Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088 or at www.fda.gov/medwatch.

In Canada – Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to Health Canada at 1-866-234-2345.

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.

It is unknown if this drug passes into breast milk. Consult your doctor before breast-feeding.

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.

Bactroban is used to treat skin infections, e.g. those infecting the hair follicles and impetigo, and to kill bacteria, such as Staphylococci (including Methicillin Resistant Staphylococcus aureus [MRSA]), Streptococci and Escherichia coli.

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Bactroban can be prescribed following a quick online consultation. We may require a photo of the affected area but that is not always necessary. If we do require a photo, uploading a digital image could not be easier. Our skin consultations are free of charge and you are not under any obligation to make a purchase. Please begin by registering and answering a few questions about the reason you think you need Bactroban.

What is Bactroban?

Bactroban is an antibiotic that comes in three forms – a cream, ointment, and nasal ointment. The product is white or off-white and contains the active ingredient mupirocin. Mupirocin acts by stopping the infection-causing bacteria from producing the proteins that are needed for their growth and reproduction; it also kills them.

How to use Bactroban

Before and after using Bactroban, wash and dry your hands. With the cream and ointment, put a small measure on a clean unused cotton wool pad or gauze swab and apply to the skin that is infected. A plaster or other protective dressing can be used to cover the treated skin as long as your doctor has not said otherwise. With the nasal ointment, put a match-head sized spot on your little finger (you can use a cotton bud) and place it inside one nostril; then put another match-head sized spot of ointment up the other nostril. To ensure the medicine covers all the infected area, push the sides of your nose together. Always put the cap back on the tube after use.

Bactroban is usually applied to the infected skin 2 to 3 times a day. If you miss an application, then use the medicine as soon as possible unless you are due to apply it within the hour, and never use twice as much if you have to miss a dose. Your doctor will tell you how long to use Bactroban; don’t stop beforehand or the bacteria may survive and the infection may not clear up. The cream and ointment usually work within 10 days; the nasal ointment works in 5 to 7 days. Don’t use it beyond these times as you could develop an infection called thrush (Candida). Contact your doctor if the infection does not clear up within these times. Seek medical advice should you swallow the medicine and rinse your eyes thoroughly if it gets in your eyes.

Who can use Bactroban?

Bactroban should not be used if you have an allergy to mupirocin or any of the other product constituents. Regarding the ingredients, take advice from your doctor if the infection is widespread or you have problems with your kidneys. Always use the preparation – be it cream, ointment or nasal ointment – that has been prescribed for you. Routinely, let your doctor know about any prescription and non-prescription medicines that you are taking, have been taking, or may take. In circumstances of pregnancy, possible pregnancy, or breast feeding, speak to your doctor.

Bactroban Side Effects

You may have a rash or redness, itching, swelling, pain, burning, tingling or stinging of the treated skin. Uncommon is an allergic rash, or red, itchy, sore or dry skin on other areas of skin. If you have a swollen face, breathing difficulties or a serious skin reaction you may be allergic to Bactroban and should seek medical assistance immediately.

Bactroban, also known as mupirocin, is an antibiotic that arrests the growth of bacteria on the skin. People use Bactroban topical (for use on the skin) for treating skin infections like impetigo (also called Staph).

It is recommended to use bactroban antibiotic cream in treating skin infections for the prescribed time by your physician or as recommended on the package. There is high possibility that your condition may improve before the infection is healed completely. Avoid applying it on your lips, mouth, around your eyes and nose. In case, the ointment gets in any of these areas, immediately wash it with cold water to avoid any harm.

You will find signs of improvement with 3-5 days. If your condition does not improve or is taking too long to get better or get worse, immediately see your doctor. A separate formulation, in the form of ointment (Bactroban nasal ointment) is available for nasal use

Precautions Before Taking Bactroban Antibiotic Cream in Treating Skin Infections

  • If you are allergic to mupirocin, you Must Not use Bactroban antibiotic cream for treating skin infections.
  • It is advisable not to use Bactroban on a child without any medical prescription. The cream should only be used on a child older than 3 months. Although, you can apply the ointment on a child as young as 2 months.
  • It is still not known whether Bactroban is harmful during pregnancy or to an unborn child. If you are pregnant or about to get pregnant, ask your physician before you use this cream. Similarly, it’s unknown if mupirocin topical mixes with the breast-milk or if it can harm a nursing baby. If you are breast feeding a baby, take medical precautions to avoid any mishap or harm to your baby.

How Should One Use Bactroban Antibiotic Cream in Treating Skin Infections?

It is recommended to use bactroban antibiotic cream for treating skin infections exactly as instructed by your doctor. Ensure that you follow all the directions mentioned on the prescription label. Do not use this medicine in inappropriate quantities or for longer period than recommended.

Bactroban is strictly for use only on the skin. Do not take it by your mouth. In case, the cream or the ointment gets in your mouth, eyes or nose, rinse with water. Apply Bactroban only with clean hands; wash hands before applying.

  • Do not apply Bactroban over large skin areas.
  • Ensure that you use only steriled gauze pad for covering the treated area. Don’t cover the treated area using a bandage or plastic wrap that restricts air circulation.
  • Usually, the cream or the ointment is applied 3 times per day for 10 days. If your condition gets worse and doesn’t improve within 3-5 days, call doctor immediately.
  • It is important to use this medicine for the full prescribed time period. If you skip doses, there is chance that the infection may worsen.
  • Keep Bactroban cream away from heat and moisture. Store at room temperature. When not in use, keep the medicine tube closed tightly.

Bactroban Side Effects

Get emergency medical help immediately if there are signs of allergic reactions like hives, swelling of your face, tongue, throat or lips.

  • Diarrhea that is watery or contains blood; severe stomach ache.
  • Dryness, itching, redness or other irritation on the treated area.
  • Unusual skin peeling or blistering can be aside effect of Bactroban.
  • Any new skin infection., nausea or rashes are common side effects of Bactroban.

Any Other Medicines That Affect Bactroban?

It is very unlikely that any other drug that you intake orally or via injection will have any effect on mupirocin applied topically. But there drugs might interact with each other, so tell your doctor about all the medications you take including herbal products, vitamins and over the counter medicines.

Mupirocin is an antibiotic that is used topically (on the skin) for the treatment of impetigo, a bacterial disease of the skin caused by Staphylococcus aureus, beta-hemolytic streptococcus and Streptococcus pyogenes. It also is used intranasally (inside the nose) by patients and some people who work in healthcare centers to eliminate methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) that have colonized the inside of the nose.

Unlike most other antibiotics that act on either bacterial DNA or the walls of bacteria, mupirocin blocks the activity of an enzyme called isoleucyl-tRNA synthetase within the bacteria. This enzyme is necessary in order for the bacteria to make proteins. Without the ability to make proteins, the bacteria die. Because of its unique mechanism of action, there is little chance that bacteria will have become resistant to mupirocin because of exposure to other antibiotics.

Mupirocin topical cream was approved by the FDA in December, 1987. The intranasal form was approved in October 1995.

What are the uses for mupirocin?

  • Mupirocin is a drug used for the treatment of impetigo and infections of the skin caused by Staphylococcus aureus, beta-hemolytic streptococcus, or Streptococcus pyogenes.
  • Mupirocin is not recommended for use on the skin in serious burns because more of the inactive ingredient used for the ointment, polyethylene glycol (Miralax), may be absorbed and can damage the kidneys.
  • The nasal ointment is used for the elimination of multi-drug resistant nasal Staphylococcus aureus infection in people who are colonized by Staphylococcus aureus. Mupirocin also may be used for secondary infections as determined by your doctor.

What are the side effects of mupirocin?

Side effects are uncommon and mild with mupirocin. The most frequent side effects are:

  • Burning
  • Stinging at the area of application

Other side effects caused by the intranasal use of mupirocin include:

What is the dosage for mupirocin?

For the treatment of impetigo, a small amount of the ointment is applied to the affected area, usually three times daily (every 8 hours). The area may be covered with a sterile gauze dressing. If there is no improvement in 3-5 days the doctor should be contacted to re-examine the infected area.

For other skin infections, the cream is applied to the affected area 3 times a day for 10 days, and the doctor should be contacted as well if there is no improvement after 3-5 days.

When mupirocin is used for treating intranasal Staphylococcus aureus that are resistant to other antibiotics, patients who are age 12 years and older require the application of about half of the ointment from a single-use tube of ointment into one nostril and the other half into the other nostril. This treatment is repeated twice daily for 5 days. Currently, there is not enough information to recommend use of mupirocin for the treatment of intranasal Staphylococcus aureus in children younger than 12 years of age.

How to apply bactroban

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Which drugs or supplements interact with mupirocin?

There are no known drug interactions with mupirocin; however, it should not be used at the same time with other drugs that are applied inside the nose.

Please read this leaflet carefully before you use BACTROBAN, or before helping someone else to use BACTROBAN.

This leaflet answers some common questions about BACTROBAN. It does not contain all of the available information.

It does not take the place of talking to your doctor or pharmacist.

All medicines have risks and benefits. Sometimes new risks are found even when a medicine has been used for many years. Your doctor has weighed the expected benefits of you using BACTROBAN against the risks this medicine could have for you.

If you have any concerns about using this medicine, ask your doctor or pharmacist.

Keep this leaflet with the medicine.

You may need to read it again.

What is BACTROBAN used for?

BACTROBAN nasal ointment contains mupirocin (2% w/w) as the active ingredient.

Mupirocin is an antibiotic. Antibiotics work by killing bacteria which can cause infection. BACTROBAN nasal ointment is used to remove the bacteria called `Staphylococcus aureus` (golden staph.) from inside your nose. BACTROBAN nasal ointment is for use in your nose only.

Your doctor may have prescribed BACTROBAN for another reason.

There is no evidence that BACTROBAN is addictive.

Before you use BACTROBAN

Do not use BACTROBAN if:

Tell your doctor if:

How do I use BACTROBAN?

Follow your doctor`s instructions about how and when to use BACTROBAN nasal ointment. Please read the direction label carefully.

If you have any questions about BACTROBAN nasal ointment and how to use it, please ask your doctor or pharmacist.

How much BACTROBAN to use:

Use BACTROBAN as directed by your doctor or pharmacist.

BACTROBAN nasal ointment is usually applied two or three times a day. Your doctor or pharmacist will tell you how many times to apply the ointment.

How and when to use BACTROBAN:

Always wash your hands before and after applying BACTROBAN nasal ointment.

Squeeze a small amount onto the tip of your little finger and apply to the inside of each nostril. Gently press your nostrils together to help spread the ointment throughout your nose.

How long to use BACTROBAN for:

Use BACTROBAN nasal ointment for as long as your doctor or pharmacist tells you to. BACTROBAN nasal ointment is usually applied for between 5 and 7 days.

Do not stop using BACTROBAN, or change the dose without first checking with your doctor.

If you miss a dose of BACTROBAN:

If you forget an application, apply some BACTROBAN nasal ointment as soon as you can, then continue as before.

What do I do if I use too much BACTROBAN? (Overdose)

Problems of overdose with this medicine are unlikely. However if you or someone else has swallowed a large quantity of BACTROBAN nasal ointment, immediately telephone your doctor or Poisons Information Centre (telephone 131126) for advice, even if there are no signs of discomfort or poisoning.

If you are not sure what to do, contact your doctor, pharmacist or nearest hospital.

While you are using BACTROBAN

Things you must do:

Tell your doctor if, for any reason, you have not used your medicine exactly as directed.

Otherwise, your doctor may think that it was not working as it should and change your treatment unnecessarily.

Stop using BACTROBAN nasal ointment and tell your doctor if you develop an allergic reaction (such as a rash, local pain or swelling).

If BACTROBAN nasal ointment is accidentally applied to the eyes, wash the eyes thoroughly with water.

Things you must not do:

Do not give this medicine to anyone else, even if their symptoms seem similar to yours.

Do not use BACTROBAN to treat any other complaints unless your doctor says to.

Do not mix BACTROBAN nasal ointment with any other preparation. They may prevent BACTROBAN nasal ointment from working.

What are the side-effects?

Check with your doctor as soon as possible if you think you are experiencing any side effects or allergic reactions due to using BACTROBAN, even if the problem is not listed below.

Like other medicines, BACTROBAN can cause some side-effects. If they occur, they are most likely to be minor and temporary. However, some may be serious and need medical attention.

Most unwanted effects following BACTROBAN nasal ointment are mild and occur in the area where the ointment is applied. Some people may develop irritation, tingling, burning, stinging, soreness, post nasal drip, sinus pain, runny or blocked nose, sneezing, facial pain or conjunctivitis when applying BACTROBAN nasal ointment, but this should quickly go away.

Tell your doctor immediately if you notice any of the following:

This is not a complete list of all possible side-effects. Others may occur in some people and there may be some side-effects not yet known.

Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you notice any side effects from your medicine which are not mentioned here.

Do not be alarmed by this list of possible side-effects. You may not experience any of them.

This medicine does not affect your ability to drive or operate machinery.

How do I store BACTROBAN?

You should keep BACTROBAN nasal ointment in the original pack at room temperature (about 25 degrees C). Do not freeze the ointment.

Keep this medicine where children cannot reach it, such as in a locked cupboard.

Do not leave in a car, on a window sill or in the bathroom.

Return any unused or expired medicine to your pharmacist.

Product description

What BACTROBAN looks like:

BACTROBAN nasal ointment is a white ointment supplied in 3g tubes.

Ingredients:

BACTROBAN contains the active ingredient mupirocin.

BACTROBAN also contains the following inactive ingredients: white soft paraffin and Softisan 649 (a mixture of natural vegetable fatty acids).

Manufacturer:

Your BACTROBAN is made by:

Where to go for further information:

Pharmaceutical companies are not in a position to give people an individual diagnosis or medical advice. Your doctor or pharmacist is the best person to give you advice on the treatment of your condition.

Bacterial antimicrobial susceptibility predictors such as the minimal inhibitory concentration (MIC) assay and Nathans Agar Well Diffusion (NAWD) assay provide essential information relevant to the therapeutic approach in burn-wound sepsis. The susceptibilities of 68 gram-positive burn-wound isolates were tested against topical Bactroban (mupirocin) (Beecham Laboratories, Bristol, Tenn.) and compared with other topical antimicrobials such as mafenide acetate, silver sulfadiazine, and bacitracin/neomycin/polymyxin (BNP). Topical susceptibility data were obtained with a modification of NAWD assay. Bactroban’s antimicrobial activity was greater than that of mafenide acetate (100% vs 97%), and significantly greater than that of silver sulfadiazine and that of BNP (p less than 0.001). Of the 68 isolates that were susceptible to Bactroban, 51 were predominately methicillin-resistant staphylococci (MRSA). Bactroban showed in vitro activity against 71% of the 85 gram-negative isolates tested. Mafenide acetate showed activity against 89% of these isolates, a significant difference compared with Bactroban (p less than 0.02). In general, no significant difference was found between the activities of Bactroban and silver sulfadiazine against the gram-negative isolates. The activities of mafenide acetate and silver sulfadiazine against isolates of Pseudomonas aeruginosa were significantly greater than that of Bactroban (p less than 0.05). Bactroban may be used in the treatment of documented staphylococcal burn-wound infections. On the basis of the in vitro data, 13 patients with MRSA burn-wound infections susceptible to Bactroban were evaluated. Quantitative wound biopsies were employed to determine the efficacy of this therapeutic approach. The outcome of these infections was correctly predicted by the NAWD assay in 92.3% of the patients treated (p less than 0.0005).(ABSTRACT TRUNCATED AT 250 WORDS)

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Mupirocin is an antibiotic that treats or prevents infection caused by bacteria.

Mupirocin nasal (for use in the nose) is used to treat bacteria in the nostrils of patients and healthcare workers during an outbreak of severe staph infection within a hospital or other medical setting. This can help prevent the growth of staph bacteria in patients with a high risk of infection.

Mupirocin nasal may also be used for purposes not listed in this medication guide.

How to apply bactroban

What are the possible side effects of mupirocin nasal (Bactroban)?

Get emergency medical help if you have signs of an allergic reaction: hives, skin rash; dizziness, fast or pounding heartbeats; wheezing, difficult breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.

Stop using this medicine and call your doctor at once if you have:

  • severe stomach pain, diarrhea that is watery or bloody; ; or
  • severe itching, rash, or other irritation in your nose.

Common side effects may include:

  • itching, burning, or stinging in your nose;
  • runny or stuffy nose;
  • altered sense of taste; ; ; or .

This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.

What is the most important information I should know about mupirocin nasal (Bactroban)?

Follow all directions on your medicine label and package. Tell each of your healthcare providers about all your medical conditions, allergies, and all medicines you use.

What should I discuss with my healthcare provider before using mupirocin nasal (Bactroban)?

You should not use this medicine if you are allergic to mupirocin.

It is not known whether this medicine will harm an unborn baby. Tell your doctor if you are pregnant.

It may not be safe to breast-feed a baby while you are using this medicine. Ask your doctor about any risks.

Mupirocin nasal is not approved for use by anyone younger than 12 years old.

How should I use mupirocin nasal (Bactroban)?

Follow all directions on your prescription label and read all medication guides or instruction sheets. Use the medicine exactly as directed.

Do not take by mouth. Nasal medicine is for use only in the nose. If this medicine gets in your eyes or mouth, rinse with water.

Wash your hands before and after applying mupirocin nasal.

Use one half of the medicine from a single-use tube in each nostril, then throw the tube away.

With the ointment in your nostrils, gently press on the sides of your nose and rub for about 1 minute to help spread the ointment inside your nose.

Use this medicine for the full prescribed length of time, even if your symptoms quickly improve. Skipping doses can increase your risk of infection that is resistant to medication. Mupirocin will not treat a viral infection such as the flu or a common cold.

Store at room temperature away from moisture and heat. Do not refrigerate.

How to apply bactroban

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What happens if I miss a dose (Bactroban)?

Use the medicine as soon as you can, but skip the missed dose if it is almost time for your next dose. Do not use two doses at one time.

What happens if I overdose (Bactroban)?

An overdose of mupirocin nasal is not expected to be dangerous. Seek emergency medical attention or call the Poison Help line at 1-800-222-1222 if anyone has accidentally swallowed the medication.

What should I avoid while using mupirocin nasal (Bactroban)?

Avoid getting this medicine in your eyes. If this does happen, rinse with water.

Do not use other nasal medications during treatment with mupirocin nasal unless your doctor tells you to.

What other drugs will affect mupirocin nasal (Bactroban)?

Medicine used in the nose is not likely to be affected by other drugs you use. But many drugs can interact. Tell each of your healthcare providers about all medicines you use, including prescription and over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal products.

Mupirocin, sold under the brand name Bactroban among others, is a topical antibiotic useful against superficial skin infections such as impetigo or folliculitis.

WHAT IS Mupirocin?

Mupirocin, an antibiotic, is used to treat impetigo as well as other skin infections caused by bacteria. It is not effective, however, against fungal or viral infections.

Unlike other antibiotics which act on either bacterial DNA or the cellular walls of bacteria, mupirocin blocks the activity of an enzyme called isoleucyl-tRNA synthetase within the bacteria. This enzyme is necessary in order for the bacteria to make proteins. Without the ability to make proteins, the bacteria dies.

Brand Name(s): Bactroban, Centany
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Product Info

The sections below will provide you with more specific information and guidelines related to mupirocin and its correct use. Please read them carefully.

Mupirocin topical cream was approved by the FDA in December 1987. The intranasal form was approved October 1995.

A prescription is required for this medicine.

Why is this medication prescribed?

Mupirocin, an antibiotic, is used to treat impetigo as well as other skin infections caused by bacteria. It is not effective against fungal or viral infections.

Unlike other antibiotics which act on either bacterial DNA or the cellular walls of bacteria, mupirocin blocks the activity of an enzyme called isoleucyl-tRNA synthetase within the bacteria. This enzyme is necessary in order for the bacteria to make proteins. Without the ability to make proteins, the bacteria dies.

Other uses for this medicine

This medication has not been approved for any alternative uses other than those mentioned in the product information section.

Dosage and using this medicine

Mupirocin topical:

Take mupirocin topical exactly as directed by your doctor. If you do not understand these instructions, ask your pharmacist, nurse, or doctor to explain them to you.

Wash your hands before and after using this medication.

Clean and dry the affected area. Apply a small amount of the ointment as directed.

Use this medication for the full amount of time prescribed by your doctor or as recommended in the package even if you begin to feel better. Your symptoms may improve before the infection is completely healed.

You should notice improvement in 3 to 5 days. If the infection gets worse or does not improve, consult your doctor.

Do not use bandages that do not allow air circulation over the affected area unless otherwise directed by your doctor. A light, cotton-gauze dressing may be used to protect clothing.

Avoid getting this medication in your eyes, nose, or mouth or in large, open wounds.

Mupirocin nasal ointment:

Firstly, wash your hands well.

Apply approximately 1/2 of the ointment from the single-use tube directly from the tube into one nostril. Then apply the remainder of the ointment directly into the other nostril.

Close your nostrils by pressing the sides of the nose together and then releasing them. Do this over and over again for approximately one minute. You may also press the sides of the nose together and gently massage the nose. These methods will help spread the medicine throughout the inside of the nostrils.

Discard the tube after using. The tube only has enough medicine for one dose in each nostril.

Be careful not to touch your eyes.

Immediately after using the nose ointment, wash your hands to remove any medicine that may be on them.

What special precautions should I follow?

Tell your doctor and pharmacist what prescription and non-prescription medications you are taking, especially chloramphenicol (Chloromycetin®). Do not use mupirocin topical if you have ever had an allergic reaction to it.

You may not be able to use mupirocin topical if you have a very large open wound. This medication contains polyethylene glycol, which may cause damage to your kidneys if too much drug is absorbed through your skin.

Mupirocin topical is in the FDA pregnancy category B. This means that it is unlikely to harm an unborn baby. Do not use mupirocin topical without first talking to your doctor if you are pregnant.

Additionally, mupirocin topical passes into breast milk and may affect a nursing infant. Do not use mupirocin topical without first talking to your doctor if you are breast-feeding a baby.

What should I do if I forget a dose?

Mupirocin nasal ointment:

If you miss a dose of this medicine, use it as soon as possible. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and go back to your regular dosing schedule. Never take a double dose.

Mupirocin topical:

Apply the missed dose as soon as you remember. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, skip the dose you missed and apply only the regular amount of mupirocin topical. Do not use a double dose of this medication unless otherwise directed by your doctor.

What side effects can this medication cause?

Possible side effects from using mupirocin may include:

Tell your doctor if any of these symptoms are severe or do not go away:

burning
stinging
pain
itching
rash

If you experience any of the following symptoms, call your doctor immediately:

chest congestion
cough
ear pain
burning or stinging in the nose
change in taste
itching
sore throat
stuffy or runny nose

Side effects other than those listed here may also occur. Talk to your doctor about any side effect that seems unusual or that is especially bothersome.

What storage conditions are needed for this medicine?

Keep this medication in the container it came in, tightly closed, and out of reach of children. Always store it at room temperature and away from excess heat and moisture (not in the bathroom).

Throw away any medication that is outdated or no longer needed. Talk to your pharmacist about the proper disposal of your medication.

NOTE: do not refrigerate mupirocin nasal ointment.

In case of an emergency/overdose

An overdose of mupirocin topical is rare and no symptoms of an overdose are known. However, please consult a doctor if you suspect of an overdose.

If mupirocin topical gets in your eyes or mouth, rinse thoroughly with water.