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Description

Bactroban ointment is made up of mupirocin, which is a topical antibiotic (for the skin). Bactroban is available for purchase in 30g and 90g bottles containing 2% mupirocin.

Bactroban Ointment is used for the treatment of skin infections, usually either for impetigo (sores caused by bacteria) or “staph” infections (usually a red, pimple-like infection caused by staphylococcus bacteria). There are other conditions not listed that Bactroban ointment may be used for.

Mupirocin works by preventing further growth of bacteria on the skin.

Directions

Use Bactroban ointment as directed by your doctor. Follow all directions on your prescription label. Do not use in larger or smaller amounts or for longer than recommended.

Bactroban is for use only on the skin, do not digest this medication. If this medicine gets in your eyes, nose, or mouth, rinse with water thoroughly.

Wash your hands both before and after applying Bactroban.

Clean and dry the affected skin area before proceeding.

Use a cotton swab or gauze pad to apply a small amount.

Do not spread Bactroban over large areas of skin.

Bactroban is usually applied 3 times per day for 10 days. Only a small amount is needed.

Cautions

Tell your doctor if you have ever had kidney disease.

Do not use this medication on a child without getting approval from your doctor.

This ointment should not be used on an infant under the age of 2.

It is unknown whether or not this medication will harm an unborn child. Speak to your doctor if you are pregnant and want to use Bactroban ointment.

Tell your doctor if you are breast feeding or plan to be as it is unknown whether mupirocin passes into breast milk.

If your symptoms do not improve, or if they worsen, call your doctor as soon as possible.

Side Effects

Common Bactroban side effects may include:

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

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.

FAQs

What is the difference between the cream and the ointment version of Bactroban?

Ointment                      Cream

80% oil                          50% oil

20% water                    50% water

Good for dry skin        Good for oily skin

 

How should I store this product?

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

 

Is it safe for children?

Yes. Only children 2 months and older.

 

Can I use Bactroban inside my nose?

No. There is Bactroban nasal spray for symptoms in the nose. Do not put this medication anywhere other than directed to by your doctor.