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Generically: Mupirocin topical, topical myoo-peer’-oh-sin
Class of Drugs: Topical antibiotics

What is Bactroban?

Bactroban is an antibiotic that blocks bacteria from developing within your pores. Bactroban topical (for application to the face) is utilized to treat skin diseases like impetigo or a "Staph" infection of the skin. Bactroban is also employed for other purposes that are not covered in this guideline.


Apply the cream or ointment for the entire period as prescribed by your doctor or as per the instructions in the product, even if you start to get better. The symptoms could worsen prior to the infection being fully repaired. Avoid the eye, mouth, nose, and lips while applying Bactroban. If the medication is absorbed into one of these places, rinse with water.

Be on the lookout for signs of improvement within three to five days. If your condition gets worse, see your doctor. A different formula, Bactroban nasal ointment, is available for use in the nasal area.

Before you take this drug

It is not recommended to make use of Bactroban cream or even ointment if you are intolerant to Mupirocin.

To ensure that Bactroban is safe for you, ask your doctor if you've ever experienced:

  • kidney disease.

Don't use Bactroban on children without medical advice. This cream is not recommended to be used on children younger than 3 months. The cream can be used on children as young as 2 months. It is unclear if this medication could cause harm to a baby who is not yet born. Consult your doctor if you are pregnant or about to become pregnant.

It's not clear if mupirocin in the form of a topical is absorbed into breast milk or if it can harm the nursing infant. Consult your physician if you are nursing the baby. When you apply this medication to your breast or nipple area, cleanse the areas thoroughly prior to feeding your child.

How to take Bactroban?

Apply the Bactroban cream, ointment, or cream precisely as recommended by your physician. Follow all the instructions on the prescription. Do not take this medicine in greater or lesser quantities or for a longer period than the recommended time. Do not take it by mouth. Bactroban is intended for use on the skin. If this medication gets in your nose, eyes, or mouth, rinse with water.

Wash your hands thoroughly prior to or after applying Bactroban. Dry and clean the skin-affected area. Utilize a cotton swab or gauze pad for applying a tiny amount of Bactroban cream or ointment, as recommended. Avoid spreading Bactroban across large areas of the skin. Bactroban is typically applied three times a day for a period of 10 days. Only apply a very small amount of cream or ointment. Use only a clean gauze pad to cover the treated skin. Do not cover areas of treatment with plastic wrap, bandages, or any other type of covering that does not permit air flow.

Consult your physician. If your symptoms don't improve within three or five days or if the skin condition becomes worse. Take this medication for the prescribed duration. Your symptoms may worsen until the infection is fully eliminated. The absence of doses can increase your chances of developing a new infection that is resistant to antibiotics. Keep at room temperature, free of heat and moisture. Don't freeze. Make sure the tube is securely closed when not in use.

What happens if I miss a dose?

Take the dose you missed when you remember. Do not take your missed dose if it's nearing the time to take the next dose. Don't take extra medication to replace the missed dose.

What happens if I overdose?

A dose of Bactroban cream or even ointment should not be considered a danger. Get medical attention immediately or contact the poison help line at 1-800-222-1222 if you have accidentally swallowed the medicine.

What should be avoided?

The use of antibiotics can trigger diarrhea, which could be a sign of a new infection. If you are experiencing diarrhea that is swollen or bloody, contact your doctor. Don't take anti-diarrhea medicare unless your physician has told you to.

Beware of getting this medication in your mouth, eyes, or even your nose. A different product known as Bactroban nasal is specifically designed to be used in the nose. Bactroban topical can be used exclusively on the skin. Do not use other medicines on the areas treated with Bactroban unless your physician recommends it.

Side Effects of  Bactroban

Seek medical attention immediately. If you exhibit symptoms that indicate an allergy reaction to Bactroban, such as dizziness, hives, fast or pounding heartbeats, difficulty breathing, wheezing, or swelling of your lips, face, and throat.

See your doctor right away. If you suffer from:

  • Extreme stomach discomfort; diarrhea that is bloody or watery.
  • Extreme itching, rash, or any other irritation on the skin is treated.
  • Skin blisters that are unusual or peeling.
  • Any signs of recent skin inflammation.

Some of the Bactroban's common Adverse effects are:

  • Burning, stinging.
  • Itching.
  • Pain.

This is not a complete list of all the side effects. Others could happen. Contact your doctor to seek medical advice on adverse effects. You can report any adverse reactions to the FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.

Interaction with other drugs

It's not likely that other drugs you consume by mouth or inject can have an impact on the mupirocin you apply topically. There are many drugs that interfere with each other. Inform your health professionals about the medicines you take, such as prescription and over-the-counter medications, vitamins, and herbal remedies.