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Retapamulin topical 

Name of the generic: retapamulin topical [RE-te-PAMue-lin] Topical name: retapamulin [RE-te-PAM-ue]

Name of the brand: Altabax
Dosage format: topical ointment (1 percent)
Class of drugs: topical antibiotics

What is Retapamulin topical?

Topical Retapamulin (for your skin) can be described as an antibiotic that helps treat an inflammation known as impetigo (im-pe-TYE-go). Impetigo typically affects the lips, nose, or other parts of the face; however, it could be affecting other parts of the body.Retapamulin can be used to treat conditions that are not covered in this medication guide.

Side effects of Retapamulin topical

Seek medical attention immediately in the event that you exhibit symptoms or warning signs of an allergic reaction, such as asthma, hives, and swelling of your lips, face, tongue, throat, or face.

Remove the ointment from your skin. Call your doctor immediately. If you suffer from:

  • Intense burn, itching, swelling, redness, bleeding, or other skin irritations on the spot where the medicine was sprayed;
  • New or worsening symptoms of the skin.

Common adverse effects of retapamulin topical could include:

  • Itching that is mild or mild skin irritation

This is not an exhaustive list of the possible consequences, but other side potential effects are also possible. Consult your physician for medical advice regarding adverse reactions. You may report any adverse reactions to the FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.

Similar/related drugs

Cefuroxime, Mupirocin topical, Cefadroxil, Bactroban, Ceftin, and Duricef


Follow the directions on the medicine label and the package.Let your doctor or health professional know of your health conditions and allergies, and also the medications you're using.

Before you take this drug

Retapamulin topically isn't recommended for use by anyone who is less than 9 months of age.Talk to your doctor if you expect to have a child.It might not be safe to breastfeed while taking retapamulin as a topical. Consult your physician about any potential risks.

How to take Retapamulin topical?

Be sure to follow all the directions on the prescription label, and go through all drug guidelines and instruction sheets. Use the drug exactly according to instructions.Do not consume by mouth. The topical medication is intended for use solely on the skin.Apply a thin layer of retapamulin to the area of concern.Cleanse your hands after applying the medicine or after contact with your skin lesions for other reasons. Impetigo is caused by bacteria. can be found in any area of the skin that is in contact with the lesions.Make sure you do not cleanse the medicine off any skin that is on your hands that you're treating with this medication.It is possible to cover the areas of your skin with an elastic bandage or gauze after applying the medication.Take this medication for the entire prescribed amount of time, even if symptoms do not improve immediately. Inadequate doses could increase the chance of developing an illness that is resistant to medications.Do not apply retapamulin to your skin for any type of skin issue that hasn't been examined by your physician.Do not share this medication with anyone else, even if they are suffering from similar symptoms as you do. Every member of your family should be examined by an experienced doctor when they begin showing signs of impetigo.Apply the medication for five consecutive days. Consult your physician if symptoms don't improve after 3 or 4 days.Put your item inside a cool dry area that is free of moisture and heat.

Details on dosage

The Usual Adult Dose for Impetigo

Apply a thin layer of the solution to the area affected (up to 100 cm2 of total area) every day for five days.
Consider alternative treatment in the event of no improvement or worsening of the affected area within two to three days.
Use: Topical treatment of impetigo due to methicillin-susceptible Staphylococcus aureus or Streptococcus pyogenes

Usual Dose for Children Impetigo:

Apply a thin coating to the area affected (up to 2 percent of the total body's surface) every day for five days.
For children aged 9 months or more.
The use of concurrently powerful CYP450 3A4 inhibitors isn't advised for patients who are younger than 24 months because of the greater doses of these drugs in the group.
Consider alternative treatments. If there isn't any improvement or worsening of the affected area within two to three days,
Use: Topical treatment of impetigo due to methicillin-susceptible Staphylococcus aureus or Streptococcus pyogenes

What happens if I miss the dose?

Apply the medicine as fast as you can; however, do not take the dose you missed if it is getting close to the time of the next dose. Don't apply two doses at the same time.

What happens if I overdose?

The overdose of topical retapamulin isn't expected to pose a risk.You should seek medical attention right away, or call the poison help phone number 1-800-222-1222 should you swallow the medication.

What should be avoided?

Impetigo can be extremely infectious and can easily be spread from one person to another. Beware of sharing personal items like towels, razors, washcloths, or washcloths with people who have impetigo. Utilize a clean towel as well as a washcloth after every bath to avoid getting infected again.Beware of getting this medication into your nose, eyes, or mouth, or even inside your vagina. If this happens, wash your mouth with water.Do not use other medicines in the areas that you treat with retapamulin unless your physician tells you to.

Interaction with other drug

Skin care products are unlikely to be affected by any other medications that you are taking. However, many drugs are incompatible with each other.Children less than 2 years old can take in greater quantities of retapamulin through the skin. This is more than what adults do. This can increase the likelihood that the topical use of retapamulin might interact with other drugs the child is taking, particularly antiviral or antifungal medicine, as well as different antibacterial drugs.Be sure to inform your medical professionals about any medications you take, including prescription and non-prescription medicines, vitamins, and herbs.