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Brand Names: Bactroban

Generic Name: mupirocin nasal (Pronunciation: mue PIR oh sin)

What is mupirocin nasal (Bactroban)?

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

Mupirocin nasal (for 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.

Bactroban Nasal

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

Get emergency medical help if you have any of these signs of an allergic reaction: hives; difficult breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.

Stop using mupirocin nasal and call your doctor at once if you have a serious side effect such as:

  • nosebleed; or
  • severe burning or stinging of your nose.

Less serious side effects may include:

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)?

Mupirocin nasal is usually given for 5 days. To best protect you from infection, 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.

Stop using mupirocin nasal and call your doctor at once if you have severe burning or stinging of your nose.

Avoid getting this medication 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.

Report Problems to the Food and Drug Administration

You are encouraged to report negative side effects of prescription drugs to the FDA. Visit the FDA MedWatch website or call 1-800-FDA-1088.

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