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mupirocin nasal (cont.)

What should I discuss with my health care provider before taking mupirocin nasal (Bactroban)?

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

FDA pregnancy category B. This medication is not expected to be harmful to an unborn baby. Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant during treatment.

It is not known whether mupirocin nasal passes into breast milk or if it could harm a nursing baby. Do not use this medication without telling your doctor if you are breast-feeding a baby.

Mupirocin nasal should not be used in a child younger than 12 years old.

How should I take mupirocin nasal (Bactroban)?

Use this medication exactly as it was prescribed for you. Do not use the medication in larger amounts, or use it for longer than recommended by your doctor. Follow the instructions on your prescription label.

Mupirocin nasal ointment is packaged in single-use tubes. Use one half of the medicine from the tube in your left nostril, and use the other half in your right nostril. After placing the ointment into your nostrils, gently press your nostrils closed and then release them, repeating for about 1 minute to help spread the ointment inside your nose.

Throw the ointment tube away after one use, even if there is still some ointment left in it.

Mupirocin nasal is usually given for 5 days. To best protect you from infection, use this medication for the entire length of time prescribed by your doctor. Mupirocin nasal will not treat or prevent a viral infection such as the common cold or flu.

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

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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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