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Medications and Drugs

Brand Names: Bactroban

Generic Name: mupirocin topical (Pronunciation: myoo PEER oh sin)

What is mupirocin topical (Bactroban)?

Mupirocin is an antibiotic. Mupirocin topical prevents bacteria from growing on your skin.

Mupirocin topical is used to treat infections of the skin such as impetigo.

Mupirocin topical may also be used for purposes other than those listed in this medication guide.

Bactroban Cream

Bactroban Ointment

Mupirocin 2% Oint-TEV

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

Serious side effects are not expected to occur with mupirocin topical therapy. Stop using mupirocin topical and see your doctor if you experience unusual blistering, itching, redness, peeling, dryness, or irritation of the skin.

Side effects other than those listed here may also occur. Talk to your doctor about any side effect that seems unusual or that is especially bothersome. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.

What is the most important information I should know about mupirocin topical (Bactroban)?

Use this medication for the full amount of time prescribed by your doctor or as recommended in the package even if you begin to feel better. Your symptoms may improve before the infection is completely healed.

Avoid your eyes, nose, mouth, and lips when applying mupirocin topical. If medication gets in any of these areas, wash with water.

Watch for signs of improvement in 3 to 5 days. If your condition gets worse or does not improve, see your doctor.



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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