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mupirocin topical (cont.)

Who should not use mupirocin topical (Bactroban)?

Do not use mupirocin topical if you have ever had an allergic reaction to it.

You may not be able to use mupirocin topical if you have a very large open wound. This medication contains polyethylene glycol, which may cause damage to your kidneys if too much drug is absorbed through your skin.

Mupirocin topical is in the FDA pregnancy category B. This means that it is unlikely to harm an unborn baby. Do not use mupirocin topical without first talking to your doctor if you are pregnant.

Mupirocin topical passes into breast milk and may affect a nursing infant. Do not use mupirocin topical without first talking to your doctor if you are breast-feeding a baby.

How should I use mupirocin topical (Bactroban)?

Use mupirocin topical exactly as directed by your doctor. If you do not understand these instructions, ask your pharmacist, nurse, or doctor to explain them to you.

Wash your hands before and after using this medication.

Clean and dry the affected area. Apply a small amount of the ointment as directed.

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.

You should notice improvement in 3 to 5 days. If the infection gets worse or does not improve, consult your doctor.

Do not use bandages that do not allow air circulation over the affected area unless otherwise directed by your doctor. A light, cotton-gauze dressing may be used to protect clothing.

Avoid getting this medication in your eyes, nose, or mouth or in large, open wounds.

Store mupirocin topical at room temperature away from moisture and heat.

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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