Bactroban (mupirocin) is a topical medication used to treat skin infections such as impetigo or a “Staph” (staphylococcus bacteria) infection of the skin. Bactroban may also be used for purposes not listed above. Bactroban belongs to a class of medications called antibiotics, and works by preventing bacteria from growing on your skin. Use Bactroban cream or ointment 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. Watch for signs of improvement in 3 to 5 days. If your condition gets worse or does not improve, see your doctor.
Canadian Pharmacy King currently offers the generic Mupirocin Ointment from Canada in the strength of 2%/15 gm and 2 %/30 gm ointment. The brand Bactroban is not available at this time.
Common side effects of Bactroban may include burning, stinging, itching, or pain.
Contact your doctor immediately if you notice more serious side effects such as:
• Any signs of a new skin infection;
• Severe itching, rash, or other irritation of treated skin;
• Severe stomach pain, diarrhea that is watery or bloody;
• Unusual skin blistering or peeling
This is not a complete list of side effects. If you notice any other side effects not listed here, please contact your doctor or pharmacist.
You should not use Bactroban if you are allergic to mupirocin. To make sure Bactroban is safe for you, tell your doctor if you have ever had kidney disease. Do not use this medication on a child without medical advice. The cream should not be used on a child younger than 3 months old. The ointment may be used on a child as young as 2 months old. It is not known whether this medication will harm an unborn baby. Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant. It is not known whether this medication passes into breast milk, or if it could harm a nursing baby. Tell your doctor if you are breast-feeding a baby. If you apply this medication to your breast or nipple, wash the areas thoroughly before nursing your baby. Antibiotic medicines can cause diarrhea, which may be a sign of a new infection. If you have diarrhea that is watery or bloody, call your doctor. Do not use anti-diarrhea medicine unless your doctor tells you to. Avoid getting this medicine in your eyes, mouth, or nose. A separate product called Bactroban nasal is made for use in the nose. Bactroban topical is for use only on the skin. Avoid using other medications on the areas you treat with Bactroban unless your doctor tells you to. It is not likely that medications you take orally or inject will interact with medications applied topically. Regardless, tell your doctor about any medications, vitamins, or herbal supplements you are currently taking or have recently taken in order to reduce the risk of any possible interactions.
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