Bactroban Cream

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Bactroban Cream

Generic Name: Mupirocin Cream (myoo-PEER-oh-sin)
Brand Name: Bactroban

Bactroban Cream is used for:

Treating skin infections. It may also be used for other conditions as determined by your doctor.

Bactroban Cream is an antibacterial. It works by stopping the production of essential proteins needed by the bacteria to survive.

Do NOT use Bactroban Cream if:

  • you are allergic to any ingredient in Bactroban Cream

Contact your doctor or health care provider right away if any of these apply to you.

Before using Bactroban Cream:

Some medical conditions may interact with Bactroban Cream. Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you have any medical conditions, especially if any of the following apply to you:

  • if you are pregnant, planning to become pregnant, or are breast-feeding
  • if you are taking any prescription or nonprescription medicine, herbal preparation, or dietary supplement
  • if you have allergies to medicines, foods, or other substances
  • if you are treating a burn or open wound
  • if you have kidney problems

Some MEDICINES MAY INTERACT with Bactroban Cream. However, no specific interactions with Bactroban Cream are known at this time.

This may not be a complete list of all interactions that may occur. Ask your health care provider if Bactroban Cream may interact with other medicines that you take. Check with your health care provider before you start, stop, or change the dose of any medicine.

How to use Bactroban Cream:

Use Bactroban Cream as directed by your doctor. Check the label on the medicine for exact dosing instructions.

  • Wash and completely dry the affected area. Apply a small amount of medicine to the area to be treated. Gently rub the medicine in until it is evenly distributed.
  • The affected area may be covered with gauze or a bandage.
  • To clear up your infection completely, continue using Bactroban Cream for the full course of treatment even if you feel better in a few days.
  • Wash your hands immediately after using Bactroban Cream.
  • If you miss a dose of Bactroban Cream, use it as soon as possible. If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and go back to your regular dosing schedule. Do not use 2 doses at once.

Ask your health care provider any questions you may have about how to use Bactroban Cream.

Important safety information:

  • Bactroban Cream is for external use only. Avoid getting Bactroban Cream in your eyes, nose, or mouth.
  • Use Bactroban Cream with caution on skin with open wounds.
  • If your symptoms do not improve within 3 to 5 days or if they become worse, check with your doctor.
  • It is important to use Bactroban Cream for the full course of treatment. Failure to do so may decrease the effectiveness of Bactroban Cream and increase the risk that the bacteria will no longer be sensitive to Bactroban Cream and will not be able to be treated by this or certain other antibiotics in the future.
  • Long-term or repeated use of Bactroban Cream may cause a second infection. Your doctor may want to change your medicine to treat the second infection. Contact your doctor if signs of a second infection occur.
  • Use Bactroban Cream with extreme caution in CHILDREN younger than 3 months of age. Safety and effectiveness in this age group have not been confirmed.
  • PREGNANCY and BREAST-FEEDING: If you become pregnant, discuss with your doctor the benefits and risks of using Bactroban Cream during pregnancy. It is unknown if Bactroban Cream is excreted in breast milk. If you are or will be breast-feeding while you are using Bactroban Cream, check with your doctor or pharmacist to discuss the risks to your baby.

Possible side effects of Bactroban Cream:

All medicines may cause side effects, but many people have no, or minor, side effects. Check with your doctor if any of these most COMMON side effects persist or become bothersome:

Burning; headache; nausea; stinging.

Seek medical attention right away if any of these SEVERE side effects occur:

Severe allergic reactions (rash; hives; difficulty breathing; tightness in the chest; swelling of the mouth, face, lips, or tongue); severe irritation; severe itching.

This is not a complete list of all side effects that may occur. If you have questions or need medical advice about side effects, contact your doctor or health care provider. You may report side effects to the FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088 (1-800-332-1088) or at

If OVERDOSE is suspected:

Contact 1-800-222-1222 (the American Association of Poison Control Centers), your local poison control center ( ), or emergency room immediately.

Proper storage of Bactroban Cream:

Store Bactroban Cream at or below 77 degrees F (25 degrees C). Do not freeze. Store away from heat, moisture, and light. Do not store in the bathroom. Keep Bactroban Cream out of the reach of children and away from pets.

General information:

  • If you have any questions about Bactroban Cream, please talk with your doctor, pharmacist, or other health care provider.
  • Bactroban Cream is to be used only by the patient for whom it is prescribed. Do not share it with other people.
  • If your symptoms do not improve or if they become worse, check with your doctor.

This information is a summary only. It does not contain all information about Bactroban Cream. If you have questions about the medicine you are taking or would like more information, check with your doctor, pharmacist, or other health care provider.

Issue Date: November 1, 2006
Database Edition
Copyright © 2006 Wolters Kluwer Health, Inc.

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