Bactroban Nasal Ointment

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Bactroban Nasal Ointment

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

Bactroban Nasal Ointment is used for:

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

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

Do NOT use Bactroban Nasal Ointment if:

  • you are allergic to any ingredient in Bactroban Nasal Ointment

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

Before using Bactroban Nasal Ointment:

Some medical conditions may interact with Bactroban Nasal Ointment. 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 Nasal Ointment. However, no specific interactions with Bactroban Nasal Ointment 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 Nasal Ointment 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 Nasal Ointment:

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

  • Apply one-half of the medicine from the single-use tube directly into one nostril and the other half into the other nostril.
  • Throw away the tube after using. Do not re-use.
  • Press the sides of the nose together and gently massage for about 1 minute after application to spread the ointment throughout the inside of the nostrils.
  • Bactroban Nasal Ointment should not be used along with other nasal products/medicines.
  • To clear up your infection completely, continue using Bactroban Nasal Ointment for the full course of treatment even if you feel better in a few days.
  • Wash your hands immediately after using Bactroban Nasal Ointment.
  • If you miss a dose of Bactroban Nasal Ointment, 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.

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

Important safety information:

  • Bactroban Nasal Ointment is for use inside your nose only.
  • Avoid getting this medicine in your eyes.
  • Use Bactroban Nasal Ointment with caution on skin with open wounds.
  • It is important to use Bactroban Nasal Ointment for the full course of treatment. Failure to do so may decrease the effectiveness of Bactroban Nasal Ointment and increase the risk that the bacteria will no longer be sensitive to Bactroban Nasal Ointment and will not be able to be treated by this or certain other antibiotics in the future.
  • Long-term or repeated use of Bactroban Nasal Ointment 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 Nasal Ointment with extreme caution in CHILDREN younger than 12 years 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 Nasal Ointment during pregnancy. It is unknown if this medicine is excreted in breast milk. If you are or will be breast-feeding while you are using Bactroban Nasal Ointment, check with your doctor or pharmacist to discuss the risks to your baby.

Possible side effects of Bactroban Nasal Ointment:

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; change in sense of taste; congestion; cough; headache; sore throat; stinging; stuffy nose.

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 Nasal Ointment:

Store Bactroban Nasal Ointment 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 Nasal Ointment out of the reach of children and away from pets.

General information:

  • If you have any questions about Bactroban Nasal Ointment, please talk with your doctor, pharmacist, or other health care provider.
  • Bactroban Nasal Ointment 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 Nasal Ointment. 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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