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Mupirocin (On The Skin)

Mupirocin (myoo-PEER-oh-sin)

Treats skin infections. Belongs to a class of drugs called antibiotics.

Brand Name(s):

Bactroban, Centany
There may be other brand names for this medicine.

When This Medicine Should Not Be Used:

You should not use this medicine if you have had an allergic reaction to mupirocin.

How to Use This Medicine:

Ointment, Cream

  • Your doctor will tell you how much medicine to use and how often.
  • Mupirocin should not be applied to large open wounds or to burns.
  • This medicine is for use on your skin only. You should not use in or around eyes.
  • Wash and dry the treated area before application.
  • Put a thin layer of the ointment on your skin. Rub it in gently.
  • This medicine may be covered with a gauze bandage after it is applied.

If a dose is missed:

  • Apply the missed dose as soon as possible.
  • If it is almost time for your next regular dose, wait until then to put the medicine on and skip the missed dose.
  • Do not apply two doses at the same time.
How to Store and Dispose of This Medicine:

  • Store at room temperature, away from heat and direct light. Do not freeze.
  • Ask your pharmacist, doctor, or health caregiver about the best way to dispose of any outdated medicine or medicine no longer needed.
  • Keep all medicine out of the reach of children.
Drugs and Foods to Avoid:

Ask your doctor or pharmacist before using any other medicine, including over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal products.

  • Do not put anything else on the skin where you are using the mupirocin unless approved by your doctor.
Warnings While Using This Medicine:

  • If you are pregnant or breastfeeding, talk to your doctor before taking this medicine.
  • Talk to your doctor if your infection does not improve in 3 to 5 days.
Possible Side Effects While Using This Medicine:

Call your doctor right away if you notice any of these side effects:

  • Severe skin rash, burning, or itching that was not there before using the medicine.

If you notice these less serious side effects, talk with your doctor:

  • Dry skin
  • Mild stinging or burning where you put the medicine
If you notice other side effects that you think are caused by this medicine, tell your doctor.

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