What is Bactroban?
Bactroban cream and ointment both contain the active ingredient mupirocin, which is an antibacterial antibiotic. This medicine kills the bacteria that cause skin infections. Bactroban is a prescription-only medicine and is available as a cream, ointment and nasal ointment.
What is Bactroban used for?
Bactroban is used to treat bacterial skin infections such as:
- Furunculosis (boils);
- Folliculitis or wounds that have become infected with bacteria;
- Skin ulcers;
- Infected eczema;
- Nose infections.
Bactroban cream or ointment is used to treat skin infections caused by certain bacteria that live on the skin and in mucous membranes, in particular Staphylococcus and Streptococcus species. Bactroban kills the bacteria and clears up the infection, relieving symptoms such as pain, itching, blisters, swelling and redness.
How to use Bactroban
Bactroban is available as a cream, ointment and nasal ointment. It is usually prescribed as a course of up to 10 days. Always finish the entire course, even if you feel better. Apply the cream or ointment to the affected areas of the skin with your fingers. Clean infected skin as well as possible before applying the product. The nasal ointment can be applied inside the nostrils with your little finger. Press the sides of the nose together and gently massage for about one minute after application to spread the ointment throughout the inside of the nostrils. Wash your hands immediately after applying the ointment or cream. Avoid contact with the eyes. Rinse thoroughly with water should this occur.
Unless otherwise advised by a doctor, the usual dose in adults and children is:
- apply a small amount of the cream or ointment to the affected areas two to three times a day for as long as prescribed.
Consult a doctor if the symptoms have not improved after seven days. The doctor will tell you how long you need to use this medicine. Read the package leaflet before use.
Like all medicines, Bactroban may cause side effects. The following are some of the side effects that are known to be associated with this medicine:
- Skin irritation (itching, burning, pain) at the application site;
- Sneezing (only with use of the nasal ointment);
- Dry or sensitive skin at the application site.
Consult a doctor if the side effects are severe or bothersome. For more information on side effects, see the package leaflet.
When not to use Bactroban
Do not use Bactroban if you are allergic to the active ingredient mupirocin or any other ingredient in this medicine. Check the package leaflet for a list of ingredients. Consult a doctor on the use of Bactroban if you have a decreased liver function.
Bactroban should not be used by pregnant or breastfeeding women without consulting a doctor first.
This medicine does not interact with alcohol or affect your ability to drive safely.