Mupirocin

Mupirocin 2% w/w ointment is a prescription-only topical antibacterial agent; each 1 g of ointment contains 20 mg of mupirocin. Mupirocin ointment also contains Macrogol 400 and 3350. More information

A doctor will review your order and write you a prescription, if appropriate. This prescription is then forwarded to a pharmacy. The pharmacy will have your medicine delivered to you within one to three working days. Read more about this process here.

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What is Mupirocin ointment? 

Mupirocin 2% w/w ointment is a prescription-only topical antibacterial agent; each 1 g of ointment contains 20 mg of mupirocin. Mupirocin ointment also contains Macrogol 400 and 3350. 

What is Mupirocin ointment used for? 

Mupirocin ointment is used to treat skin infections in adults and children such as impetigo, folliculitis and furunculosis. It can treat skin infections caused by bacteria such as Staphylococcus aureus, Streptococcus, Escherichia coli and Haemophilus influenzae.  

How to use Mupirocin ointment? 

Mupirocin ointment should be applied as directed by a healthcare professional. Typical application is to the affected area up to three times daily for up to 10 days. If required, the area can subsequently be covered by a dressing. It should be stored below 25C, used within 6 months of opening and not be used after the expiry date. It is inadvisable to mix Mupirocin ointment with other medicinal products as it may reduce its effectiveness.  

Dosage 

Mupirocin 2% w/w ointment comes in a 15 g aluminium tube with a screw cap and is usually applied up to three times daily for no longer than 10 days.  

Side effects 

Some people may experience the following common side effects after applying Mupirocin ointment:  

  • Burning sensation (localised to the area of application);  
  • Itching;  
  • Erythema;  
  • Stinging and dryness;  
  • Cutaneous sensitisation.  

If local irritation does occur, use of the product should be discontinued. As Mupirocin ointment is applied topically, diarrhoea is very unlikely to occur, however, use should be discontinued if prolonged diarrhoea or abdominal cramps do occur.  
 
See the package leaflet for more information on side effects.  

Who should not use Mupirocin ointment? 

Mupirocin ointment is not suitable for anyone hypersensitive to the ingredients/excipients and is also not suitable for ophthalmic use, intranasal use or use in conjunction with cannulae. In the elderly, caution is advised in those with moderate or severe renal impairment  

Pregnancy / driving ability / alcohol 

Mupirocin ointment can be used by women who are pregnant when the benefits outweigh the possible risks. If Mupirocin ointment is being used to treat a cracked nipple, the area should be thoroughly washed before breastfeeding.  
 
Mupirocin ointment is not thought to affect driving ability or machinery use.  
Studies have not been conducted on the interaction of Mupirocin ointment with alcohol.