What is mupirocin 2% ointment used for?
Mupirocin is an antibiotic. Mupirocin topical prevents bacteria from growing on your skin. Mupirocin topical is used to treat infections of the skin such as impetigo. Mupirocin topical may also be used for purposes other than those listed in this medication guide.
Bactroban (mupirocin) is an antibiotic that prevents bacteria from growing on your skin. Bactroban topical (for use on the skin) is used to treat skin infections such as impetigo or a "Staph" infection of the skin. Bactroban may also be used for purposes not listed in this medication guide.
- BACTROBAN ointment contains polyethylene glycol which can be absorbed by the body from open wounds and damaged skin. Polyethylene is removed from the body by the kidneys. Do not use BACTROBAN ointment on large areas of broken or damaged skin, especially if you suffer from reduced kidney function.
- The antifungal activity of mupirocin. The antibacterial agent mupirocin (pseudomonic acid A) is used as a topical agent in the treatment of superficial infections by Gram-positive bacteria, particularly Staphylococcus aureus.
- Do not use BACTROBAN ointment in the nose. Wash your hands before and after applying BACTROBAN ointment. Use a gauze pad or cotton swab to apply a small amount of BACTROBAN ointment to the affected area.
Mupirocin is an antibacterial cream/ointment which is used to treat small areas of skin infection. It is sometimes used to treat infections such as impetigo in children. It works by killing the germs (bacteria) causing the infection.
- Treating skin infections. Infections with bacteria and viruses are common among atopic dermatitis patients. For small, localized bacterial infections, a prescription topical antibiotic called mupirocin is often used. This is an ointment usually applied to the affected area three times per day for one to two weeks.
- Use MUPIROCIN ointment for as long as your doctor has told you. If you are not sure, ask your doctor or pharmacist. The bacteria are normally cleared from your skin within 10 days of starting treatment. Do not use for more than 10 days.
- BACTROBAN ointment contains mupirocin (2% w/w) as the active ingredient. BACTROBAN is also used when infection occurs in skin damaged by eczema, dermatitis, psoriasis, herpes (cold sores), wounds, cuts, grazes, insect bites, minor burns etc. BACTROBAN ointment is for use on your skin only.
Use BACTROBAN ointment for as long as your doctor or pharmacist tells you to. BACTROBAN ointment is usually applied for up to 10 days. It is important that you take the full course of BACTROBAN ointment. Do not stop early as your symptoms may disappear before the infection is fully cleared.
- Impetigo: A skin infection caused by the staphylococcus or, less often, by the streptococcus bacterium. The first sign of impetigo is a patch of red, itchy skin. Pustules develop on this area, soon forming crusty, yellow-brown sores that can spread to cover entire areas of the face, arms, and other body parts.
- Always wash your hands before and after applying BACTROBAN nasal ointment. Squeeze a small amount (about the size of a matchstick head) onto the tip of your little finger and apply to the inside surface at the front of each nostril. Gently press your nostrils together to help spread the ointment throughout your nose.
- The antifungal activity of mupirocin. Nicholas RO(1), Berry V, Hunter PA, Kelly JA. The antibacterial agent mupirocin (pseudomonic acid A) is used as a topical agent in the treatment of superficial infections by Gram-positive bacteria, particularly Staphylococcus aureus.
Updated: 26th October 2019