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Last Updated: August 19, 2019

Mupirocin sold under the brand name Bactroban and Centany is a topical antibiotic useful against superficial skin infections. This medicine is not prescribed when the patient is suffering from fungal or viral infection. The ointment is not prescribed if the person is allergic to any ingredient, kidney problems and open wounds and cuts. Some of the side effects of this include severe diarrhoea, bloody stools, sever stomach pain or cramps and nausea.

Use the drug upto the prescribed amount not longer or shorter than the given duration. If you over use it then there are chance of developing secondary infections, while not using the drug adequately will not clear up the infection. There are many strains of bacteria that have begun to show resistance to the ointment, it is therefore advised that one should consult a doctor before they start with their treatment.

The medication should be used only superficially and applied on dry and clean skin. This ointment should not be applied on the eyes, ears, mouth and open wounds and burns as it may cause irritation and swelling. If it is accidentally applied by mistake then rinse throughly with water and clear it.

Information given here is based on the salt and content of the medicine. Effect and uses of medicine may vary from person to person. It is advicable to consult a Dermatologist before using this medicine.

Mupirocin is primarily used for the treatment of condition like:

  • Impetigo

Common side effects of Mupirocin includes:

  • Is It safe with alcohol?

    No, reactions with alcohol were established, however, it is recommended that you should consult your doctor before you drink alcohol while under this medication.

  • Are there any pregnancy warnings?

    Yes, you should consult your doctor if you are pregnant, or planning on becoming pregnant as there are some minor risks and may cause some harm to your unborn child.

  • Are there any breast-feeding warnings?

    It is not proved that the ointment passes on through breast milk, however there is a chance of the baby licking the ointment from the skin, therefore it is recommend that you consult your doctor for further advice.

  • Is it safe to drive while on this medicine?

    There is no interaction between driving and consuming this drug. So dose alteration is not needed.
  • Does this affect kidney function?

    There is no data available. Please consult doctor before consuming the drug.
  • Does this affect liver function?

    There is no interaction between liver impairment and consuming this drug. So dose alteration is not needed.
  • How long is the duration of effect?

    The effect lasts for roughly 10 hours and should be applied regularly to see improvements in the symptoms and to keep the infections at bay. Irregular usage may do more harm than good.

  • What is the onset of action?

    The effect of the ointment can be seen within an hour, normally it is shown that the irritations are relieved within a few minutes, however it takes about half and hour for the ointment to actually start working on the bacteria.

  • Is it habit forming?

    No, habit forming tendencies were reported and is therefore not addictive.

  • Is it safe to drive while on this medicine?

    No cases of drowsiness have been reported and is generally considered safe to drive while under this medication.

  • Does this affect kidney function?

    Patients suffering from pre-existing kidney conditions are advised to consult a doctor before starting this medication as it may alter the functioning of the kidney.

  • Does this affect liver function?

    This medication causes no severe reactions in the liver, however, you should consult your doctor if you have any liver diseases or conditions before you start your medication.

  • Are there any missed dose instructions?

    If you have missed a dose, apply it the next time or as soon as you remember it, do not apply in excess as it will only be wiped off or rubbed off.

  • Are there any overdose instructions?

    If there has been a case of overdoes go to the nearest medical emergency room, if the person has swallowed it, inform the doctor and try to flush out the medication.

Below is the list of medicines, which contains Mupirocin as ingredient

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Mupirocin is an antibiotic used to treat skin infection. The drug binds to the RNA of the bacteria and inhibits RNA synthesis and cell wall formation for them. This prevents their growth and also weakens them so that the body’s immune system can destroy them.

Whenever you take more than one medicine, or mix it with certain foods or beverages, you"re at risk of a drug interaction.

  • Interaction with Disease

    The drug does not interact well with diseases caused by virus and protozoa. If there is a case of blood or watery diarrhoea then consult your doctor immediately.

  • Interaction with Alcohol

    There is no interaction with alcohol or there is limited reaction with alcohol. It is safe to drink while under this medication.

  • Interaction with Food

    One is advised to wash their hands after applying the medication, though the medication is not very toxic, it is essential to flush out the drug.

  • Interaction with Medicine

    There are no severe reactions of the drug with other medications, however, you should consult your doctor before you take other medications.

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About Mupirocin
What are the uses of Mupirocin
What are the contraindications of Mupirocin ?
What are the side effects of Mupirocin ?
Key highlights of Mupirocin
What are the dosage instructions?
Medicines containing Mupirocin
How does this medication work?
What are the interactions of Mupirocin ?