Mupirocin ointment/cream is an antibiotic used to treat your skin infections. The cream is advised to treat certain bacterial skin infections. Also used to treat infections caused by methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), traumatic lesions, small and medium lacerations, wounds or abrasions. It is prescribed for patients infected with susceptible strains of Staphylococcus aureus or Streptococcus pyogenes bacteria.
How does Mupirocin ointment Work?
It works by preventing the bacteria from growing on your skin. Use Mupirocin ointment only on the skin. Clean and dry the affected area first. Then apply a small amount of Mupirocin cream to the area as directed by your physician, usually Three times a day. You may cover the treated area with a bandage.
Composition of Mupirocin ointment
A gram of cream consists of mupirocin 20 mg (2%) in a bland water-soluble ointment base.
Other constituent ingredients:
- Polyethylene glycol 400
- Polyethylene glycol 3350
Mupirocin Ointment Uses and Benefits
Mupirocin ointment is applied to treat mainly bacterial Infections and other cases like:
- Secondary skin infections
- MRSA infections
- Bacterial skin infections (Staphylococcus aureus and Streptococcus pyogenes)
Mupirocin Ointment Side effects
- Swelling of the skin
- Burning sensation in areas of application
- Swelling of the lips/mouth
- Difficulty in breathing
- Hay fever
- Lumpy rash (hives) or fainting
The ointment must be washed off from the site of application if there is an allergic reaction and immediately consult the doctor for an alternative dosage for the treatment.
Mupirocin Ointment dosage
Mupirocin ointment is used to apply only to the topical surface. The site can be covered on the affected area before applying the ointment if you desire. Sometimes if u missed applying the dose, then it should not be repeated twice.
Adult dosage (ages 18 years and older)
Typical dosage: A small amount of the ointment applied to the infected skin three times per day for up to 10 days.
Child dosage (ages 2 months to 17 years)
Typical dosage: A small amount of the ointment applied to the infected area of skin three times per day for up to 10 days.
Child dosage (ages 0–1 month)
This medication hasn’t been studied in children younger than 2 months of age.
- Avoid a direct contact of the ointment with the eyes. If persist irritation do consult your doctor. The ointment must be used topically.
- Contact with nose or mouth must be avoided.
- Hands must be cleansed before applying the ointment
- Inform your physician before application on open wounds, chapped, broken skin or skin burns.
- Storage must be away from the reach of children. children below the age of 2 years, It is strictly prohibited to use.
Pregnancy and Breast feeding
It is safe to apply this ointment during pregnancy only if prescribed.
The ointment is considered safe in lactating mothers. It will not harm the child.
Facts about Mupirocin Ointment
- No information on interaction with alcohol is available about the drug.
- The drug has not shown any contraindications in patients suffering from kidney or liver disorders.
- The Mupirocin Ointment is not used for treating acne problems.
- It does not cause drowsiness.
- The drug is safe and is approved in Indian, Japan, and the USA.
Mupirocin Ointment Storage
- It should be stored at room temperature and locked in the cupboard away from the reach of children. Do not freeze the cream for good results.
- Travel: Always carry your medication with you. When flying, never put it into a checked bag. Keep it in your carry-on bag.
Mupirocin Ointment Manufacturer
This medicine is manufactured by Salud Care India Pvt Ltd. Mupirocin ointment is sold 70 INR which is 10gm in 1 tube.
Mupirocin Ointment – Drug interactions
The Drug interactions differ according to your medications work or increase your risk for serious side effects. Maintain a list of all products you use (including prescription/non-prescription medicines, vitamins, and herbal products) and share it with your physician and pharmacist. Do not start, stop, or change the dosage of any drug without your physician’s approval.
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