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Bactroban Cream Side Effects Center
Medical Editor: John P. Cunha, DO, FACOEP
Bactroban Cream (mupirocin calcium cream) is an antibiotic used to treat infections of the skin such as impetigo. Some formulations of Bactroban are available in generic form. Common side effects of Bactroban Cream include burning, stinging, itching or pain at first as your body adjusts to it. Tell your doctor if you experience unusual blistering, itching, redness, peeling, dryness, or irritation of the skin.
Dosing: A small amount of Bactroban Cream should be applied to the affected area three times daily for 10 days. Other topical medications may change the way that your skin absorbs Bactroban Cream topical. Avoid using other products on the same area at the same time unless directed to do so by your doctor. Tell your doctor all medications you are taking. During pregnancy, Bactroban Cream is unlikely to harm a fetus. Talk to your doctor if you are pregnant to discuss the risks and benefits. This medication passes into breast milk and may affect a nursing infant. Consult your doctor if you are breast-feeding.
Our Bactroban Cream (mupirocin calcium cream) Side Effects Drug Center provides a comprehensive view of available drug information on the potential side effects when taking this medication.
This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.
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Bactroban Cream in Detail - Patient Information: Side Effects
Serious side effects are not expected to occur with mupirocin topical therapy. Stop using mupirocin topical and see your doctor if you experience unusual blistering, itching, redness, peeling, dryness, or irritation of the skin.
Side effects other than those listed here may also occur. Talk to your doctor about any side effect that seems unusual or that is especially bothersome. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.
Read the entire detailed patient monograph for Bactroban Cream (Mupirocin Calcium Cream)
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Bactroban Cream Overview - Patient Information: Side Effects
Remember that your doctor has prescribed this medication because he or she has judged that the benefit to you is greater than the risk of side effects. Many people using this medication do not have serious side effects.
A small amount of this medication may be absorbed into your bloodstream and may rarely cause a severe intestinal condition (Clostridium difficile-associated diarrhea) due to a resistant bacteria. This condition may occur while receiving treatment or even weeks to months after treatment has stopped. Do not use anti-diarrhea products or narcotic pain medications if you have the following symptoms because these products may make them worse. Tell your doctor immediately if you develop persistent diarrhea, abdominal or stomach pain/cramping, or blood/mucus in your stool.
Use of this medication for prolonged or repeated periods may result in a new infection (e.g., fungal infection). Contact your doctor if you notice signs of a new infection.
A very serious allergic reaction to this drug is rare. However, get medical help right away if you notice any symptoms of a serious allergic reaction, including: rash, itching/swelling (especially of the face/tongue/throat), severe dizziness, trouble breathing.
This is not a complete list of possible side effects. If you notice other effects not listed above, contact your doctor or pharmacist.
In the US -
Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.
In Canada - Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to Health Canada at 1-866-234-2345.
Read the entire patient information overview for Bactroban Cream (Mupirocin Calcium Cream)
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Bactroban Cream FDA Prescribing Information: Side Effects
The following adverse reactions are discussed in more detail in other sections of the labeling:
- Severe Allergic Reactions [see WARNINGS AND PRECAUTIONS]
- Eye Irritation [see WARNINGS AND PRECAUTIONS]
- Local Irritation [see WARNINGS AND PRECAUTIONS]
- Clostridium difficile-Associated Diarrhea [see WARNINGS AND PRECAUTIONS]
Clinical Trials Experience
Because clinical trials are conducted under widely varying conditions, adverse reaction rates observed in the clinical trials of a drug cannot be directly compared with rates in the clinical trials of another drug and may not reflect the rates observed in practice.
In 2 randomized, double-blind, double-dummy trials, 339 subjects were treated with topical BACTROBAN cream plus oral placebo. Adverse reactions occurred in 28 (8.3%) subjects. The following adverse reactions were reported by at least 1% of subjects in connection with the use of BACTROBAN cream in clinical trials: headache (1.7%), rash (1.1%), and nausea (1.1%).
Other adverse reactions which occurred in less than 1% of subjects were: abdominal pain, burning at application site, cellulitis, dermatitis, dizziness, pruritus, secondary wound infection, and ulcerative stomatitis.
In a supportive trial in the treatment of secondarily infected eczema, 82 subjects were treated with BACTROBAN cream. The incidence of adverse reactions was as follows: nausea (4.9%), headache and burning at application site (3.6% each), pruritus (2.4%), and 1 report each of abdominal pain, bleeding secondary to eczema, pain secondary to eczema, hives, dry skin, and rash.
In addition to adverse reactions reported from clinical trials, the following reactions have been identified during postmarketing use of BACTROBAN cream. Because they are reported voluntarily from a population of unknown size, estimates of frequency cannot be made. These reactions have been chosen for inclusion due to a combination of their seriousness, frequency of reporting, or potential causal relationship to BACTROBAN cream.
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