Bactroban Ointment

Last updated on RxList: 10/28/2020
Bactroban Ointment Side Effects Center

What Is Bactroban Ointment?

Bactroban Ointment (mupirocin ointment) is a topical (for the skin) antibiotic used to treat infections of the skin such as impetigo. Bactroban Ointment is available in generic form.

What Are Side Effects of Bactroban Ointment?

Common side effects of Bactroban Ointment include:

  • burning
  • stinging
  • itching
  • redness, or
  • pain at first as your body adjusts to it.
Other side effects of Bactroban Ointment include:
  • nausea
  • dry skin
  • tenderness
  • swelling
  • increased pus, and
  • allergic reactions (including anaphylaxis, hives, skin swelling, and generalized rash)
Serious side effects of Bactroban Ointment are not expected. Tell your doctor if you experience unusual blistering, itching, redness, peeling, dryness, or irritation of the skin. A small amount of Bactroban Ointment may be absorbed into the bloodstream. Tell your doctor if you develop side effects of Bactroban Ointment such as:
  • persistent diarrhea,
  • abdominal or stomach pain/cramping, or
  • blood or mucus in your stool.

Dosage for Bactroban Ointment

A small amount of Bactroban Ointment should be applied to the affected area three times daily. The area treated may be covered with gauze dressing.

What Drugs, Substances, or Supplements Interact with Bactroban Ointment?

Other topical medications may change the way your skin absorbs Bactroban Ointment. 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 use.

Bactroban Ointment During Pregnancy and Breastfeeding

Bactroban Ointment should be used only when prescribed during pregnancy. It is not known if this drug passes into breast milk. Consult your doctor before breastfeeding.

Additional Information

Our Bactroban Ointment (mupirocin ointment) 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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Get emergency medical help if you have signs of an allergic reaction: hives; dizziness, fast or pounding heartbeats; wheezing, difficult breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.

Stop using this medicine and call your doctor at once if you have:

  • severe stomach pain, diarrhea that is watery or bloody;
  • severe itching, rash, or other irritation of treated skin;
  • unusual skin blistering or peeling; or
  • any signs of a new skin infection.

Common side effects may include:

  • burning, stinging;
  • itching; or
  • pain.

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.

Read the entire detailed patient monograph for Bactroban Ointment (Mupirocin)

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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.

The following local adverse reactions were reported by at least 1% of subjects in connection with the use of BACTROBAN ointment in clinical trials: burning, stinging, or pain in 1.5% of subjects; itching in 1% of subjects. Rash, nausea, erythema, dry skin, tenderness, swelling, contact dermatitis, and increased exudate were reported in less than 1% of subjects.

Postmarketing Experience

In addition to adverse reactions reported from clinical trials, the following reactions have been identified during postmarketing use of BACTROBAN ointment. 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 ointment.

Immune System Disorders

Systemic allergic reactions, including anaphylaxis, urticaria, angioedema, and generalized rash [see WARNINGS AND PRECAUTIONS].

Read the entire FDA prescribing information for Bactroban Ointment (Mupirocin)

© Bactroban Ointment Patient Information is supplied by Cerner Multum, Inc. and Bactroban Ointment Consumer information is supplied by First Databank, Inc., used under license and subject to their respective copyrights.

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