Altabax Side Effects

Generic Name: retapamulin topical

Note: This page contains information about the side effects of retapamulin topical. Some of the dosage forms included on this document may not apply to the brand name Altabax.

Not all side effects for Altabax may be reported. You should always consult a doctor or healthcare professional for medical advice. Side effects can be reported to the FDA here.

For the Consumer

Applies to retapamulin topical: topical application ointment

In addition to its needed effects, some unwanted effects may be caused by retapamulin topical (the active ingredient contained in Altabax). In the event that any of these side effects do occur, they may require medical attention.

You should check with your doctor immediately if any of these side effects occur when taking retapamulin topical:

Less common
  • Burning, itching, redness, skin rash, swelling, or soreness at site
  • skin rash, encrusted, scaly, and oozing
  • Blistering, burning, crusting, dryness, flaking of skin
  • flushing, redness of skin
  • itching, scaling, severe redness, soreness, swelling of skin
  • pain at site of application
  • unusually warm skin

Some of the side effects that can occur with retapamulin topical may not need medical attention. As your body adjusts to the medicine during treatment these side effects may go away. Your health care professional may also be able to tell you about ways to reduce or prevent some of these side effects. If any of the following side effects continue, are bothersome or if you have any questions about them, check with your health care professional:

Less common
  • Diarrhea
  • fever
  • headache
  • muscle aches
  • nausea
  • sore throat
  • stuffy or runny nose
  • unusual tiredness or weakness

For Healthcare Professionals

Applies to retapamulin topical: topical ointment


Dermatologic side effects have included application site irritation (1.6%), pruritus (1.9%), and eczema (1%). Dermatologic side effects that have been reported in less than 1% of patients include application site pain, erythema, and contact dermatitis.


Other side effects have included headache (1% to 2%) and pyrexia (1.2%).


Gastrointestinal side effects have included diarrhea (1.7%) and nausea (1.2%).


Respiratory side effects have included nasopharyngitis (1.5%).

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