BACTROBAN 2% CREAM

Active substance: MUPIROCIN

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Pharmacode Ref No is: 1536
10000000077656

Package Leaflet: Information for the User

Bactroban®
2% Cream
mupirocin calcium
Read all of this leaflet carefully
before you start using this
medicine.

Keep the cream away from your eyes.
- f the cream gets into your eyes
I
accidentally, wash them thoroughly
with water.
There is a different preparation of
mupirocin that is used to prevent or
treat infections inside your nose.
Using other medicines
Please tell your doctor, nurse or
pharmacist if you are taking or have
recently taken any other medicines.
This includes medicines obtained
without a prescription, including herbal
medicines.
Pregnancy and breast-feeding
Do not use Bactroban if you are
pregnant, might become pregnant or
are breast-feeding. Talk to your
doctor, nurse or pharmacist for advice
before using any medicine, if you are
pregnant or breast-feeding. If a
cracked nipple is being treated, the
cream must be thoroughly washed off
prior to breast-feeding.
Important information about some
of the ingredients of Bactroban
Bactroban contains cetyl alcohol and
stearyl alcohol. These ingredients may
cause skin reactions where you apply
the cream. See also Section 4.

• Keep this leaflet. You may need to
read it again.
• If you have any further questions, ask
your doctor, nurse or pharmacist.
• This medicine has been prescribed for
you. Do not pass it on to others.
It may harm them, even if their
symptoms are the same as yours.
• If any of the side effects get serious,
or if you notice any side effects not
listed in this leaflet, please tell your
doctor, nurse or pharmacist.
In this leaflet:
1 What Bactroban is and what it is
used for
2 Before you use Bactroban
3 How to use Bactroban
4 Possible side effects
5 How to store Bactroban
6 Further information

1 What Bactroban is and what
it is used for
Bactroban 2% Cream (called
‘Bactroban’ in this leaflet) contains a
medicine called mupirocin calcium.
Bactroban is an antibiotic cream.
It is used:
• to treat infections on your skin in small
cuts, wounds or on scraped skin.
• to kill bacteria causing infections on
your skin called ‘Staphylococcus
aureus’ and ‘Streptococcus pyogens’.

3 How to use Bactroban

2 Before you use Bactroban
Do not use Bactroban if:
• ou are allergic
y
(hypersensitive) to mupirocin
calcium, mupirocin or any
of the other ingredients
of Bactroban (listed in
Section 6)
• he patient is less than 1
t
year old.
If you are not sure if this
applies to you, do not use this
medicine. Talk to your doctor,
nurse or pharmacist before
using Bactroban.
Take special care with Bactroban
Bactroban can cause severe skin
reactions or allergies. See ‘Conditions to
look out for’ in Section 4.
A yeast infection of moist areas of the
body may develop if Bactroban is
used for a long time. On the skin this
looks like bright red spots which may
be very itchy. On occasion small
pustules may be present in the
middle. If this occurs, tell your doctor,
pharmacist or nurse.








Always use Bactroban exactly as your
doctor has told you. You should check
with your doctor, nurse or pharmacist if
you are not sure.
Using this medicine
Do not mix Bactroban with any other
external cream or ointment medicines on
the infected area of your skin as this may
reduce the effectiveness of Bactroban.
You usually apply Bactroban on your
skin up to 3 times a day.
1. Wash and dry your hands.
2. Place a small amount of Bactroban on a
clean cotton wool pad or gauze swab.
3. Apply the cream to the infected area
of your skin.
4. You can cover the treated area with a
plaster or other suitable dressing,
unless your doctor has told you to
leave it uncovered.
5. Replace the cap on the tube and
wash your hands.
How long should you use Bactroban
for?
Use Bactroban for as long as your
doctor has told you. If you are not
sure, ask your doctor, nurse or
pharmacist. The bacteria are normally
cleared from your skin within 10 days
of starting treatment.

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• Do not use Bactroban if it looks
different to normal.
• Medicines should not be disposed of
via wastewater or household waste.
Ask your pharmacist how to dispose
of medicines no longer required.
These measures will help to protect
the environment.

6 Further information







4 Possible side effects
Like all medicines, Bactroban can cause
side effects, although not everybody
gets them.
Conditions to look out for
Severe skin reactions or allergies
- f you develop a severe skin reaction
I
or an allergy:
• wipe off the cream
• stop using it and
• tell your doctor as soon as possible.
The following side effects may happen
with this medicine:
Common (these may affect between 1
and 100 people)
• Itching, redness, burning, rash,
swelling, pain on your skin where
Bactroban is applied.
Dryness and redness of the skin can
also occur on other parts of your body.
If any of the side effects gets serious, or
if you notice any side effects not listed
in this leaflet, please tell your doctor,
nurse or pharmacist.

What Bactroban contains
• 1 g of cream contains 21.5 mg
mupirocin calcium equivalent to
20 mg mupirocin.
• The other ingredients are xanthan
gum, liquid paraffin, cetomacrogol
1000, stearyl alcohol, cetyl alcohol,
phenoxyethanol, benzyl alcohol and
purified water. See also Section 2.
What Bactroban looks like and
contents of the pack
• Bactroban is a smooth white cream.
• Bactroban is available in a 15 g tube.
Each tube comes in a carton.
Marketing authorisation holder and
manufacturer
Marketing Authorisation Holder
Beecham Group plc
Trading as GlaxoSmithKline UK
Stockley Park West
Uxbridge
Middlesex UB11 1BT
Manufacturer
Glaxo Wellcome Operations
Harmire Road
Barnard Castle
Co Durham DL12 8DT
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0800 198 5000 (UK Only)
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information:
Product name
Bactroban
2% Cream
Reference number
00038/0372
This is a service provided by
the Royal National Institute
of Blind People.
Leaflet date: July 2010
Bactroban is a registered
trademark of the
GlaxoSmithKline group of
companies
© 2010 GlaxoSmithKline
group of companies

5 How to store Bactroban
• Keep out of the reach and sight of
children.
• Do not store above 25°C. Do not
freeze.
• Do not use Bactroban after the expiry
date which is stated on the tube.
The expiry date refers to the last day
of that month.

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Pharmacode Ref No is: 1536



Do not use for more than 10 days.
If your skin condition does not improve
within 3 to 5 days, see your doctor.
If you use more Bactroban than you
should
• If you use more Bactroban than you
should, speak to your doctor, nurse
or pharmacist for advice.
• If you swallow Bactroban, contact
your doctor immediately and indicate
what and how much you have
swallowed.
If you forget to use Bactroban
• If you forget to apply Bactroban,
apply it as soon as you remember.
• If your next dose is due within an
hour, skip the missed dose.
• Do not use a double dose to make up
for a forgotten dose.
If you stop using Bactroban
If you stop using Bactroban too early,
not all the bacteria may have been
killed or they may continue to grow.
Ask your doctor, nurse or pharmacist
when to stop using the cream.
If you have any further questions on the
use of this product, ask your doctor,
nurse or pharmacist.

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Source: Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency

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