BACTROBAN 2% OINTMENT

Active substance: MUPIROCIN

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What Bactroban is and what it is used for
Before you use Bactroban
How to use Bactroban
Possible side effects
How to store Bactroban
Further information

In this leaflet:

• 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.

Read all of this leaflet carefully before you
start using this medicine.

mupirocin

Bactroban® 2% Ointment

Package Leaflet: Information for the user

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• if you are allergic (hypersensitive) to mupirocin
or polyethylene glycol.
• in your eyes, nose or around intravenous cannula
('drip') sites.
Do not use if the above applies to you. If you are

Do not use Bactroban:

2 Before you use Bactroban

Bactroban 2% Ointment (called ‘Bactroban’ in this
leaflet) contains a medicine called mupirocin.
Bactroban is an antibiotic ointment.
It is used:
• to treat skin infections on the skin such as
- infected hair follicles which form pimples
containing pus (“folliculitis”),
- an infectious skin infection with blistering and
crusting known as “impetigo” or
- recurring boils (“furunculosis”)
• to kill various bacteria which cause other skin
infections including Staphylococci, Streptococci
and E. coli. This group includes MRSA (Methicillin
Resistant Staphylococcus aureus).
• This ointment is for external use on your skin
only.

1 What Bactroban is and what it is
used for

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,

Pregnancy and breast-feeding

Please tell your doctor, pharmacist or nurse if you
are taking or have recently taken any other
medicines. This includes medicines obtained
without a prescription, including herbal medicines.

Using other medicines

• As the ointment contains polyethylene glycol,
talk to your doctor before using Bactroban
- if you have kidney problems
- if you have large areas of open wounds or
damaged skin to be treated
• Bactroban can cause severe skin reactions or
allergies. See ‘Conditions to look out for’ in
Section 4.
Thrush (a yeast infection) may develop if Bactroban
is used for a long time. If this occurs, tell your
doctor, pharmacist or nurse.
Keep the ointment away from your eyes.
- If the ointment gets into your eyes accidentally,
wash them thoroughly with water.
There is a different preparation of Bactroban that is
used to prevent or treat infections inside your nose.

Take special care with Bactroban

not sure do not use this medicine. Talk to your
doctor, nurse or pharmacist before using Bactroban.

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. Apply ointment to the infected area of your skin.
3. You can cover the treated area with a plaster(s)
or suitable dressing(s), unless your doctor has
told you to leave it uncovered.
4. Replace the cap on the tube and wash your
hands.

Using this medicine

Always use Bactroban exactly as your doctor has
told you. You should check with your doctor, nurse
or pharmacist if you are not sure.

3 How to use Bactroban

the ointment must be thoroughly washed off prior
to breast-feeding.

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• 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 forget to use Bactroban

If you use more Bactroban than you
should, speak to your doctor, nurse or
pharmacist for advice.

If you use more Bactroban than
you should

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.
Do not use for more than 10 days.

How long should you use
Bactroban for?

Severe skin reactions or allergies
- If you develop a severe skin reaction or
an allergy:
• wash off the ointment
• 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 in 10 and 1 in 100 people)
• Burning where the ointment is
applied.
Uncommon (these may affect between
1 in 100 and 1 in 1,000 people)
• Itching, redness, stinging and dryness

Conditions to look out for

Like all medicines, Bactroban can cause
side effects, although not everybody
gets them.

4 Possible side effects

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 ointment.
If you have any further questions on the
use of this product, ask your doctor,
nurse or pharmacist.

If you stop using Bactroban

• Keep out of the reach and sight of
children.
• Do not store above 25°C.
• 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.
• 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.

5 How to store Bactroban

on your skin in the place where
Bactroban is applied.
• Allergic rash, itching, redness or
soreness of the skin can also occur
on other parts of your body.
Very rare (these may affect up to
1 in 10,000 people)
• Swollen face and/or difficulty
breathing. This may be a sign of a
serious allergic reaction that could
require emergency treatment.
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.

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

Marketing Authorisation Holder
and Manufacturer

• Bactroban is an off-white, translucent
ointment.
• Bactroban is available in a 15 g tube.
Each tube comes in a carton.

What Bactroban looks like
and contents of the pack

• The active substance is 2% w/w
mupirocin.
• The other ingredients are
polyethylene glycol 400 and
polyethylene glycol 3350.

What Bactroban contains

6 Further information

Bactroban 2%
Ointment

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This is a service provided by the Royal
National Institute for the Blind.
Leaflet date: January 2010
Bactroban is a registered trademark of
the GlaxoSmithKline group of
companies.
© 2010 GlaxoSmithKline group of
companies.

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