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Warnings and precautions


Package Leaflet: Information for the user

Bactroban 2% Ointment

1 What Bactroban is and what
it is used for

What is in this leaflet:

hat Bactroban is and what it is used for
What you need to know before you use Bactroban
How to use Bactroban
Possible side effects
How to store Bactroban
Contents of the pack and other information

2 What you need to know
before you use Bactroban

Do not use Bactroban:

• i f you are allergic (hypersensitive) to mupirocin or any of
the other ingredients of this medicine (listed in section 6)
Do not use if the above applies to you. If you are not sure
do not use this medicine. Talk to your doctor, nurse or
pharmacist before using Bactroban.

Other medicines and Bactroban

Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are taking, have
recently taken or might take any other medicines.

3 How to use Bactroban
Always use this medicine exactly as your doctor or
pharmacist has told you. You should check with your doctor
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 2 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.

Pregnancy and breast-feeding

If you are pregnant or breast-feeding, think you may be
pregnant or are planning to have a baby, ask your doctor or
pharmacist for advice before using this medicine.
If a cracked nipple is being treated, the ointment must be
thoroughly washed off prior to breast-feeding.

Bactroban Ointment contains polyethylene

Talk to your doctor before using this medicine if you:
- have kidney problems
- have lare areas of open wounds or damaged skin to be

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Pharma code Ref. No. 7475

Bactroban 2% Ointment (called ‘Bactroban’ in this leaflet)
contains a medicine called mupirocin. Bactroban is an
antibiotic ointment.
It is used:
Read all of this leaflet carefully before you
• to treat skin infections on the skin such as
start using this medicine because it contains - infected hair follicles which form pimples containing
important information for you.
pus (“folliculitis”),
• Keep this leaflet. You may need to read it again.
- an infectious skin infection with blistering and crusting
• If you have any further questions, ask your doctor, nurse
known as “impetigo” or
or pharmacist.
- recurring boils (“furunculosis”)
• This medicine has been prescribed for you only. Do not
• to kill various bacteria which cause other skin infections
pass it on to others. It may harm them, even if their signs
including Staphylococci, Streptococci and E. coli. This
of illness are the same as yours.
group includes MRSA (Methicillin Resistant Staphylococcus
• If you get any side effects, talk to your doctor, nurse or
pharmacist. This includes any possible side effects not
• This ointment is for external use on your skin only.
listed in this leaflet. See section 4.


• B actroban can cause severe skin reactions or allergies.
See ‘Conditions to look out for’ in Section 4
• Bactroban is not suitable for use in your eyes, nose or
around intravenous cannula (‘drip’) sites.
Thrush (a yeast 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.

Pharma code Ref. No. 7475
How long should you use
Bactroban for?

If you stop using Bactroban

If you stop using Bactroban too early, not all
the bacteria may have been killed or they may
Use Bactroban for as long as your doctor has
continue to grow. Ask your doctor, nurse or
told you. If you are not sure, ask your doctor,
nurse or pharmacist. The bacteria are normally pharmacist when to stop using the ointment.
cleared from your skin within 10 days of starting If you have any further questions on the use of
treatment. Do not use for more than 10 days.
this product, ask your doctor, nurse or pharmacist.
Throw away any ointment that is left over.

Very rare (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.

Reporting of side effects

If you get any side effects, talk to your doctor,
pharmacist or nurse. This include any possible
side effects not listed in this leaflet. You can
4 Possible side effects
also report side effects direclty via the Yellow
If you swallow any Bactroban
If you swallow any of the ointment, speak to your Like all medicines, this medicine can cause side Card Scheme at:
By reporting side effects you can help provide
effects, although not everybody gets them.
doctor, nurse or pharmacist for advice.
more information on the safety of this
Conditions to look out for
If you forget to use Bactroban
Severe skin reactions or allergies
• If you forget to apply Bactroban, apply it as
- If you develop a severe skin reaction or an
soon as you remember.
5 How to store Bactroban
• If your next dose is due within an hour, skip
• wash off the ointment
• Keep out of the sight and reach of children.
the missed dose.
• Do not store above 25°C.
• Do not use a double dose to make up for a • stop using it and
• tell your doctor as soon as possible.
• Do not use Bactroban after the expiry date
forgotten dose.
The following side effects may happen with
which is stated on the tube. The expiry date
this medicine:
refers to the last day of that month.
Common (may affect up to 1 in 10 people)
• Do not use Bactroban if it looks different to
• Burning where the ointment is applied.
Uncommon (may affect up to 1 in
• Do not throw away medicines via
100 people)
wastewater or household waste. Ask your
• Itching, redness, stinging and dryness on
pharmacist how to throw away medicines
your skin in the place where Bactroban is
you no longer use. These measures will help
to protect the environment.
• Allergic rash, itching, redness or soreness of
the skin can also occur on other parts of
your body.

6 Contents of the pack
and other information
What Bactroban contains

• T he active substance is mupirocin. Each
gram of ointment contains 20 mg mupirocin.
• The other ingredients are polyethylene
glycol 400 and polyethylene glycol 3350.

What Bactroban looks like and
contents of the pack

• B actroban is an off-white, translucent
• Bactroban is available in a 5 g and
15 g tube. Each tube comes in a carton. Not
all pack sizes may be marketed.

Marketing Authorisation Holder
and Manufacturer
Marketing authorisation holder
Beecham Group plc
Stockley Park West, Uxbridge,
Middlesex UB11 1BT
Glaxo Wellcome Operations
Harmire Road, Barnard Castle,
Co Durham DL12 8DT

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Institute of Blind People.
This leaflet was last revised in: August 2013
Bactroban is a registered trademark of the
GlaxoSmithKline group of companies.
© 2013 GlaxoSmithKline group of companies.
All rights reserved.


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Source: Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency

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