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Fucidin Cream

fusidic acid
Please read all of this leaflet carefully before you start taking this medicine.
• Keep this leaflet. You may need to read it again.
• If you have any further questions, ask your doctor 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 become serious, or you notice any side effects not listed
in this leaflet please tell your doctor or pharmacist.


Tell your doctor if you become pregnant
while using this medicine.
Driving and using machines
Usually your medicine will have very little
effect on your ability to drive or use
machines. Check with your doctor if you
feel any side effect that may stop you
from driving or using machines.

Fucidin® Cream is used to treat conditions
where the skin is infected by germs
(bacteria), such as:
• Impetigo (a weeping, crusty and swollen
patch of skin)
• Infected dermatitis (inflammation of the
skin) and spots
• Infected cuts and grazes.

Important information about some of the
ingredients of Fucidin® Cream
Fucidin® Cream contains:
• Butylhydroxyanisole (E320). This may
give you an itchy rash and inflammation
on your skin where your medicine is
used. This may also cause irritation to the
eyes and mucous membranes (such as
lips or genital area).
• Cetyl alcohol. This may give you an
itchy rash and inflammation on your
skin where your medicine is used.
• Potassium sorbate. This may give you an
itchy rash and inflammation on your skin
where your medicine is used.


Please ask your doctor if you are worried
about any of the ingredients in this


Cream contains fusidic acid. It is
a type of antibiotic.
Fucidin® Cream works by killing germs
(bacteria) that cause infections.

Do not use Fucidin® Cream
• If you are allergic (hypersensitive) to
fusidic acid.
• If you are allergic (hypersensitive) to
any of the other ingredients in your
medicine. You can find a list of these
ingredients in section 6 of this leaflet.

Always use Fucidin® Cream exactly as
your doctor has told you. You should
check with your doctor or pharmacist if
you are not sure.

Take special care with Fucidin® Cream
• Take special care if you are going to use
this medicine near your eyes or the eyes
of a child.
• If you use the cream over a long time or
in large amounts it may make the chance
of getting any side effects higher. Also
your skin may get more sensitive to this

How to put on Fucidin® Cream
This medicine is only for using on your
skin or the skin of a child. Do not swallow
it. Do not put it inside your body.

Taking other medicines
Please tell your doctor or pharmacist if
you are taking, or have recently taken
any other medicines. This includes any
medicines which you have bought
without a prescription.

Always wash your hands before using
Fucidin® Cream. Rub the medicine gently
on the skin. If you use it on your face be
careful to avoid your eyes.

Pregnancy and breast-feeding
Please ask your doctor or pharmacist for
advice before using Fucidin® Cream:
• If you are pregnant, or think you are
You must not use your medicine for a
long time or in large amounts. You must
ask your doctor for advice.
• If you are breast-feeding.

Remove the cap. Check the seal is not
broken before you first use the cream.
Then push the spike in the cap through
the seal on the tube.

Unless you are using the cream to treat
your hands, always wash your hands
after using Fucidin® Cream.
If you accidentally get any medicine in
your eye, wash it out with cold water
straight away. Then bathe your eye with
eyewash if possible. Your eye may sting.
If you start to have any problems with
your sight or your eye is sore, contact
your doctor immediately.


In this leaflet:
1. What Fucidin® Cream is and what it is
used for
2. Before you use Fucidin® Cream
3. How to use Fucidin® Cream
4. Possible side effects
5. How to store Fucidin® Cream
6. Further information

Usually, you should use this medicine
three or four times each day.
If you have been told to cover the skin
with any dressings or bandages you may
not need to use the medicine so often. A
nappy on a baby may act as a dressing.
Follow the advice of your doctor.
What to do if you use more Fucidin®
Cream than you should
If you accidentally apply too much cream
or a small quantity of the cream is
accidentally swallowed, it is unlikely to
cause any harm. If a larger quantity of the
cream is accidentally swallowed or you
are worried contact your doctor,
pharmacist or A+E department for advice.
If you forget to use Fucidin® Cream
If you forget to use this medicine, use it
as soon as you remember. Then next use
this medicine at the usual time.
If you have any further questions about
using this medicine, please ask your
doctor or pharmacist.

Like all medicines, Fucidin® Cream can
cause side effects, although not everybody
gets them.
Important side effects to look out for:
Rare (probably affect less than 1 in 1,000
You must get urgent medical help if you
have any of the following symptoms.
You may be having an allergic reaction:
• You have difficulty breathing
• Your face or throat swell
• Your skin develops a severe rash.

Medicines should not be thrown away in
waste water or in household waste.
Please ask your pharmacist how to throw
away any medicine you do not need any
more. If you do this you will help protect
the environment.

What Fucidin® Cream contains
• The active ingredient is fusidic acid 2%.
• The other ingredients are
butylhydroxyanisole (E320), cetyl alcohol,
glycerol, liquid paraffin, polysorbate 60,
potassium sorbate, purified water,
all-rac-α-tocopherol, hydrochloric acid
and white soft paraffin.
You can find important information about
some of the ingredients in your medicine
near the end of section 2 of this leaflet.
What Fucidin® Cream looks like and
contents of the pack
Fucidin® Cream is a white to off-white
Fucidin® Cream comes in tubes of
15 g and 30 g.
Marketing Authorisation Holder and
Marketing Authorisation Holder:
LEO Laboratories Limited,
Hurley, Berkshire SL6 6RJ, UK
LEO Laboratories Limited, Dublin 12,
This leaflet was last revised in
October 2013.

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Other possible side effects:
Uncommon side effects (probably affect
less than 1 in 100 people)
• Irritation at site of application (including
pain, burning, irritation, stinging and skin
• Itching
• Rash
• Eczema
Rare side effects (probably affect less than
1 in 1,000 people)
• Conjunctivitis
• Hives
• Skin swelling
• Blistering of the skin
If any of the side effects become serious
or you notice any side effects not listed in
this leaflet, tell your doctor or pharmacist.

• Keep out of the reach and the sight of
• Do not use Fucidin® Cream after the
expiry date on the carton. The expiry
date is the last day of that month.



How much Fucidin® Cream to use
Your doctor will tell you how much
Fucidin® Cream to use.

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Source: Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency

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