Altabax Side Effects
Generic name: retapamulin topical
Medically reviewed by Drugs.com. Last updated on Feb 6, 2023.
Note: This document contains side effect information about retapamulin topical. Some dosage forms listed on this page may not apply to the brand name Altabax.
Applies to retapamulin topical: topical application ointment.
Serious side effects of Altabax
Along with its needed effects, retapamulin topical (the active ingredient contained in Altabax) may cause some unwanted effects. Although not all of these side effects may occur, if they do occur they may need medical attention.
Check with your doctor immediately if any of the following side effects occur while taking retapamulin topical:
- 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
Other side effects of Altabax
Some side effects of retapamulin topical may occur that usually do not need medical attention. These side effects may go away during treatment as your body adjusts to the medicine. Also, your health care professional may be able to tell you about ways to prevent or reduce some of these side effects.
Check with your health care professional if any of the following side effects continue or are bothersome or if you have any questions about them:
- muscle aches
- sore throat
- stuffy or runny nose
- unusual tiredness or weakness
For Healthcare Professionals
Applies to retapamulin topical: topical ointment.
Common (1% to 10%): Application site irritation, application site pruritus, application site pain
Uncommon (0.1% to 1%): Application site erythema
Postmarketing reports: Application site burning sensation[Ref]
Common (1% to 10%): Pyrexia
Uncommon (0.1% to 1%): Increased creatinine phosphokinase[Ref]
Common (1% to 10%): Diarrhea, nausea
Uncommon (0.1% to 1%): Abdominal discomfort[Ref]
Common (1% to 10%): Nasopharyngitis[Ref]
Common (1% to 10%): Headache[Ref]
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1. Product Information. Altabax (retapamulin topical). GlaxoSmithKline. 2007.
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Some side effects may not be reported. You may report them to the FDA.