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BACTROBAN 2% OINTMENT
Active substance(s): MUPIROCIN
Warnings and precautions
Package Leaflet: Information for the user
Bactroban 2% Ointment
Read all of this leaflet carefully before you
start using this medicine because it contains
important information for you.
What is in this leaflet
What 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
Bactroban 2% Ointment (called ‘Bactroban’ in this leaflet)
contains the active substance 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
- 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
• This ointment is for external use on your skin only.
2 What you need to know
before you use Bactroban
Other medicines and Bactroban
Tell your doctor, nurse or pharmacist if you are using, have
recently used or might use any other medicines.
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.
Driving and using machines
It is unlikely that Bactroban will affect your ability to drive
or operate machinery.
Bactroban Ointment contains polyethylene
Do not use Bactroban:
• if 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.
Talk to your doctor before using this medicine if you:
- have kidney problems
- have large areas of open wounds or damaged skin to
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 two to three times
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.
Pharma code Ref. No. 7349
• Keep this leaflet. You may need to read it again.
• If you have any further questions, ask your doctor, nurse
• This medicine has been prescribed for you only. Do not
pass it on to others. It may harm them, even if their signs
of illness are the same as yours.
• If you get any side effects, talk to your doctor, nurse or
pharmacist. This includes any possible side effects not
listed in this leaflet. See section 4.
1 What Bactroban is and what
it is used for
• 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.
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Pharma code Ref. No. 7349
How long should you use
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.
Throw away any ointment that is left over.
If you swallow any Bactroban
If you swallow any of the ointment, speak to your
doctor, nurse or pharmacist for advice.
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
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 ointment.
If you have any further questions on the use of
this product, ask your doctor, nurse or pharmacist.
4 Possible side effects
Like all medicines, this medicine can cause side
effects, although not everybody gets them.
Conditions to look out for
Severe skin reactions or allergies:
These are very rare in people using Bactroban
Ointment. Signs include:
• raised and itchy rash
• swelling, sometimes of the face or mouth,
causing difficulty in breathing
• collapse or loss of consciousness.
Contact a doctor immediately if you get
any of these symptoms. Stop using Bactroban
- 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.
On rare occasions, medicines like Bactroban
can cause inflammation of the colon (large
intestine), causing diarrhoea, usually with
blood and mucus, stomach pain, fever
Tell your doctor as soon as possible
if you get any of these symptoms.
The following side effects may happen with
Common (may affect up to 1 in 10 people)
• Burning where the ointment is applied.
Uncommon (may affect up to 1 in 100 people) • Bactroban is an off-white, translucent ointment.
Do not use it if it looks different to normal.
• Itching, redness, stinging and dryness on your
skin in the place where Bactroban is applied. • Do not throw away medicines via
wastewater or household waste. Ask your
• Allergic rash, itching, redness or soreness of
pharmacist how to throw away medicines
the skin can also occur on other parts of
you no longer use. These measures will help
protect the environment.
Very rare (may affect up to 1 in 10,000 people)
• Swollen face and/or difficulty breathing. This
6 Contents of the pack
may be a sign of a serious allergic reaction
that could require emergency treatment.
and other information
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
also report side effects direclty via the Yellow
Card Scheme at: www.mhra.gov.uk/yellowcard
By reporting side effects you can help provide
more information on the safety of this
5 How to store Bactroban
• K eep this medicine out of the sight and
reach of children.
• Do not store above 25°C.
• Do not use Bactroban after the expiry date
which is stated on the tube or carton after
(EXP). The expiry date refers to the last day
of that month.
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 15 g tube. Each
tube comes in a carton.
Marketing Authorisation Holder
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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Source: Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency
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