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BACTROBAN NASAL OINTMENT
Active substance(s): MUPIROCIN / MUPIROCIN CALCIUM
PACKAGE LEAFLET: INFORMATION FOR THE USER
BACTROBAN® 2% NASAL OINTMENT
MUPIROCIN 2% NASAL OINTMENT
Your medicine is known as the above names but will be referred to
as Bactroban throughout the following leaflet.
Warnings and precautions
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.
Read all of this leaflet carefully before you start using this
medicine because it contains important information for you.
Other medicines and Bactroban
Keep this leaflet. You may need to read it again.
Tell your doctor, nurse or pharmacist if you are using, have recently
used or might use any other medicines.
If you have any further questions, ask your doctor, nurse or
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.
What is in this leaflet
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.
Driving and using machines
It is unlikely that Bactroban will affect your ability to drive or operate
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
Always use this medicine exactly as your doctor has told you. You
should check with your doctor or pharmacist if you are not sure.
How to store Bactroban
Contents of the pack and other information
HOW TO USE BACTROBAN
Using this medicine
You usually apply Bactroban to your nose two to three times a day.
Wash and dry your hands.
Place a small amount of Bactroban, about the size of a match
head, on your little finger.
Apply this to the inside of one nostril.
It is used:
Repeat steps 2 and 3 for your other nostril.
to kill a group of bacteria in the nose called ‘Staphylococci’
this group includes MRSA (Methicillin Resistant Staphylococcus
Press the sides of your nose together to spread the ointment
around the nostril.
Replace the cap on the tube and wash your hands.
this ointment is for use in your nose only.
A cotton bud can be used instead of your little finger to apply the
ointment, particularly in infants or the very ill.
WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW BEFORE YOU USE
How long should you use Bactroban for?
WHAT BACTROBAN IS AND WHAT IT IS USED FOR
Bactroban 2% Nasal Ointment (called ‘Bactroban’ in this leaflet)
contains the active substance mupirocin calcium. Bactroban is an
Do not use Bactroban:
if you are allergic (hypersensitive) to mupirocin calcium,
mupirocin or any of the other ingredients of this medicine (listed
in section 6).
If you are not sure if this applies to you, do not use this medicine.
Talk to your doctor, nurse or pharmacist before using Bactroban.
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 nose within 5 to 7 days of starting
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
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 stop using Bactroban
5. HOW TO STORE 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.
Do not store above 25°C.
KEEP OUT OF THE SIGHT AND REACH OF CHILDREN.
If you have any further questions on the use of this product, ask
your doctor, nurse or pharmacist.
If your doctor tells you to stop using the medicine, please take it
back to the pharmacist for safe disposal. Only keep the
medicine if your doctor tells you to.
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.
Like all medicines, this medicine can cause side effects, although
not everybody gets them.
Conditions to look out for
If the medicine becomes discoloured or shows any other signs
of deterioration, you should seek the advice of your pharmacist
who will tell you what to do.
Severe skin reactions or allergies:
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.
POSSIBLE SIDE EFFECTS
These are very rare in people using Bactroban. Signs include:
raised and itchy rash
swelling, sometimes of the face or mouth, causing difficulty in
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.
6. CONTENTS OF THE PACK AND OTHER INFORMATION
What Bactroban contains
Bactroban contains mupirocin calcium equivalent to 2%w/w of
the active ingredient, mupirocin, in a white base.
Bactroban also includes the following: white soft paraffin and
What Bactroban Nasal Ointment looks like and contents of the
On rare occasions, medicines like Bactroban can cause
inflammation of the colon (large intestine), causing diarrhoea,
usually with blood and mucus, stomach pain, fever
Bactroban is a white ointment in an aluminium tube.
Bactroban is available as a tube containing 3g of ointment.
Tell your doctor as soon as possible if you get any of these
Product Licence holder
The following side effects may happen with this medicine:
Procured from within the EU and repackaged by the PL holder:
Chemilines Ltd, Alperton Lane, Wembley, HA0 1DX.
Uncommon (may affect up to 1 in 100 people)
Itching, redness, burning, tingling or stinging of the nose.
Very rare (may affect up to 1 in 10,000 people)
This product is manufactured by Glaxo Wellcome Operations,
Harmire Road, Barnard Castle, DL12 8DT, UK.
Some people can develop a skin reaction or allergy that is
severe. The signs can include a rash, itchiness, redness or
Reporting of side effects
If you get any side effects, talk to your doctor, pharmacist or nurse.
This includes any possible side effects not listed in this leaflet. You
can also report side effects direclty via the Yellow Card Scheme at:
By reporting side effects you can help provide more information on
the safety of this medicine.
Leaflet revision date: 25 August 2016
Bactroban® is a registered trade mark of GlaxosmithKline group of
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Source: Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency
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