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FUCIDIN SUSPENSION

Active substance(s): FUSIDIC ACID MICRONISED NON-STERILE

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PACKAGE LEAFLET: INFORMATION FOR THE USER

Fucidin Suspension
®

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.

1. WHAT FUCIDIN® SUSPENSION IS
AND WHAT IT IS USED FOR
Fucidin® Suspension contains fusidic
acid. It is a type of antibiotic.
Fucidin® Suspension works by killing
germs (bacteria) that cause infections.
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Fucidin® Suspension is used to treat
infections such as:
• Infections of the skin and wounds
• Infections of the blood such as
septicaemia
• Infections of the bone and heart tissue
• Infections of the lungs such as
pneumonia
• Infections connected with the condition
cystic fibrosis.

2. BEFORE YOU TAKE FUCIDIN®
SUSPENSION
Do not take Fucidin® Suspension
• 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.
• If you know that you have any sugar
intolerance. You may have inherited this
condition from someone else in your
family.
Take special care with Fucidin®
Suspension
Before you take Fucidin® Suspension, tell
your doctor:
• If you are taking statins (medicines to
lower blood cholesterol).
• If you have problems with your liver
• If you have recently been jaundiced.
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When you are taking
Suspension your doctor may take regular
blood tests in patients on high doses,
with liver or bile problems, taking the
medicine for a long time or taking other
medicines that affect the liver.
If you are concerned that your treatment
is not as effective as it should be, tell your
doctor. As with any antibiotic treatment,
long term or repeated use may increase
the risk of developing antibiotic
resistance.
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.
• Do not take statins (medicines to lower
blood cholesterol) while using this
medicine.
You must tell your doctor or pharmacist if
you are taking any of the following
medicines:
• Other antibiotics, such as lincomycin
and rifampicin.
• Oral anti-coagulants (medicines to "thin"
your blood). You may be likely to bleed
more easily. Your doctor may need to
change your dose.
• Medicines to lower blood cholesterol,
such as statins. This may lead to muscle
weakness, tenderness or pain. Also see
section 4 of this leaflet.
• Ritonavir or saquinavir, medicines used
to treat HIV.
• Ciclosporin. This medicine is used to
reduce the body's immune reactions.
Pregnancy and breast-feeding
Please ask your doctor or pharmacist for
advice before taking Fucidin®
Suspension:
• If you are pregnant, or think you are
pregnant
• If you are breast-feeding.
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.
Important information about some of the
ingredients of Fucidin® Suspension
Fucidin® Suspension contains:
• Sodium benzoate. This may increase
the risk of jaundice in newborn babies.
• Glucose. This is a type of sugar. If you
cannot tolerate any sugar (sometimes
called sugar intolerance), contact your
doctor before taking this medicine. Your
medicine contains 1.25 gram (g) glucose
in each 5 millilitres (ml). This should be
taken into account in patients with
diabetes mellitus.
• Sorbitol. This is a type of sugar. If you
cannot tolerate any sugar (sometimes
called sugar intolerance), contact your
doctor before taking this medicine.
• Sodium. Your medicine contains 2
milligrams (mg) sodium in each ml. This
should be taken into consideration if
you are on a controlled sodium diet.
Please ask your doctor if you are worried
about any of the ingredients in this
medicine.

3. HOW TO TAKE FUCIDIN®
SUSPENSION
Always take Fucidin® Suspension exactly
as your doctor has told you. You should
check with your doctor or pharmacist if
you are not sure.
How much Fucidin® Suspension to take
Your doctor will tell you how much
Fucidin® Suspension to take or to give to
your child and how many times each day
to take it.
You should take the medicine at equally
spaced times in the day.
Shake well before use.
Adults
The usual dose is 15 ml three times each
day.
Children
The usual dose for a child:
• Under 1 year is 1 ml/kg bodyweight
each day. This dose will be divided into
3 equal doses.
• Between 1-5 years is 5 ml three times
each day
• Between 5-12 years is 10 ml three times
each day.
If you take more Fucidin® Suspension
than you should
Tell your doctor straight away. You may
need to stop taking this medicine.
If you forget to take Fucidin® Suspension
If you forget to take this medicine, take it
as soon as you remember. Then next take
this medicine at the usual time.
If you stop taking Fucidin® Suspension
It is very important to take all the
medicine that your doctor has told you to
take. You must finish this medicine even
if you feel better. You must do this
because otherwise your infection may
come back.
If you have any further questions about
using this medicine, please ask your
doctor or pharmacist.

4. POSSIBLE SIDE EFFECTS
Like all medicines, Fucidin® Suspension
can cause side effects, although not
everybody gets them. Between
1-2 people out of 10 may experience side
effects with Fucidin® Suspension, but
most of these are stomach upsets and
depend on the dose.
Serious side effects:
Rare (affects less than 1 in 1,000 people):
allergic reaction. You must get urgent
medical help if you have any of the
following symptoms:
• You have difficulty breathing
• Your face or throat swell
• Your skin develops a severe rash.

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

Number of people affected not known:
You must get urgent medical help if you
have any of the following symptoms.
You may be developing a condition
called rhabdomyolysis:
• You develop muscle weakness
• You develop muscle pain
• You develop muscle tenderness.
Number of people affected not known:
problems with your liver or kidneys. You
should tell your doctor straight away if
you have any of the following
symptoms:
• Your skin or the whites of your eyes
appear yellow
• You are not passing water.
Number of people affected not known:
the level of some cells in your blood may
change. You should tell your doctor
straight away if you have any of the
following symptoms:
• You develop any unexplained bruising
or bleeding
• You develop persistent or repeated
mouth ulcers, sore throats or other
infections.

6. FURTHER INFORMATION
What Fucidin® Suspension contains
• The active ingredient is fusidic acid.
Fucidin® Suspension contains 250 mg of
fusidic acid in every 5 ml.
• The other ingredients are acesulfame
potassium, banana flavour, orange dry
flavour, citric acid, disodium phosphate
dihydrate, glucose liquid,
hydroxyethylcellulose, methylcellulose,
sodium benzoate, sorbitol and purified
water.
You can find important information about
some of the ingredients in your medicine
near the end of section 2 of this leaflet.
What Fucidin® Suspension looks like and
contents of the pack
Fucidin® Suspension is a white to offwhite liquid.
Fucidin® Suspension comes in a bottle of
50 ml with a measuring cup.
Marketing Authorisation Holder and
Manufacturer
Marketing Authorisation Holder:
LEO Laboratories Limited,
Hurley, Berkshire SL6 6RJ, UK

Other possible side effects:
Common (affect less than one in 10
people):
Dizziness, drowsiness, diarrhoea, nausea,
vomiting, stomach upset, heartburn.
Uncommon (affect less than 1 in 100
people):
Headache, rash, itchy rash, itching, loss
of appetite, feeling tired, weak or unwell.

Manufacturer: LEO Pharma A/S,
DK 2750 Ballerup, Denmark.
This leaflet was last revised in
October 2013.
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Number of people affected not known:
Pale stools
Dark urine
Upper right hand side stomach pain.
If any of the side effects become serious
or you notice any side effects not listed in
this leaflet, tell your doctor or pharmacist.

5. HOW TO STORE FUCIDIN®
SUSPENSION
• Keep out of the reach and the sight of
children.
• Do not use Fucidin® Suspension after
the expiry date on the carton. The expiry
date is the last day of that month.
• This medicinal product does not require
any special storage conditions.
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.

LEO
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Source: Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency

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