Active substance(s): SODIUM FUSIDATE
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.
In this leaflet:
1. What Fucidin® Tablets are and what they are used for
2. Before you take Fucidin® Tablets
3. How to take Fucidin® Tablets
4. Possible side effects
5. How to store Fucidin® Tablets
6. Further information
1. WHAT FUCIDIN® TABLETS ARE AND WHAT THEY ARE
Fucidin® Tablets contain sodium fusidate. It is a type of antibiotic.
Fucidin® Tablets work by killing germs (bacteria) that cause infections.
Fucidin® Tablets are 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® TABLETS
Do not take Fucidin® Tablets
• If you are allergic (hypersensitive) to fusidic acid or sodium fusidate.
• 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
• 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® Tablets
Before you take Fucidin® Tablets, 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.
When you are taking Fucidin® Tablets 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
• 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
• Ritonavir or saquinavir, medicines used to treat HIV.
• Ciclosporin. This medicine is used to reduce the body's immune
Pregnancy and breast-feeding
Please ask your doctor or pharmacist for advice before taking Fucidin®
• 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®
Fucidin® Tablets contain:
• Lactose. This is a type of sugar. If you cannot tolerate any sugar
(sometimes called sugar intolerance), contact your doctor before
taking this medicine.
• Sodium. Each tablet contains 11 milligrams (mg) sodium. You should
take this 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.
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3. HOW TO TAKE FUCIDIN® TABLETS
Always take Fucidin® Tablets exactly as your doctor has told you. You
should check with your doctor or pharmacist if you are not sure.
How many Fucidin® Tablets to take
Your doctor will tell you how many tablets to take. Your doctor will tell you
how many times each day to take your medicine.
You should take the medicine at equally spaced times in the day.
Take the tablet with a glass of water.
Adults and the Elderly
• Skin infections: the usual dose is one tablet twice each day. Take for
5 to 10 days.
• Other infections: the usual dose is two tablets three times each day.
In severe infections, your doctor may increase the dose.
If you take more Fucidin® Tablets than you should
Tell your doctor straight away. You may need to stop taking this
If you forget to take Fucidin® Tablets
If you forget to take this medicine, take it as soon as you remember.
Then next take this medicine at the usual time.
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 possible side effects:
Common (affect less than one in 10 people):
Dizziness, drowsiness, diarrhoea, nausea, vomiting, stomach upset,
Uncommon (affect less than 1 in 100 people):
Headache, rash, itchy rash, itching, loss of appetite, feeling tired, weak
Number of people affected not known:
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® TABLETS
If you have any further questions about taking this medicine, please ask
your doctor or pharmacist.
• Keep out of the reach and the sight of children.
• Do not use Fucidin® Tablets after the expiry date on the carton. The
expiry date is the last day of that month.
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.
4. POSSIBLE SIDE EFFECTS
6. FURTHER INFORMATION
If you stop taking Fucidin® Tablets
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.
Like all medicines, Fucidin® Tablets can cause side effects, although
not everybody gets them. Between 1-2 people out of 10 may
experience side effects with Fucidin® Tablets, 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.
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.
What Fucidin® Tablets contain
• The active ingredient is sodium fusidate. Fucidin® Tablets contain
250 milligrams of sodium fusidate in each tablet.
• The other ingredients are crospovidone, hypromellose, lactose
monohydrate, magnesium stearate, microcrystalline cellulose, silica,
talc, titanium dioxide (E171) and α-tocopherol.
You can find important information about some of the ingredients in
your medicine near the end of section 2 of this leaflet.
What Fucidin® Tablets look like and contents of the pack
Fucidin® Tablets are white to off-white tablets.
Fucidin® Tablets come in blister packs of 10 and 100.
Marketing Authorisation Holder and Manufacturer
Marketing Authorisation Holder: LEO Laboratories Limited,
Hurley, Berkshire SL6 6RJ, UK
Manufacturer: Laboratoires LEO, 28500 Vernouillet, France.
This leaflet was last revised in October 2013.
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Source: Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency
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