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MUPIROCIN 2% NASAL OINTMENT

Active substance(s): MUPIROCIN / MUPIROCIN CALCIUM / MUPIROCIN / MUPIROCIN

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PACKAGE LEAFLET: INFORMATION FOR THE USER

Bactroban Nasal Ointment / Mupirocin 2% Nasal Ointment
(mupirocin calcium)
This product is available as either of the above names but will be referred to as
Bactroban Nasal Ointment throughout the following:
Read all of this leaflet carefully before you start using this medicine because it
contains important information for you.
- Keep this leaflet. You may need to read it again.
- If you have any further questions, ask your doctor, nurse or pharmacist.
- 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:
1. What Bactroban Nasal Ointment is and what it is used for
2. What you need to know before you use Bactroban Nasal Ointment
3. How to use Bactroban Nasal Ointment
4. Possible side effects
5. How to store Bactroban Nasal Ointment
6. Contents of the pack and other information
1. What Bactroban Nasal Ointment is and what it is used for
Bactroban Nasal Ointment contains a medicine called mupirocin calcium. Bactroban
Nasal Ointment is an antibiotic ointment.
It is used:
• to kill a group of bacteria in the nose called 'Staphylococci'
• this group includes MRSA (Methicillin Resistant Staphylococcus aureus)
• this ointment is for use in your nose only.
2. What you need to know before you use Bactroban Nasal Ointment
Do not use Bactroban Nasal Ointment:
• 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 Nasal Ointment.
Warnings and precautions
Bactroban Nasal Ointment can cause severe skin reactions or allergies. See
‘Conditions to look out for’ in Section 4.
Thrush (a yeast infection) may develop if Bactroban Nasal Ointment 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.
Other medicines and Bactroban Nasal Ointment
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.
Driving and using machines
It is unlikely that Bactroban Nasal Ointment will affect your ability to drive or operate
machinery.
3. How to use Bactroban Nasal Ointment
Always use this medicine exactly as your doctor has told you. You should check with
your doctor or pharmacist if you are not sure.
Using this medicine
You usually apply Bactroban Nasal Ointment to your nose two to three times a day.
1. Wash and dry your hands.
2. Place a small amount of Bactroban Nasal Ointment, about the size of a match head,
on your little finger.
3. Apply this to the inside of one nostril.
4. Repeat steps 2 and 3 for your other nostril.
5. Press the sides of your nose together to spread the ointment around the nostril.
6. Replace the cap on the tube and wash your hands.
A cotton bud can be used instead of your little finger to apply the ointment, particularly
in infants or the very ill.
How long should you use Bactroban Nasal Ointment for?
Use Bactroban Nasal Ointment 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 treatment.
If you swallow any Bactroban Nasal Ointment
If you swallow any of the ointment, speak to your doctor, nurse or pharmacist for
advice.
If you forget to use Bactroban Nasal Ointment
If you forget to apply Bactroban Nasal Ointment, 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 forgotten dose.





If you stop using Bactroban Nasal Ointment
If you stop using Bactroban Nasal Ointment 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 Nasal 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 Nasal Ointment
– 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 Bactorban Nasal Ointment can cause inflammation
of the colon (large intestine), causing diarrhoea, usually with blood and mucus, stomach
pain, fever (pseudomembranous colitis).
→ Tell your doctor as soon as possible if you get any of these symptoms.
The following side effects may happen with this medicine:
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)
• Some people can develop a skin reaction or allergy that is severe. The signs can
include a rash, itchiness, redness or soreness.
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 directly 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
medicine.
5. How to store Bactroban Nasal Ointment
• Your ointment will have an expiry date on the pack. You should not use your ointment
after this date. The expiry date refers to the last day of that month.
• Do not store above 25ºC.
• Remember this medicine has been prescribed just for you. Never offer your
medicine to other people - it may not be suitable for them even if their symptoms
seem the same as yours. Return any left-over medicine to your pharmacist. Do not
keep it for further use.
• Keep all medicines out of the sight and reach of children. Preferably in a locked
cupboard or medicine cabinet.
• 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.
6. Contents of the pack and other information
Each gram of ointment contains 20mg mupirocin (as mupirocin calcium) as the active
ingredient. Bactroban Nasal Ointment is a white, soft paraffin base ointment. Also
contains diglycerin ester of fatty acid.
Bactroban Nasal Ointment is available in 3g tubes.
Manufacturer:
Bactroban Nasal Ointment is manufactured by Glaxo Wellcome Operations, Harmire
Road, Barnard Castle, County Durham DL12 8DT. United Kingdom and procured from
within the EU and repackaged by the Product Licence holder who is: O.P.D.
Laboratories Ltd., Unit 6 Colonial Way, Watford, Herts WD24 4PR.
POM
PL No: 15814/0419
Leaflet revision and issue date (Ref.) 02.09.2016
Bactroban® is a registered Trademark of GlaxoSmithKline group of companies.
To request a copy of this leaflet in Braille, large print or audio please call 01923 332 796.

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Source: Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency

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