Skip to Content

UK Edition. Click here for US version.

MUPIROCIN 2% OINTMENT

Active substance(s): MUPIROCIN / MUPIROCIN CALCIUM

View full screen / Print PDF » Download PDF ⇩
Transcript
151 LEAFLET Bactroban 20140611

PACKAGE LEAFLET: INFORMATION FOR THE USER

BACTROBAN OINTMENT
MUPIROCIN 2% OINTMENT
(mupirocin)

Other medicines and Bactroban
Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are taking, have recently taken
or might take 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.

Your medicine is known by either of the above names but will be
referred to as Bactroban throughout the following leaflet.

If a cracked nipple is being treated, the ointment must be thoroughly
washed off prior to breast-feeding.

Read all of this leaflet carefully before you start using this
medicine because it contains important information for you.

Bactroban Ointment contains polyethylene glycol



Keep this leaflet. You may need to read it again.

Talk to your doctor before using this medicine if you:



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.

3. HOW TO USE BACTROBAN



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.

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.

have kidney problems
have lare areas of open wounds or damaged skin to be treated

What is in this leaflet:

Using this medicine

1

What Bactroban is and what it is used for

2

What you need to know before you use Bactroban

3

How to use Bactroban

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.

4

Possible side effects

5

How to store Bactroban

6

Contents of the pack and other information

1. WHAT BACTROBAN IS AND WHAT IT IS USED FOR

You usually apply Bactroban on your skin 2 to 3 times a day.
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.

Bactroban 2% Ointment (called ‘Bactroban’ in this leaflet) contains
a medicine called mupirocin. Bactroban is an antibiotic ointment.
It is used:

4. Replace the cap on the tube and wash your hands.



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.

to treat skin infections on the skin such as
- infected hair follicles which form pimples containing pus
(“folliculitis”),
- 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 Staphylococcus aureus).



This ointment is for external use on your skin only.

How long should you use Bactroban for?

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

2. WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW BEFORE YOU USE
BACTROBAN
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.
Warnings and precautions


Bactroban can cause severe skin reactions or allergies. See
‘Conditions to look out for’ in Section 4





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 forgotten dose.

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.

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.

4. POSSIBLE SIDE EFFECTS

Keep the ointment away from your eyes.

Severe skin reactions or allergies

-

If the ointment gets into your eyes accidentally, wash them
thoroughly with water.

-

If you develop a severe skin reaction or an allergy:

There is a different preparation of Bactroban that is used to prevent
or treat infections inside your nose.



wash off the ointment



stop using it and



tell your doctor as soon as possible.

Like all medicines, this medicine can cause side effects, although
not everybody gets them.
Conditions to look out for

The following side effects may happen with this medicine:
Common (may affect up to 1 in 10 people)


Burning where the ointment is applied.

Uncommon (may affect up to 1 in 100 people)


Itching, redness, stinging and dryness on your skin in the place
where Bactroban is applied.



Allergic rash, itching, redness or soreness of the skin can also
occur on other parts of your body.

Very rare (may affect up to 1 in 10,000 people)


Swollen face and/or difficulty breathing. This may be a sign of a
serious allergic reaction that could require emergency
treatment.
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 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


KEEP OUT OF THE SIGHT AND REACH OF CHILDREN.



Bactroban should be stored at room temperature, below 25°C.



Do not use after the expiry date printed on the carton or tube
label.



If your doctor tells you to stop using the ointment, please take it
back to the pharmacist for safe disposal. Only keep the
ointment if your doctor tells you to.



If the ointment becomes discoloured or shows any other signs
of deterioration, you should seek the advice of your pharmacist
before using it.

6. FURTHER INFORMAT ION
What Bactroban contains


It contains the active ingredient mupirocin 2% w/w in a watersoluble polyethylene glycol base.



It also contains the inactive ingredient polyethylene glycol.

What Bactroban looks like and contents of the pack
Bactroban is a white, clear ointment.
Bactroban is available as 15g tubes of ointment.
Product Licence holder
Procured from within the EU and repackaged by the Product
Licence holder: Chemilines Ltd, Chemilines House, Alperton Lane,
Wembley, Middlesex HA0 1DX.
Manufacturer
This product is manufactured by Glaxo Wellcome Operations,
Harmire Road, County Durham, Barnard Castle, DL12 8DT.
POM

PL No: 08747/0151

Leaflet revision date: 13 June 2014
Bactroban is a registered trade mark of Beecham Group plc, UK.
151 LEAFLET Bactroban 20140611

Expand view ⇕

Source: Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency

Disclaimer: Every effort has been made to ensure that the information provided here is accurate, up-to-date and complete, but no guarantee is made to that effect. Drug information contained herein may be time sensitive. This information has been compiled for use by healthcare practitioners and consumers in the United States. The absence of a warning for a given drug or combination thereof in no way should be construed to indicate that the drug or combination is safe, effective or appropriate for any given patient. If you have questions about the substances you are taking, check with your doctor, nurse or pharmacist.

Hide