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MUPIROCIN INFECTOPHARM 20 MG/G OINTMENT

Active substance(s): MUPIROCIN

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Package Leaflet: Information for the user
Mupirocin InfectoPharm 20 mg/g ointment
mupirocin
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 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 or pharmacist. This includes any possible side
effects not listed in this leaflet. See section 4.

What is in this leaflet
1. What Mupirocin InfectoPharm is and what it is used for
2. What do you need to know before you use Mupirocin InfectoPharm
3. How to use Mupirocin InfectoPharm
4. Possible side effects
5. How to store Mupirocin InfectoPharm
6. Contents of the pack and other information
1. What Mupirocin InfectoPharm is and what it is used for
Mupirocin InfectoPharm 20 mg/g ointment (called ‘Mupirocin InfectoPharm’ in this leaflet) contains a
medicine called mupirocin.
Mupirocin InfectoPharm is an antibiotic ointment for external use on your skin only.
It is used in adults, adolescents, children and infants aged 8 weeks and older:


to treat 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).

2. What you need to know before you use Mupirocin InfectoPharm
Do not use Mupirocin InfectoPharm:


if you are allergic (hypersensitive) to mupirocin or any of the other ingredients of this medicine
(listed in section 6).



in your eyes, nose or around intravenous cannula ('drip') sites.

Do not use if the above applies to you. If you are not sure do not use this medicine. Talk to your doctor
or pharmacist before using Mupirocin InfectoPharm.

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Warnings and precautions
Talk to your doctor or pharmacist before using Mupirocin InfectoPharm.
Mupirocin InfectoPharm can cause severe skin reactions or allergies. See ‘Conditions to look out for’
in Section 4.
Thrush (a yeast infection) may develop if Mupirocin InfectoPharm is used for a long time. If this
occurs, tell your doctor or pharmacist.
Keep the ointment away from your eyes. If the ointment gets into your eyes accidentally, wash them
thoroughly with water.
Children
Do not use Mupirocin InfectoPharm in newborns and infants under 8 weeks of age.
Other medicines and Mupirocin InfectoPharm
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 for advice before using this medicine.
If a cracked nipple is being treated, the ointment must be thoroughly washed off prior to breastfeeding.
Driving and using machines
Mupirocin InfectoPharm has no effects on the ability to drive or use machines.
Mupirocin InfectoPharm contains macrogol
Talk to your doctor before using this medicine if you:
• have kidney problems
• have large areas of open wounds or damaged skin to be treated

3. How to use Mupirocin InfectoPharm
Always use this medicine exactly as described in this leaflet or as your doctor or pharmacist have told
you. Check with your doctor or pharmacist if you are not sure.
Using this medicine
Do not mix Mupirocin InfectoPharm with any other external cream or ointment medicines on the
infected area of your skin as this may reduce the effectiveness of Mupirocin InfectoPharm.
You usually apply Mupirocin InfectoPharm on your skin 2 to 3 times a day.
1. Wash and dry your hands before you open the tube.
2. Apply ointment to the infected area of your skin.

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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.
4. Replace the cap on the tube and wash your hands.
How long should you use Mupirocin InfectoPharm for?
Use Mupirocin InfectoPharm for as long as your doctor has told you. If you are not sure, ask your
doctor or pharmacist. The bacteria are normally cleared from your skin within 10 days of starting
treatment.
Do not use for more than 10 days.
If your skin condition does not improve within 3 to 5 days, see your doctor.
Throw away any ointment that is left over.
If you use more Mupirocin InfectoPharm than you should


If you use more Mupirocin InfectoPharm than you should, speak to your doctor or pharmacist for
advice.



Remove excessive ointment with a clean wad of cotton wool or gauze swab.



If you swallow Mupirocin InfectoPharm, contact your doctor immediately and indicate what and
how much you have swallowed.

If you forget to use Mupirocin InfectoPharm


If you forget to apply Mupirocin InfectoPharm, 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 Mupirocin InfectoPharm
If you stop using Mupirocin InfectoPharm too early, not all the bacteria may have been killed or they
may continue to grow. Ask your doctor or pharmacist when to stop using the ointment.
If you have any further questions on the use of this medicine, ask your doctor 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
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.

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)

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Itching, redness, stinging and dryness on your skin in the place where Mupirocin InfectoPharm 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 or pharmacist. 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 Mupirocin InfectoPharm
Keep this medicine out of the sight and reach of children.
Do not store above 25 °C.
Do not use this medicine after the expiry date which is stated on the tube and on the box after “EXP:”.
The expiry date refers to the last day of that month.
Once opened store tube below 25 ºC. After first opening contents can be used up to 10 days.
Do not use Mupirocin InfectoPharm if it looks different to normal.
Do not throw away any medicine via wastewater or household waste. Ask your pharmacist how to
throw away medicines you no longer use. These measures will help to protect the environment.
6. Contents of the pack and other information
What Mupirocin InfectoPharm contains


The active substance is mupirocin.
1 g of ointment contains 20 mg mupirocin.



The other ingredients are macrogol 400 and macrogol 3350.

What Mupirocin InfectoPharm looks like and contents of the pack


Mupirocin InfectoPharm is a homogenous off-white ointment.



Mupirocin InfectoPharm is available in 5 g or 15 g aluminium tubes with membrane, internally
coated with epoxide-phenolic lacquer, closed with polypropylene screw cap with piercer. Each
tube comes in a carton. Cartons may be bundled to receive packs of 2 x 5 g, 3 x 5 g or 2 x 15 g.



Not all pack sizes may be marketed.

Marketing Authorisation Holder and Manufacturer
INFECTOPHARM Arzneimittel und Consilium GmbH
Von-Humboldt-Str. 1

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64646 Heppenheim
Germany
This medicinal product is authorised in the Member States of the EEA under the following
names:
Italy: Mupirocina InfectoPharm 20 mg/g unguento
Poland: Mupirocin InfectoPharm, 20 mg/g, maść
This leaflet was last revised in January 2016.

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Source: Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency

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