Mupirocin

By Medically reviewed by hellodoktor

Generic Name: Mupirocin Brand Name(s): Mupirocin.

Uses

What is mupirocin used for?

Mupirocin is used to treat skin infections. It may also be used for other conditions as determined by your doctor.

How should I take mupirocin?

Apply half of the tube’s contents to one nostril and the other half to the other nostril, usually in the morning and evening, or as directed by your doctor. Then gently squeeze your nostrils together and release. Repeat this for about 1 minute to spread the ointment. Throw away the tube after applying to both nostrils.

Use this medication regularly in order to get the most benefit from it. Continue to use it for the full amount of time prescribed. Stopping this medication too early may allow bacteria to continue to grow.

Avoid contact with your eyes. If you accidentally get medication in your eyes, rinse well with plenty of water.

The manufacturer recommends not to use this medication with any other nasal products.

How do I store mupirocin?

Mupirocin is best stored at room temperature away from direct light and moisture. To prevent drug damage, you should not store mupirocin in the bathroom or the freezer. There may be different brands of mupirocin that may have different storage needs. It is important to always check the product package for instructions on storage, or ask your pharmacist. For safety, you should keep all medicines away from children and pets.

You should not flush mupirocin down the toilet or pour them into a drain unless instructed to do so. It is important to properly discard this product when it is expired or no longer needed. Consult your pharmacist for more details about how to safely discard your product.

Precautions & warnings

What should I know before using mupirocin?

Before using this drug, tell your doctor if:

  • You are pregnant or breastfeeding. This is because, while you are expecting or feeding a baby, you should only take medicines on the recommendation of a doctor.
  • You are taking any other medicines. This includes any medicines you are taking which are available to buy without a prescription, such as herbal and complementary medicines.
  • You have allergy with any of active or inactive ingredients of mupirocin or other medications.
  • You have any other illnesses, disorders, or medical conditions.
  • You are treating a burn or open wound.
  • You have kidney problems.

Is it safe during pregnancy or breastfeeding?

There are no adequate studies in women for determining risk when using mupirocin during pregnancy or while breastfeeding. Please always consult with your doctor to weigh the potential benefits and risks before taking mupirocin. Mupirocin is pregnancy risk category B, according to the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

FDA pregnancy risk category reference below:

  • A=No risk
  • B=No risk in some studies
  • C=There may be some risk
  • D=Positive evidence of risk
  • X=Contraindicated
  • N=Unknown

Side effects

What side effects can occur from mupirocin?

Check with your doctor if any of these most common side effects persist or become bothersome:

Seek medical attention right away if any of these severe side effects occur:

  • Rash
  • Hives
  • Itching
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Tightness in the chest
  • Swelling of the mouth, face, lips, or tongue
  • Severe irritation
  • Severe itching

Not everyone experiences these side effects. There may be some side effects not listed above. If you have any concerns about a side-effect, please consult your doctor or pharmacist.

Interactions

What drugs may interact with mupirocin?

Mupirocin may interact with other drugs that you are currently taking, which can change how your drug works or increase your risk for serious side effects. To avoid any potential drug interactions, you should keep a list of all the drugs you are using (including prescription drugs, nonprescription drugs, and herbal products) and share it with your doctor and pharmacist. For your safety, do not start, stop, or change the dosage of any drugs without your doctor’s approval.

Does food or alcohol interact with mupirocin?

Mupirocin may interact with food or alcohol by altering the way the drug works or increase the risk for serious side effects. Please discuss with your doctor or pharmacist any potential food or alcohol interactions before using this drug.

What health conditions may interact with mupirocin?

Mupirocin may interact with your health condition. This interaction may worsen your health condition or alter the way the drug works. It is important to always let your doctor and pharmacist know all the health conditions you currently have.

Dosage

The information provided is not a substitute for any medical advice. You should ALWAYS consult with your doctor or pharmacist before using mupirocin.

What is the dose of mupirocin for an adult?

Usual Adult Dose for Skin and Structure Infection

Cream: A small amount applied to the affected area 3 times a day for 10 days.

Ointment: A small amount applied to the affected area 3 times a day for 7 to 14 days.

Usual Adult Dose for Nasal Carriage of Staphylococcus aureus

Divide 1/2 of the ointment from the single-use tube between the nostrils and apply twice daily for 5 days.

What is the dose of mupirocin for a child?

Usual Pediatric Dose for Skin and Structure Infection

Cream: 3 months to 16 years:

A small amount applied to the affected area 3 times a day for 10 days.

Ointment: 2 months to 16 years:

A small amount applied to the affected area 3 times a day for 7 to 14 days.

Usual Pediatric Dose for Nasal Carriage of Staphylococcus aureus

Greater than or equal to 12 years:

Divide 1/2 of the ointment from the single-use tube between the nostrils and apply twice daily for 5 days.

How is mupirocin available?

Mupirocin is available in the following dosage forms and strengths:

  • Ointment: 2%

What should I do in case of an emergency or overdose?

In case of an emergency or an overdose, call your local emergency services or go to your nearest emergency room.

What should I do if I miss a dose?

If you miss a dose of mupirocin, take it as soon as possible. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and take your regular dose as scheduled. Do not take a double dose.

Hello Health Group does not provide medical advice, diagnosis or treatment.

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Review Date: July 26, 2017 | Last Modified: September 13, 2019

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