Name: Bactroban

Bactroban Usage

Use Bactroban exactly as prescribed.

Topical Ointment/Cream:

  • Usually applied 3 times a day. 
  • Make sure the infected area is as clean and dry as possible before applying Bactroban.
  • You should apply only enough medication to thinly cover the infected area.
  • The treated area may be covered by gauze dressing if desired.
  • Avoid contact with eyes

Nasal Ointment:

  • Nasal ointment and is usually applied 2 times a day.
  • After application, press nostrils together and release repeatedly for 1 minutes to ensure ointment is spread throughout the nostrils.
  • Discard tube after use; it should not be reused.
  • Do not use other intranasal products while using Bactroban nasal ointment.

If no improvement is seen in 3 to 5 days, contact your healthcare provider.

If you miss a dose, take the missed dose as soon as you remember. If it is almost time for the next dose, skip the missed dose and take your next dose at the regular time. Do not apply two doses of Bactroban at the same time.

Bactroban Dosage

Use Bactroban exactly as prescribed by your doctor. Follow the directions on your prescription label carefully.

The Bactroban dose your doctor recommends will be based on the following:

  • the condition being treated
  • how you respond to this medication

The recommended dose range for Bactroban in children and adults varies based on the size of the skin infection.

Mupirocin nasal side effects

Get emergency medical help if you have signs of an allergic reaction: hives, skin rash; dizziness, fast or pounding heartbeats; wheezing, difficult breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.

Stop using this medicine and call your doctor at once if you have:

  • severe stomach pain, diarrhea that is watery or bloody;

  • nosebleed; or

  • severe itching, rash, or other irritation in your nose.

Common side effects may include:

  • itching, burning, or stinging in your nose;

  • runny or stuffy nose;

  • altered sense of taste;

  • headache;

  • cough; or

  • sore throat.

This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.