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mupirocin nasal

Pronunciation:mue PIR oh sin
Brand:Bactroban

Bactroban Nasal

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What is the most important information I should know about mupirocin nasal?

Use this medication exactly as it was prescribed for you. Do not use the medication in larger amounts, or use it for longer than recommended by your doctor. Follow the instructions on your prescription label.

finishMupirocin nasal is usually given for 5 days. To best protect you from infection, use this medication for the entire length of time prescribed by your doctor. Mupirocin nasal will not treat or prevent a viral infection such as the common cold or flu.
emtStop using mupirocin nasal and call your doctor at once if you have severe burning or stinging of your nose or eyes.

Do not use other nasal medications at the same time you apply mupirocin nasal.

What is mupirocin nasal?

Mupirocin is an antibiotic that treats or prevents infection caused by bacteria.

Mupirocin nasal (for the nose) is used to prevent severe staph infections in patients and healthcare workers who may be at risk of infection during an outbreak within a hospital or other healthcare setting.

Mupirocin nasal may also be used for other purposes not listed in this medication guide.

What should I discuss with my health care provider before taking mupirocin nasal?

donotYou should not use this medication if you are allergic to mupirocin.

FDA pregnancy category B. This medication is not expected to be harmful to an unborn baby. Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant during treatment.

nobrfeedIt is not known whether mupirocin nasal passes into breast milk or if it could harm a nursing baby. Do not use this medication without telling your doctor if you are breast-feeding a baby.
nochildMupirocin nasal should not be used in a child younger than 12 years old.

How should I take mupirocin nasal?

Use this medication exactly as it was prescribed for you. Do not use the medication in larger amounts, or use it for longer than recommended by your doctor. Follow the instructions on your prescription label.

Mupirocin nasal ointment is packaged in single-use tubes. Use one half of the medicine from the tube in your left nostril, and use the other half in your right nostril. After placing the ointment into your nostrils, gently press your nostrils closed and then release them, repeating for about 1 minute to help spread the ointment inside your nose.

Throw the ointment tube away after one use, even if there is still some ointment left in it.

finishMupirocin nasal is usually given for 5 days. To best protect you from infection, use this medication for the entire length of time prescribed by your doctor. Mupirocin nasal will not treat or prevent a viral infection such as the common cold or flu.
rtStore mupirocin nasal at room temperature away from moisture and heat. Do not refrigerate.

What happens if I miss a dose?

Use the medication as soon as you remember. If it is almost time for the next dose, skip the missed dose and use the medicine at the next regularly scheduled time. Do not use extra medicine to make up the missed dose.

What happens if I overdose?

emtSeek emergency medical attention if you think you have used too much of this medicine.

An overdose of mupirocin nasal is not expected to produce life-threatening symptoms.

What should I avoid while taking mupirocin nasal?

avoideyesAvoid getting this medication in your eyes. If this does happen, rinse with water.

Do not use other nasal medications at the same time you apply mupirocin nasal.

What are the possible side effects of mupirocin nasal?

emtGet emergency medical help if you have any of these signs of an allergic reaction: hives; difficulty breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.
donotStop using mupirocin nasal and call your doctor at once if you have any of these serious side effects:
  • severe burning or stinging of your nose;
  • nosebleed; or
  • severe burning or watering of your eyes.

Less serious side effects may include:

  • dryness or unpleasant taste in your mouth;
  • headache;
  • ear pain;
  • runny or stuffy nose;
  • nausea, diarrhea;
  • itching, mild skin rash;
  • 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.

What other drugs will affect mupirocin nasal?

There may be other drugs that can interact with mupirocin nasal. Tell your doctor about all the prescription and over-the-counter medications you use. This includes vitamins, minerals, herbal products, and drugs prescribed by other doctors. Do not start using a new medication without telling your doctor.

Where can I get more information?

Your pharmacist can provide more information about mupirocin nasal.


Remember, keep this and all other medicines out of the reach of children, never share your medicines with others, and use this medication only for the indication prescribed.

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