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What is this medication?

Topical Antibiotic

Mupirocin (topical)/Bactroban/Centany is officially indicated for various skin infections such as impetigo, S. aureus (including methicillin-resistant) decolonization, and secondary skin infections.  It may also be prescribed off-label for use in various other skin infection treatment and prevention.

How does this medication work? 

Mupirocin (topical) binds to bacterial isoleucyl transfer-RNA synthetase resulting in inhibited protein synthesis eventually resulting in cell death.

How should I take this medication? 

Topcal: Apply to affected area(s) two or three times daily. 

How to Take: Follow instructions provided by physician/pharmacy label, apply consistently at same times each day unless otherwise directed.

You Need to Avoid: Do not apply near eyes, to broke skin, or to other mucous membranes.  Avoid applying other topicals at the same time unless otherwise directed to avoid dilution of product.  

What should I watch for while using this medication? 

Before starting use of Mupirocin (topical) make sure your physician is aware of any allergies or medications you currently take, if you have kidney disease, or if you are pregnant or breastfeeding.

What if I miss a dose?

If you miss a dose of medication, try to take it as soon as possible. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, take only that scheduled dose. Do not take double or extra doses.

How should I store this medication?

Keep out of the reach of children at all times. Store at room temperature, 68 to 77° F (20 to 25° C). Protect from light. Keep the container tightly closed. Properly dispose of any unused medication after the expiration date.

What are the possible side effects of using this medication?

Headache, localized burning/itching, rash.

Note this is not a complete list of side effects for Mupirocin (topical), only common ones.