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What is Mupirocin used for?

Mupirocin is an antibiotic ointment used to treat or prevent certain bacterial skin infections such as impetigo. This topical (applied onto the skin) medication works by stopping the growth of bacteria. This medicine may also be used to treat other conditions as determined by your doctor.

What is the recommended dosage of Mupirocin?

The dosage of Mupirocin prescribed to each patient will vary. Always follow your physician’s instructions and/or the directions on the prescription drug label. The following dosage information includes the common dose of Mupirocin. If your dose is different, do not follow the dosage described below unless your physician has approved.

A small amount of Mupirocin ointment should be applied onto the affected area three times daily. Before applying the medicine, clean and dry the affected area. Wash your hands before and after using this medication.

What if you miss a dose of Mupirocin?

If your physician has instructed or directed you to apply Mupirocin medication in a regular schedule and you have missed a dose of this medicine, apply it as soon as you remember. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, then skip the missed dose and go back to your regular dosing schedule. Do not double the doses unless otherwise directed.

What if you overdose on Mupirocin?

Any medication taken in excess can have serious consequences. If you suspect an overdose of Mupirocin, seek medical attention immediately.

What other drugs could interact with Mupirocin?

Usually drug interactions occur when it is taken with another drug or with food. Before you take a medication for a particular ailment, you should inform the health expert about intake of any other medications including non-prescription medications, over-the-counter medicines that may increase the effect of Mupirocin, and dietary supplements like vitamins, minerals and herbal, so that the doctor can warn you of any possible drug interactions.

Mupirocin can interact with other topical preparations.

Do let your doctor know if you smoke, consume alcohol or caffeinated drinks, or use illegal drugs as these may interfere with the action of your medication. Make sure to inform your doctor of any medical conditions you may have, or any family history of medical problems. Do not start or stop using any medicine without consulting your doctor.

What are the side effects of Mupirocin?

Like other medicines, Mupirocin can cause some side effects. If they do occur, the side effects of Mupirocin are most likely to be minor and temporary. However, some may be serious and may require the individual to inform the doctor or visit the nearest hospital immediately.

It is pertinent to note that side effects of Mupirocin cannot be anticipated. If any side effects of Mupirocin develop or change in intensity, the doctor should be informed as soon as possible.

Mupirocin can cause side effects such as stinging, burning, itching, dryness, redness, peeling, and skin irritation. Some of the uncommon side effects of this drug are dizziness, abdominal pain, and mouth sores. This is not a complete list of all side effects. Do concur with your doctor and follow his directions completely when you are using Mupirocin.

What are the questions to ask your doctor before taking Mupirocin?

Is it possible for me to apply Mupirocin with other drugs?
Should certain beverages, foods and other products be avoided when I apply Mupirocin?
What are the possible drug interactions of Mupirocin?
How will Mupirocin work in my body?
How should Mupirocin be applied?
How to reduce the risk of Mupirocin drug interactions and side effects?

Note

The health and medical information provided here is intended to supplement and not substitute for the expertise and judgment of your physician, pharmacists or other health care professional. Mupirocin is not recommended for use on the burnt skin. Before using this medication, tell your healthcare professional if you have kidney disease. Also, consult your doctor before breast-feeding. Avoid getting this medication into your eyes, nose, or mouth. Store Mupirocin at room temperature away from moisture and heat.

 

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