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Important Note

The following information is intended to supplement, not substitute for, the expertise and judgment of your physician, pharmacist or other healthcare professional. It should not be construed to indicate that use of the drug is safe, appropriate, or effective for you. Consult your healthcare professional before using this drug.





This medication is used to treat infections of the skin such as impetigo.

How To Use

Clean and dry the affected area before applying the medication. To apply, gently massage a small amount of the medication into the affected area and surrounding skin three times daily or as directed by your doctor. Cover with a loose fitting bandage if desired. Continue to use the medication as prescribed for the full time prescribed. Stopping therapy too early can result in a re- infection. If no improvement is seen in 3 to 5 days, consult your doctor. Another medication may be necessary. Avoid using this medication around the eyes, nose or mouth.

Side Effects

This medication may cause burning, stinging or itching when first applied to the skin. This should disappear in a few days as your body adjusts to the medication. If these effects persist or worsen, inform your doctor. Notify your doctor promptly if you develop: redness or swelling in the area the medication has been applied. If you notice other effects not listed above, contact your doctor or pharmacist.


Tell your doctor your medical history, especially of: allergies (especially drug allergies). Use of this medication for prolonged or repeated periods may result in a secondary infection (e.g., fungal infection). Tell your doctor if you are pregnant before using this medication. It is not known if this drug is excreted into breast milk. Consult your doctor before breast-feeding.

Drug Interactions

Tell your doctor of all medicines you may use (both prescription and nonprescription), especially of: chloramphenicol, any skin products. Do not start or stop any medicine without doctor or pharmacist approval.


If overdose is suspected, contact your local poison control center or emergency room immediately. This medicine may be harmful if swallowed.


This medication is prescribed for your current condition only. Do not use it for another infection or share it with someone else. Another infection later on may require a different medication.

Missed Dose

If you miss a dose, apply as soon as remembered and resume your usual dosing schedule. Do not "double-up" the dose to catch up.


Store ointment at room temperature at or below 77 degrees F (25 degrees C) away from moisture and sunlight. Avoid freezing. Do not store in the bathroom.