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BACTROBAN NASAL
MUPIROCIN - NASAL OINTMENT

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.

MUPIROCIN - NASAL OINTMENT

(myou-PEER-oh-sin)

COMMON BRAND NAME(S): Bactroban

Uses

This medication is used for elimination of certain nasal bacteria as part of an infection control program.

How To Use

Apply one-half of the contents of the tube to one nostril, then apply the other half to the other nostril in the morning and again in the evening (2 tubes per day) for 5 days or as directed. After adding the drug to each nostril, squeeze the nostrils together gently, then release. Repeat this for about one minute to spread the ointment throughout the nose. Avoid contact with the eyes. Continue to use this medication until the full prescribed amount is finished. Stopping the medication too early may allow bacteria to continue to grow. Discard the tube after one use. Do not reuse later.

Side Effects

Headache, stuffy nose, sore throat, change in taste sensation, burning or stinging of the nose and cough may occur. If these persist or worsen, notify your doctor. Very unlikely but report immediately: rash, swelling, redness, severe itching, severe discomfort. If you notice other effects not listed above, contact your doctor or pharmacist.

Precautions

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

Drug Interactions

Tell your doctor of all nonprescription and prescription medication you use, especially of: other antibiotics, other nasal products. Do not start or stop any medicine without doctor or pharmacist approval.

Overdose

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

Notes

This medication has been prescribed for your current condition only. Do not use it later for another infection or give it to others. A different medication may be needed in those cases. Do not allow anyone else to use your medicine.

Missed Dose

If you miss a dose, use it as soon as you remember. If it is near the time of the next dose, skip the missed dose and resume your usual dosing schedule. Do not "double-up" the dose to catch up.

Storage

Store at room temperature below 77 degrees F (25 degrees C) away from light and moisture. Discard any unused medication after your treatment is completed. Do not save it for later use.