GENERIC NAME: mupirocin, mupirocin calcium
BRAND NAME: Bactroban, Bactroban Nasal, Centany
GENERIC AVAILABLE: Yes
USES: Mupirocin is used for the treatment of impetigo and infections of the skin caused by Staphylococcus aureus, beta-hemolytic streptococcus or Streptococcus pyogenes. Mupirocin is not recommended for use on the skin in serious burns, because more of the vehicle (the inactive ingredient) used for the ointment, polyethylene glycol (Miralax), may be absorbed and can damage the kidneys. The nasal ointment is used for the elimination of nasal Staphylococcus aureus that have become resistant to other antibiotics. Mupirocin also may be used for other infections as determined by the physician.
SIDE EFFECTS: Side effects are uncommon and mild with mupirocin. The most frequent side effects are:
Other side effects caused by the intranasal use of mupirocin include:
- runny nose,
- sore throat,
- changes in taste perception,
- nasal irritation,
- and cough.
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