mupirocin, mupirocin calcium

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    Dr. Ogbru received his Doctorate in Pharmacy from the University of the Pacific School of Pharmacy in 1995. He completed a Pharmacy Practice Residency at the University of Arizona/University Medical Center in 1996. He was a Professor of Pharmacy Practice and a Regional Clerkship Coordinator for the University of the Pacific School of Pharmacy from 1996-99.

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    Jay W. Marks, MD

    Jay W. Marks, MD

    Jay W. Marks, MD, is a board-certified internist and gastroenterologist. He graduated from Yale University School of Medicine and trained in internal medicine and gastroenterology at UCLA/Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles.

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GENERIC NAME: mupirocin, mupirocin calcium

BRAND NAME: Bactroban, Bactroban Nasal, Centany

PRESCRIPTION: Yes

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:

  • burning,
  • stinging,
  • pain, and
  • itching at the area of application.

Other side effects caused by the intranasal use of mupirocin include:

Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 7/11/2016

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