Bactroban 2% Ointment – Mupirocin 15g
Bactroban 2% Ointment contains the active substance called mupirocin. Bactroban is an antibiotic ointment.
It is used:
a) to treat skin infections on the skin such as;
- infected hair follicles which form pimples containing pus (“folliculitis”),
- an infectious skin infection with blistering and crusting known as “impetigo” or
- recurring boils (“furunculosis”)
b) to kill various bacteria which cause other skin infections including Staphylococci, Streptococci and E. coli. This group includes MRSA (Methicillin Resistant Staphylococcus aureus).
c) This ointment is for external use on your skin only.
How to use Bactroban
Always use this medicine exactly as your doctor or pharmacist has told you. You should check with your doctor or pharmacist if you are not sure.
Using this medicine
Do not mix Bactroban with any other external cream or ointment medicines on the infected area of your skin as this may reduce the effectiveness of Bactroban.
You usually apply Bactroban on your skin two to three times a day.
- Wash and dry your hands.
- Apply ointment to the infected area of your skin.
- You can cover the treated area with a plaster(s) or suitable dressing(s), unless your doctor has told you to leave it uncovered.
- Replace the cap on the tube and wash your hands.
How long should you use Bactroban for?
Use Bactroban for as long as your doctor has told you. If you are not sure, ask your doctor, nurse or pharmacist. The bacteria are normally cleared from your skin within 10 days of starting
treatment. Do not use for more than 10 days. Throw away any ointment that is left over.
How to store Bactroban
- Keep this medicine out of the sight and reach of children.
- Do not store above 25°C.
- Do not use Bactroban after the expiry date which is stated on the tube or carton after (EXP). The expiry date refers to the last day of that month.
- Bactroban is an off-white, translucent ointment. Do not use it if it looks different to normal.
- Do not throw away medicines via wastewater or household waste. Ask your pharmacist how to throw away medicines you no longer use. These measures will help protect the environment.