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  • Generic Name: (mupirocin calcium)
    Other Brands: N/A
  • Last Revised: 05/2015
    • What is this medication and its most common uses?

      Bactroban Nasal is a medicine used to treat a certain type of infection as part of a comprehensive infection control program.

    • What should I know when beginning and continuing on this medication?

      How does this medication work?

      Bactroban Nasal works by stopping the growth of bacteria, thereby treating your infection.

      What are the beneficial effects of this medication and when should I begin to have results?

      What: Bactroban Nasal has been shown to be effective in eliminating certain types of bacteria.

      When: Everyone responds differently to treatment, so try to be patient and follow your healthcare provider's directions. It is important that you use Bactroban Nasal exactly as your healthcare provider has prescribed for the full course of treatment, even if your symptoms improve earlier.

      How do I know it is working?

      Your healthcare provider may ask you questions and order tests to assess how well your infection is being treated.

    • What are the possible side effects of this medication?

      The following is not a full list of side effects. Side effects cannot be anticipated. If any develop or change in intensity, tell your healthcare provider as soon as possible. Only your healthcare provider can determine if it is safe for you to continue taking this medication.

      More common side effects may include: headache, runny nose, congestion, sore throat, changes in taste, burning/stinging, cough, itching.

      Less common side effects may include:

      Allergic reactions, with symptoms such as a raised and itchy rash, or swelling of the face or mouth causing difficulty breathing.

      Watery and bloody stools (with or without stomach cramps and fever), even as late as two or more months after applying the last dose of Bactroban Nasal.

    • Who should not take this medication?

      Do not use Bactroban Nasal if you are allergic to it or any of its ingredients.

    • What should I tell my healthcare provider before I take the first dose of this medication?

      Tell your healthcare provider about all prescription, over-the-counter, and herbal medications you are taking before beginning treatment with Bactroban Nasal. Also, talk to your healthcare provider about your complete medical history.

    • What is the usual dosage?

      The information below is based on the dosage guidelines your healthcare provider uses. Depending on your condition and medical history, your healthcare provider may prescribe a different regimen. Do not change the dosage or stop taking your medication without your healthcare provider's approval.

      Adults and children ≥12 years: Apply about one-half of the ointment from the single-use tube into 1 nostril and the other half into the other nostril twice a day (morning and evening) for 5 days.

    • How should I take this medication?

      Apply Bactroban Nasal exactly as prescribed by your healthcare provider. Do not change your dose or stop using Bactroban Nasal without first talking to your healthcare provider.

      After applying Bactroban Nasal, press the sides of your nose together and gently massage for about 1 minute to spread the ointment throughout your nostrils.

      If you experience severe irritation, stop using Bactroban Nasal and notify your healthcare provider.

    • What should I avoid while taking this medication?

      Do not reuse the ointment tube. Throw it away after using.

      Do not use Bactroban Nasal with other nasal medicines without first checking with your healthcare provider.

      Do not get Bactroban Nasal in your eyes. If the ointment gets in or near your eyes, rinse them well with water.

    • What are the possible food and drug interactions associated with this medication?

      If Bactroban Nasal is used with certain other drugs, the effects of either could be increased, decreased, or altered. It is especially important to check with your healthcare provider before combining Bactroban Nasal with other nasal medicines.

    • May I receive this medication if I am pregnant or breastfeeding?

      The effects of Bactroban Nasal during pregnancy and breastfeeding are unknown. Tell your healthcare provider immediately if you are pregnant, plan to become pregnant, or are breastfeeding.

    • What should I do if I miss a dose of this medication?

      If you miss a dose of Bactroban Nasal, use it as soon as you remember. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, skip the one you missed and return to your regular dosing schedule. Do not use two doses at once.

    • How should I store this medication?

      Store at room temperature. Do not refrigerate.

    • Who should I contact in case of emergency or overdose?
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      In the event of a medical emergency call your doctor or 9-1-1 immediately. In the event of overdose, call your doctor or poison control for further instructions.
      National Poison Control#: Call 1-800-222-1222

      This PDR+ drug information has been developed by the Physicians’ Desk Reference Network (PDRN), a source of medication information trusted by doctors for over 65 years.

      This monograph summarizes the most important information about your medication and does not cover all the information you may need. If you have any questions or concerns or want to learn more about your medication, ask your healthcare provider; he/she will be able to provide answers to your questions. This medication should only be used by the patient for whom it was prescribed and should not be shared with other people.
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