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Bactroban ointment is a topical medicine (medicine applied directly on the skin) used to treat impetigo (a highly contagious bacterial skin infection common among pre-school children).
How does this medication work?
Bactroban ointment 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 ointment has been shown to be effective in treating impetigo.
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 ointment 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?
You may start to notice an improvement in your symptoms. This is a good indicator that your medication is working. Your healthcare provider may ask you questions and order tests to assess how well your infection is being treated.
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: burning, stinging, pain, itching.
Less common side effects may include:
Severe allergic reactions, with symptoms such as hives; rash; trouble breathing; dizziness; or swelling of your face, eyes, lips, or tongue.
Watery and bloody stools (with or without stomach cramps and fever), even as late as two or more months after having used the last dose of Bactroban ointment.
Do not use Bactroban ointment if you are allergic to it or any of its ingredients.
Tell your healthcare provider about all prescription, over-the-counter, and herbal medications you are taking before beginning treatment with Bactroban ointment. Also, talk to your healthcare provider about your complete medical history, especially if you have kidney problems.
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 ≥2 months: Apply a small amount to the affected area(s) three times a day for up to 10 days, as directed by your healthcare provider.
Apply Bactroban ointment exactly as prescribed by your healthcare provider. Do not use it more often or stop using Bactroban ointment without first talking to your healthcare provider.
Apply Bactroban ointment using a cotton swab or gauze pad.
Wash your hands before and after applying Bactroban ointment.
You may cover the treated area with a clean gauze pad, unless your healthcare provider has told you to leave it uncovered.
If you notice any irritation, severe itching, or rash, stop using the medicine and notify your healthcare provider.
Tell your healthcare provider if you do not see an improvement in your symptoms within 3 to 5 days.
Do not use Bactroban ointment in your nose or eyes. If you get Bactroban ointment in your eyes, rinse with water right away.
Do not mix Bactroban ointment with any other lotions, creams, or ointments.
Do not apply Bactroban ointment to open skin wounds or damaged skin, especially if you have kidney problems. Bactroban ointment contains polyethylene glycol, which in large amounts can cause kidney damage.
No significant interactions have been reported with Bactroban ointment at this time. However, always tell your healthcare provider about any medicines you take, including over-the-counter medications, vitamins, and herbal supplements.
The effects of Bactroban ointment during pregnancy and breastfeeding are unknown. Tell your healthcare provider immediately if you are pregnant, plan to become pregnant, or are breastfeeding.
If you miss a dose of Bactroban ointment, apply 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 apply two doses at once.
Store at room temperature.
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
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