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Mupirocin (Bactroban) Cream - Overview
Mupirocin ointment, marketed under the name Bactroban) is a type of antibiotic indicated in the treatment of impetigo due to S. aureus and S. pyogenes. People who need mupirocin cream or ointment can connect with a medical provider through Push Health who can prescribe mupirocin if safe and appropriate to do so.
What Is Mupirocin Used For?
Mupirocin (Bactroban) is an antibiotic that is produced through the fermentation of an organism called Pseudomonas fluorescens. Mupirocin shows activity against methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), other gram-positive bacteria and some gram-negative bacteria. Mupirocin works by interfering with an enzyme involved in the synthesis of proteins by bacteria. Mupirocin shows rare cross-resistance with antimicrobial agents. When administered topically, mupirocin is bactericidal.
Mupirocin Ointment / Cream - Dosage
Bactroban ointment, the branded version, consists of mupirocin ointment 2% with contains mupirocin 20 mg in a polyethylene glycol ointment base. A typical regimen for Bactroban (mupirocin) ointment is to apply the cream to the affected area 3 times per day and re-evaluated in 3-5 days. If necessary, a gauze dressing can be used to cover the treated area. Mupirocin is moderately affordable, costing under $14 for a mupirocin ointment tube containing 22 grams of cream. Mupirocin coupons may also be available online from the manufacturer or other sources. Bactroban ointment should be stored between 20° C and 25°C (controlled room temperature).
Can I Buy Mupirocin Online?
Mupirocin and Bactroban creams and ointments require a prescription to be dispensed in the United States. One cannot get mupirocin ointment over-the-counter (OTC) or legally buy mupirocin or Bactroban online in the US. Push Health can connect people who might need a mupirocin or Bactroban ointment prescription with a licensed medical provider who can prescribe the ointment when appropriate.
Mupirocin - Side Effects
Mupirocin can cause side effects in some people. Side effects from mupirocin use include erythema, rash, nausea, dry skin, tenderness, swelling, contact dermatitis, and increased exudate. People with a known hypersensitivity or allergy to mupirocin or any of the other ingredients should not use the medication. Mupirocin should not be put in contact with the eyes. Mupirocin and alcohol should not be used together. Before using the medication, patients should discuss possible side effects related to mupirocin use with one's medical provider and pharmacist.
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Last updated August 1, 2019. Given the evolving nature of medicine and science, this information might not be accurate and should not be construed as medical advice or diagnosis / treatment recommendations. Please consult a licensed medical provider if you have additional questions.