Mupirocin belongs to the monocarboxylic acid class of antibiotics that fights against almost every bacterial infection. Mupirocin is an antibacterial agent formed by fermentation using the organism Pseudomonas fluorescens. It treats multiple bacterial infections. It has a wide spectrum of activity and is active against multiple strains of gram positive and gram negative bacteria some of them are listed below:
- Methicillin resistant Staphylococcus aureus
- Neisseria gonorrhoeae
- Streptococcus pyogenes
It is available in the topical ointment/cream dosage form and shows bactericidal action when applied on the skin and cures bacterial infected area.
The ailments it is used for:
Mupirocin is an antibiotic that cures below mentioned conditions:
- Impetigo is a bacterial skin infection that causes red sores anywhere on the body but mostly appear around the mouth and nose
- Furunculosis is a condition in which there is simultaneous or repeated occurrences of boils on the skin
- Folliculitis is the infection and inflammation of hair follicles that creates a goose bumps or chicken skin appearance of bacteria infested skin
- Minor skin abrasions and open wounds
Understanding the drug Mupirocin:
Mupirocin is an antibiotic treats infection caused by methicillin resistant staphylococcus aureus (MRSA).
How it works?
Mupirocin like other antibiotics aims to it the bacterial RNA and protein synthesis. It halts the conversion of isoleucine and tRNA to isoleucyl tRNA by inhibiting the activity of enzyme isoleucyl tRNA synthetase. Mupirocin shows no cross resistance with other antimicrobial drugs so is preferred in the treatment of methicillin resistant staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) induced infections which is a major cause of death in hospitalized patients having systemic antibiotics.
When should you avoid it?
You should not take Mupirocin if you:
- are allergic to Mupirocin
- Have kidney problems
- Are pregnant or breast feeding
How much to apply?
The dosage is solely decided by the Doctor after assessing you clinical condition. One can’t fix the dose as it varies from patient to patient. Always apply the dose as prescribed by the Doctor. Don’t apply the drug more than required.
What are the strengths available?
Mupirocin is available in following strength preparation under different brand names on our website:
- Bactroban 5 g ointment
- T Bact 7.5 g cream
Who is the manufacturer?
Bactroban ointment and T bact cream is manufactured by GlaxoSmithKline pharmaceuticals limited, a well known pharmaceutical company and is available on our website in the pack of 1, 3 and 6 ointment/cream packs.
How to apply?
Mupirocin is applied as directed by your doctor. Always read and follow the instructions mentioned on the instruction manual.
- Wash your hands and face before applying the cream/ ointment so as to make them clean and hygienic.
- Dry the skin using a soft towel
- Apply a thin film of cream over the affected area
- Gently rub it into the skin well
- Avoid applying it to the normal skin
- Wash your hands once you finish handling the medication
- Do not apply near the eyes, mouth, and other mucous membranes
- Do not use large amounts of this medication or apply it more often than directed
When to apply?
Always apply the medicine as instructed by your doctor or Pharmacist. Doctor will recommend the best therapeutic dose for you. Generally, it is applied three times a day. Continue to use it for the prescribed time as stopping the medication too early can cause relapse of the situation.
For how long should it be applied?
Apply the medicine as long as recommended by the Doctor. Always ask the doctor before stopping the application of the medicine.
What if you apply too much (overdose)?
If overdose, immediately consult with your concerned doctor. Take medical help as soon as possible if you encounter any bizarre reaction like excessive redness, swelling and pain.
What if you miss the dose?
Try to apply the medicine at the same time each day. This reduces the chances of missing dose. Don’t double up the dose in order to catch up with the previous one.
What are the side effects?
Every medicine shows some side effects, same way this drug also have some undesired effects with it. Mupirocin shows common and rare side effects such as:
- Mild diarrhea
- Pain and swelling at the infected area
- Mild dizziness
- Dry skin
- Skin burning, itching, pain and redness
- Mild headache
Are there any possible drug interactions?
Always inform your doctor about the drugs you are taking till date. Give a complete list of prescription or non prescription drugs and any other disease conditions. This way, doctor is able to decide and give you the list of drugs and other things that may interact with Mupirocin. As such this medicine is not known to affect other medicines, but application of some other cream or ointment should be avoided. Take a gap of 30 minutes between applying different products to the same area of the skin.
What are the things to be taken care of?
- Always take the medicine as per prescription
- Don’t use the expired drug
- Don’t share your medicine with anybody, even if they have the same symptoms
- Prolonged use of the medicine can cause fungal infections, so take the medicine for the prescribed time only
- Always store the medicine at the room temperature and away from moisture, heat and light
- Consult with your pharmacist about the proper disposal of the drug
- Keep a complete record of all the medicines you are taking along with this medicine