Brand Name(s): Mupirocin
Drug Class: RNA Synthetase Inhibitor Antibacterial
Bactroban is a medical cream that is applied topically to treat various skin conditions.It specifically treats infections caused by Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) which is resistant to methicillin. This medication also comes in an ointment that can be applied inside the nose to help prevent the infection from spreading to other people. This nasal ointment alternative is especially effective because it is meant for patients who bacteria have become resistant to other antibiotics. Bactroban works by blocking the action of the enzyme isoleucyl-tRNA synthetase that can be found within the bacteria. This enzyme is extremely important to the bacteria because it helps in making proteins. Taking away the bacteria's ability to make proteins causes it to die.
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Bactroban is an antibacterial cream and ointment used to treat severe skin infections. As an ointment, Bactroban can be used to treat impetigo. This medication works by killing and preventing the growth of bacteria.
Below you will find the different types of conditions that can be treated by using Bactroban:
- Skin infections
A small dab of the ointment should be applied to the washed and dried affected area three times daily. A bandage can be used to cover up the infected area. The infection should clear within 3-5 days. If not, the patient should increase the dosage to 5 times a day. Patients should wash their hands immediately after using Bactroban. Bactroban is not recommended for burn wounds because one of the key ingredients in this drug, polyethylene glycol, can easily be absorbed into the body, and cause damage to the kidneys. Patients are advised to use this drug for the whole course of their treatment. Also, there is currently not enough information available concerning the use of Bactroban in children under the age of 12.
Bactroban Side Effects
There are very few known side effects that patients suffer after using this drug. If you encounter any severe or serious side effects, consult with you doctor immediately.
Consult with your doctor if you experience any of the following side effects:
- Dry skin
- Sores on mouth and lips
- Itchy skin
- Stomach pain
Like any medication, Bactroban may be affected by other drugs and substances. In many cases Bactroban should not be combined with other medications unless approved by a physician. Consult your physician before taking any new medication even if it is merely an over the counter drug, vitamin, or herbal substance.