MUPIROCIN, ointment

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    Prescription under medical supervision


    Mupirocin should not be used in patients with extended impetigo (more than 5 lesions or more than one skin area involved), bullous impetigo, ecthyma, impetigo with abscess, and in immunodeficient patients: in such cases, oral antibiotic therapy is required.


    Therapeutic action

    • Antibacterial


    • Localized non bullous impetigo (less than 5 lesions in a single area)

    Forms and strengths

    • 2% ointment, tube

    Dosage and duration

    • Child and adult: one application 3 times daily, to clean and dry skin, for 7 days

    The patient should be reassessed after 3 days. If there is no response, switch to oral antibiotic therapy.

    Contra-indications, adverse effects, precautions

    • May cause: pruritus and burning sensation; allergic reactions.
    • If applying to the face, avoid contact with eyes.
    • Pregnancy: no contra-indication
    • Breast-feeding: no contra-indication. Do not apply to the breasts.


    • Do not mix with other ointments (effect of mupirocin decreased).
    • Avoid touching the lesions; keep them covered with gauze if possible.


    –  Below 25 °C