MUPIROCIN, ointment

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.
– Storage: below 25 °C -