About topical fusidic acid
|Type of medicine||Topical antibacterial|
|Used for||Skin infections caused by Staphylococcus spp. bacteria, such as impetigo and infected dermatitis|
|Also called||Sodium fusidate (the sodium salt of fusidic acid)
|Available as||Cream and ointment|
Fusidic acid is an antibacterial which is used to treat infections. It can be used topically to treat skin infections - this means that it is applied directly on to the surface of the skin as a cream or ointment.
It works by killing or stopping the growth of the bacteria responsible for the infection.
(See also the information leaflet called Sodium fusidate for preparations containing fusidic acid which are taken by mouth to treat infections.)
Before using topical fusidic acid
Before using topical fusidic acid make sure your doctor or pharmacist knows:
- If you have ever had an allergic reaction to fusidic acid, sodium fusidate or lanolin (wool fat).
- If you are pregnant, trying for a baby or breast-feeding.
How to use fusidic acid topical
- Before beginning treatment, read the manufacturer's printed information leaflet.
- Use this preparation exactly as you have been directed by your doctor. Unless you have been told otherwise, apply it 3-4 times a day to the affected area of skin. Only use it for as long as your doctor has instructed you to.
- If you forget to use this preparation, apply it as soon as you remember and then carry on as usual.
- This preparation is for you. Do not give it to others, even if their condition appears to be the same as yours.
Getting the most from your treatment
- Your skin should begin to improve after a few days of treatment. If there is no improvement by the time you have completed the course of treatment, or if your symptoms get worse, ask your doctor or pharmacist for advice.
- If you are using this preparation on or near your face, be careful not to let it come into contact with your eyes. If this does happen, rinse it out well with plenty of water.
- While you are using this preparation, do not use any other skin preparations on the area being treated.
Can topical fusidic acid cause problems?
Fusidic acid topical preparations may occasionally cause skin irritation. If you develop a rash this may be sign of an allergic reaction, especially if it is severe, in which case you should ask your doctor or pharmacist for advice.
If you experience any other symptoms which you think may be due to this medicine, speak with your doctor or pharmacist.
How to store topical fusidic acid
- Keep all medicines out of the reach and sight of children.
- Store in a cool, dry place, away from direct heat and light.
Important information about all medicines
Further reading & references
- British National Formulary; 59th Edition (March 2010) British Medical Association and Royal Pharmaceutical Society of Great Britain, London.
- Manufacturer's PIL, Fucidin® Cream; Manufacturer's PIL, Fucidin® Cream, Leo Laboratories Limited, electronic Medicines Compendium. Dated August 2010.
- Manufacturer's PIL, Fucidin® Ointment; Manufacturer's PIL, Fucidin® Ointment, Leo Laboratories Limited, electronic Medicines Compendium. Dated August 2010.
|Original Author: Helen Allen||Current Version: Helen Allen|
|Last Checked: 20/08/2010||Document ID: 3678 Version: 22||© EMIS|
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