Mupirocin nasal ointment kills bacteria in the nose.
Apply a little ointment into both nostrils.
Use it two or three times a day for five days.
About mupirocin nasal ointment
|Type of medicine||Topical antibacterial ointment|
|Used for||To kill bacteria in the nose|
|Also called||Bactroban Nasal®|
|Available as||Nasal Ointment|
Mupirocin nasal ointment is used to kill bacteria which can live in your nose, and which can spread to other people when you breathe or sneeze. It is used in particular to kill bacteria called meticillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), which can cause skin infections.
Mupirocin nasal ointment must only be used for your nose, but there is also a cream and an ointment containing mupirocin which kill bacteria on the skin. There is another separate leaflet called Mupirocin for skin infections which will give you information about these preparations.
Before using mupirocin
To make sure this is the right treatment for you, before you start using mupirocin it is important that your doctor or pharmacist knows:
- If you are pregnant or breast-feeding.
- If you are taking or using any other medicines. This includes any medicines you are taking which are available to buy without a prescription, such as herbal and complementary medicines.
- If you have ever had an allergic reaction to an ointment or medicine.
How to use mupirocin nasal ointment
- Before you start this treatment, read the manufacturer's printed information leaflet from inside your pack. The leaflet will give you more information about the nasal ointment.
- Wash your hands before you use the ointment. Use your little finger or a cotton wool bud to apply a small amount of ointment inside each of your nostrils. Press the sides of your nose together for a short while to allow the ointment to spread around the inside of your nostrils. Use it in this way two or three times daily for five days. It is likely that you will be tested a day or so after you have finished using the ointment, to make sure it has worked. If there are still some bacteria remaining in your nose, you will be asked to repeat the treatment.
- For mupirocin to work properly it should be applied regularly during the course of treatment. If you forget to use it at your usual time, apply it as soon as you remember and then go on as before.
- If you are having an operation or dental treatment, tell the person carrying out the treatment that you are using mupirocin.
Can nasal mupirocin cause problems?
It is unusual to experience unwanted side-effects with mupirocin. Occasionally it can cause itching or tingling when it's first used, but this soon passes. Rarely, some people have experienced an allergic reaction to it. If you develop a particularly irritating or severe reaction, stop using it and speak with your doctor as soon as possible.
How to store nasal mupirocin
- 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
This preparation is for use in the nose only. If someone swallows some of it, go to the accident and emergency department of your local hospital. Take the container with you, even if it is empty.
This medicine is for you. Never give it to other people even if their condition appears to be the same as yours.
Do not keep out-of-date or unwanted medicines. Take them to your local pharmacy which will dispose of them for you.
If you have any questions about this medicine ask your pharmacist.
Further reading & references
- Manufacturers PIL, Bactroban® 2% Nasal Ointment; GlaxoSmithKline UK, The electronic Medicines Compendium. Dated January 2010.
- British National Formulary; 64th Edition (Sep 2012) British Medical Association and Royal Pharmaceutical Society of Great Britain, London (links to current BNF)
|Original Author: Helen Allen||Current Version: Helen Allen||Peer Reviewer: Dr Hannah Gronow|
|Last Checked: 30/11/2012||Document ID: 3283 Version: 23||© EMIS|
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