Generic name: Mupirocin.

Bactroban is a topical antibiotic. It interferes with the production of certain biochemicals necessary for bacteria to sustain life. 

Quick Facts About Bactroban


Used to treat impetigo, eczema, inflammation of the hair follicles, and minor bacterial skin infections.

Bactroban Dosage

Use exactly as directed. Not for use in the eyes.

  • Usual adult dose: apply ointment to affected area 3 times per day. Can cover treated area with gauze. Now comes in cream.
  • Usual child dose: same as adult dose.
  • Missed dose: apply as soon as possible, unless almost time for next dose. In that case, do not take missed dose; go back to regular schedule.

Bactroban Side Effects

Overdose symptoms:

no information available. If you suspect an overdose, immediately seek medical attention.

More common side effects: burning, pain, stinging.

Less common Bactroban side effects: itching. Rare side effects: abnormal redness, dry skin, inflammation of the skin, nausea, oozing, skin rash, swelling, tenderness.


No known Bactroban drug interactions.

No known food/other substance interactions.

Special Cautions

If pregnant or planning to become pregnant, inform your doctor immediately. May appear in breast milk; could affect a nursing infant.

No special precautions apply to seniors.

Follow doctor’s instructions carefully for children.

  • Contact your doctor if infection does not clear within 3 to 5 days, or if it gets worse. If skin shows signs of an allergic reaction, stop using and call your doctor.
  • Should not use if sensitive to Bactroban or similar drugs; inform your doctor of any allergic reactions.
  • Prolonged use may result in bacteria that do not respond to Bactroban, causing a secondary infection.

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