Mupirocin Ointment IP 2%
MEDROCIN | Mupirocin Ointment IP 2%
Mupirocin is an antibiotic used in the treatment of skin infections caused by Staphylococcus aureus and Streptococcus pyogenes. A bacterial infection is caused when bacterial cells invade our system and cause infection. The bacteria multiply very quickly inside the body and can cause infection in any body part. Mupirocin works by blocking the production of imperative proteins required for bacterial survival. The drug is also effective against Gram-negative organisms such as Escherichia coli and Haemophilus influenza. It is not effective against fungal or viral infections, and should not be applied on injured or burnt areas.
Use the ointment, only when prescribed by the doctor. It is not advised to be used on children below the age of two months. Apply the ointment to the affected area using a piece of clean cotton wool or gauze swab. Do not use the medicine more than the recommended dosage, to avoid any negative health effects. Complete the course of the medicine, even if you feel completely fine as Mupirocin is an antibiotic and there are chances of reinfection. Some users may notice side effects such as burning, itching, redness, stinging, and dryness on their skin in the place where Mupirocin is applied. In the case of sensitive allergic reactions (skin hypersensitivity reactions) like rashes, itching, swelling, and shortness of breath, immediately consult your doctor.
Medicinal Benefits of Mupirocin Ointment
Mupirocin is an antibiotic that fights off the bacterial cell responsible for causing skin infections. It kills the bacteria that cause skin infections by preventing the synthesis of essential proteins necessary for the survival of bacteria. Thus, it prevents the skin infection from spreading further and provides relief from the infection. Mupirocin is used in the treatment of bacterial skin infections such as impetigo. It is only effective against bacterial skin infections caused by Staphylococcus aureus and Streptococcus pyogenes. It can also be used to fight against Gram-negative organisms such as Escherichia coli and Haemophilus influenza.
Side Effects of Mupirocin Ointment
Mostly there are mild to moderate side effects of Mupirocin ointment that do not last for a long time. The side effects are individual in nature and may vary in all users as it depends on the health condition and response to the treatment. If the side effects persist or worsen with time, immediately consult your doctor. The list of side effects is given below:
- Burning sensation
- Stinging sensation
- Shortness of breath
Direction for Use
Apply a small amount of Mupirocin ointment, with a cotton swab or gauze pad to the affected area of the skin as per the dosage prescribed by your doctor. Do not apply on the burned or injured area as it may cause severe, health effects.
Store the ointment in a cool and dry place, away from direct sunlight and moisture.
Precautions and Warnings
- Pregnant women should consult their doctor before, using the ointment as it may affect the fetus.
- Store the ointment in a cool and dry place away from direct sunlight.
- Keep the ointment out of reach of children and pets. Properly dispose of expired and discarded medicine.
- Do not apply the ointment on the injured or burned area.
- People with kidney disorders, should stay cautious of the ointment and consult their doctor before using the medicine.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
- How should I use Mupirocin?
Follow the directions given by your doctor carefully. Wash your hands before applying Mupirocin. Apply the ointment to the infected area of the skin 2-3 times daily or as told by your doctor. You can cover the treated area with a dressing or leave it open as per your doctor’s advice.
- For how long do I need to use Mupirocin?
Use Mupirocin for the duration advised by your doctor. The bacteria are normally cleared from your skin within 10 days of starting the treatment. It is not recommended to use this medicine for more than 10 days.
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