Fucidin Ointment contains sodium fusidate in a neutral ointment base.
Sodium fusidate, an antibiotic derived from Fusidium coccineum, exerts powerful antibacterial activity against a number of gram-positive organisms. Staphylococci, including the strains resistant to penicillin or to other antibiotics, are particularly susceptible to sodium fusidate. The therapeutic efficacy of topically applied Fucidin ointment is due partly to the pronounced antibacterial activity of sodium fusidate against the organisms responsible for skin infections, and partly to the unique ability of this antibiotic to penetrate intact skin.
Fucidin ointment is indicated for the treatment of skin infections caused by staphylococci, streptococci, Coryne-bacterium minutissimum, and other organisms sensitive to sodium fusidate. The most important indications being: impetigo, infected wounds, folliculitis, boils, sycosis barbae, carbuncles, hidradenitis, paronychia and erythrasma.
Fucidin ointment is applied to the affected area 2-3 times daily, generally for a period of 7 days. It can be used with or without a covering dressing.
Caution should be observed when applying Fucidin ointment in the eye region as this preparation may cause irritation if it gets into the eye.
Infections caused by non-susceptible organisms. Patients with hypersensitivity to any of the ingredients.
Fucidin Ointment contains wool fat and cetyl alcohol which may cause local skin reactions (e.g. contact dermatitis).
Fucidin Ointment also contains butylhydroxytoluene (E321) which may cause local skin reactions (e.g. contact dermatitis) and irritation to the eyes and mucous membranes.
There is inadequate evidence of safety in human pregnancy. Animal studies and many years of clinical experience have suggested that sodium fusidate is devoid of teratogenic effects.
Safety in nursing mothers has not been established.
Fucidin ointment is remarkably well tolerated, and there is an extremely low frequency of hypersensitivity reactions.
Incompatibilities: Fucidin ointment is a ready-for-use preparation and should, therefore, not be mixed with other ingredients or preparations.
D06AX01 - fusidic acid ; Belongs to the class of other topical antibiotics used in the treatment of dermatological diseases.