Mupirocin - nasal

Patient Medicine Information
Why do I need this medicine?
Mupirocin is an antibiotic used to treat bacterial infections in your nose.
How do I use this medicine?
Apply Mupirocin exactly as directed by your doctor or according to the instructions on the label. Do not use more or less than instructed by your doctor.

To apply the nasal ointment, follow these steps:
  1. Blow your nose gently to clear your nostrils then wash and dry your hands before applying this medicine.
  2. Place a small amount (about the size of a matchstick head) of Mupirocin onto the tip of your little finger. A cotton bud or swab may be used instead of your little finger when applying to infants or those who are very ill.
  3. Apply the ointment in the inside surface at the front of one nostril.
  4. Repeat steps 2 and 3 for your other nostril.
  5. Gently press the sides of your nose together to spread the ointment inside your nostrils.
  6. Wash your hands after application.
  7. Replace the cap of the tube.
Mupirocin must be used regularly for the entire duration of treatment for it to be effective. Do not stop using it unless instructed by the doctor. You must complete the entire course of this medicine. If you don't, the infection will not be properly controlled.
What should I do if I have forgotten to use this medicine?
Apply the missed dose as soon as you remember. If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and return to your normal dosing schedule.

DO NOT double a dose to make up for the missed dose.

If you often forget to apply your medicine, let your doctor and pharmacist know.
When should I not use this medicine?
Do not use Mupirocin if you ever had an allergic reaction (rashes, breathlessness, swollen eyes) to this medicine or any of its ingredients.
What should I take note of while using this medicine?
Inform your doctor if you have kidney disease.

Let your doctor know if you are pregnant or breastfeeding.

Be sure to check with your doctor or pharmacist before giving Mupirocin to a child.

Avoid any contact of Mupirocin with your eyes. If an accidental contact occurs, rinse it immediately with water. Alert your doctor if you start to have any problems with your eyes.
What side effects could I experience?
Mupirocin may cause any of the following side effects: headache, nausea, colds, nasal congestion, sore throat, skin irritation and burning.

Prolonged use of Mupirocin may cause bacterial or fungal infections. Alert your doctor immediately if you experience any of the following:
  • thrush
  • prolonged diarrhoea
If you develop rashes, breathlessness, swollen face, eyes, tongue or throat, stop using this medicine and inform your doctor quickly. These could be signs of an allergic reaction.

Inform your doctor if any of these side effects do not go away or are severe, or if you experience other side effects.
Can I use this with other medicines?
Let your doctor know if you are using any other creams, ointments, lotions or other medicines on the affected area.

Always notify your doctor and pharmacist if you are taking any other medicines, including herbal tonics such as traditional Chinese medicines, supplements and medicines that you buy without a prescription.
How should I store this medicine?
Store in a cool, dry place away from the reach of children. Do not refrigerate or freeze.

Discard any product remaining at the end of your treatment.

Medicines must not be used past the expiry date.
This information is independently developed by MIMS based on mupirocin - nasal and is provided for your reference only. It is not a replacement for and should only be used in conjunction with full consultation with a licensed healthcare professional, the information provided by your pharmacist and/or the manufacturer of the medication. It may not contain all the available information you require and cannot substitute professional medical care, nor does it take into account all individual circumstances. Although great effort has been made to ensure content accuracy, we shall not be held responsible or liable for any claims or damages arising from the use or misuse of the information contained herein, its contents or omissions, or otherwise. Copyright © 2021 MIMS. All rights reserved. Powered by
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