Retapamulin is an antibiotic that fights bacteria on the skin.
Retapamulin topical (for the skin) is used to treat an infection called impetigo (im-pe-TYE-go). Impetigo usually affects the nose, lips, or other areas of the face, but it may also affect other areas of the body.
You should check with your doctor immediately if any of these side effects occur when taking retapamulin topical:
Burning, itching, redness, skin rash, swelling, or soreness at site
skin rash, encrusted, scaly, and oozing
Blistering, burning, crusting, dryness, flaking of skin
flushing, redness of skin
itching, scaling, severe redness, soreness, swelling of skin
pain at site of application
unusually warm skin
Some of the side effects that can occur with retapamulin topical may not need medical attention. As your body adjusts to the medicine during treatment these side effects may go away. Your health care professional may also be able to tell you about ways to reduce or prevent some of these side effects. If any of the following side effects continue, are bothersome or if you have any questions about them, check with your health care professional:
stuffy or runny nose
unusual tiredness or weakness
Treating certain bacterial infections. It may be used in combination with other medicines to treat acne or certain amoeba infections. It may be used to prevent certain types of malaria in travelers who will be visiting malaria-infected areas for less than 4 months. It may also be used to prevent or slow the progression of anthrax after exposure. Doryx delayed-release capsules are a tetracycline antibiotic. It works by slowing the growth of bacteria. Slowing the bacteria's growth allows the body's immune system to destroy the bacteria.