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.

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  • Severity: Major
    You should check with your doctor immediately if any of these side effects occur when taking retapamulin topical:

    Less common:
    Burning, itching, redness, skin rash, swelling, or soreness at site
    skin rash, encrusted, scaly, and oozing
    Rare:
    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
    Severity: Minor
    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:

    Less common:
    Diarrhea
    fever
    headache
    muscle aches
    nausea
    sore throat
    stuffy or runny nose
    unusual tiredness or weakness
  • (retapamulin) ointment
  • Bacterial Infection

    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.