Mupirocin nasal ointment is used to treat or prevent infections in the nose due to certain strains of Staphylococcus aureus bacteria. This medicine works by killing bacteria or preventing their growth.

This medicine is available only with your doctor’s prescription.

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

    Less common:
    Burning, stinging, or pain on the application site
    Rare:
    Blistering, crusting, irritation, itching, or reddening of the skin
    canker sores
    cracked, dry, scaly skin
    pain, swelling, tenderness, warmth on the skin
    sores, ulcers, or white spots on the lips or tongue or inside the mouth
    Incidence not known:
    Abdominal or stomach tenderness
    cough
    difficulty with swallowing
    dizziness
    fast heartbeat
    fever
    hives or welts, itching, or skin rash
    large, hive-like swelling on the face, eyelids, lips, tongue, throat, hands, legs, feet, or sex organs
    puffiness or swelling of the eyelids or around the eyes, face, lips, or tongue
    redness of the skin
    severe abdominal or stomach cramps and pain
    tightness in the chest
    unusual tiredness or weakness
    watery and severe diarrhea, which may also be bloody
    Severity: Minor
    Some of the side effects that can occur with mupirocin 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:
    Headache
    nausea
  • (mupirocin calcium) cream
  • 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.