Mupirocin - topical

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

This medicine is available as a cream or as an ointment.

To apply the topical cream or ointment, follow these steps:
  1. Wash and dry your hands before applying this medicine.
  2. Using a clean cotton wool pad or gauze swab, apply a small amount of Mupirocin gently to the affected area of your skin until it disappears.
  3. You may cover the treated area with a plaster or other suitable dressing, unless your doctor instructed you to leave it uncovered.
  4. Wash your hands after application.
  5. Replace the cap of the tube.
Mupirocin must be used at regular intervals. Do not stop using it unless instructed by your 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 the following conditions:
  • burns, open wounds, or damaged skin over large areas of the body
  • kidney disease
Let your doctor know if you are pregnant or breastfeeding.

Avoid any contact of this medicine with your eyes. If an accidental contact occurs, rinse it immediately with water.

This medicine is not recommended for the treatment of pressure sores (damaged skin caused by staying in one position for too long such as those who are bedridden or on a wheelchair).

Maintain good hygiene and always wash your hands to decrease the spread of infection.
What side effects could I experience?
Mupirocin may cause any of the following side effects: headache, nausea, skin irritation such as itching, redness, pain, or dryness, and burning, stinging, or tingling sensation on the application site.

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 - topical 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 © 2023 MIMS. All rights reserved. Powered by
  • Mucin
  • Supirocin
Register or sign in to continue
Asia's one-stop resource for medical news, clinical reference and education
Already a member? Sign in
Register or sign in to continue
Asia's one-stop resource for medical news, clinical reference and education
Already a member? Sign in