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Mupirocin

By

Brian J. Werth

, PharmD, University of Washington School of Pharmacy

Last full review/revision Jul 2020| Content last modified Jul 2020
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It is available only as an ointment.

Health care practitioners may recommend applying the antibiotic mupirocin inside the nostrils to eliminate staphylococci from the nose. However, because overusing mupirocin can lead to mupirocin resistance, this antibiotic is used only when people are likely to get an infection. For example, it is given to people before certain operations or to people who live in a household in which the skin infection is spreading.

Some common side effects of mupirocin are itching and burning.

Drugs Mentioned In This Article

Generic Name Select Brand Names
AZACTAM
MONUROL
FLAGYL
FURADANTIN, MACROBID, MACRODANTIN
BACTROBAN
CLEOCIN
No US brand name
CUBICIN
CILOXAN, CIPRO
BAXDELA
FACTIVE
LEVAQUIN
AVELOX
ZITHROMAX
No US brand name
BIAXIN
ERY-TAB, ERYTHROCIN
OCUFLOX
DIFICID
DALVANCE
ORBACTIV
VIBATIV
No US brand name
VANCOCIN
GENOPTIC
No US brand name
No US brand name
ZEMDRI
No US brand name
TOBI, TOBREX
TINDAMAX
ZYMAR
DORIBAX
INVANZ
MERREM
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