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Read all of this leaflet carefully before you start using this medicine because it contains important information for you.
• Keep this leaflet. You may need to read it again.
• If you have any further questions, ask your doctor, nurse or pharmacist.
• This medicine has been prescribed for you only. Do not pass it on to others. It may harm them, even if their signs of illness are the same as yours.
• If you get any side effects, talk to your doctor, nurse or pharmacist. This includes any possible side effects not listed in this leaflet. See section 4.
1 What Bactroban is and what it is used for
2 What you need to know before you use Bactroban
3 How to use Bactroban
4 Possible side effects
5 How to store Bactroban
6 Contents of the pack and other information
1. What Bactroban is and what it is used for
Bactroban Nasal Ointment (called ‘Bactroban' in this leaflet) contains a medicine called mupirocin calcium. Bactroban is an antibiotic ointment.
It is used:
• to kill a group of bacteria in the nose called 'Staphylococci'
• this group includes MRSA (Methicillin Resistant Staphylococcus aureus)
• this ointment is for use in your nose only.
Do not use Bactroban if:
• you are allergic (hypersensitive) to mupirocin calcium, mupirocin or any of the other ingredients of this medicine (listed in Section 6).
If you are not sure if this applies to you, do not use this medicine. Talk to your doctor, nurse or pharmacist before using Bactroban.
Bactroban can cause severe skin reactions or allergies. See ‘Conditions to look out for' in Section 4.
Thrush (a yeast infection) may develop if Bactroban is used for a long time. If this occurs, tell your doctor, pharmacist or nurse.
Keep the ointment away from your eyes.
- If the ointment gets into your eyes accidentally, wash them thoroughly with water.
Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are taking, have recently taken or might take any other medicines. Pregnancy and breast-feeding
If you are pregnant or breast-feeding, think you may be pregnant or are planning to have a baby, ask your doctor or pharmacist for advice before using this medicine.
3. How to use Bactroban
Always use this medicine exactly as your doctor has told you. You should check with your doctor or pharmacist if you are not sure.
Using this medicine
You usually apply Bactroban to your nose twice a day.
1 Wash and dry your hands.
2 Place a small amount of Bactroban, about the size of a match head, on your little finger.
3 Apply this to the inside of one nostril.
4 Repeat steps 2 and 3 for your other nostril.
5 Press the sides of your nose together to spread the ointment around the nostril.
6 Replace the cap on the tube and wash your hands.
A cotton bud can be used instead of your little finger to apply the ointment, particularly in infants or the very ill. How long should you use Bactroban for?
Use Bactroban for as long as your doctor has told you. If you are not sure, ask your doctor, nurse or pharmacist. The bacteria are normally cleared from your nose within 3 to 5 days of starting treatment. Do not use for more than 10 days
If you swallow any of the ointment, speak to your doctor, nurse or pharmacist for advice.
If you forget to use Bactroban
• If you forget to apply Bactroban, apply it as soon as you remember.
• If your next dose is due within an hour, skip the missed dose.
• Do not use a double dose to make up for a forgotten dose.
If you stop using Bactroban
If you stop using Bactroban too early, not all the bacteria may have been killed or they may continue to grow. Ask your doctor, nurse or pharmacist when to stop using the ointment.
If you have any further questions on the use of this product, ask your doctor, nurse or pharmacist.
Like all medicines, this medicine can cause side effects, although not everybody gets them.
The following side effects may happen with this medicine:
Severe skin reactions or allergies
- If you develop a severe skin reaction or an allergy:
• wash off the ointment
• stop using it and
• tell your doctor as soon as possible.
Uncommon (may affect up to 1 in 100 people)
• Itching, redness, burning, tingling or stinging of the nose.
Very rare (may affect up to 1 in 10,000 people)
• Some people can develop a skin reaction or allergy that is severe.
The signs can include a rash, itchiness, redness or soreness.
If you get any side effects, talk to your doctor, pharmacist or nurse. This include any possible side effects not listed in this leaflet. You can also report side effects direclty via the Yellow Card Scheme at: www.mhra.gov.uk/yellowcard
By reporting side effects you can help provide more information on the safety of this medicine.
• Do not store above 25°C.
• KEEP ALL MEDICINES OUT OF THE SIGHT AND REACH OF CHILDREN.
• Do not use after the expiry date printed on the carton or tube label. The expiry date refers to the last day of the month.
• Medicines should not be disposed of via wastewater or household waste. Ask your pharmacist how to dispose of medicines no longer required. These measures will help to protect the environment.
• If the ointment becomes discoloured, you should ask your doctor or pharmacist before using it.
What Bactroban contains
• Each 1 gram of ointment contains 20 mg mupirocin (as mupirocin calcium).
• The other ingredients are white soft paraffin and a mixed diglycerin ester of fatty acids.
• Bactroban is a white, translucent ointment.
• Bactroban is available in a 3g tube.
Each tube comes in a carton.
POM PL No: 6464/0987
This product is manufactured by Glaxo Wellcome Operations, Hamire Road, County Durham, Barnard Castle, England and is procured from within the EU and repackaged by the Product Licence holder: Waymade plc, Miles Gray Road, Basildon, Essex SS14 3FR
Leaflet revision and issue date (Ref.) 11.06.2014
Bactroban is a registered trademark of Glaxo Group Ltd.