Bactroban (Mupirocin 2% 5 mg)
€39.80 – €156.90
Bactroban is one of the commercial names for the medication Mupirocin available in a form of ointment and cream for local skin infections. It can be used by adults and in children older than one year, as well as breastfeeding women to heal the nipples. You can find out how and when to use the medication from our comprehensive guide below.
What is the ointment called Bactroban? When is it used?
Bactroban is one of the names Mupirocin medication is sold under. It is an antibacterial and bactericidal means of a wide spectrum of action for external application. The brand name Bactroban is owned by a certain pharmaceutical company but the formula is not protected by the know-how and can be used by all other drug-making companies. Therefore, you can buy Bactroban made by another company several times cheaper but do not be surprised that it will have another name on the tube. What you have pay attention to is the name of the active ingredient which is always indicated below the commercial name and should read Mupirocin.
The drug is utilized locally for the therapy of skin infections such as impetigo, folliculitis, furunculosis, ecthyma; secondary skin infections including infected eczema, infected injuries, minor (hospital-free) wounds and burns; prevention of bacterial infection of small wounds, cuts and other skin lesions.
The medication can also be applied intranasally for the locally-spread infections of local infections of the nasal cavity, caused by susceptible to Mupirocin pathogens.
The drug is effective against a broad spectrum of pathogens but there are some of them that are resistant to it. Therefore, if you suffer from a severe skin infection or even after the course of Bactroban use you still suffer from the same symptoms, you must undergo the clinical tests to find out the reason behind your disease. Naturally, it’s better to do susceptibility tests before using the drug as it can save you your time and health.
The medication comes in a form of cream and ointment which can be used as a monotherapy and as a part of complex therapy.
Is the generic form of the medication as effective as the brand-name one?
People who want to save on the therapy usually look for a way to buy Generic Bactroban, i.e. the medicine with the same composition but made by another company. And they are right – there is no point of paying more money for the known brand when you can get the same effect and quality at a lower price.
Generic medicines are made and marketed for the purpose of making all modern medicines within anyone’s means. You should understand that the goal of their creation was mainly for the underdeveloped and developing countries where the incomes are greatly lower than in the developed world. However, with the ridiculously high prices for treatment in the developed world, for instance, in the U.S., more and more people from those countries also look for the ways to get cheaper treatment.
You don’t have to worry about the quality of the medication and its effectiveness as long as you get the generic from a reputable drugstore like ours and see that the active substance of the brand-name drug corresponds to the one indicated on the package of generic. If you can’t see that info, our pharmacists will gladly help you.
What is the mechanism of Bactroban action?
Bactroban is an antimicrobial agent for topical use. The composition of the drug includes the active ingredient Mupirocin which is a broad-spectrum antibiotic developed specifically for external use. Mupirocin inhibits protein synthesis in the bacterial cell due to the oppression of isoleucine transport RNA (ribonucleic acid) – synthetase. There is no cross-resistance between Mupirocin and other antimicrobial agents. Mupirocin has a bacteriostatic effect (stop the spread of bacteria), with an increase in the dose of it renders a bactericidal effect (kills bacteria).
In the external application the systemic absorption of the medication is insignificant. The part of it which enters the blood circulation is excreted by the kidneys.
When the medication is applied to the areas with the compromised integrity of the skin, as well as when it is applied under the pressure bandages, the penetration of the active ingredient into deep tissues increases.
Polyethylene glycol, which is part of the ointment for ointment, can be absorbed through the damaged skin, and since it is excreted by the kidneys, it should be used with caution in the presence of severe kidney failure. The nasal ointment cannot be used in ophthalmology.
How should you use Generic Bactroban?
Here you can find the general instruction for the medication use but please consult a specialist, preferably, dermatologist before you buy Mupirocin and start using it to be sure that you are choosing the right treatment and do not require other therapy.
Before the use, you need to clean the skin area on which you plan to apply the product. The medication is aimed at the external topical use. It is recommended to apply it with gauze or cotton swab. After you apply the ointment, the skin can be covered with a bandage. After the medication use, you should wash your hands to avoid getting the cream in the eyes.
The duration of the therapy is established by a doctor. Usually, it is recommended to apply the ointment up to three times a day. The recommended treatment course length is from seven to ten days.
People with impaired kidney function do not require dose adjustments yet in the application of the ointment on large areas of open wounds increases its penetration into the blood which should be considered during the treatment.
Mupirocin adverse effects
In general, the drug is well tolerated. However, some negative reactions can still occur if you buy Generic Mupirocin and start using it. They include skin itching or burning, eczema, erythema, allergic reactions, nausea, pain in the stomach, headache, and others.
If the negative symptoms are severe, make sure to inform your doctor about them and stop using the medication.
Contraindications for Bactroban use
The medication must not be used by people with individual intolerance of the active or additional elements of the drug.
It is contraindicated to use the intranasal ointment for the area around the eyes,
The ointment must not be used for children younger than two months. The crème must not be used for children under one year.
The drug in any form must be cautiously used by people of old age and people with severe kidney dysfunction as there is a risk of systemic absorption.
During pregnancy, the medication can be used only if the expected benefit is greater than the risk.
Can you use Bactroban while breastfeeding?
You can order Bactroban and use it if you are breastfeeding and apply it to heal the cracks in the nipples but it is encouraged to thoroughly clean the skin of the breast from the remnants of the ointment before feeding the baby (it is recommended to wash the skin with soap using a large amount of running water).
Can you use Generic Bactroban with other medicines?
You can use the drug with other medicines for oral intake if your doctor approves. But you must not use other ointments or other topical means on the same skin areas. If your doctor prescribes you to use it along with other topical drugs, make sure to use these drugs with a thirty-minute interval between applications.
There is a very low risk of the medication overdose if you use it locally. If you accidentally swallowed the cream or ointment, you should take activated carbon and induce vomiting.
If you still develop any adverse effects, seek medical help.
How to store the medication?
When you order Generic Bactroban in a form of cream you should remember that you can store it for one and a half years after the date of its production.
The ointment can be stored for two years.
Do freeze neither cream nor ointment and make sure they are stored at the temperature below 25C or 77F.
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