What should I know about Altabax before using it?

Altabax can cause an allergic reaction in some people. Get medical help immediately if you develop hives, breathing problems or swelling in your face or tongue. Altabax can interact with some medicines. Tell your doctor about all of the medicines you take, including over-the-counter drugs and herbal or nutritional supplements. Do not take the antifungal drug ketoconazole if you are using Altabax. Use Altabax according to your doctor's directions. Do not apply it more frequently or for a longer period of time than your doctor advises. If you miss a dose, take it when you remember it. Do not double up on doses if it is almost time for your next dose. Altabax treats a skin infection called impetigo. This is highly infectious, and is spread when you touch the infected area and then touch another part of your skin. Use a cotton swab to apply Altabax and wash your hands before and after applying the ointment. Do not allow Altabax to come in contact with your eyes, nose, mouth, vagina or rectum. If the medicine comes in contact with any of these areas, wash it thoroughly.

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