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What should I know about Bactroban ointment before using it?

Before using Bactroban (mupirocin) ointment, you should know that this medication should not be used on mucous membranes or around the eyes. Another product, Bactroban Nasal, has a different formula designed to be used inside the nose. Bactroban ointment contains a chemical called polyethylene glycol, which can harm the kidneys if enough is absorbed through the skin. Tell your doctor if you have kidney problems before using Bactroban ointment. Also, talk with your doctor before using Bactroban ointment on open wounds or burns.

Although Bactroban ointment is not likely to harm a developing baby, researchers do not yet know whether mupirocin can pass into breast milk and affect a breast-feeding baby. If you are pregnant or breastfeeding, talk with your doctor about possible risks before using Bactroban ointment.

When using the ointment, you should avoid getting it in your eyes, nose or mouth. Rinse the eyes immediately with cool water if Bactroban ointment does come in contact with them. Wash your hands thoroughly after applying Bactroban ointment. Use the ointment for the full length of time that your doctor prescribes. However, if your skin condition worsens or does not improve in five days, talk with your doctor. Prolonged or repeated use of Bactroban ointment may cause other infections. Talk with your doctor if you see signs of a secondary infection. If you experience severe irritation or itching, stop using the ointment and contact your doctor.

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