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Generics are less expensive because generic manufacturers don't have to invest large sums of money to develop a drug. When the brand-name patent expires, generic companies can manufacture a copy of the brand-name and sell it at a substantial discount.

Bactroban 2% cream (Mupirocin)


Bactroban 2% cream (Mupirocin)

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    Bactroban is a prescription cream that is used for the treatment of bacterial infection of the skin, often of the nasal passages. Your doctor may also prescribe it to treat infections that are on different areas of the body.

    Bactroban works by preventing the replication of bacteria that cause infection. Typically, the body can fight off bacteria on its own. But if bacteria can multiply faster than the body can manage, Bactroban can slow down the infection so that the body can clear it.

    Bactroban works by blocking a protein called bacterial isoleucyl transfer-RNA synthetase. Blocking this protein prevents the formation of critical proteins, causing the bacterial cells to die.


    The usual dosage is 0.5 grams applied to the affected area 2-3 times daily for 5-14 days. Do not stop taking this medication before finishing the entire course of treatment. 


    The active ingredient in Bactroban is mupirocin.


    There are no known significant interactions.

    Do not mix Bactroban with other topical medications or with lotions, creams, or ointments. Allow the cream to absorb into the skin for at least 15-30 minutes before applying another topical preparation.


    If irritation occurs at the site, stop using Bactroban and tell your doctor.

    Do not use this cream for longer than prescribed as it may increase the risk of bacterial resistance.

    Tell your doctor if you have a history of kidney problems.

    Some formulations of Bactroban contain benzyl alcohol or polyethylene glycol.

    Side Effects

    Common side effects can include:

    • Aphthous Stomatitis
    • Blepharitis
    • Cellulitis
    • Clostridioides Difficile-Associated Diarrhea
    • Contact Dermatitis
    • Cough
    • Dermatitis
    • Diarrhea
    • Dizziness
    • Dysgeusia
    • Epistaxis
    • Erythema
    • Headache
    • Hypersensitivity Reaction
    • Increased Wound Secretion
    • Local Pain
    • Localized Burning
    • Localized Edema
    • Localized Tenderness
    • Nausea
    • Otalgia
    • Pharyngitis
    • Pruritus
    • Respiratory Congestion
    • Rhinitis
    • Skin Rash
    • Stinging Sensation
    • Urticaria
    • Wound Infection 
    • Xeroderma
    • Xerostomia


    1. Bactroban Cream [package insert]. Research Triangle Park, NC: GlaxoSmithKline; 2015.

    IMPORTANT NOTE: The above information is intended to increase awareness of health information and does not suggest treatment or diagnosis. This information is not a substitute for individual medical attention and should not be construed to indicate that use of the drug is safe, appropriate, or effective for you. See your health care professional for medical advice and treatment.

    Product Code : 2211

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