More Info on Altabax Indications
How Does Altabax Work?Altabax works by inhibiting part of bacterial ribosomes, which are parts of cells that make proteins necessary for the bacteria to grow and multiply. The medication specifically inhibits the 50S subunit of the ribosome. Because human cells do not have a 50S subunit, they are spared from the effects of the antibiotic.
Altabax works in a different way than other antibiotics that inhibit the 50S subunit, which means it is in a class by itself. In fact, it is the first in a new class of medications known as pleuromutilin antibiotics.
Can Children Use Altabax?Altabax has been thoroughly studied in children as young as nine months old. It is not approved for use in younger infants, as it has not been adequately studied in that age group.
Talk with your child's healthcare provider about the benefits and risks of using Altabax in children. For very young children, it is often beneficial to cover the treated area with a bandage or gauze in order to prevent licking of the ointment or spreading it to the eyes.
Off-Label Uses of AltabaxOn occasion, your healthcare provider may recommend this product for something other than treating impetigo. Using Altabax to treat other types of skin infections, or to prevent any type of infection, would be an off-label use.
It should be noted that Altabax is approved only to treat impetigo caused by S. pyogenes or methicillin-sensitive S. aureus bacteria. Using Altabax to treat methicillin-resistant S. aureus (MRSA) infections is considered an off-label use.