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Mupirocin Dosage

The form of mupirocin a person is prescribed will depend on the condition being treated. For example, guidelines for dosing with mupirocin nasal ointment state that the medication should be applied inside each nostril twice a day for five days. It is important to use this drug for the exact time your healthcare provider recommends to help prevent bacterial resistance.

An Introduction to Dosing With Mupirocin

The dose of mupirocin (Bactroban®) your healthcare provider recommends will vary, depending mostly on which product is used. As is always the case, do not adjust this amount unless your healthcare provider specifically tells you to do so.

Mupirocin Dosing Guidelines

For mupirocin nasal ointment, the standard dosage is half a single-use (1-gram) tube applied into each nostril twice daily for five days. For the skin cream or skin ointment, the standard recommended dosage is a small amount applied to the affected area three times daily.
When treating infections, be sure to let your healthcare provider know if the condition does not seem to improve within three to five days.

General Information on Your Dosage of Mupirocin

Considerations to keep in mind during treatment with mupirocin include the following:
  • When using the skin products, you may cover the area with a dressing or bandage if desired.
  • For the nasal ointment, after applying it, repeatedly pinch and release the sides of the nose for one minute (this spreads the ointment throughout the nostrils).
  • Mupirocin skin products are not designed to be used within the nose. Only the special nasal ointment should be used for this purpose.
  • For the medication to work properly, it must be taken as prescribed. Do not miss doses or stop taking this antibiotic earlier than your healthcare provider recommends, as bacterial resistance may develop.
  • If you are unsure about anything related to your mupirocin dosage, please talk with your doctor, nurse, or pharmacist. Do not stop treatment too early or use the medication for longer than prescribed without first discussing it with your healthcare provider.
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