The prescription drug mupirocin (Bactroban®) is approved for the treatment of various bacterial skin infections, including methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) and impetigo. There are three different forms of mupirocin: an ointment that is applied to the nasal passages, an ointment that is applied to the skin, and a cream that is applied to the skin.
The medication is applied two or three times a day, depending on the form a healthcare provider prescribes.
The nasal ointment form of mupirocin is only approved for adults and children age 12 and older. Children as young as two months old, however, can use the skin formulations. Most people have no problems when using this drug; however, adverse reactions are possible, so tell your healthcare provider about any other medical conditions you have (especially kidney problems).
(To learn more about both ointment and cream forms of this medication, click Mupirocin. This article explains when and how to use these products, how mupirocin works, and when each formulation may be used, among other things.)