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Side Effects of Mupirocin

While most people tolerate mupirocin well, side effects are possible. The exact ones a person experiences are often related directly to the form of mupirocin being used. For example, the nasal ointment may cause headache or upper respiratory infection, whereas the skin ointment and cream forms may cause itching or burning. Potentially serious side effects, like severe skin reactions or unexplained swelling, should be reported to a healthcare provider.

An Introduction to Mupirocin Side Effects

Just like any medicine, mupirocin (Bactroban®) can cause side effects. However, not everyone who uses the medication will have problems. In fact, most people tolerate it quite well. If side effects do occur, in many cases, they are minor and either require no treatment or are treated easily by you or your healthcare provider.
(This article covers many, but not all, of the possible side effects with mupirocin. Your healthcare provider can discuss a more complete list with you.)

Serious Side Effects of Mupirocin

Some mupirocin side effects, while occurring infrequently, are potentially serious and should be reported immediately to your healthcare provider. These include but are not limited to:
  • Severe skin reactions
  • Signs of an allergic reaction, such as:
    • An unexplained rash
    • Hives
    • Itching (especially if accompanied by other symptoms)
    • Swelling of the mouth or throat
    • Wheezing
    • Difficulty breathing.
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