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What Is Mupirocin?

A wide range of bacterial skin infections can be treated with mupirocin (Bactroban®), which is a common antibiotic. The medication works by interfering with bacteria's ability to synthesize an important protein. As a result, the bacteria do not grow and multiply properly. It comes in three different forms and is used two to three times a day, depending on the specific product used.
 
Mupirocin is generally well tolerated; however, side effects are possible. The adverse reactions a person may experience are often dependent on whether the skin products or the nasal ointment is used. Common ones include nausea, headache, sore throat, and stuffy nose.
 
(Click Mupirocin to learn more about what this drug is used for, when and how to take it, additional side effects to be aware of, and general dosing guidelines.)
 
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