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Altabax Side Effects

Although most people have no problems with Altabax, side effects are possible. Common ones include headaches, skin itching, and diarrhea. Contact your healthcare provider right away if you experience hives, difficulty breathing, or unexplained swelling of the mouth, as these side effects may be signs of an allergic reaction.

An Introduction to Altabax Side Effects

Just like any medicine, Altabax® (retapamulin) can cause side effects. However, not everyone who takes the medication will have problems. In fact, most people tolerate it quite well. If side effects do occur, in most 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 Altabax. Your healthcare provider can discuss a more complete list with you.)

Common Side Effects of Altabax

Altabax has been studied thoroughly in clinical trials. In these studies, the side effects that occurred in a group of people using Altabax were documented and compared to those that occurred in another group of people using a placebo ointment (an ointment with no active ingredients), a different antibiotic applied to the skin, or an oral antibiotic.
As a result, it was possible to see what Altabax side effects occurred, how often they appeared, and how they compared to the other treatments.
In these studies, the most common reactions Altabax included:
  • Headaches -- in up to 2 percent of people
  • Skin itching -- up to 1.9 percent
  • Diarrhea -- up to 1.7 percent
  • Skin irritation -- up to 1.6 percent.
Other common side effects (occurring in 1.2 to 1.5 percent of people) included:
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