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Altabax Warnings and Precautions

Altabax should not be applied to mucous membranes, such as the eyes, lips, or mouth. In addition, if the impetigo does not improve within three or four days, you should contact your healthcare provider. Other safety warnings and precautions with Altabax extend to people who have certain allergies and women who are pregnant or breastfeeding.

What Should I Tell My Healthcare Provider?

Prior to taking Altabax® (retapamulin), tell your healthcare provider if you:
  • Have any allergies, including to medications, foods, dyes, or preservatives
  • Are pregnant or thinking of becoming pregnant
  • Are breastfeeding.
You should also make sure to tell your healthcare provider about any other medications you are taking, including prescription and nonprescription medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements.

Specific Precautions and Warnings With Altabax

Some warnings and precautions to be aware of prior to using Altabax include the following:
  • If you develop a severe skin reaction to Altabax, wipe the product off immediately and contact your healthcare provider.
  • Do not apply Altabax to mucous membranes, including the eyes, lips, mouth, inside the nose, or internal genitalia. For young children, you may need to cover the affected area with a bandage or gauze to prevent licking or accidental eye exposure.
  • If the impetigo does not seem to be improving within three or four days, contact your healthcare provider. He or she may want to try a different medication or may even need to reconsider the diagnosis of impetigo.
  • Sometimes, antibiotics cause an overgrowth of other types of bacteria that are not susceptible to the medication. If this happens, you will likely need to be treated with additional antibiotics.
  • Altabax is a pregnancy Category B medication, which means that it is probably safe for use during pregnancy, although the full risks are currently unknown (see Altabax and Pregnancy for more information).
  • It is unknown if this medication passes through breast milk. Therefore, if you are breastfeeding a child, check with your healthcare provider (or your child's healthcare provider) before using Altabax (see Altabax and Breastfeeding).
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