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Fusidic Acid

Molecule Description

Fusidic Acid is a combination of antibiotic and steroid. It treats certain bact

erial infections. It should be used as a topical application on the skin.


Uses of Fusidic Acid

It is used to treat conditions where the skin is infected by germs (bacteria) such crusty, weeping and swollen patch of skin, inflammation of the skin and spots, infected cuts and grazes.

Contraindications of Fusidic Acid

When should one not use Fusidic Acid

Do not use Fusidic Acid if you have any allergic reaction to this medicine.

Side effects of Fusidic Acid

Common side effects of this drug are:

  • Irritation at site of application (including pain, stinging, burning and skin redness)
  • Itching
  • Rash
  • Hives
  • Skin swelling and blistering

Precautions and Warnings of Fusidic Acid



Can I take Fusidic Acid during pregnancy?
There is inadequate evidence of safety in pregnancy. Topical Fusidic Acid can be used during pregnancy only after consulting your doctor.

Breast Feeding

Can I take Fusidic Acid while breastfeeding?
You should avoid applying this cream on or near your breasts. If you need to use it, you should wash your breasts thoroughly before giving a feed. Ask your doctor for further advice.

Other General Warnings

Talk to your doctor if
  • You are applying this medicine near your eyes or the eyes of a child
  • Use this medicine only for the prescribed duration, don’t use it for a long time or in large amounts
  • This medicine is only for external application

Mode of Action of Fusidic Acid

How Does It Work?

It works by interfering with bacterial protein synthesis, thereby preventing the growth of bacteria.

Interactions of Fusidic Acid

Interactions with other medicines

No specific data are available for the interaction with other medicines.

Interactions with food items

  • No information is available on interactions of this medicine when taken with food, consult your doctor or pharmacist for further information.

Dosage of Fusidic Acid


If you accidentally applied too much cream or swallowed it, it is unlikely to harm. However, inform your doctor for the same.

Missed a Dose

Apply the missed use as early as you remember. Skip the missed use & do not apply extra medicine to compensate for the missed usage.

Content Details


Dr. Ritu Budania

MBBS, MD (Pharmacology)

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)


Q: What should I discuss with my healthcare expert before taking this medicine?

A: You should not use Fusidic Acid if you are allergic to it. Give a detailed account of your medical and surgical history. Also, mention to your doctor all the prescription and non-prescription medicines, herbal preparations and nutritional supplements that you may be taking before starting this medication.
Last Updated on: 05 Oct 2020 | 10:47 PM (IST)

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