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Molecule Description

Mupirocin belongs to a class that used to prevent infection caused by bacteria.

Uses of Mupirocin

It is used for the treatment of bacterial skin infections.

Contraindications of Mupirocin

When should one not use Mupirocin

Do not use Mupirocin if you are allergic to it and have a condition such as kidney problems.

Side effects of Mupirocin

Common side effects of this drug are:

  • Burning
  • Stinging
  • Redness
  • Itching
  • Dryness at the site of application

Precautions and Warnings of Mupirocin


Can I take Mupirocin during pregnancy?
It is probably safe to take this medicine in pregnancy for local application.

Breast Feeding

Can I take Mupirocin while breastfeeding?
It is probably safe to take this medicine in breastfeeding for local applications. If used for the treatment of cracked nipple, wash thoroughly before feeding the baby.


Can I drive if I have consumed Mupirocin?
No caution required.


Can I consume alcohol with Mupirocin?
No interaction established.

Other General Warnings

Talk to your doctor if
  • Not be used around eyes or nose
  • If used for long, you may develop a yeast infection
  • Don’t apply for more than ten days unless prescribed by your doctor

Mode of Action of Mupirocin

How Does It Work?

Mupirocin works by inhibiting the bacterial protein and RNA synthesis. It stops the growth of bacteria and also kills them.

Interactions of Mupirocin

Interactions with other medicines

There is no interaction associated with Mupirocin topical.

Interactions with food items

No food interactions are reported with this topical medicine.

Dosage of Mupirocin


An overdose of Mupirocin as topical is not expected to be dangerous to skin. Still, it is better to seek emergency medical care immediately if you suspect an overdose.

Content Details


Dr. Rukman Mecca

MBBS, MD (Community Medicine)


Dr. Ritu Budania

MBBS, MD (Pharmacology)

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)


Q: What should I discuss with my healthcare expert before using Mupirocin?

A: 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.

Q: What special precautions should I take?

A: Use Mupirocin cream with caution on skin with open wounds.
Last Updated on: 05 Oct 2020 | 10:47 PM (IST)

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