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Mupirocin

By

Brian J. Werth

, PharmD, University of Washington School of Pharmacy

Medically Reviewed Jun 2022 | Modified Sep 2022
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It is available only as an ointment.

Health care practitioners may recommend applying the antibiotic mupirocin inside the nostrils to eliminate staphylococci from the nose. However, because overusing mupirocin can lead to mupirocin resistance, this antibiotic is used only when people are likely to get an infection. For example, it is given to people before certain operations or to people who live in a household in which the skin infection is spreading.

Some common side effects of mupirocin are itching and burning.

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