What is Mupirocin topical?

Category: Prescription Drugs

Most popular types: Bactroban

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See also: Mupirocin-edetate disodium-gentamicin nasal spray Sinusitis II Nasal Spray

This medicine is a topical antibacterial used to treat impetigo and secondary infected traumatic skin lesions due to S. aureus and S. pyogenes.

Reported purpose & perceived effectiveness
Purpose Patients Evaluations Perceived Effectiveness
Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus 7 2
Skin infections 6 1
Prevent infection 3 12
Impetigo 2 0
Nasal sores 2 1

Show all 17 reasons taken


  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell

Side effects

Side effects as an overall problem

Side effects as an overall problem
Severity Evaluations
Severe 0
Moderate 1
Mild 0
None 26

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Mupirocin topical

Side effect Patients
Irritability 1

Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Mupirocin topical

Dosage Patients
2% as needed 5
2 % twice daily 3
2 % monthly 1
2 g weekly 1
2 g daily 1
2 % three times daily 1

Why patients stopped taking Mupirocin topical

Multiple reasons could be selected

Reason Patients
Course of treatment ended 14
Other 4
Doctor's advice 3
Did not seem to work 2
Change in health plan coverage 1
Expense 1
Personal research 1
Side effects too severe 1
See all 21 patients who've stopped taking Mupirocin topical

Duration

Currently taking Mupirocin topical

Duration Patients
1 - 6 months 2
6 months - 1 year 1
1 - 2 years 2
2 - 5 years 3
5 - 10 years 1
10 years or more 3

Stopped taking Mupirocin topical

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 6
1 - 6 months 10
6 months - 1 year 2
1 - 2 years 2
2 - 5 years 1
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 20
Usually 4
Sometimes 2
Never taken as prescribed 1
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 0
Somewhat hard to take 5
A little hard to take 3
Not at all hard to take 19
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 0
$100-199 0
$50-99 0
$25-49 2
< $25 6
Not specified 19

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Mupirocin topical after stopping:

Treatment Patients
Bacitracin-Neomycin-Polymyxin B topical (Triple Antibiotic) 1

Patients stopped taking Mupirocin topical and switched to:

Treatment Patients
Erythromycin topical (Erythromycin 2% ointment) 1
Sulfamethoxazole-Trimethoprim (cotrimoxazole) (Bactrim) 1
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3 patient evaluations for Mupirocin topical

Aug 5, 2012 (Started Feb 01, 2010)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for Prevent infection)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 2 g Daily

Jul 8, 2012 (Started Feb 01, 2010)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for Prevent infection)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 2 g Daily

Jun 29, 2012 (Started Feb 01, 2010)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for Prevent infection)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 2 g Daily

Jan 13, 2012 (Started Feb 01, 2010)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for Prevent infection)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 2 g Daily

Aug 2, 2011 (Started Feb 01, 2010)

  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for Prevent infection)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 4 g Daily

Jul 22, 2011 (Started Feb 01, 2010)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for Prevent infection)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 4 g Daily

Jun 30, 2011 (Started Feb 01, 2010)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for Prevent infection)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 4 g Daily

Jun 6, 2011 (Started Feb 01, 2010)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for Prevent infection)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 4 g Daily

May 17, 2011 (Started Feb 01, 2010)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for Prevent infection)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 4 g Daily

Apr 17, 2011 (Started Feb 01, 2010)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for Prevent infection)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 4 g Daily

Mar 26, 2011 (Started Feb 01, 2010)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for Prevent infection)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 4 g Daily

  • 0 helpful marks

Mar 15, 2011 (Started Dec 10, 2009)

  • Effectiveness
    None (for rash or skin problems)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Never taken as prescribed
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 2 g Daily

  • 0 helpful marks

Mar 11, 2009 (Started Apr 01, 2007)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for Other)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: As needed
Cost: < $25 monthly

  • 0 helpful marks
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