MUPIROCIN- mupirocin ointment
Asclemed USA, Inc.


Mupirocin Ointment USP, 2% is indicated for the topical treatment of impetigo due to susceptible isolates of Staphylococcus aureus (S. aureus) and Streptococcus pyogenes (S. pyogenes).


  • For Topical Use Only.
  • Apply a small amount of Mupirocin Ointment USP, 2%, with a cotton swab or gauze pad, to the affected area 3 times daily for up to 10 days.
  • Cover the treated area with gauze dressing if desired.
  • Re-evaluate patients not showing a clinical response within 3 to 5 days.
  • Mupirocin Ointment USP, 2% is not for intranasal, ophthalmic, or other mucosal use [ see Warnings and Precautions (5.2, 5.6) ].
  • Do not apply Mupirocin Ointment USP, 2% concurrently with any other lotions, creams, or ointments [ see Clinical Pharmacology (12.3) ].


Each gram of Mupirocin Ointment USP, 2% contains 20 mg mupirocin in a water-miscible ointment base supplied in 22-gram tubes.


Mupirocin Ointment USP, 2% is contraindicated in patients with known hypersensitivity to mupirocin or any of the excipients of Mupirocin Ointment USP, 2%.


5.1 Severe Allergic Reactions

Systemic allergic reactions, including anaphylaxis, urticaria, angioedema, and generalized rash, have been reported in patients treated with formulations of mupirocin, including Mupirocin Ointment USP, 2% [ see Adverse Reactions (6.2) ].

5.2 Eye Irritation

Avoid contact with the eyes. In case of accidental contact, rinse well with water.

5.3 Local Irritation

In the event of a sensitization or severe local irritation from Mupirocin Ointment USP, 2%, usage should be discontinued, and appropriate alternative therapy for the infection instituted.

5.4 Clostridium difficile -Associated Diarrhea

Clostridium difficile -associated diarrhea (CDAD) has been reported with use of nearly all antibacterial agents and may range in severity from mild diarrhea to fatal colitis. Treatment with antibacterial agents alters the normal flora of the colon leading to overgrowth of C. difficile.

C. difficile produces toxins A and B which contribute to the development of CDAD.

Hypertoxin-producing strains of C. difficile cause increased morbidity and mortality, as these infections can be refractory to antimicrobial therapy and may require colectomy. CDAD must be considered in all patients who present with diarrhea following antibacterial drug use.

Careful medical history is necessary since CDAD has been reported to occur over 2 months after the administration of antibacterial agents.

If CDAD is suspected or confirmed, ongoing antibacterial drug use not directed against C. difficile may need to be discontinued. Appropriate fluid and electrolyte management, protein supplementation, antibacterial treatment of C. difficile , and surgical evaluation should be instituted as clinically indicated.

5.5 Potential for Microbial Overgrowth

As with other antibacterial products, prolonged use of Mupirocin Ointment USP, 2% may result in overgrowth of nonsusceptible microorganisms, including fungi [ see Dosage and Administration (2) ].

5.6 Risk Associated with Mucosal Use

Mupirocin Ointment USP, 2% is not formulated for use on mucosal surfaces. Intranasal use has been associated with isolated reports of stinging and drying. A separate formulation, *BACTROBAN® (mupirocin calcium) nasal ointment, is available for intranasal use.

5.7 Risk of Polyethylene Glycol Absorption

Polyethylene glycol can be absorbed from open wounds and damaged skin and is excreted by the kidneys. In common with other polyethylene glycol-based ointments, Mupirocin Ointment USP, 2% should not be used in conditions where absorption of large quantities of polyethylene glycol is possible, especially if there is evidence of moderate or severe renal impairment.

5.8 Risk Associated with Use at Intravenous Sites

Mupirocin Ointment USP, 2% should not be used with intravenous cannulae or at central intravenous sites because of the potential to promote fungal infections and antimicrobial resistance.


The following adverse reactions are discussed in more detail in other sections of the labeling:

  • Severe Allergic Reactions [ see Warnings and Precautions (5.1) ]
  • Eye Irritation [ see Warnings and Precautions (5.2) ]
  • Local Irritation [ see Warnings and Precautions (5.3) ]
  • Clostridium difficile -Associated Diarrhea [ see Warnings and Precautions (5.4) ]

6.1 Clinical Trials Experience

Because clinical trials are conducted under widely varying conditions, adverse reaction rates observed in the clinical trials of a drug cannot be directly compared with rates in the clinical trials of another drug and may not reflect the rates observed in practice.

The following local adverse reactions were reported by at least 1% of subjects in connection with the use of mupirocin ointment in clinical trials: burning, stinging, or pain in 1.5% of subjects; itching in 1% of subjects. Rash, nausea, erythema, dry skin, tenderness, swelling, contact dermatitis, and increased exudate were reported in less than 1% of subjects.

6.2 Postmarketing Experience

In addition to adverse reactions reported from clinical trials, the following reactions have been identified during postmarketing use of mupirocin ointment. Because they are reported voluntarily from a population of unknown size, estimates of frequency cannot be made. These reactions have been chosen for inclusion due to a combination of their seriousness, frequency of reporting, or potential causal relationship to mupirocin ointment.

Immune System Disorders

Systemic allergic reactions, including anaphylaxis, urticaria, angioedema, and generalized rash [ see Warnings and Precautions (5.1) ].


8.1 Pregnancy

Risk Summary

There are insufficient human data to establish whether there is a drug-associated risk with mupirocin ointment in pregnant women. Systemic absorption of mupirocin through intact human skin is minimal following topical administration of mupirocin ointment [ see Clinical Pharmacology (12.3) ]. No developmental toxicity was observed in rats or rabbits treated with mupirocin subcutaneously during organogenesis at doses of 160 or 40 mg per kg per day, respectively (22 and 11 times the human topical dose based on calculations of dose divided by the entire body surface area).

The estimated background risk of major birth defects and miscarriages for the indicated population is unknown. The estimated background risk in the U.S. general population of major birth defects is 2% to 4% and of miscarriage is 15% to 20% of clinically recognized pregnancies.


Animal Data: Developmental toxicity studies have been performed with mupirocin administered subcutaneously to rats and rabbits at doses up to 160 mg per kg per day during organogenesis.

This dose is 22 and 43 times, respectively, the human topical dose (approximately 60 mg mupirocin per day) based on calculations of dose divided by the entire body surface area.

Maternal toxicity was observed (body weight loss/decreased body weight gain and reduced feeding) in both species with no evidence of developmental toxicity in rats. In rabbits, excessive maternal toxicity at the high dose precluded the evaluation of fetal outcomes. There was no developmental toxicity in rabbits at 40 mg per kg per day, 11 times the human topical dose based on calculations of dose divided by the entire body surface area.

Mupirocin administered subcutaneously to rats in a pre- and postnatal development study (dosed during late gestation through lactation) was associated with reduced offspring viability in the early postnatal period at a dose of 106.7 mg per kg, in the presence of injection site irritation and/or subcutaneous hemorrhaging. This dose is 14 times the human topical dose based on calculations of dose divided by the entire body surface area. The no-observed adverse effect level in this study was 44.2 mg per kg per day, which is 6 times the human topical dose.

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