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Mupirocin Ointment – Uses, Side Effects, and More

Mupirocin and How Does It Work?

Mupirocin is a medication that doctors usually prescribe for treating impetigo, a bacterial infection affecting the skin. It is available in the form of a cream and an ointment. You can apply mupirocin topically to get the desired effects. The topical ointment of mupirocin is available as both a generic drug and the brand-name medication called Centany, which can be more expensive. Mupirocin would be taken alone or as part of a combination therapy. It means that you would have to use the drug with other medications. [1]

Mupirocin is a drug in the class called topical antibacterials. It works by killing the bacteria that cause an infection. In this case, doctors typically prescribe it for eliminating two strains: Streptococcus pyogenes and Staphylococcus aureus. They are the main cause of a skin infection called impetigo. Applying mupirocin ointment topically can be effective in preventing the bacteria from growing and multiplying. [2]