Retapamulin Medication Information
Retapamulin (Altabax®) is a prescription medication approved for treating impetigo in adults and children as young as nine months old. It is not appropriate for everyone; your healthcare provider needs complete information on your medical history and what medicines you are taking before prescribing it.
Although many people do not have any problems while taking this medication, retapamulin can cause side effects, such as headaches, diarrhea and skin irritation. If adverse reactions do occur, they are usually mild and easily treated. Serious problems are rare.
Retapamulin comes in the form of an ointment and is applied in a thin layer to the affected area of skin twice a day for five days. This is the standard recommended dosage, regardless of a person's age or weight.
(Click Retapamulin for more information on this medication. This article covers how this prescription ointment works, lists additional side effects, and offers some safety precautions to be aware of before beginning treatment.)