Retapamulin ointment is prescribed to treat a certain type of bacterial skin infection called impetigo. This antibiotic helps the body fight the infection by preventing the bacteria from growing and multiplying. Prior to using this ointment, tell your healthcare provider if you have any allergies, are pregnant, or are breastfeeding. Possible side effects can include diarrhea, headaches, and skin irritation.
What Is Retapamulin?
Retapamulin (Altabax®) is a prescription skin ointment approved to treat impetigo, a common skin infection, in adults and children nine months of age and older.
Just like any medicine, retapamulin may cause side effects. However, not everyone who takes the drug will experience problems. In fact, most people tolerate it quite well. If side effects do occur, in most cases, they are minor and either require no treatment or are treated easily by you or your healthcare provider. Serious reactions are less common.
The most common side effects seen with retapamulin include:
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Altabax [package insert]. Research Triangle Park, NC: GlaxoSmithKline;2006 September.
Food and Drug Administration, Center for Drug Evaluation and Research. Electronic orange book: approved drug products with therapeutic equivalence evaluations. FDA Web site. Available at: http://www.fda.gov/cder/ob/. Accessed January 26, 2010.
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