Precautions and Warnings With Retapamulin

You may not be able to use retapamulin if you have certain allergies or if you are pregnant or breastfeeding. Being aware of these and other retapamulin precautions and warnings can help ensure a safe treatment process, so make sure your healthcare provider has a list of all medications you are taking and any medical conditions you have.

What Should I Tell My Healthcare Provider?

Prior to using retapamulin (Altabax®), tell your healthcare provider if you:
  • Have any allergies, including to medications, foods, dyes, or preservatives
  • Are pregnant or thinking of becoming pregnant
  • Are breastfeeding.
You should also make sure to tell your healthcare provider about any other medications you are taking, including prescription and nonprescription medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements.

Specific Retapamulin Warnings and Precautions

Some warnings and precautions to be aware of during treatment with retapamulin include the following:
  • If you develop a severe skin reaction to retapamulin, wipe the product off immediately and contact your healthcare provider.
  • Do not apply retapamulin to mucous membranes, including the eyes, lips, mouth, inside the nose, or internal genitalia. For young children, you may need to cover the affected area with a bandage or gauze to prevent licking or accidental eye exposure.
  • If the impetigo does not seem to be improving within three or four days, contact your healthcare provider. He or she may want to try a different medication or may even need to reconsider the diagnosis of impetigo.
  • Sometimes, antibiotics cause an overgrowth of other types of bacteria that are not susceptible to the antibiotic. If this happens, you will likely need to be treated with additional antibiotics.
  • Retapamulin is a pregnancy Category B medication, which means that it is probably safe for use during pregnancy, although the full risks are currently unknown (see Altabax and Pregnancy for more information).
  • It is unknown if this medication passes through breast milk. Therefore, if you are breastfeeding a child, check with your healthcare provider (or your child's healthcare provider) before beginning treatment (see Altabax and Breastfeeding).
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