Retapamulin Dosage

For the treatment of impetigo, retapamulin dosing is the same, regardless of your age or weight. Treatment guidelines typically recommend applying a thin layer of the ointment to the affected area twice daily for five days. Do not apply this medication to a large area of skin or to unaffected skin, and tell your healthcare provider if there is no improvement in four days.

An Introduction to Dosing With Retapamulin

There is only one standard dosage for retapamulin (Altabax®), regardless of your age or weight. As is always the case, do not adjust this amount unless your healthcare provider specifically tells you to do so.
 

Retapamulin Dosage for Impetigo

The standard dose of retapamulin for impetigo treatment is a thin layer, applied to the affected area twice daily for five days. Avoid applying the medication to unaffected skin, as it should only be applied to a small area -- no more than 100 cm2 (equivalent to approximately a four-inch by four-inch square) in adults and no more than 2 percent of the total body surface area in children.
 
If you do not see any improvement within three or four days, contact your healthcare provider. He or she may want to try another medication (or may even need to reconsider the diagnosis of impetigo).
 

General Information on Taking Retapamulin

Some considerations to keep in mind during treatment with retapamulin include the following:
 
  • Apply this medication in a thin layer twice a day for five days. Apply it only on the affected areas; it should not be applied to a large area of the skin.
     
  • Do not swallow the ointment or apply it to the eyes, in the nose, on the mouth or lips, or other mucous membranes.
     
  • You may cover the treated area with a bandage or gauze, if desired. This may be especially helpful for young children to prevent them from licking the ointment or getting it in their eyes.
     
  • For retapamulin to work properly, it must be taken as prescribed. Take it for the full length of time your healthcare provider recommends, even if you see improvement sooner.
     
  • If you are unsure about anything related to your dosage or retapamulin dosing in general, please talk with your doctor, nurse, or pharmacist.
     
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Retapamulin Medication Information

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