Side Effects of Retapamulin

In clinical studies, commonly reported side effects of retapamulin included headaches, skin itching, and diarrhea. These reactions are typically minor and easily treated. However, notify your healthcare provider right away if you notice severe skin reactions or signs of an allergic reaction, such as difficulty breathing, hives, or unexplained swelling of the mouth or throat.

An Introduction to Retapamulin Side Effects

Just like any medicine, retapamulin (Altabax®) can cause side effects. However, not everyone who takes the medication will have 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.
 
(This article covers many, but not all, of the possible side effects with retapamulin. Your healthcare provider can discuss a more complete list with you.)
 

Serious Retapamulin Side Effects to Report

Potentially serious side effects of retapamulin that you should report immediately to your healthcare provider include:
 
  • Severe skin reactions
  • Signs of an allergic reaction, such as:
     
    • Hives
    • Itching
    • Unexplained swelling of the mouth or throat
    • Wheezing or difficulty breathing or swallowing.
 

Common Side Effects

Retapamulin has been studied thoroughly in clinical trials. In these studies, the side effects that occurred in a group of people using retapamulin were documented and compared to those that occurred in another group of people using a placebo ointment (an ointment with no active ingredients), a different antibiotic applied to the skin, or an oral antibiotic.
 
As a result, it was possible to see what retapamulin side effects occurred, how often they appeared, and how they compared to the other treatments.
 
In these studies, the most common side effects seen with retapamulin included:
 
  • Headaches -- in up to 2 percent of people
  • Skin itching -- up to 1.9 percent
  • Diarrhea -- up to 1.7 percent
  • Skin irritation -- up to 1.6 percent.
     
Other common reactions (occurring in 1.2 to 1.5 percent of people) included:
 
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