fusidic acid or sodium fusidate topical
In this drug factsheet:DIN (Drug Identification Number)
|00586676 ||FUCIDIN OINTMENT 2%|
How does this medication work? What will it do for me?
Fusidic acid belongs to a class of medications known as antibiotics. It is used to treat various skin infections caused by certain kinds of bacteria. Such infections may include impetigo and secondary infections (infections that develop after the skin has been injured) to burns or broken skin.
This medication may be available under multiple brand names and/or in several different forms. Any specific brand name of this medication may not be available in all of the forms or approved for all of the conditions discussed here. As well, some forms of this medication may not be used for all of the conditions discussed here.
Your doctor may have suggested this medication for conditions other than those listed in these drug information articles. If you have not discussed this with your doctor or are not sure why you are being given this medication, speak to your doctor. Do not stop using this medication without consulting your doctor.
Do not give this medication to anyone else, even if they have the same symptoms as you do. It can be harmful for people to use this medication if their doctor has not prescribed it.
How should I use this medication?
Apply a small amount to the affected area 3 or 4 times daily until the infection has cleared. If your doctor has directed you to cover the lesion with a gauze dressing, you may be directed to apply the medication only 1 or 2 times daily.
Take care to avoid the eyes if the medication is being applied to the face.
Many things can affect the dose of a medication that a person needs, such as body weight, other medical conditions, and other medications. If your doctor has recommended a dose different from the ones listed here, do not change the way that you are using the medication without consulting your doctor.
It is important to use this medication exactly as prescribed by your doctor. If you forget to apply this medication, apply it as soon as you remember. If it is almost time for your next application, skip the missed dose and continue with your regular schedule. Do not apply a double dose to make up for a missed one. If you are not sure what to do after missing a dose, contact your doctor or pharmacist for advice.
Store this medication at room temperature and keep it out of the reach of children.
Do not dispose of medications in wastewater (e.g. down the sink or in the toilet) or in household garbage. Ask your pharmacist how to dispose of medications that are no longer needed or have expired.
What form(s) does this medication come in?
Each tube contains sodium fusidate 2% in an ointment base containing lanolin. Nonmedicinal ingredients: cetanol, lanolin anhydrous, liquid paraffin, and white soft paraffin.
Who should NOT take this medication?
Fusidic acid or sodium fusidate topical products should not be used by anyone who:
- is allergic to fusidic acid and its salts or to any of the ingredients of this medication
- is allergic to lanolin (for the ointment form only)