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Last updated on 05/07/2021.

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DRUG CLASS: Antibiotics

SUB CLASS: Carboxylic acid

USED FOR: Bacterial skin infections, Staphylococcus aureus infections, Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) infections

– 2% w/w (ointment)

What is Mupirocin for?

Mupirocin belongs to a class of medications called carboxylic acid antibiotics. It works by killing bacteria and some fungi that cause infections. It is used to treat skin infections and nasal infections, including Staphylococci infections and Meticillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA).

How to use it?

Mupirocin is available as an ointment which can be applied on the skin or to the nostril. Wash your hands before and after applying this medication.

Bacterial skin infections
Apply to affected areas 2-3 times daily for up to 10 days.

Eradication of nasal colonisation with Staphylococcus aureus
Apply into each nostril 2-3 times daily for 5-7 days.

What are the side effects of Mupirocin?

Common side effects of Mupirocin include burning and stinging sensation, pain, dry skin, swelling, and tenderness.

Who should not take Mupirocin?

People allergic to Mupirocin or any component of the formulation.

Pharmacist Tips:

– Avoid contact with eyes and rinse thoroughly with water if accidentally applied to eyes.
– Report to your doctor if you experience severe irritation, itching or skin rash when you use this medication.

Common dosing schedule:
Apply to affected areas 2-3 times daily for up to 10 days.

This schedule is for reference only, adjustments may be made according to individual needs.

Some common medications Mupirocin may interact with:
Mupirocin has no known interactions with common medications.

Where to buy Mupirocin in Hong Kong?

In Hong Kong, Mupirocin is a prescription only medicine, and requires a prescription from a doctor to be purchased in a pharmacy. It can also be obtained from doctors. To find a pharmacy near you, refer to the list of pharmacies (“Authorized Sellers of Poisons”) from the Hong Kong Department of Health.  

For more information about drug names and ingredients, you can visit Hong Kong’s Drug Office at https//

Need more information?

For detailed information about the use of Mupirocin in children, pregnancy and breastfeeding, and for questions about drug interactions, please check with your pharmacist or doctor.

Disclaimer: our goal is to provide you with the most relevant drug information and common dosage for Hong Kong. This information does not constitute medical advice. For specific treatment recommendations and advice, always discuss with your doctor or pharmacist, and follow the instructions included with your specific medicine.