What is Fucidin® Ointment used for?

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Fucidin ointment®

Fucidin ointment® is an antibiotic ointment that is used to manage injury and skin infections. Fucidin® Ointment contains an antibiotic, known as sodium fusidate. his compound is a form of the antibiotic fusidic acid. Fucidin can also be taken systemically as injections, tablets, or a liquid. Fusidic acid is a bacteriostatic antibiotic that is often used topically in creams and eye drops, but can also be given as tablets or injections. The universal problem of increasing antimicrobial resistance has led to a transformed interest in its use lately. This antibiotic is used to kill bacteria, particularly those of the kind known as Staphylococci. Staphylococci are bacteria that can cause severe infections. Fucidin® Ointment can be applied directly on skin and wounds. It treats skin and wound infections, especially those caused by Staphylococci. Fucidin®Ointment does not work against infections caused by viruses and other bacteria, which are resistant.


What is Fusidic acid?

Fusidic acid is an antibiotic that is derived from the fungus named ‘Fusidium coccineum’. Fusidic acid is mainly effective on gram-positive bacteria such as ‘Staphylococcus species and Streptococcus species’. Gram-positive bacteria are those that are stained dark blue or violet by Gram staining, a method of distinguishing bacterial species into two large groups (Gram-positive and Gram-negative) based on the chemical and physical properties of their cell walls. Fusidic acid acts as a bacterial protein synthesis inhibitor. A protein synthesis inhibitor is a substance that stops or inhibits the growth or propagation of cells by disturbing the processes that lead directly to the production of new proteins. Fusidic acid slow down the bacterial duplication and will not kill the bacteria, and as a result known as "bacteriostatic". This antibiotic is licensed for use in the form of sodium fusidate and it is approved for use under prescription in South Korea, UK, Canada, Europe, Australia, New Zealand and Taiwan.


How does Fucidin® work?

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. The active ingredient fusidic acid works in the bacterial cell by preventing the production of vital proteins essential for the development and continued existence of the bacteria. It is effective against a number of bacterial species and used in the treatment of infections such as impetigo (distinguished by blistering and yellowish-brown crusting of the skin), whitlow (paronchya) and inflammation of hair follicles (sycosis). It is also used to treat eczema or dermatitis that has become infected (secondary infections).


How does the medicine look like?

Fucidin®Ointment is opaque white, and of thick consistency.


What are the ingredients in Fucidin® ointment?

Fucidin®Ointment contains as the active ingredient 2% w/w (20mg/g) of sodium fusidate. It also contains:

  •  Cetyl alcohol
  •  Lanolin anhydrous (wool fat)
  •  White soft paraffin
  •  Liquid paraffin.

This medicine does not contain lactose, sucrose, gluten, tartrazine or any other azo dyes.


How to use Fucidin®?

  • Always wash the hands after applying Fucidin®Ointment, unless the area being treated is on the hand.
  •  Apply a small amount to the affected area 3 or 4 times daily until the infection has cleared.
  •  If the doctor recommends covering the lesion with a gauze dressing, one may be asked to apply the medication only 1 or 2 times daily.
  •  Care should be taken to avoid the eyes, if the medication is being applied to the face.

The average treatment period is seven days. Some infections may require longer treatment.


How to store the medicine?

  • Store Fucidin®Ointment in a cool dry place where the temperature stays below 25 degrees C.
  •  Heat and dampness can destroy some medicines. So, do not store the medicine in the bathroom or near the sink.


What are the conditions in which Fucidin® should not be used?

Fucidin® should not be used if some one have an allergy or have had an adverse reaction to:

  • Any medicine containing sodium fusidate or fusidic acid.
  •  Any of the ingredients listed at the end of the package.


What are the side-effects of Fucidin®?

Fucidin®Ointment rarely causes allergy. Medicines and their probable side effects can affect individual people in many ways. The following are some of the side effects that are known to be associated with this Fucidin®:

  •  Skin rashes
  •  Mild irritation
  •  Skin irritation
  •  Stinging on application.
  •  Fucidin® Ointment may cause dizziness, tiredness or drowsiness in some people

It is essential to inform the doctor or pharmacist if a person notices any of the following side-effects:

  •  Pain in leg ulcers
  •  Hypersensitivity (allergy) to sodium fusidate or fusidic acid or the ingredients of the ointment.

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