Fucidin is an antibiotic medication that is applied to the skin in order to fight off different kinds of infections caused by bacteria. One should apply it three to four times a day or maybe less frequently if the lesion gets covered by a gauze dressing. A patient should always follow the doctor’s instructions on the recommended dosage suited to a person’s individual needs. Doubling up on doses when skipped is not recommended. Every tube of medication contains two percent fusidic acid. Switching between different brands of the same drug is not recommended even though there are various generic brands of the same medication available on the market.
Persons who are allergic to fusidic acid, fusidic salts, and lanolin should not use this product at all.
The use of Fucidin can trigger some side effects but that does not mean that they will affect everyone using it. The doctor will always provide the patient with necessary information on the potential side effects of certain medications and help with dealing with the side effects if they occur.
Fucidin may cause the area where it is been applied to become slightly irritated. When applied to leg ulcers it may trigger pain. Allergic reactions to Fucidin are also possible and they are reflected by redness, rash, itching, and swelling of the area where it has been applied. There may be other side effects and if any one of them becomes serious, one should seek immediate attention from a doctor.
Sometimes antibiotics that are applied directly to the skin cause the harmful organisms that were not killed to grow even more. If the infection does not improve or even gets worse over the course of a few days, a doctor should be contacted.
If an antibiotic that is applied directly to the skin does not heal the infections, then it has to be treated additionally either with an oral antibiotic or with an antibiotic induced by injection. Fucidin’s safety of treating infections during pregnancy is not established yet and ratio of potential benefits against the possible risks is totally unknown. One should notice that Fucidin can cross the placenta, and it also can pass into breast milk and it is largely unknown if it is safe to treat nursing women with Fucidin.
Before the treatment, one should inform the doctor about any other prescription drugs being taken, as well as herbal medications, supplements, caffeine, nicotine, alcohol and even street drugs since they all can affect the properties of medications. The doctor may require the patient to stop using other prescribed drugs, switch to another brand of drugs, change the dosages of medications taken, or maybe just leave everything as it was.