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FUSIDIC ACID

Brand Name(s) : Fucidin, Fucithalmic
Warnings
Uses
Side Effects
Precautions
Interactions
Overdose

FUSIDIC ACID WARNINGS

Fusidic acid eye drops should be used with caution in:

  • Contact lenses should not be worn when it is being used

Fusidic acid cream should be used with caution in:

  • Pregnancy
  • Breastfeeding

Fusidic acid suspension should be used with caution in:

  • Drugs for lowering cholesterol called statins (when given as an injection only)
  • Other antibiotics that are excreted from the body in a similar way to fusidic acid, such as lincomycin and rifampicin
  • Drugs that are broken down in a similar way to fusidic acid
  • Pregnancy
  • Breastfeeding

Fusidic acid eye drops should not be used in:

  • Allergy (hypersensitivity) to fusidic acid, its salts or any other ingredients

Fusidic acid cream should not be used in:

  • Allergy (hypersensitivity) to fusidic acid, its salts or any other ingredients
  • Infection caused by germs that are not susceptible to fusidic acid, such as Pseudomonas aeruginosa

Fusidic acid suspension should not be used in:

  • Allergy (hypersensitivity) to fusidic acid, its salts or any other ingredients
  • You have inherited a condition that means that you cannot digest certain types of sugars properly

Also see list of precautions and interactions

STORAGE

There are no special storage conditions needed for fusidic acid cream.

Store fusidic acid eye drops below 25°C and keep the tube tightly closed. The tube should be discarded 1 month after opening.

Protect fusidic acid suspension from direct sunlight and heat.

FUSIDIC ACID USES

What is it used for?

  • Fusidic acid is used to treat infections caused by germs (bacteria).
  • It is a type of antibiotic, sometimes known as anti-infectives.
  • It is used to kill the germs (bacteria) that cause infections. The eye drops fight infections of the eyes, the cream fights infections of the skin, and the suspension fights infections of the skin, wounds, blood (septicaemia), bone, heart tissue and lungs (pneumonia). The suspension can be injected if the drug cannot be swallowed.
  • In general this drug is used to fight infections caused by bacteria.

Listed below are the typical uses of fusidic acid:

  • Bacterial skin infections (cream)
  • Bacterial eye infections (conjunctivitis) (eye drops)
  • All infections caused by a particular type of bacteria called Staphylococcus (suspension)

On occasion your doctor may prescribe this medicine to treat a condition not on the above list.

HOW TO USE/TAKE

How often do I take it?

  • Take fusidic acid exactly as your doctor has told you.
  • Use this medication for the duration of the prescription in order to get the most benefit from it.
  • Remember to use it at the same time each day - unless specifically told otherwise by your doctor.
  • Certain medical conditions may require different dosage instructions as directed by your doctor.

What dose?

  • Dosage is based on your age, gender, medical condition, response to therapy, and use of certain interacting medicines.

Do I need to avoid anything?

  • Fusidic acid is unlikely to affect your ability to drive or operate machinery. Consult your doctor or pharmacist for more details.

When can I stop?

  • Always complete the full course as prescribed by your doctor.

FUSIDIC ACID SIDE EFFECTS

Fusidic acid eye drops:

  • Stinging or burning for a short time after use
  • Allergic reaction (hypersensitivity)

Fusidic acid cream:

  • Rash
  • Stinging and irritation
  • Itchy rash and inflammation

Fusidic acid suspension:

  • Stomach upsets

If any of these persist or you consider them severe then you should inform your doctor or pharmacist.

Tell your doctor immediately if you develop any of the following symptoms while you are using fusidic acid eye drops or cream:

  • Difficulty breathing
  • Your face swells, particularly around your eyes or your eyelids
  • A severe rash
  • Burning or stinging in your eye that does not go away

Tell your doctor immediately if you develop any of the following symptoms while you are using fusidic acid suspension:

  • Your skin or the whites of your eyes become yellow
  • You are not passing water (anuria)
  • You start to bruise easily or have unexplained bleeding
  • Repeated and persistent mouth ulcers, sore throat or other infections

Remember that your doctor has prescribed this medication because he or she has judged that the benefit to you is greater than the risk of side effects. Many people using this medication do not have serious side effects.

A serious allergic reaction to this drug is unlikely, but seek immediate medical attention if it occurs. Symptoms of a serious allergic reaction include: rash, itching/swelling (especially of the face/tongue/throat), dizziness, trouble breathing.

This is not a complete list of possible side effects. If you notice other effects not listed above, contact your doctor or pharmacist.

The Yellow Card Scheme allows you to report suspected side effects from any type of medicine (which includes vaccines, herbals and over the counter medicines) that you are taking. It is run by the medicines safety watchdog called the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory agency (MHRA). Please report any suspected side effect on the Yellow Card Scheme website.

FUSIDIC ACID PRECAUTIONS

Before taking fusidic acid, tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are allergic to it; or to other antibiotics; or if you have any other allergies.

Fusidic acid cream should not be used if you have certain medical conditions. Before using this medicine, consult your doctor or pharmacist if you have:

  • Allergy (hypersensitivity) to fusidic acid, its salts or any other ingredients
  • Infection caused by germs that are not susceptible to fusidic acid, such as Pseudomonas aeruginosa

Fusidic acid suspension should not be used if you have certain medical conditions. Before using this medicine, consult your doctor or pharmacist if you have:

  • Allergy (hypersensitivity) to fusidic acid, its salts or any other ingredients
  • You have inherited a condition that means that you cannot digest certain types of sugars properly

Before using this medication, tell your doctor or pharmacist your medical history, especially any of the following:

Before having surgery, tell your doctor or dentist that you are taking this medication.

Does alcohol intake affect this drug?

  • Alcohol is not known to affect this drug.

Pregnancy and breastfeeding - please ensure you read the detailed information below

PREGNANCY

The safety of fusidic acid has not been established during pregnancy. If it is considered essential, the potential benefits will be weighted against the possible risks. Ask your doctor or pharmacist if you have any doubts or questions about this.

It is sensible to limit use of medication during pregnancy whenever possible. However, your doctor may decide that the benefits outweigh the risks in individual circumstances and after a careful assessment of your specific health situation.

If you have any doubts or concerns you are advised to discuss the medicine with your doctor or pharmacist.

BREAST FEEDING

When fusidic acid has been injected, it has been detected in breast milk. Ask your doctor if you have any doubts or questions about this.

It is sensible to limit use of medication during breastfeeding whenever possible. However, your doctor may decide that the benefits outweigh the risks in individual circumstances and after a careful assessment of your specific health situation.

If you have any doubts or concerns you are advised to discuss the medicine with your doctor or pharmacist.

FUSIDIC ACID INTERACTIONS

Your doctor or pharmacist may already be aware of any possible drug interactions and may be monitoring you for them. Do not start, stop, or change the dosage of any medicine before checking with them first.

Fusidic acid eye drops and cream do not have any drug interactions.

Fusidic acid suspension should not be used with the following medications because very serious, possibly fatal interactions may occur:

  • Drugs, which are called statins, that are used to lower levels of fats or lipids, including cholesterol, in your blood

If you are currently using any of these medications, tell your doctor or pharmacist before starting fusidic acid suspension:

Before using this medication, tell your doctor or pharmacist of all prescription and non-prescription/herbal products you may use.

This information does not contain all possible interactions. Therefore, before using fusidic acid, tell your doctor or pharmacist of all the products you use.

FUSIDIC ACID OVERDOSE

If you take more fusidic acid suspension than you should, contact your doctor or hospital casualty department as soon as possible. There have been no reported cases of overdose with either fusidic acid eye drops or cream.

If you think you, or someone you care for, might have accidentally taken more than the recommended dose of fusidic acid or intentional overdose is suspected, contact your local hospital, GP or if in England call 111. In Scotland call NHS 24. In Wales, call NHS Direct Wales. In the case of medical emergencies, always dial 999.

MISSED DOSE

If you miss a dose, take it as soon as you remember. If it is near the time of the next dose, skip the missed dose and resume your usual dosing schedule. Do not double the dose to catch up.

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