Compare Neosporin vs. Bactroban
Head-to-head comparisons of medication uses, side effects, ratings, and more.
Neosporin (neomycin / polymyxin / bacitracin) is an effective, over-the-counter, first-line infection prevention in minor scrapes, cuts, and burns.
Compared to over-the-counter first aid topical antibiotics, Bactroban (mupirocin) can kill a larger variety of bacteria and is a good alternative if you're allergic to certain ingredients in OTC products.
- Can help your wound heal faster.
- Comes in a ointment, cream, foam and spray.
- Is available over-the-counter.
- A more affordable generic option is also available.
- Comes in formulations that can also help treat pain, itch, and scars.
- Can kill more types of bacteria than over-the-counter first aid topical antibiotics.
- Works well at preventing resistant bacteria (bacteria that is hard to treat) in your nose from spreading to other areas.
- Is generally a tolerable medicine. Few people experience side effects.
- May not be effective for large or deep cuts.
- May be more expensive than some over-the-counter first-aid topical antibiotics.
- You have to remember to apply this 3 times a day for skin infections, and 2 times a day for bacteria in the nose.
- Minor cuts
- Minor scrapes
- Minor burns
- Secondary skin infections
- MRSA colonization in the nostrils
- Stuffy nose6%
- Lung or breathing problems5%
- Sore throat4%
- Taste changes3%
- Burning/ Stinging2%
- New bacteria or fungi
Long-term use of Bactroban (mupirocin)