Treats skin infections.
Our bottom line
Works well to treat skin infections but is more expensive than alternatives.
- You only have to apply Altabax (retapamulin) twice a day for 5 days. You have to apply the alternative 3 times a day for up to 10 days.
- Altabax (retapamulin) is well tolerated with few side effects.
- Studies show that Altabax (retapamulin) is effective and safe.
- Can be used in children as young as 9 months old.
- Is not a first choice for skin infections.
- More expensive than the alternatives.
- May not work if you have a more severe skin infection. You might need oral antibiotics.
Altabax (retapamulin) is an antibiotic that treats infection by preventing certain bacteria from growing on the skin.
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Side effect rates for Altabax (retapamulin)
- Application site irritation
- Application site itching
- Common cold
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Altabax (retapamulin) may cause skin redness, burning, itching, or other irritation. If the irritation is really bad, call your doctor and wipe the medicine off your skin right away.