Altabax

(retapamulin)

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Treats skin infections.

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Works well to treat skin infections but is more expensive than alternatives.

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Quick facts about Altabax
  • Drug class: Dermatologic
  • Rx status: Prescription only
  • Generic status: No lower cost generic available

Upsides

  • 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.
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Downsides

  • 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.
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How it works

Altabax (retapamulin) is an antibiotic that treats infection by preventing certain bacteria from growing on the skin.

Quick facts about Altabax
  • Drug class: Dermatologic
  • Rx status: Prescription only
  • Generic status: No lower cost generic available

Used for

Dosage forms

  • Ointment
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What to expect when you take Altabax (retapamulin) for Impetigo

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  • Possible side effects
  • Headache
  • Application site irritation
  • Diarrhea
  • Nausea
  • Common cold
  • Itching
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Side effect rates for Altabax (retapamulin)

From 1527 clinical trials of Altabax when taken for impetigo
  • Headache
    2%2%
  • Application site irritation
    2%2%
  • Application site itching
    2%2%
  • Diarrhea
    2%2%
  • Common cold
    2%2%
  • Itching
    2%2%
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Risks and Warnings for Altabax (retapamulin)

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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.