Fucidin Ointment 5 GM
Sodium fusidate is used to treat bacterial skin infections such as impetigo, folliculitis, infection of the skin around the nails (paronychia), eczema, infection around the mouth (angular cheilitis), infected cuts and wounds, and infected dermatitis.
Mode of drug action :
Sodium fusidate, the sodium salt of the fusidic acid, is the ingredient of the Fucidin ointment, tablets, and suspension. It is a steroidal antibiotic. Fusidic acid inhibits the bacterial protein synthesis that is essential for bacterial growth. This causes a decrease in bacterial count thereby reducing infection.
What are the common side effects?
The common side effects of sodium fusidate or fucidin cream side effects are allergic reactions such as rash, redness, swelling, or itching at the site of application. Jaundice and dark urine can be seen with Fucidin tablets and suspension.
Breast feeding: Safe under medical guidance
Special precautions for safe use
• Wash the hands before and after application of Fucidin.
• Consult the doctor if the infection is not cleared or gets worse.
• Use Fucidin for a duration prescribed by the doctor, prolonged use can result in skin reactions or bacterial resistance.
What else should I know?
1. Can pregnant or breastfeeding women use Sodium fusidate? Yes. Sodium fusidate is safe for use during pregnancy and breastfeeding.
2. Can I use moisturizing lotion or cream before applying Sodium fusidate? No. Use of lotion or cream can dilute the Sodium fusidate and makes it less effective. You should at least leave the site free for 30 minutes after application of Fucidin to allow proper absorption of the drug.
3. Is fusidic acid and sodium fusidate same? Sodium fusidate is the salt of the fusidic acid. Fusidic acid is an antibiotic used to treat skin infections.
4. Is fusidic acid antifungal? Fusidic acid is a steroidal antibiotic used to treat bacterial skin infections.
5. Can I get Sodium fusidate over-the-counter? Yes, you can get sodium fusidate over-the-counter without a prescription.