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About Altabax (Retapamulin)
How does it work?This medication prevents bacteria’s ability to make proteins, which stops them from multiplying. It primarily prevents the growth of the Staphylococcus and Streptococcus bacteria.
What does it treat?
This medication treats impetigo—a contagious skin infection common during childhood. Impetigo is characterized by itchy, red sores around the nose and mouth or on the arms or legs.
What forms does it come in?
This impetigo medicine is a topical treatment that you apply directly on the infected area of your skin. Follow your prescriber’s application instructions to achieve best results.
Altabax vs. Retapamulin
Altabax is a brand version of the generic medication Retapamulin—they are the same medication. Both are impetigo treatments that stop certain bacteria from reproducing.
How much will it cost?
Dr. B offers online consultations for $15—which is less than most copays. If an impetigo prescription is appropriate, your out-of-pocket medication cost will depend on your insurance and where you decide to get your prescription filled. With a drug discount card, prices for Altabax 1 % Topical Ointment (15 gram tube) start at $365.08.
* Prices shown with drug discount card applied. Price may differ depending on location.
Altabax 1 % Topical Ointment (15 gram tube)*
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Altabax (Retapamulin) prescription FAQ
What are the benefits of using Altabax (Retapamulin)?
- Heals impetigo sores
- Kills bacteria
- Decreases redness
- Promotes healing
Who should not use this medication?
- People allergic to Retapamulin
- People under 9 months old
- People with open wounds or irritated skin
If you have any of these conditions, speak with your medical provider before starting this medication.
How do I use this medication?
Apply Altabax ointment directly to the infected area of your skin, usually twice a day. Gently rub it in and cover with a clean bandage if needed. Follow your healthcare provider’s application instructions.
What happens if I miss a dose?
If you forget to apply Altabax, use it when you remember. If it’s almost time for your next application, skip the one you missed—avoid doubling your dose to catch up.
What happens if I use too much?
Taking more of this impetigo medication than directed can cause side effects such as nausea, vomiting and diarrhea. To ensure your safety, use only the amount your medical provider has prescribed.
If you’ve taken too much of this medication, call your healthcare provider or local poison control center (800-222-1222) right away.
Can I get Altabax (Retapamulin) online?
You can purchase this medication with a discreet online consultation from Dr. B. A licensed medical provider will review your treatment and send an online prescription or refill to your pharmacy if you qualify.
Medical information reviewed by Dr. Alison Gruen
Alison Gruen, MD is a board-certified dermatologist in New York City with over 18 years of experience. A clinician at heart, she happily devotes most of her time to the care of her patients. She graduated Magna Cum Laude from Princeton University and received her MD degree from the Yale School of Medicine. Dr. Gruen completed her dermatology residency at SUNY Downstate where she served as Chief Resident and was awarded the Kings County Doctor’s Day award for compassion in medicine. Currently Dr. Gruen is affiliated with Mount Sinai Hospital in Manhattan.
This medication doesn’t cause side effects for everybody. They’re usually mild when they do occur. Side effects can include:
- Skin irritation
If you experience severe side effects like severe skin irritation, allergic reactions or worsening of the infection—or other serious symptoms—contact your health provider or pharmacist immediately.