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Mupirocin is the generic version of Centany, an ointment used for impetigo treatment and folliculitis treatment. A topical antibiotic, it helps kill bacteria and prevent bacterial growth. It does this by interrupting protein synthesis, which causes diseased cells to lose their structure and function. This kills off the infection by limiting its ability to reproduce.
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About Mupirocin (Generic Centany)
How does it work?
Mupirocin works by killing bacteria that cause skin infections. It does this by blocking the bacteria's ability to make proteins essential for its survival. It is a topical medication, which means that it is applied directly to the skin.
What does it treat?
Mupirocin is used to treat skin infections caused by bacteria. It is most commonly used to treat impetigo—a common childhood skin infection. But it can also treat other skin infections like folliculitis and infected insect bites.
What forms does it come in?
Mupirocin comes in different forms, including ointment and cream. The ointment is a thicker substance that you apply to the skin. The cream has a lighter texture.
Mupirocin vs. Centany
These are essentially the same medication—both treat skin infections caused by bacteria. Mupirocin is the generic version of the medication. Centany is the brand-name version. The primary difference between them is in the brand name and possibly the formulation.
How much will it cost?
Dr. B offers online consultations for $15—which is less than most copays. If a folliculitis 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 Mupirocin 2 % Topical Ointment (22 gram tube) start at $10.99.
* Prices shown with drug discount card applied. Price may differ depending on location.
Mupirocin 2 % Topical Ointment (22 gram tube)*
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Mupirocin (Generic Centany) prescription FAQ
What are the benefits of using Mupirocin (Generic Centany)?
- Treats impetigo
- Treats folliculitis
- Kills bacteria
- Dries out pimples
- Promotes healing in skin conditions
- May prevent infection
Who should not use this medication?
- People allergic to Mupirocin
- Those with kidney disease
- Those with large areas of burned or damaged skin
- People with stomach or intestine problems
- People with eye, ear or genital infections
- Those who are pregnant or breastfeeding
You may still be able to take Mupirocin if you have one of the above conditions. But discuss the risks with your medical provider before starting this medication.
Prescription drugs and over-the-counter medications may interact with this medication. So tell your licensed provider about all the medicines and supplements you use.
How do I use this medication?
You apply a small amount of Mupirocin ointment or cream directly to the affected area of your skin, often several times a day. Gently rub it in and cover the skin with a clean bandage or gauze dressing (if needed). Always follow the directions given to you by your health provider or pharmacist.
What happens if I miss a dose?
If you forget a dose, apply it as soon as you remember. If it's almost time for the next application, don’t double the amount or use extra. Just skip that missed dose and carry on with your regular schedule.
What happens if I use too much?
Using this medicated ointment for too long may lead to a new infection caused by yeast or fungus. If your current infection doesn’t get better after you’ve finished your prescription—or you notice signs of a new infection—talk to your medical provider.
Mupirocin may be harmful if swallowed. If you suspect someone has accidentally ingested this medication, immediately call your healthcare provider or poison control center (800-222-1222).
Can I get Mupirocin (Generic Centany) online?
Dr. B can help you treat folliculitis and impetigo online with a $15 consultation. A licensed medical provider will review your information. If appropriate, they’ll send a Muciprocin or Centany prescription to your pharmacy of choice.
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.
Not everyone will experience side effects when taking this medication. When side effects occur, they’re usually mild and around the treated area. Such mild side effects include:
- Skin irritation
- Skin burning
- Skin itching
- Dry skin
- Red skin
- Swollen or warm skin
Mupirocin is an antibiotic, and antibiotics sometimes cause a severe C. difficile intestinal condition. This is a rare side effect of Mupirocin use. But talk to your healthcare provider immediately if you experience non-stop diarrhea, abdominal pain, stomach pain or cramping, or blood or mucus in your stool.
If you experience any symptoms of an allergic reaction, like trouble breathing or itching/swelling in your face, tongue or throat, seek medical help immediately.