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Composition for BACTIREST

Fusidic Acid(2%)

food interaction for BACTIREST

alcohol interaction for BACTIREST

pregnancy interaction for BACTIREST

lactation interaction for BACTIREST

It can be taken with or without food, but it is better to take Bactirest 2% cream at a fixed time.
Interaction with alcohol is unknown. Please consult your doctor.
Bactirest 2% cream is probably safe to use during pregnancy.
Either animal studies have shown no adverse effect on the fetus, but there is no human studies or animal studies have shown an adverse effect that was not confirmed in human studies. Please consult your doctor.
Bactirest 2% cream is probably safe to use during breastfeeding. Please consult your doctor.


Fusidic Acid(2%)


Bactirest 2% cream is used for treating various bacterial skin infections and some infections of bone, heart, lungs and eyes.

How it works

Bactirest 2% cream and its salts are narrow-spectrum antibiotics. It acts by blocking production of proteins that are important for bacterial growth which in turn kills the bacteria.

Common side effects

Nausea, Itchy rash, Abnormal blood cell count, Burning sensation, Drowsiness, Hormone imbalance, Allergic reaction, Slow growth in children and teenagers, Diarrhoea, Rash, Feeling of discomfort, Dizziness, Fatigue, Increased bowel movements, Headache, Heartburn, Hematological disorder, Irritation, Itching, Jaundice, Loss of appetite, Dryness, Soreness, Stomach pain, Stomach upset, Tingling sensation, Stinging sensation, Vomiting, Watery eyes, Weakness


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Expert advice for BACTIREST

  • Before you take fusidic acid tablets or suspension, tell your doctor: If you have problems with your liver. If you have recently been jaundiced.
  • Do not take statins (medicines to lower blood cholesterol) while using this medicine, If you are using eye drops: Do not wear any type of contact lenses whilst using this medicine.
  • This medicine is only for use in your eyes. Do not swallow the drops.
  • Do not put the drops inside your body or in your ears.
  • Always wash your hands before using fusidic acid eye drops.
  • If you are using fusidic acid cream: This medicine is only for using on your skin. Do not swallow it. Do not put it inside your body.
  • Always wash your hands before using this cream. Rub the medicine gently on the skin. If you use it on your face be careful to avoid your eyes.

Frequently asked questions for BACTIREST

Fusidic Acid

Q. Is fusidic acid a penicillin/ an antibiotic?
Fusidic acid (also available as fucidin) is a narrow-spectrum antibiotic. It is not penicillin, but it may kill certain bacteria, which are resistant to penicillin antibiotics.
Q. What is fusidic cream used for/ is it good for acne/spots/ringworm/athlete’s foot?
Fusidic cream is used to clear skin infection quickly, particularly where the infection only covers a small area. It can be used for treating acne and spots caused by bacterial infections. It is not used for treating fungal infections such as athlete's foot or ringworm. Always follow your doctor’s advice regarding its use.
Q. Is fusidic acid available over the counter?
No, it is available only with your doctor's prescription.
Q. Is fusidic acid and sodium fusidate same?
Sodium fusidate is a salt of fusidic acid and it works in the same way as fusidic acid.
Q. Is fucidin a steroid/ used for impetigo/ good for cold sores/ good for spots/ good for boils/good for treating herpes?
Fucidin is not a steroid. As per doctor’s recommendation it can be used for treating impetigo, boils, spots and cold sores, redness as a result of bacterial infection. It is not used for viral diseases that affect the skin such as herpes simplex, varicella (chickenpox) and vaccinia.
Q. Is fucidin cream available over the counter?
No, it is available only with your doctor's prescription.
Q. How long does fusidic acid take to work?
You should see results after a few days of fusidic acid treatment; however it depends upon the condition for which it is being treated (for e.g. a course of treatment for impetigo typically lasts for around 7-10 days) and also other factors (age, body weight, other medical conditions etc.
Q. Does fucidin cream go out of date/ expiry date?
Every drug has expiry date and is printed on the pack.


Content on this page was last updated on 13 April, 2014, by Dr. Varun Gupta (MD Pharmacology)