Fusidic Acid is an antibiotic. It works by preventing synthesis of essential proteins required by bacteria to carry out vital functions. Thus, it stops the bacteria from growing, and prevents the infection from spreading.
Q. Is Fucilite an antifungal or a steroid? What is it used for?
Fucilite is neither an antifungal nor a steroid. It is an antibiotic which is effective against bacteria. It is used to treat bacterial infections of the skin like impetigo (a weeping, crusty and swollen patch of skin), infected cuts and grazes and infected dermatitis (skin becomes red, slightly swollen and painful due to infection).
Q. For how long is it required to use Fucilite?
Use the Fucilite for the time advised by your doctor. The treatment with Fucilite usually stretches for 1-2 weeks although it can be longer in some cases.
Q. What precautions should I take while applying Fucilite?
Fucilite is meant to be applied only on skin. Always wash your hands before applying it. Unless you are using the cream to treat your hands, always wash your hands after using Fucilite. Do not insert it into your body or swallow it. If it accidentally enters your eyes, wash your eyes thoroughly with water. If irritation persists, contact your doctor immediately.
Q. What is drug resistance? Does it mean that even Fucilite may turn ineffective?
Sometimes the bacteria get modified in your body and the medicine stops working. This is called drug resistance. Extended or recurrent use of a medicine may increase the risk of developing resistance to that medicine. Your body may develop resistance for Fucilite too. Therefore, to prevent drug resistance, you should use Fucilite in the right amount and for the duration recommended by the doctor.
Q. What should prompt me to stop using Fucilite?
If you develop a severe allergic reaction after using Fucilite, wash the area thoroughly and do not use the medicine again. The symptoms of an allergic reaction include severe rash, difficulty in breathing, stinging or burning in the eye which does not go away, and swelling of face (especially around the eyes or eyelids). You should immediately seek medical support of your doctor or go to a nearby hospital.
Information last updated by Dr. Varun Gupta, MD Pharmacology on 18th Feb 2020. The medicine details are for information purpose only. Consult a doctor before taking any medicine.