Fusidic acid or fusidic acid is a medicine to treat bacterial infections of the eye , such as conjunctivitis, and bacterial infections of the skin, such as impetigo or cellulitis . In addition, fusidic acid can also be used to treat wound infections.
Fusidic acid works by stopping the growth and killing bacteria that cause infection in the skin and eyes so that the infection can be resolved. This medicine cannot be used to treat viral infections, such as herpes and warts. In Indonesia, fusidic acid is available in the form of creams, ointments, and eye drops.
Fucidic Acid Trademarks: Afucid, Acdat, Fucicort, Fucilex, Fusycom, Fusibat, Fusipar, Fustadin, Fuladic, Fusigra, Nucide, Pithalmic
What is Fusidic Acid
|Benefit||Treating bacterial infections of the skin and eyes|
|Used by||Adults and children|
|Fusidic acid for pregnant and lactating women||
Category N: Uncategorized.
Fusidic acid in the form of eye drops is generally safe for use by pregnant or lactating women. As for the use of the topical form, it is advisable to consult a doctor first.
|Drug form||Creams, ointments, eye drops|
Warning Before Using Fusidic Acid
Fusidic acid should only be used with a doctor's prescription. Before using fusidic acid, you need to pay attention to the following points:
- Do not use fusidic acid if you are allergic to this drug. Tell your doctor about any allergies you have.
- Do not use contact lenses while using fusidic acid eye drops, as this can cause injury to the cornea of the eye and damage to contact lenses.
- Do not use fusidic acid cream or ointment in large quantities or for a longer time than specified, because this can increase the risk of side effects.
- Tell your doctor if you are using any medicines or herbal products, especially those used in the same area as fusidic acid, to prevent drug interactions.
- Immediately see a doctor if you experience an allergic drug reaction after using fusidic acid.
Dosage and Rules for Using Fusidic Acid
The doctor will determine the dose and duration of fusidic acid treatment according to the patient's condition. The following is the division of the dose of fusidic acid based on the dosage form of the drug:
Eye drop form (1% fusidic acid)
- Adults and children >2 years : 1 drop, once every 12 hours, for 7 days.
Cream and ointment form (2% fusidic acid)
- Adults and children: 3–4 times daily, or 1–2 times daily when covered with gauze. Treatment is carried out until the condition improves, usually 1-2 weeks.
How to Use Fusidic Acid Properly
Read the instructions on the drug packaging and follow the doctor's recommendations before using fusidic acid.
Use fusidic acid regularly for best results, but don't use this medication for longer than your doctor recommends. Consult a doctor if complaints have not improved after 7 days of using fusidic acid.
Do not reduce the length of treatment with fusidic acid recommended by the doctor even though you don't feel any complaints anymore. Stopping fusidic acid early can increase the risk that the infection will recur and be more difficult to treat.
Fusidic acid creams and ointments should only be used on the skin. Do not get fusidic acid in your eyes, nose or mouth. If the area is accidentally exposed to the drug, clean it immediately and rinse it under running water.
Before using creams or ointments, clean the infected area, then dry it. Apply a thin layer of fusidic acid to the infected area. If your doctor recommends it, you can cover the treated area with gauze.
To use fusidic acid eye drops, lift your head and pull on the lower eyelid, then put the drops into the infected eye. After that, close your eyes and press the corners of your eyes near your nose so that the medicine doesn't come out through your nose.
Try to keep the tip of the medicine bottle from touching any surface to prevent contamination. Don't forget to always wash your hands before and after using this medicine.
If you wear contact lenses, stop using them as long as the eye is still infected and you still need to use fusidic acid eye drops. Wait until 24 hours after last using fusidic acid before returning to wearing contact lenses.
Store fusidic acid at room temperature. Keep the medicine away from direct sunlight and out of reach of children.
Interactions of Fucidic Acid with Other Drugs
It is not yet known what drug interactions can occur when fusidic acid cream, ointment, or eye drops are used together with other medicines. However, it is also possible that this drug can interact with other drugs.
Therefore, tell your doctor all the drugs you are currently using with fusidic acid to avoid the risk of drug interactions.
Side Effects and Dangers of Fusidic Acid
Some of the side effects that can appear after using fusidic acid cream or ointment are:
- Itchy skin
- skin rash
- Contact dermatitis
- Red, sore, hot, or painful skin
While the side effects that can occur after using fusidic acid eye drops are:
- Dry eyes
- Itchy eyes
- Blurred vision
- The eye feels burning or painful
Check with your doctor if the complaint doesn't go away or gets worse. Immediately go to the doctor if a drug allergic reaction appears after using fusidic acid.
Although it rarely happens, see a doctor immediately if you experience a drug allergy or more serious side effects after using fusidic acid.
A serious side effect of fusidic acid cream or ointment is hives (urticaria) which is characterized by red and itchy bumps. Meanwhile, a serious side effect of fusidic acid eye drops is a worsening of conjunctivitis , which can be characterized by red eyes, a lot of discharge, or itching.