Fusidic acid

Generic Name (active ingredient): Fusidic acid
Brand Name: Fucidin

Fusidic acid is antibacterial preparation that exerts bacteriostatic action against a wide variety of microorganisms. It is used to treat bacterial infections caused by susceptible microorganisms such as septicemia, pneumonia, otitis, furunculosis and others.

How does the medication work?
Fusidic acid belongs to a group of antibacterial medications called fusidic acids. Action mechanism is associated with inhibiting the synthesis of proteins in the bacterial cell. Fusidic acid works by blocking elongation of factor G, prevent the connection with ribosomes and guanosine triphosphatetriphosphate and thus prevent the release of energy necessary for protein synthesis and bacterial death. It is active against Staphylococcus spp. (Staphylococcus aureus, Staphylococcus epidermidis / including meticillin resistant strains), Nocardia asteroides, Clostridia spp., Neisseria meningitidis, Neisseria gonorrhoeae).

When Fusidic acid is prescribed?
Oral form of fusidic acid are indicated in:

  • Septicemia
  • Pneumonia
  • Otitis
  • Abscesses
  • Phlegmon
  • Furunculosis
  • Infected wounds and burns
  • Infection of the soft tissue
  • Osteomyelitis
  • Gonorrhea caused by strains resistant to benzylpenicillin

Local forms (usually in combination with corticosteroids) are used to treat:

  • Atopic dermatitis
  • Seborrheic dermatitis
  • Contant dermatitis
  • Allergic dermatitis
  • Eczema
  • Chronic lichen
  • Discoid lupus erythematosus

What should I know before taking Fusidic acid?
Do not take Fusidic acid if any of the below conditions apply to you:

  • Hypersensitivity to any of the medication ingredients
  • Severe liver diseases
  • Severe kidney diseases
  • Pregnancy
  • Breastfeeding

Before taking Fusidic acid, tell your health care provider about any other medicines you take or if you have any of the following disorders:

  • Liver diseases in anamnesis
  • Kidney diseases in anamnesis

If you are pregnant, plan to become pregnant, or breastfeed, you should take Fusidic acid only under a strict control of your doctor. Fusidic acid belongs to a pregnancy category C meaning that it is not safe to use the medication during pregnancy. Fusidic acid may cause kernicterus in babies during the first month of life by displacing bilirubin from plasma albumin

How to take Fusidic acid:
Fusidic acid is available in the forms of tablets and creams. Tablets should be taken orally swallowing whole without chewing. Creams are applied locally on the affected area one or several times daily.
Dosage of Fusidic acid is prescribed individually by physician.

Take the entire amount of Fusidic acid prescribed by your doctor, even if you feel better before the end of the treatment. If you stop taking medication too early, symptoms may return.
If you missed the scheduled dose, take the medication as soon as you remember, but skip the dose if it is almost the time for the following dose. Do not take two doses at once.

What are the side effects of Fusidic acid?
Fusidic acid may cause the following side effects:

  • Digestive system: stomach pain, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea
  • Allergic reactions: hyperemia of the mucous lining in the oral cavity and pharynx, pain during swallowing, skin rash.

If you experience any side effect that last long or becomes bothersome, please inform your doctor as dose adjustment or treatment discontinuation may be required.

Which are Fusidic acid overdose symptoms?
If you overdose Fusidic acid, seek immediate medical attention. Overdose symptoms include: diarrhea, stomach pain.

Which other medicines may affect Fusidic acid?
Fusidic acid may interact with the following groups of drugs:

  • Other antibacterial preparations
  • Corticosteroids

For a complete list of possible interactions ask your doctor or pharmacist. Before taking fusidic acid, let your doctor know what other medicines, including OTC, you currently take.

How should I store Fusidic acid?
You should store the medication at dry and protected from light place out of reach of children.

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