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Altargo (retapamulin) - ointment

The name of the preparation Character; dose; package Manufacturer Price 100% Price after refund In which pharmacy?
Altargo ointment; 10 mg / g; 5 g GlaxoSmithKline - United Kingdom 46.56 Check

Note: reimbursed drug prices are in line with the regulations in force from July 1, 2018.

The preparation contains the substance:retapamulin

The drug is available on prescription

What is Altargo?

Antibiotic applied topically to the skin to treat bacterial infections.

What does Altargo contain and how does it work?

The active substance is retapamulin. It is an antibiotic intended for topical use. The mechanism of action of retapamulin is the inhibition of the synthesis of bacterial proteins. This prevents growth and multiplication of bacterial cells. Retapamulin is effective above all against selected strains of staphylococci and streptococci. When applied locally to the skin, it does not penetrate into the circulation in significant quantities.

When to use Altargo?

The product is indicated for the local treatment of superficial skin infections such as impetigo, infected small lacerations, sewn wounds or abrasions of the epidermis.

When not to use this preparation?

Unfortunately, even if there are indications to use the preparation, it can not always be used. You can not use the preparation if you are allergic (you are hypersensitive) to any of the ingredients.

Take special care with Altargo?

Certain diseases and other circumstances may constitute a contraindication to use or indication to change the dosage of the preparation. In some situations it may be necessary to carry out specific check-ups.
The preparation is intended only for use on the skin. Protect eyes and mucous membranes against contact with the preparation. Do not use on the nasal mucosa. Make sure that the preparation is not swallowed.
If symptoms of cutaneous allergic reaction or serious irritation occur, discontinue use, wipe off the preparation from the skin surface and consult a physician to determine further treatment.
Do not use the preparation if it is known or suspected that the infection is caused by methicillin-resistant staphylococcus aureus (Staphylococcus aureus MRSA).
The preparation should not be used in the treatment of abscesses.
If after 2-3 days of using the preparation there is no improvement or worsening of symptoms, you should consult a doctor who may recommend a change of treatment.
The use of antibiotics, especially long-term ones, can cause excessive development of resistant bacteria and fungi. During the treatment period, it is recommended to observe whether there are symptoms of new infections. If new bacterial or fungal infections appear during the application period, a doctor should be consulted immediately.
Additional information about the other ingredients of the preparation:
· The preparation contains butylhydroxytoluene; It may cause a local skin reaction (eg contact dermatitis) and irritation of eyes and mucous membranes.

Does this preparation affect the ability to drive vehicles?
There are no studies on the effects of the preparation on the ability to drive or use machines / machines, but it is believed that this effect is unlikely.

Dosage of Altargo

The product is an ointment and is intended for topical application to the skin. Use the product as directed by your doctor. If you have any doubts regarding the use of the preparation, consult a physician.
Adults, children and infants from 9 months of age:
Apply a thin layer of ointment to the affected area twice daily for 5 days, cover with a sterile dressing bandage or dressing gauze. If there is no improvement within 2-3 days, a doctor should be consulted who may consider changing the method of treatment.
In people under the age of 18, the total treated area should not exceed 2% of the body surface area.
The preparation should not be used in infants up to the age of nine months. The safety and efficacy of the preparation in this age group has not been determined.
No dosage adjustment is necessary for people with renal or hepatic impairment or in the elderly.

Can I use Altargo during pregnancy and breastfeeding?

During pregnancy, do not use any medicine without consulting your doctor!
It is very important that before using any medicine during pregnancy or breastfeeding, consult a physician and explain beyond any doubt the potential risks and benefits associated with the use of the drug. If you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant, please inform the doctor prescribing the prescription for this medicine.
Due to the lack of clinical trials, the use of the preparation in pregnant women is only allowed in cases where the local treatment is clearly indicated and the physician considers the use of the preparation more favorable than the administration of a general anti-bacterial drug.
Before using the preparation during breastfeeding, consult a doctor.

Can I use other preparations in parallel?

Tell your doctor about all medicines you have recently taken, including those that are over the counter.
The product is used topically. Do not administer together with other topical preparations on the same skin surface.
The metabolism of retapamulin proceeds mainly in the liver involving the cytochrome P450 3A4 isoenzyme. In adults and children after two years of age, due to the slight absorption of retapamulin, no dose adjustment is necessary when parallel use of drugs with general action inhibiting the activity of 3A4 isoenzyme (eg ketoconazole).
However, in children from 9 months to 2 years of age, retapamulin absorption may be higher, and therefore caution is advised if this product is administered in parallel with drugs that inhibit 3A4 activity, as this may increase the systemic exposure to retapamulin.

What side effects can occur?

Like all medicines, Altargo can also cause side effects, although it will not occur in all patients who use this medicine. Remember that the expected benefits of using the drug are usually greater than the damage resulting from the occurrence of side effects.
Often possible irritation at the application site. Uncommon: reactions at the site of application (pain, pruritus and erythema), contact dermatitis. Hypersensitivity reactions, including angioneurotic edema, may occur.