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I am about to undergo open heart surgery for a triple bypass

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I am about to undergo open heart surgery for a triple bypass and mitral valve
replacement. My doctor prescribed Bactroban (Mupirocin) to be used in both
nostrils twice daily for 5 days before surgery.
The pharmacist filled the prescription with Mupirocin 2% topical ointment which indicates
its' usage is for skin infections and says to avoid using around the eyes, nose, mouth, etc.
I saw that there is a Mupirocin nasal medication to be used to help prevent staph
infections before surgery . . . and is to be used 5 days before surgery 2x a day.
Are the ointment and nasal medications the same?
Can you use one in place of the other . . . or are they different?
Thanks.

wieyedoc :

While they are both the same drug I think you should go back to the pharmacy and point out that you are to have the nasal spray and were given the ointment by mistake. Since it was their error they should credit you for any price difference and give you the spray.

wieyedoc :

Does this make sense to you?

wieyedoc :

I would not recommend using one formula in place of the other. The nasal spray is designed to get deep inside your nose which the ointment wouldn't be able to do.

wieyedoc :

Is there anything else you would like to ask me?

Customer:

This makes more sense to me also.

wieyedoc :

My system shows that you are briefly stepping in and out of the chat room and that you are typing....

wieyedoc :

Ok. Best of luck in your upcoming surgery :)

wieyedoc :

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Customer:

Thanks for the advice.

wieyedoc :

My pleasure.

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