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Daniel Sheibley, MD :First off, bactroban's active agent is mupirocinWhile the typical triple antibiotic ointments/neosporin contain: Neomycin/Polymyxin B and BacitracinWere you prescribed Bactroban? Because if you were i can not recommend you to stop using that ointmentYou should always follow your prescribing physician's instructions.<br/Customer:I was prescribed it awhile ago but I ran out and really didn't feel like waiting to go to the doctor to get it re prescribedDaniel Sheibley, MD :If you were previously prescribe that specific ointment it was likely because that is of either the proper strength or of the right antibiotic (not all are correct for each type of infection) for the condition you were diagnosed with.If you can't wait for an appointment there are drop-in clinics which can provide diagnosis and treatment for common medical problems.For example the minute clinic at CVS is one near me that does thatEven on a Superbowl Sunday you could be seen thereHowever, as a disclaimer, if you are having signs of a systemic infection you should be seen at the ER as that can be very dangerous.
OKIn fact the clinical reality is that if neosporin would start working for impetigo then this would actually be a preferred treatment since we do not want to create resistance to bactroban.So if you used that today and you started seeing improvement, you could then simply show it to a doc and make sure all is going well, and using this to clear it up would actually be preferred.However, if not obviously clearing up in three days or so the doctor should switch to bactroban.You also have to realize that the problem is that you can in some cases give this to family members.The other problem is if it is MRSA.YOu also have not considered that you can have your doctor or the answering service doctor on call call in a refill the doctor that gave it too you before.SoIt is not an emergency.You should have doctor supervision.If you used neosporin until tomorrow and had your regular doctor look at this to avoid the ER that is perfectly acceptable as long as you are keeping it covered with the antibiotic and a bandage and then following up with the doc.good luck