Patient Information Leaflet


fusidic acid

This leaflet gives you some helpful information about using Fucidin Cream. Read the leaflet carefully before you use the Cream. If you have any questions, or you are not sure about anything, ask your doctor or pharmacist.

What is Fucidin Cream?

Fucidin Cream contains fusidic acid 2%, an antibiotic which kills the bacteria causing the infection of your skin.

The Cream also contains butylated hydroxyanisole, cetyl alcohol, glycerol, liquid paraffin, potassium sorbate, polysorbate 60, white soft paraffin and purified water.

The Cream is available on prescription only in tubes of 15g and 30g

  • Use the cap to break the seal on the tube
  • The Cream is usually applied three or four times a day to the infected areas of your skin. If the area is covered or bandaged, the Cream may be applied less often.

What should I remember when applying the Cream?

  • Avoid getting the Cream in your eyes, since it may cause stinging. If it does get in your eye, bathe the eye with water.
  • If the Cream is accidentally swallowed, contact your doctor immediately.

What should I do if I forget to use the Cream?

  • If you forget to use the Cream at the right time, use it as soon as you remember. Then continue as before.


  • You should notice an improvement after just a few days of using the Cream.

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Leo Laboratories Limited

Longwick Road

Princes Risborough

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Leo Laboratories Limited

Cashel Road

Dublin 12


  • The Cream may cause a mild irritation of your skin for a short while after you have applied it. Do not worry, but see your doctor if the irritation continues or if you have any other unexpected problems.
  • As with other treatments for the skin, use over a long time may increase the possibility of sensitisation (you may notice some burning or stinging when you use the Cream and your skin may look red or be itchy. Occasionally, as with other treatments, the infection may become resistant even though you are using the cream as instructed by your doctor. See your doctor if the treatment does not seem to be working.
  • Remember this treatment is for YOU. Only a doctor can prescribe it for you. Do not let other people use your Cream even if their skin problem seems to be the same as yours.

What it Fucidin Cream used for?

The Cream is used to treat infections of the skin, such as impetigo (a weeping, crusty and swollen patch of skin), boils, spots, abscesses, carbuncles, infected dermatitis (inflammation of the skin), and infected cuts, grazes, wounds, burns and ulcers.


  • As with other prescription medicines, tell your doctor if you are pregnant or breast feeding, or if you become pregnant during your treatment.
  • Do not use the Cream if you are allergic to any of the ingredients, as listed above.
  • Do not use on skin conditions other than those described by your doctor.


  • Follow your doctor's instructions about when and how to use the Cream. Read the label carefully. Your pharmacist will explain if you are not sure.


  • Keep the tube in a safe place where children cannot reach it.
  • Do not use the Cream after the expiry date given on the tube.

Date leaflet last revised: October 1994

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