Fusidic Acid

How It Works:

Fusidic acid and its salts are narrow-spectrum antibiotics. It acts by blocking production of proteins that are important for bacterial growth which in turn kills the bacteria.

Side Effects:

hematological disorders, Fusidic suspension:diarrhea, smarting, nausea, soreness or dryness; blurring of vision in the eye being treated, heartburn, vomiting, drowsiness, stomach upset, itching, stinging, stomach pain, loose stools rash, discomfort, loss of appetite, allergic reaction, feeling tired, irritation, watery eyes on application., itchy rash, dizziness, increase in bowel movements, weak or unwell, headache, abnormal blood counts.Fusidic eye drops:burning, reversible jaundice

Used For:

Fusidic acid is used for treating various bacterial skin infections and some infections of bone, heart, lungs and eyes.


  • Before you take fusidic acid tablets or suspension, tell your doctor: If you have problems with your liver. If you have recently been jaundiced.
  • Do not take statins (medicines to lower blood cholesterol) while using this medicine, If you are using eye drops: Do not wear any type of contact lenses whilst using this medicine.
  • This medicine is only for use in your eyes. Do not swallow the drops.
  • Do not put the drops inside your body or in your ears.
  • Always wash your hands before using fusidic acid eye drops.
  • If you are using fusidic acid cream: This medicine is only for using on your skin. Do not swallow it. Do not put it inside your body.
  • Always wash your hands before using this cream. Rub the medicine gently on the skin. If you use it on your face be careful to avoid your eyes.

Frequently Ask Questions:

Q. Is fusidic acid a penicillin/ an antibiotic?Fusidic acid (also available as fucidin) is a narrow-spectrum antibiotic. It is not penicillin, but it may kill certain bacteria, which are resistant to penicillin antibiotics.
Q. What is fusidic cream used for/ is it good for acne/spots/ringworm/athlete’s foot?Fusidic cream is used to clear skin infection quickly, particularly where the infection only covers a small area. It can be used for treating acne and spots caused by bacterial infections. It is not used for treating fungal infections such as athlete's foot or ringworm. Always follow your doctor’s advice regarding its use.
Q. Is fusidic acid available over the counter?No, it is available only with your doctor's prescription.
Q. Is fusidic acid/fucidin safe in pregnancy/for babies?Fusidic (Fusidin) is a brand name of fusidic acid) when given systemically, it can cross the placental barrier and levels can be detected in the breast milk. It should only be used if the potential benefits outweigh the risk. Always follow your doctor’s advice regarding its use.
Q. Is fusidic acid and sodium fusidate same?Sodium fusidate is a salt of fusidic acid and it works in the same way as fusidic acid.
Q. Is fucidin a steroid/ used for impetigo/ good for cold sores/ good for spots/ good for boils/good for treating herpes?Fucidin is not a steroid. As per doctor’s recommendation it can be used for treating impetigo, boils, spots and cold sores, redness as a result of bacterial infection. It is not used for viral diseases that affect the skin such as herpes simplex, varicella (chickenpox) and vaccinia.
Q. Is fucidin cream available over the counter?No, it is available only with your doctor's prescription.
Q. How long does fusidic acid take to work?You should see results after a few days of fusidic acid treatment; however it depends upon the condition for which it is being treated (for e.g. a course of treatment for impetigo typically lasts for around 7-10 days) and also other factors (age, body weight, other medical conditions etc.
Q. Does fucidin cream go out of date/ expiry date?Every drug has expiry date and is printed on the pack.
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