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There is no indication that mupirocin cannot be used during pregnancy. As with all medications, though, it should only be used if clearly needed and if prescribed by a medical professional. There are no studies to determine if this drug impacts fetal health. 

Mupirocin and Breastfeeding

There are no studies to indicate if mupirocin crosses over into breastmilk or not. It’s important to use this topical treatment as prescribed, though, and only if necessary when breastfeeding.  If applying to breast or nipple wash the area before breastfeeding.


Is it safe to use mupirocin ointment when pregnant?

There is no indication that mupirocin ointment is not safe to use while pregnant but more studies might be necessary. It’s important to follow the advice of healthcare professionals during this time, though. If a physician prescribes this medication, it is likely necessary to protect both the health of the mother and baby. 

What is the pregnancy category of mupirocin?

Mupirocin ointment is category B and, therefore, recommended for use during pregnancy. 

Are topical antibiotics safe during pregnancy?

Most topical antibiotics, including mupirocin, are category B for pregnancy. That means they are recommended for use during pregnancy. It is always a good idea to check with your physician before using any medication, though. Expecting mothers should also observe for allergic reactions to the topical medication before continuing to use it. 

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