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Fucidin Cream (15g)

Fucidin Cream

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Fucidin (Fusidic Acid) Antibiotic Cream

Fucidin cream can be purchased online to treat infected skin conditions (such as eczema or dermatitis) that has been previously diagnosed and treated by your doctor. It is an antibiotic cream containing fusidic acid 2% that specifically treats infected eczema over a seven to ten day course. 

Fucidin Information

  • Age: 18 years +

    Maximum per order: N/A

  • Pregnancy: N/A

    Breastfeeding: N/A

What is Fucidin cream?

Fucidin cream is an effective prescription-only medicine which is used to treat infected eczema, dermatitis and other infected skin conditions.

Fucidin cream is a topical treatment, which means you apply it to the affected area. It helps provide relief from symptoms and prevent the condition from getting worse.

Fucidin contains the active ingredient fusidic acid, which is an antibiotic.

Fucidin cream is only available on prescription, which means you cannot buy Fucidin cream over the counter in the UK. You will need a doctor or pharmacist to prescribe it for you after a medical consultation.

You can buy Fucidin cream online at The Independent Pharmacy by completing an online consultation for our medical team to review.

 

What does Fucidin cream do?

The active ingredient in Fucidin cream is fusidic acid, which is an antibiotic. 

Fusidic acid works by stopping the bacteria that cause infections from growing and increasing in number. Fusidic acid prevents this bacteria from producing the proteins they require to replicate. This stops the infection from spreading, which causes the bacteria to die and allows the immune system to kill the remaining bacteria.

This means that Fucidin cream can be used to treat a number of bacterial infections, such as infected areas of dermatitis or eczema. Visit this advice page to find out more about the other Fucidin cream uses.

 

Fucidin cream alternatives

Some people may not want to use Fucidin cream (or be able to) for a number of reasons, such as being allergic to the medicine.

There are a few different Fucidin cream alternatives, depending on what you’re using this treatment for. 

For example, Fucidin cream is suitable for treating simple infected eczema or dermatitis. But if there is also mild irritation or redness, your doctor may suggest using Fucidin H cream instead. Fucidin H cream also contains a steroid (hydrocortisone) to help ease any inflammation.

Fucibet cream is another Fucidin cream alternative, containing fusidic acid and betamethasone. Fucibet is an effective and fast-acting prescription-only medicine, used where the inflammation is moderate alongside the infection.

Non-prescription alternatives for eczema can include:

  • Moisturisers and emollients
  • Bath and shower gels
  • Cotton gloves (to keep from scratching)
  • Antihistamine tablets (to ease itching)

These treatments are often used as preventatives to stop dry skin conditions getting to the point where they become dry and cracked, which can lead to infection. Once the skin has become infected, it is important to see a healthcare professional for treatment.

If you’re unsure about whether a treatment is right for you, you can ask our medical team for impartial information and advice before you buy.

*Prescription medicines are supplied subject to a medical consultation at the discretion of a doctor.

How to use Fucidin cream

To use Fucidin cream correctly, you need to follow the instructions in the Patient Information Leaflet that comes with your treatment. 

We’ve covered this same information on how to use Fucidin cream below:

  • Wash your hands thoroughly with warm water and soap before applying Fucidin cream
  • Apply a thin layer of the cream to the infected area(s)
  • Be careful to avoid your eyes if you use it on your face (If you accidentally get any in your eye, wash it out with cold water straight away, then bathe your eye with eyewash if possible)
  • Remember to wash your hands thoroughly after each application

Depending on what you’re using Fucidin cream for, you should apply it as instructed by your doctor or pharmacist. This will generally be three or four times per day. You may need to apply less frequently if the affected area is protected by a dressing

With sustained use of this medicine, there is an increased risk that an infection will become resistant to Fucidin. Speak to your GP if you do not notice any improvement within a few days.

Always use this medicine exactly as your doctor or pharmacist has told you. Continue using Fucidin until you have completed the prescribed treatment. This will prevent a recurrence of the infection, which may be resistant to Fucidin.

Fucidin cream side effects

Like all medicines, Fucidin cream may cause side effects.

Not everyone will experience side effects when they use Fucidin — it is an extremely safe and effective medication, and side effects are unusual. Most people will have a very positive experience with no noticeable side effects during their course of treatment

However, it’s a good idea to be informed about the possible side effects of any medication you decide to use, including Fucidin cream.

The more common Fucidin cream side effects are: 

  • Irritation at site of application, including pain, burning, irritation, stinging and skin redness
  • Itching
  • Rash
  • Eczema

These side effects are categorised as uncommon, only affecting up to one in 100 people.

If you are concerned about these Fucidin cream side effects at all, or if the product affects you in any other way, stop using it and speak to your doctor or pharmacist.

Fucidin ingredients

The active ingredient in Fucidin cream is:

  • Fusidic acid (2%)

Fusidic acid is an antibiotic used to treat bacterial infections. It isn't suitable for some people, so make sure fusidic acid is safe for you by telling your GP or pharmacist if you have had an allergic reaction to fusidic acid or any other medicines in the past.

Fucidin cream also contains the following inactive ingredients to make up the complete product:

  • Butylhydroxyanisole (E320)
  • Cetyl alcohol
  • Glycerol
  • Liquid paraffin
  • Polysorbate 60
  • Potassium sorbate
  • Purified water, 
  • All-rac -α -tocopherol
  • Hydrochloric acid
  • White soft paraffin

Please read all packaging and the Patient Information Leaflet that comes with your medicine before use.

Fucidin warnings

Reading the following warnings carefully will help to ensure you are selecting an appropriate product.

This medicine is unsuitable for you if you are allergic to any of the cream’s ingredients.

Consult your doctor if you are using Fucidin over large areas of skin, or on any skin near the eyes. This may make you more susceptible to side effects.

Take care when using Fucidin, as some of its ingredients may cause skin irritation.

Please read all packaging and the Patient Information Leaflet before taking any new medicine and inform your doctor of medicines you are taking or intend to take.

Delivery & Shipping Information

Please note that due to the current situation with COVID-19, Royal Mail are experiencing some delays. This may mean that your order takes longer to arrive than you would normally expect. We are working hard to ensure that, where possible, all orders placed before 15:00 are still dispatched the same working day.

 

UK Orders

We offer FREE standard tracked delivery on orders over £40.

The following delivery options are available:

  • Standard Tracked Delivery - 2 - 3 day delivery - £2.95
  • Express Tracked Delivery - 1 - 2 day delivery - £4.45
  • DPD Next Day - 1 - 2 working days - £6.95
  • Special Delivery (Guaranteed before 21:00) - £8.95
  • Saturday Guaranteed before 21:00 - £10.45

Important Delivery Information

All our orders are sent out using Royal Mail (unless stated). We always aim to dispatch all Royal Mail & DPD orders received before 15:00 the same working day. Any orders received after 15:00 or over the weekend will be dispatched the next working day. Orders will not be dispatched on weekends or bank holidays.

All orders are subject to approval by our team of doctors and pharmacists. Your delivery date in the checkout is subject to your consultation being approved by our healthcare team.

All orders can be fully tracked from your dispatch email, in your online account and from any notifications from your courier.

We ensure all parcels are in plain packaging for discreet delivery of your medicines and pharmacy goods. Where possible, we will attempt to size all parcels to fit through your letterbox in tamper-proof packaging. By placing an order on our website, you confirm that it is safe and appropriate for a package containing medicines to be posted through your letterbox, if the carrier is able to do so. You should notify our customer support team if it is not safe for the package to be posted through the letterbox, for example due to animals or small children.

Deliveries containing pharmacy-only or prescription medicines may require a signature on receipt. 

Delivery is free for all NHS prescriptions.

 

Royal Mail

Features:

  • Fully tracked delivery
  • SMS & email notifications
  • Four-hour delivery window
  • Change delivery date directly with Royal Mail
  • Update delivery location - add a Safeplace, preferred neighbour, or update your delivery location to a local Post Office or Royal Mail Customer Service Point.

Royal Mail are the most widely recognised mail delivery company in the UK. Being on the UK’s 29 million doorsteps six days a week means they offer unparalleled price and convenience. The Independent Pharmacy uses Royal Mail’s Tracked 48, Tracked 24, and Special Delivery Guaranteed parcel services to offer reliable, fully-tracked delivery at very competitive prices. Your Royal Mail parcel will arrive with your normal daily delivery of post.

Please note: Royal Mail do not deliver on Sundays or Bank Holidays - this should be taken into account when ordering. 

If you are not home to accept your delivery, a card should be left by the Royal Mail representative. This card will provide details of where you can collect the order or how to arrange re-delivery.

Should you be unable to collect your missed delivery or arrange for your medication to be redelivered by Royal Mail, the pharmacy can resend your medication to the same, or a different address provided it has been returned to us and this happens within a 30 day window.

Once a package has been shipped with Royal Mail we advise that you are bound to the terms and conditions of their use together with the terms and conditions contained herein.

You have the right to cancel your order up to the point when your treatment is dispatched. The pharmacist must destroy any medication within 30 days of it being returned, even un-opened boxes, so we are not able to offer refunds once your treatment has been dispatched.

 

DPD

Features:

  • Fully tracked delivery
  • SMS & email notifications
  • One-hour delivery window
  • Change delivery date directly with DPD
  • Update delivery location - add a Safeplace, preferred neighbour, or update your delivery location to a local collection point.

DPD Local is the most innovative parcel carrier around. Thanks to their industry-leading Predict service, they provide parcel recipients with a one hour delivery window, notified by email, so you don't have to wait in all day. What's more, it enables receivers to watch the progress of their delivery on a real-time map, all the way down to a final 15 minute time-slot. 

As well as keeping customers informed at every stage of the journey, DPD believe in maximising choice and convenience. That's why DPD provide access to a suite of options both on the day of delivery and the night before, allowing customers to take delivery of their goods in a way that suits. If you wish to reschedule, you can:

  • Select an alternative delivery date
  • Opt for delivery to a nominated neighbour
  • Have the parcel left in a specified safe place
  • Collect the parcel from your local DPD Pickup Shop
  • Upgrade delivery to By 12

Please note: DPD do not deliver on Saturdays, Sundays or Bank Holidays - this should be taken into account when ordering. 

Once a package has been shipped with DPD we advise that you are bound to the terms and conditions of their use together with the terms and conditions contained herein.

You have the right to cancel your order up to the point when your treatment is dispatched. The pharmacist must destroy any medication within 30 days of it being returned, even un-opened boxes, so we are not able to offer refunds once your treatment has been dispatched.

 

Forwarding houses

We are unable to ship orders to mailing or forwarding houses for onwards shipping to locations outside of the UK.

 

BFPO Postcodes

Unfortunately we are unable to deliver medicines to BFPO postcodes.

 

Remote Areas

Please be aware that Royal Mail Guaranteed services are not available to all customers in the UK, especially those that live in remote postcodes. Royal Mail advise customers of the following:

We deliver by 17:30 the next working day in the following postcode areas:
AB30 - 39, 41 - 45, 51 - 56
GY9 Alderney (Channel Islands)
HS1, 3 - 9
IV21 - 28, 40 - 49, 51 - 56
KA27, 28
KW1 - 3, 5 - 15
KW16 Stromness Town only
PA20 (0&9)
PA28 - 38, 41 - 49, 76, 77
PH15, 17 - 26, 31 - 40, 49, 50
ZE1

 

We deliver within two working days by 17:30 to the following postcodes areas:
GY1 Herm (Channel Islands)
GY9 Sark (Channel Islands)
GY10
HS2
PA60 - 75, 78
ZE2, 3

 

We deliver within three working days by 17:30 to the following postcode areas:
KW16 - non-Town
KW17
PH30, 41 - 44

 

Please note: This applies to our 'Special Delivery' and 'Saturday Guaranteed' services.

 

International Orders

We are currently unable to ship orders outside of the UK.

We are unable to ship orders to mailing or forwarding houses for onwards shipping to locations outside of the UK.

Need to know more about Eczema & Dermatitis?

Visit our advice area or contact our support team

Fucidin Cream Reviews

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Ask our medical team for impartial information and advice about any treatment we provide or medical condition that we treat before you buy.

Authored By:

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Andy Boysan

BPharm

Published on: 08-01-2017

Last modified on: 08-01-2019


Andy is a co-founder, the superintendent pharmacist and director at The Independent Pharmacy.

Reviewed By:

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Chris Newbury

BPharm IP

Reviewed on: 08-01-2021

Next review date: 08-01-2023


Chris is a vastly experienced clinical pharmacist and has been registered as an Independent Prescriber since 2014.


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