Fusidin suspension

1 What is Fusidin Suspension?

Brand: Fusidin suspension

Generic: Fusidic acid

Fusidin suspension is a chemical used for the treatment of bacterial infections. It does not work against viral infections like flu and cold etc. It can only be obtained through a doctor’s prescription.

Fusidic acid is available in various dosage forms like: 

  • Suspension
  • Syrup
  • Powder for Solution
  • Enteric coated tablets

2 What to Know Before Using

Before using Fusidin suspension, you must know all about the risks and complications associated with it. Your doctor will consider these risks before prescribing the drug and will inform you about them. Following factors should be considered before taking this drug:

  • Allergies: If you have had an allergic reaction to this drug in the past, inform your doctor. You should also tell your healthcare provider if you are allergic to any other drugs or food products.
  • Breastfeeding: There are not enough studies carried out to prove the harmful effects of fusidic acid in the infants of breastfeeding mothers.
  • Drug Interactions: Certain drugs should not be used together because they can interact inside the body which can have a harmful effect. On the other hand certain drugs are allowed to be used together. So, you should tell your doctor about any other medications you are taking. If there is a chance of interaction between those two drugs, the doctor may change the dose or may prescribe an alternative drug.

Following drugs should not be used with Fusidic acid:

  • Atorvastatin
  • Pravastatin
  • Saquinavir, ritonavir
  • Simvastatin

Furthermore, certain medications should not be taken with alcohol or tobacco, which may also result in harmful interactions. Ask your doctor about the concurrent use of this drug along with alcohol or tobacco.

You should also inform your doctor about any other medical condition you may have, especially liver disease, which may be worsened by the use of fusidic acid.

3 Proper Usage

In order to avoid adverse effects, Fusidin suspension should be used exactly as prescribed by your doctor. Do not overuse or misuse this drug and do not use it longer than the recommended time. Read all the instructions mentioned in the medication guide.

The standard dose for oral tablets of fusidic acid used to treat osteomyelitis and skin and soft tissue infections in adults is 500 mg 2 tablets which should be taken three times daily.

The dose for the suspension form of fusidic acid is 15 milliliters three times daily (in adults). For injection form, the dose should be 50 milliliters three times daily.

Do not miss any dose. The dose of this drug varies according to the condition of each person. The number of doses per day, the time interval between the doses and the length of time you have to take the medicine depends on your condition individually and all these factors should only be determined by your healthcare provider. Follow each and every instruction of your doctor and also read the label carefully.

In case you miss one dose of this drug, take it as soon as you can. If it is almost time for your subsequent dose, you can then skip the missed dose and continue with your regular dosing schedule. Do not take two doses at once.

Storage: This medicine should be stored at room temperature within a closed container, away from heat, direct light and moisture. Keep this drug out of the reach of children. Do not store expired or outdated medicines or the medicine no longer needed.

4 Precautions to Take

In using Fusidin suspension, you must be careful and take some precautions as advised by your doctor.

Contact your doctor if your symptoms have not improved even after taking the full course of treatment.

Avoid taking any other medicine unless thoroughly discussed with your doctor. Always ask your doctor before using any prescription, non-prescription or herbal medicine. These drugs should be used cautiously: aspirin, drugs to treat asthma, appetite control medication and drugs for cold, cough, hay fever and sinusitis.

5 Potential Side Effects

As with many medications, there are several potential side effects associated with Fusidin suspension. Although these side effects may occur only in a handful of patients but if they do occur, contact your physician immediately.

This medication is associated with following side effects:

  • Unusual tiredness and fatigue
  • Yellow eyes and skin

Seek medical help instantly, if you experience any of these symptoms while on fusidic acid. Also contact your healthcare professional immediately, if have overdosed on this drug.

There are some side effects which do not need immediate medical help but If any of these side effects becomes more bothersome or does not go away, contact your doctor. These include

  • nausea and vomiting
  • loss of appetite
  • abdominal pain
  • loose stools

Other side effects may occur which are not listed here. Always contact your healthcare provider if you notice anything bothersome.