Centany is an antibiotic and treats skin infections. Do not apply dressings, bandages, cosmetics, lotions, or other skin medications to the area being treated unless your doctor tells you to.

Centany Overview


Centany is a prescription medication used to treat impetigo and other simple skin infections caused by certain types of bacteria. Centany belongs to a group of drugs called topical antibiotics, which are used directly on the skin to kill bacteria. 

This medication comes in a skin ointment and is usually used 3 times a day.

Common side effects of Centany include itching, burning, and redness in the area where Centany is applied.

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Uses of Centany

Centany is a prescription medication used to treat impetigo (a type of skin infection) and other small skin infections caused by certain types of bacteria, including methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) and Streptococcus pyogenes bacteria.

This medication may be prescribed for other uses. Ask your doctor or pharmacist for more information.


Centany Drug Class

Centany is part of the drug class:

Side Effects of Centany

Serious side effects have been reported with Centany. See the “Drug Precautions” section.

Common side effects of Centany include the following:

  • itching
  • burning
  • redness
  • stinging
  • dryness

This is not a complete list of Centany side effects. Ask your doctor or pharmacist for more information.

Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to the FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.

Centany Interactions

No drug interactions have been identified. However, you should tell your doctor about all the medicines you take including prescription and non-prescription medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements. Not all drug interactions are known or reported and new drug interactions are continually being reported.

Centany Precautions

Serious side effects have been reported with Centany including the following:

  • hypersensitivity (severe allergic reaction). Tell your healthcare provider about any signs or symptoms of hypersensitivity, which include the following:
    • chest pain
    • swelling of the face, eyes, lips, tongue, arms, or legs
    • difficulty breathing
    • fainting
    • rash
  • superinfection. Centany should not be used for extended periods. Prolonged use can lead to the growth of dangerous organisms that are resistant or unresponsive to this medication. Use Centany for the duration prescribed by your doctor.

Do not take Centany if you are allergic to Centany or any of its ingredients.  Use caution when applying to face and avoid eye area.

Centany Food Interactions

Medications can interact with certain foods. In some cases, this may be harmful and your doctor may advise you to avoid certain foods. In the case of Centany, there are no specific foods that you must exclude from your diet when receiving this medication.


Inform MD

Before taking Centany, tell your doctor about all of your medical conditions. Especially tell your doctor if you:

  • are allergic to any ingredient in Centany
  • are pregnant or breastfeeding

Tell your doctor about all the medicines you take including prescription and non-prescription medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements.

Centany and Pregnancy

Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant.

The FDA categorizes medications based on safety for use during pregnancy. Five categories - A, B, C, D, and X, are used to classify the possible risks to an unborn baby when a medication is taken during pregnancy.

Centany falls into category B. There are no well-done studies that have been done in humans with Centany. But in animal studies, pregnant animals were given this medication, and the babies did not show any medical issues related to this medication.

Centany and Lactation

Tell your doctor if you are breastfeeding or plan to breastfeed.

It is not known if Centany crosses into human milk. Because many medications can cross into human milk and because of the possibility for serious adverse reactions in nursing infants with use of this medication, a choice should be made whether to stop nursing or stop the use of this medication. Your doctor and you will decide if the benefits outweigh the risk of using Centany.

If your doctor prescribes Centany to treat an infected or cracked nipple from nursing, you should maintain your milk supply by hand expressing from the infected breast and discarding the milk for the entire course of treatment with Centany.

Centany Usage

Use Centany exactly as prescribed.

Topical Ointment

  • Usually applied 3 times a day. 
  • Make sure the infected area is as clean and dry as possible before applying Centany.
  • You should apply only enough medication to thinly cover the infected area.
  • The treated area may be covered by gauze dressing if desired.
  • Avoid contact with eyes

If no improvement is seen in 3 to 5 days, contact your healthcare provider.

If you miss a dose, take the missed dose as soon as you remember. If it is almost time for the next dose, skip the missed dose and take your next dose at the regular time. Do not apply two doses of Centany at the same time.

Centany Dosage

Use Centany exactly as prescribed by your doctor. Follow the directions on your prescription label carefully.

The Centany dose your doctor recommends will be based on the following:

  • the condition being treated
  • how you respond to this medication

The recommended dose range for Centany in children and adults varies based on the size of the skin infection.

Centany Overdose

If you use too much Centany, call your healthcare provider or local Poison Control Center, or seek emergency medical attention right away.


Other Requirements

Store Centany at 20-25°C (68-77°F).

Keep this and all medicines out of the reach of children.