Fluorouracil Skin Cream or Solution
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FLUOROURACIL (flure oh YOOR a sil) treats rough, scaly spots on the skin caused by sun exposure. It may also be used to treat skin cancer. It works by slowing down the growth of irregular skin cells.
This medication is for external use only. Do not take it by mouth. Wash your hands before and after use. Do not get it in your eyes. If you do, rinse your eyes with plenty of cool tap water. Use it as directed on the prescription label at the same time every day. Do not use it more often than directed. Use it for the full course as directed by your care team, even if you think you are better. Do not stop using it unless your care team tells you to stop it early. Apply a thin film of the medication to the affected area. You can cover the area with a sterile gauze dressing (bandage). Do not use an airtight bandage (such as a plastic-covered bandage).
Talk to your care team about the use of this medication in children. Special care may be needed.
Side effects that you should report to your care team as soon as possible:
Side effects that usually do not require medical attention (report to your care team if they continue or are bothersome):
Keep out of the reach of children and pets.
See product for storage information. Each product may have different instructions. Throw away any unused medication after the expiration date.
They need to know if you have any of these conditions:
Interactions are not expected. Do not use any other skin products on the same area of skin without talking to your care team.
If you miss a dose, use it as soon as you can. If it is almost time for your next dose, use only that dose. Do not use double or extra doses.
Visit your care team for regular checks on your progress. It may be some time before you see the benefit from this medication.
Treated areas of skin can look unsightly during and for several weeks after treatment with this medication.
Do not get this medication in your eyes. If you do, rinse out with plenty of cool tap water.
This medication can make you more sensitive to the sun. Keep out of the sun. If you cannot avoid being in the sun, wear protective clothing and sunscreen. Do not use sun lamps, tanning beds, or tanning booths.
Serious side effects or death can occur if a pet comes into contact with this medication. Contact a vet right away if a pet touches or licks the medication on your skin or comes into contact with the container. Get rid of or wash any items used to apply this medication. Wash your hands after applying the medication. Make sure the medication does not get on clothing, carpet, or furniture. If you cannot avoid skin to skin contact with your pet, ask your care team if you can cover the area(s) where you apply this medication.
Talk to your care team if you may be pregnant. Serious birth defects can occur if you take this medication during pregnancy. Contraception is recommended while taking this medication. Your care team can help you find the option that works for you.
Talk to your care team before breastfeeding. Changes to your treatment plan may be needed.
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