Efudix Cream (Fluorouracil)
What is Efudix Cream (Fluorouracil) used for?
Efudix Cream (Fluorouracil) is a topical medication prescribed to treat patients with malignant skin cancers or skin conditions that may lead to cancer if left untreated. It operates by destroying skin cells that are growing abnormally quickly while protecting normal skin cells. Your physician may also prescribe the medication for other unlisted purposes.
How should I use Efudix Cream (Fluorouracil)?
Always follow your physician's instructions while using Efudix Cream (Fluorouracil) to get the best results from treatment. The medicine is normally applied once each day for a cycle of medication determined by your physician, but the best dosage will be based on your health condition and the severity of your symptoms. Thoroughly rinse and dry the area being treated before each use to remove any dirt or loose skin. Apply a small amount of cream to the area, gently massage it into the skin, and allow any excess medicine to evaporate. Wash your hands with soap and water after each use to prevent the medicine from contacting any areas not being treated. Ask your pharmacist or physician any questions you have about the medicine to ensure the correct usage.
What are the side effects of Efudix Cream (Fluorouracil)?
Side effects that may occur in patients using Efudix Cream (Fluorouracil) include:
Stop using the medication and contact your physician immediately if you experience any worrying symptoms or signs of an allergic reaction such as severe skin rashes, swelling, or trouble breathing. These conditions may require reduced frequency of administration or emergency medical attention in serious cases to prevent further problems from occurring.
Do not apply Efudix Cream (Fluorouracil) to skin that is broken or severely damaged. The medication should not be used by patients who are pregnant, breastfeeding, children under the age of eighteen, or who are taking any antiviral nucleosides used to treat conditions such as chickenpox or shingles. Also inform your physician if you have a DPD deficiency as this condition may cause unexpected problems during treatment.
Strictly follow all instructions provided to you by your physician or pharmacist while using Efudix Cream (Fluorouracil). Optimum and safe dosage can differ based on the patient and the condition being treated.
As this medication may be unsafe for certain patients, it is essential you always inform your physician if you are pregnant or breastfeeding, as well as if you have any allergies, other illnesses, or ongoing health conditions, and if you are taking any other form of medication, supplements, or herbal products.
Immediately seek emergency medical care if you have an allergic or hypersensitive reaction. Common signs of a reaction include hives, swelling, skin rashes, chest pains, as well as trouble breathing or swallowing.