GENERIC NAME: fluorouracil, topical
BRAND NAME: Carac, Efudex, Fluoroplex, Tolak
- Topical fluorouracil is used to treat certain skin conditions in which cells are multiplying rapidly.
- It is used to treat cancerous or precancerous conditions including solar keratoses, actinic keratosis, superficial basal cell carcinoma, and Bowen's disease (a type of skin cancer).
- It also is used to treat some noncancerous conditions in which cells are dividing rapidly, including psoriasis, genital warts, and porokeratosis (an unusual inherited skin condition causing dry patches on the arms and legs).
- Fluorouracil works best on the face and scalp, and is less effective on other areas of the body. It also destroys sun-damaged skin cells making the skin smoother and more youthful-appearing.
Common side effects of topical fluorouracil include:
Common side effects include:
- Burning sensation
- Sun sensitivity
- Allergic reactions
Other side effects include:
- Ulcer formation
- Bacterial infection
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