GENERIC NAME: FUSIDIC ACID/HYDROCORTISONE - TOPICAL (fyou-SID-ick acid/hi-dro-KOR-tih-sown)
USES: This medication is used to treat certain skin diseases (atopic dermatitis). It works by stopping the growth of certain bacteria and reducing redness, itching, crusting, and swelling of the skin sores. This medication is a combination of an antibiotic (fusidic acid) and a corticosteroid (hydrocortisone). This medication only treats certain bacterial infections. It will not work for other infections such as viral or fungal infections. Unnecessary use or overuse of any antibiotic can lead to its decreased effectiveness.
HOW TO USE: Read the Patient Information Leaflet available from your pharmacist. Consult your doctor or pharmacist if you have any questions. Clean and pat dry the affected skin areas before applying the medication. Gently massage a small amount into the affected areas three times daily, or as directed by your doctor. Do not bandage, wrap, or cover the area with an occlusive (plastic) dressing unless directed to do so by your doctor. If you are using this medication on the face, avoid applying it in or near the eye to prevent irritation or serious side effects (e.g., cataracts, glaucoma) that could occur with extended use. Use this medication for the full amount of time prescribed. Stopping the medication too early may allow bacteria to continue to grow. Do not apply to a larger area; use it more frequently or for a longer period of time than prescribed. Your condition will not improve faster, but the chance for side effects may be increased. Inform your doctor if your condition persists or worsens after 14 days of therapy.
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