fusidic acid/hydrocortisone-topical (cont.)
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.
SIDE EFFECTS: Dryness, mild irritation, burning, or redness may occur. If any of these effects persist or worsen, notify your doctor or pharmacist promptly. Remember that your doctor has prescribed this medication because the benefit to you is greater than the risk of side effects. Many people using this medication do not have serious side effects. Use of this medication for prolonged or repeated periods may result in skin discoloration/thinning, or a new infection (e.g., fungal infection). Contact your doctor if you notice signs of a new infection (e.g., new or worsening redness/irritation). A very serious allergic reaction to this drug is unlikely, but seek immediate medical attention if it occurs. Symptoms of a serious allergic reaction may include: rash, itching, swelling, severe dizziness, trouble breathing. If you notice other effects not listed above, contact your doctor or pharmacist.
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