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.
PRECAUTIONS: Before using this medication, tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are allergic to fusidic acid, hydrocortisone; or if you have any other allergies. Before using this medication, tell your doctor or pharmacist your medical history. Although very unlikely, it is possible this medication will be absorbed into your bloodstream. This may have undesirable consequences that may require additional corticosteroid treatment. This is especially true for children and for those who have used this drug for an extended period of time and if they also have serious medical problems such as serious infections, injuries, or surgeries. This precaution applies for up to one year after stopping use of this drug. Tell your doctor immediately if any of the following side effects occur: vision problems, persistent headache, increased thirst or urination, unusual weakness or weight loss, dizziness. Consult your doctor or pharmacist for more details, and inform them that you use (or have used) this medication. This medication should be used only when clearly needed during pregnancy. Discuss the risks and benefits with your doctor. This medication passes into breast milk. While there have been no reports of harm to nursing infants, consult your doctor before breast-feeding.
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