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.
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.
DRUG INTERACTIONS: Your healthcare professionals (e.g., doctor or pharmacist) may already be aware of any possible drug interactions and may be monitoring you for it. Do not start, stop or change the dosage of any medicine before checking with them first. Before using this medication, tell your doctor or pharmacist of all prescription and nonprescription/herbal products you may use.
OVERDOSE: If overdose is suspected, contact your local poison control center or emergency room immediately. US residents can call the US national poison hotline at 1-800-222-1222. Canadian residents should call their local poison control center directly. This medication may be harmful if swallowed.
NOTES: Do not share this medication with others. This medication has been prescribed for your current condition only. Do not use it later for another condition unless told to do so by your doctor. A different medication may be necessary in those cases. Read the information provided with this medication to better understand your condition. Follow your doctor's or pharmacist's instructions on how to keep your skin clean and moisturized. Ask your pharmacist for advice on how to avoid skin irritants such as artificial fragrance, harsh cleansers, or wool clothing.
MISSED DOSE: If you miss a dose, use it as soon as you remember. If it is near the time of the next dose, skip the missed dose and resume your usual dosing schedule. Do not double the dose to catch up.
STORAGE: Store at room temperature between 59 and 86 degrees F (15-30 degrees C) away from light and moisture. Do not store in the bathroom. Keep all medicines away from children and pets.
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Eczema is a general term for many types dermatitis (skin inflammation). Atopic dermatitis is the most common of the many types of eczema. Other types of eczema include: contact eczema, allergic contact eczema, seborrheic eczema, nummular eczema, stasis dermatitis, and dyshidrotic eczema.
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