GENERIC NAME: HYDROCORTISONE/IODOQUINOL - TOPICAL (HYE-droe-KOR-ti-sone/eye-oh-doh-KWIN-ohl)
BRAND NAME(S): Alcortin A, Vytone
USES: This combination medication is used to treat a variety of skin conditions (e.g., eczema, fungal skin infections such as ringworm/athlete's foot/jock itch). This product contains 2 medications. Iodoquinol is an antibiotic that works by preventing the growth of fungus/bacteria. Hydrocortisone is a mild corticosteroid that works by reducing the swelling, redness, and itching that occurs in the affected skin.
HOW TO USE: Use this medication on the skin only. Clean and thoroughly dry the area to be treated. Apply a thin layer of the medication to the affected area and gently rub in, usually 3 to 4 times daily or as directed by your doctor. Wash your hands after using unless you are using this medication to treat the hands.Do not wrap, cover, or bandage the area unless directed to do so by your doctor. Do not use tight-fitting diapers or plastic pants on children being treated in the diaper area.Do not apply the medication in the eyes, nose, mouth, or inside the vagina. If you do get the medication in those areas, flush with plenty of water.Do not apply more often or use longer than prescribed. Doing so may increase the risk of side effects.Use this medication regularly to get the most benefit from it. To help you remember, use it at the same times each day.Continue to use this medication until the full prescribed amount is finished, even if symptoms disappear after a few days. Stopping the medication too early may result in a return of the infection.Tell your doctor if your condition persists or worsens.
SIDE EFFECTS: Dry skin may occur. If this effect persists or worsens, tell your doctor or pharmacist promptly.Remember that your doctor has prescribed this medication because he or she has judged that the benefit to you is greater than the risk of side effects. Many people using this medication do not have serious side effects.Tell your doctor immediately if any of these unlikely but serious side effects occur: skin irritation/burning, extreme hair growth, skin thinning/discoloration, acne, stretch marks, "hair bumps" (folliculitis).Use of this medication for prolonged or repeated periods may result in a new infection. Contact your doctor if you notice any new symptoms on the skin.A very serious allergic reaction to this drug is rare. However, seek immediate medical attention if you notice any symptoms of a serious allergic reaction, including: rash, itching/swelling (especially of the face/tongue/throat), severe dizziness, trouble breathing.This is not a complete list of possible side effects. If you notice other effects not listed above, contact your doctor or pharmacist.In the US -Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.In Canada - Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to Health Canada at 1-866-234-2345.
PRECAUTIONS: Before using this medication, tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are allergic to iodoquinol or hydrocortisone; or to other 8-hydroxyquinolines (e.g., clioquinol); or to other corticosteroids (e.g., triamcinolone); or to iodine; or if you have any other allergies. This product may contain inactive ingredients, which can cause allergic reactions or other problems. Talk to your pharmacist for more details.Before using this medication, tell your doctor or pharmacist your medical history, especially of: immune system problems, poor blood circulation, tuberculosis of the skin, viral skin/eye infections (e.g., herpes, chickenpox).This medication may stain the skin or clothes. Use cautiously to avoid contact with clothes.Children may be more sensitive to the effects of too much corticosteroid medication. Consult your doctor for more details.During pregnancy, this medication should be used only when clearly needed. Discuss the risks and benefits with your doctor.It is not known if this medication passes into breast milk. Consult your doctor before breast-feeding.
DRUG INTERACTIONS: Your doctor or pharmacist may already be aware of any possible drug interactions and may be monitoring you for them. 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, especially of: drugs that weaken the immune system (e.g., cyclosporine), other corticosteroid products (e.g., prednisone).This medication may interfere with certain laboratory tests (including certain thyroid function tests and certain test for phenylketonuria), possibly causing false test results. Make sure laboratory personnel and all your doctors know that you use this drug or have used this drug in the past month.This document does not contain all possible interactions. Therefore, before using this product, tell your doctor or pharmacist of all the products you use. Keep a list of all your medications with you, and share the list with your doctor and pharmacist.
OVERDOSE: This medicine may be harmful if swallowed. If swallowing or overdose is suspected, contact a poison control center or emergency room immediately. US residents can call their local poison control center at 1-800-222-1222. Canada residents can call a provincial poison control center.
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 skin condition unless told to do so by your doctor. A different medication may be necessary in that case.
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 59-86 degrees F (15-30 degrees C) away from heat. Keep all medicines away from children and pets.Do not flush medications down the toilet or pour them into a drain unless instructed to do so. Properly discard this product when it is expired or no longer needed. Consult your pharmacist or local waste disposal company for more details about how to safely discard your product.
Information last revised December 2013. Copyright(c) 2013 First Databank, Inc.
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