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What's the difference between efudex (fluorouracil) and carac creams?

What's the difference between efudex (fluorouracil) and carac creams?

Same: Both are commercial or trade names for the medication Fluorouracil it is also called adrucil, (fluorouracil) fluorplex. All are the same fomulation. ...Read more

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Fluorouracil (Definition)

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What does fluorouracil cream do to your skin?

What does fluorouracil cream do to your skin?

Dividing cells use: Rapidly dividing cells will take up the fluorouracil and incorporate it into their DNA which is defective causing the cell to die. This is used to stop the growth of cancer or atypical cells. ...Read more

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Does fluorouracil 5% cream work fast on warts?

Does fluorouracil 5% cream work fast on warts?

Not necessarily: 5 Fluorouracil is an excepted treatment for warts but not necessarily any faster than some other treatments. ...Read more

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What does fluorouracil cream treat?

What does fluorouracil cream treat?

Sun damage: It is used for precancerous lesions called actinic keratosis. It used for 4-8 weeks. Other prescription creams include solaraze gel, and picato, (ingenol mebutate) which is used only for a few days. ...Read more

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What is fluorouracil cream used for?

What is fluorouracil cream used for?

EFUDEX (fluorouracil): Fluorouracil cream is an anti-cancer medication that is applied to skin to prevent growth /development of tumors. It is used to treat pre-cancerous lesions like actinic keratosis as well as basal cell carcinomas & solar keratosis. ...Read more

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What is fluorouracil topical cream typically used for?

What is fluorouracil topical cream typically used for?

Efudex (fluorouracil): fluorouracil topical cream / Efudex is a topical used to treat pre-cancerous & cancerous skin growths. ...Read more

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Is it possible to get cancer from using fluorouracil cream?

Is it possible to get cancer from using fluorouracil cream?

Very very unlikely: Fluorouracil is a type of chemotherapy, and it works by interfering with dna reproduction. So yes, there is a very tiny chance that it could cause a mutation that would lead to cancer. However, the cream is used on the skin, and very little should be absorbed. The chance that you would get a cancer from it is miniscule. We give the same drug intravenously and by mouth at much higher doses! ...Read more

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Any advice? I have been using fluorouracil topical cream for two weeks today, should I stop using it?

Fluorouracil Cream: Fluorouracil is a very powerful medication, even in the form of a cream. It is to be used for a defined period of time. If the physician who prescribed it for you did not tell you how long to use it. you absolutely need to contact the physician to find out how long you are to continue applying the cream. Do not assume that fluorouracil is just a "as needed" type of cream. ...Read more

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Fluorouracil 5 cream for plantar warts, is this okay?

Yes...: 5 FU is great for warts. I use it all the time. It sure better than burning them out. Have to be very persistent on putting it on. ...Read more

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I am starting to use efudex (fluorouracil) precancer cream. Is my whole face going to be a mess?

I am starting to use efudex (fluorouracil) precancer cream. Is my whole face going to be a mess?

Efudex (fluorouracil): Skin irritation, burning, redness, dryness, pain, swelling, tenderness, or changes in skin color may occur at the site of application. Eye irritation (e.g., stinging, watering), trouble sleeping, irritability, temporary hair loss, or abnormal taste in the mouth may also occur.
Consult your doctor with any of these side effects. ...Read more

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It's okay to use fluorouracil cream on a mole right?

It's okay to use fluorouracil cream on a mole right?

Not recommended: Fluorouracil cream is used to treat malignant and premalignant skin lesions. Fluorouracil cream can cause significant damage to the skin. If you have a mole that is concerning or you desire to have removed, please see your primary physician or surgeon. If a mole needs to be removed, then it needs to be tested to determine if it is a skin cancer. ...Read more

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My doctor gave me fluorouracil cream for warts. Are there any risks?

My doctor gave me fluorouracil cream for warts. Are there any risks?

Not many...: Excessive inflammatory reaction, subsequent persistent white marks or scarring, irritant contact dermatitis, secondary infection, recurrence. ...Read more

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Male, 60, used carac (5-fu) for 4 weeks for many, minor actinic keratoses. A couple of mos. Later, many returned. Should I use it again? How long?

Male, 60, used carac (5-fu) for 4 weeks for many, minor actinic keratoses. A couple of mos. Later, many returned. Should I use it again? How long?

See your doctor: See the doctor that prescribed the Carac and let them see if they appear as actinic keratoses, or something else. It can be used more than once, if needed. ...Read more

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What to do if I use fluorouracil cream(cancer drug) to treat a rash..will I get cancer because of that?

What to do if I use fluorouracil cream(cancer drug) to treat a rash..will I get cancer because of that?

No: Efudex (fluorouracil) cream is a cutaneous method of applying 5 FU ( a chemotherapeutic agent) to cutaneous basal cell and some cutaneous squamous cell Ca's ..It is applied daily x 10 followed by an application of A&D ointment to the same area that has become inflamed. In many cases the skin tumor will completely regress. Sometimes a repeat treatment needed. Should not be used for rashes. Does not cause Ca. ...Read more

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What's the best method of getting rid of basal cell carcinoma? Freezing it off? Biopsy? Fluorouracil cream treatments?

What's the best method of getting rid of basal cell carcinoma?  Freezing it off?  Biopsy?  Fluorouracil cream treatments?

Excision: I see moms surgery in your hx that is an excellent procedure, its important to clear the BC and have the tissue around the BC clear. the wide excision is best topical may not remove all the tissue. ...Read more

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Is 14 day carac cream treatment worth doing? I've been approved by my Dr. who treated me for 2 small peeling AK areas. Any treatment advice?

Is 14 day carac cream treatment worth doing? I've been approved by my Dr. who treated me for 2 small peeling AK areas. Any treatment advice?

Fluorouracil: This is worth doing if you have quite a few skin changes due to the sun - actinic keratoses, hyperpigmentations etc. It is not an easy treatment and can cause some discomfort and temp cosmetic changes. The ultimate result however, is nice and the skin will be rid of any of above changes and is usually quite smooth! Do not do if you have any social events or work presentations etc upcoming! ...Read more

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I have applied Carac cream to my face for 1 week now. My Rx says 2-6 weeks. When should I stop applying it? My face is blotchy and irritated.

I have applied Carac cream to my face for 1 week now.  My Rx says 2-6 weeks.  When should I stop applying it?  My face is blotchy and irritated.

Common : It sound like you are being treated for precancerous facial lesions (actinic keratosis or solar keratosis) which if left untreated can progress to squamous cell carcinoma. There are a variety of treatments for this, and you've been prescribed one of them. Usually the topical treatment lasts for 6 weeks (your Doctor will tell you how long). The involved areas of your face will get noticeably red. ...Read more

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What is the recovery time post efudex cream use on one's face? My husband has used it for 18 days, twice a day. His last application was this morning.

What is the recovery time post efudex cream use on one's face? My husband has used it for 18 days, twice a day. His last application was this morning.

1-2 weeks: Efudix should be use twice a day to the face for approx. 3 weeks or until scabbing occurs on the spots affected on the face. Once done with treatment, it usually takes 1-2 weeks to heal.
A product like Eucerin Aquaphor balm can be used to help speed up healing and helps the scabs fall off quicker. ...Read more

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I'm treating a basal cell carcinoma on the side of forehead w/Efudex cream& since then it's been bleeding. Normal? When can I expect bleeding to stop?

I'm treating a basal cell carcinoma on the side of forehead w/Efudex cream& since then it's been bleeding. Normal? When can I expect bleeding to stop?

Need more info: It is not unusual for bleeding to occur maybe from trauma e.g. rubbing to hard on the lesion but may also portent sometime more serious. You must return to the physician who prescribed the Efudex and have him/her re-evaluate the lesion. ...Read more

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Can pregnant women use Adrucil (fluorouracil)?

Can pregnant women use Adrucil (fluorouracil)?

Adrucil (fluorouracil): FDA Pregnancy Category X (Should not be used during pregnancy) ...Read more

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Anyone here given 5-fluorouracil (5-fu) for gyno patient?

Anyone here given 5-fluorouracil (5-fu) for gyno patient?

Yes: 5-fu is a type of chemotherapy. It can be given by iv, or in certain cases as a cream that the patient inserts into the vagina with an applicator. I'm not sure why it has been recommended to you, but it has side effects you should understand. Ask your doctor for more information. Good luck! ...Read more

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What is Adrucil (fluorouracil) used for?

What is Adrucil (fluorouracil) used for?

Skin cancer: Adrucil (fluorouracil) is a cream containing chemotherapy drug called 5-FU. It is commonly used for the treatment of precancerous lesions of the sun exposed skin which has developed sun related skin lesions called actinic keratoses.. ...Read more

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Who should not use Adrucil (fluorouracil)?

Who should not use Adrucil (fluorouracil)?

Adrucil (fluorouracil): "ADRUCIL (fluorouracil) Injection therapy is contraindicated for patients in a poor nutritional state, those with depressed bone marrow function, those with potentially serious infections or those with a known hypersensitivity to ADRUCIL (fluorouracil)." See: http://dailymed.nlm.nih.gov/dailymed/drugInfo.cfm?setid=b90e0da7-f702-4f09-9488-74f2bb20e9ac ...Read more

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What side effects are associated with Adrucil (fluorouracil)?

Adrucil (fluorouracil): See: http://www.drugs.com/sfx/adrucil-side-effects.html

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Does efudex (fluorouracil) cause cancer?

Does efudex (fluorouracil) cause cancer?

Not likely: Efudex (fluorouracil) is the brand name for topical (cream) 5-fu chemo. It is used to treat certain types of skin cancer. There is no evidence that topical 5-fu such as Efudex (fluorouracil) causes cancer. ...Read more

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Can efudex (fluorouracil) cause more cancer?

Can efudex (fluorouracil) cause more cancer?

Unlikely: It is a topical agent used to treat pre cancer and superficial cancers that are not melanoma. Risk of any other type of cancer is next to none. ...Read more

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What pre cancers does efudex (fluorouracil) target?

What pre cancers does efudex (fluorouracil) target?

Skin cancer: Efudex (fluorouracil) is used in treatment of actinic keratosis, a precurser of squamous cell skin cancer. It is also used in treatment of superficial basal cell skin cancers. ...Read more

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Efudex (Definition)

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