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Carac Side Effects
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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?
Same as any alcohol: Less likely to cause hangover, but causes the same liver inflammation, scarring and damage as any other form of alcohol, as well as damage to esophagus, stomach, pancreas. Also can be toxic to the heart, the immune system, the bone marrow (which makes our blood components), impairing our ability to fight infections and our general immune system. PLUS, it causes many kinds of cancers. ...Read more
CBT: Cbt is mostly free of side effects, but during the treatment you may well feel some anxiety. For instance, exposure and response prevention are part of cbt treatment for obsessive compulsive d/o. With ocd, the person is unconsciously using compulsive behaviors to bind anxiety -- and if prevented, will temporarily feel anxiety. The therapist will help you through this. ...Read more