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Doctor insights on: Fluorouracil 5 Topical Cream Side Effects

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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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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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Any topical cream (steroid cream) side effects?

Any topical cream (steroid cream) side effects?

Potentially.: Applying a strong steroid cream for too long on thin skin (face, groin, underarms, etc.) will eventually cause thinning of the skin (atrophy) and eventually stretch marks (striae). That's why dermatologists cringe when they see strong steroids prescribed for areas that are too sensitive to handle them properly. Strong creams should be used only on thick skin for a couple of weeks at most. ...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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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Side effects for topical steroid creams?

Atrophy, striae: Applying a strong steroid cream for too long on thin skin (face, groin, underarms, etc.) will eventually cause thinning of the skin (atrophy) and eventually stretch marks (striae). That's why dermatologists cringe when they see strong steroids prescribed for areas that are too sensitive to handle them properly. Strong creams should be used only on thick skin for a couple of weeks at most. ...Read more

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Should different topical ointments be ever mixed? Can you tell me what side effects/if any could happen if you mix ammonium lactate cream, ketoconazal shampoo, betamethasone ointment, clobetasol propionate ointment?

Should different topical ointments be ever mixed? Can you tell me what side effects/if any could happen if you mix ammonium lactate cream, ketoconazal shampoo, betamethasone ointment, clobetasol propionate ointment?

The: The Betamethasone and the clobetasol are both steroids, therefore it is probably not a good idea to mix these together since steroids can cause thinning of the skin when used in high amounts or over prolonged periods of time. As far as the the other two ointments, there is no interaction as far as I can tell from my research; however you should consult the prescribing doctor or your local pharmacist to be sure.
Take care. ...Read more

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In general, is Gemzar (gemcitabine) as chemo for pancreatic cancer more potent with many more side effects that most other agents, like 5-FU?

In general, is Gemzar (gemcitabine) as chemo for pancreatic cancer more potent with many more side effects that most other agents, like 5-FU?

One of the best drug: Gemzar (gemcitabine) was the first approved drug and was superior to 5-FU for treating this cancer. So it continues to be the key drugs in the newer combinatiions being developed (or recently developed such as NAb-Paclitaxel+Gemzar (gemcitabine)). It does not have any serious toxicities just lowers the blood counts which is mostly inconsequential. ...Read more

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Top cancer dr wants to start 87 yr dad on 5-FU for 6 months b/c he says there are no side effects other than possible mouth sores & peeling skin. True?

Top cancer dr wants to start 87 yr dad on 5-FU for 6 months b/c he says there are no side effects other than possible mouth sores & peeling skin. True?

Benefits VS risks: If your dad is very healthy 87 why not, should not deprive cancer treatments due age alone. If your dad is mentally incompetent, fragile, then family (health proxy) should decide with the advise from medical team. End stage of journey in this world, it is quality of life, not quantity is important, will make your decisions very simple. ...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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What are common side effects of the "skin light" cream?

What are common side effects of the "skin light" cream?

SKIN LIGHTENERS: THERE ARE SEVERAL SIDE EFFECTS OF SKIN LIGHTENERS.
THERE ALL MADE OF HYDROQUINONE.
ITCHING, BURNING, AND RASH COULD DEVELOP.
WHICH STRENGTH? FOUR PERCENT? TEN PERCENT? 20 PERCENT?
THE OVER THE COUNTER, TWO PERCENT CREAMS, DO NOT WORK VERY WELL AND DO NOT CAUSE ANY SIDE EFFECTS EXCEPT MILD ITCHING. ...Read more

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What are the side effects of Melas-H cream? If I use it regularly?

What are the side effects of Melas-H cream? If I use it regularly?

You could see: Effects like a rash at the site of use. Additionally, itchying, redness, pain or burning at the site of use is possible - mostly related to the fusidic acid (the antibiotic component). The cream also contains Hydrocortisone which can lead to skin thinning (atrophy), stretch marks, prominent blood vessels or acne like rash. These are the more common adverse effects. Best of luck. ...Read more

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Need to take progesterone cream. Are there dangerous side effects?

Need to take progesterone cream. Are there dangerous side effects?

No!: Progesterone creams used intravaginally for women sometimes give mild itching or irritation, the gels also may 'clump' and give discharge. On the skin, irritation sometimes occurs. There are no medically important risks or major side effects to these creams! ...Read more

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What are the harmful side effects of using a delay cream for sex?

What are the harmful side effects of using a delay cream for sex?

Delay Cream: Besides possible irritation to either party, I don't know of any harmful effects to these creams. They are all local anesthetics meant to dull the sensation to the tip of the penis. ...Read more

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What are the side effects of vitamin a cream on your body?

What are the side effects of vitamin a cream on your body?

Reddening, stinging: Retinol is the fat soluble form of vitamin a found in anti-wrinkle skin creams. It attracts moisture, which increases water content of skin. It increases production of collagen and promotes cell division to reduces fine wrinkling, also helps pigmentation effects of too much sun.

Side effects may include reddening of the skin and a mild stinging sensation, scaling and increased sun sensitivity. ...Read more

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