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Generic: fluorouracil topical
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It is used on the skin to treat skin cancer and skin conditions that could become cancer
               



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What is this medicine?

FLUOROURACIL, 5- FU (flure oh YOOR a sil) is a chemotherapy agent. It is used on the skin to treat skin cancer and skin conditions that could become cancer.

What should I tell my health care provider before I take this medicine?

They need to know if you have any of these conditions:
  • DPD enzyme deficiency
  • recent or current radiation therapy
  • swelling or open sores at the treatment site
  • an unusual or allergic reaction to fluorouracil, other chemotherapy, other medicines, foods, dyes, or preservatives
  • pregnant or trying to get pregnant
  • breast- feeding

How should I use this medicine?

This medicine is only for use on the skin. Follow the directions on the prescription label. Wash hands before and after use. Wash affected area and gently pat dry. To apply this medicine use a cotton- tipped applicator, or use gloves if applying with fingertips. If applied with unprotected fingertips, it is very important to wash your hands well after you apply this medicine. Avoid applying to the eyes, nose, or mouth. Apply enough medicine to cover the affected area. You can cover the area with a light gauze dressing, but do not use tight or air- tight dressings. Finish the full course prescribed by your doctor or health care professional, even if you think your condition is better. Do not stop taking except on the advice of your doctor or health care professional.

Talk to your pediatrician regarding the use of this medicine in children. Special care may be needed.

What if I miss a dose?

If you miss a dose, apply it as soon as you can. If it is almost time for your next dose, only use that dose. Do not apply extra doses. Contact your doctor or health care professional if you miss more than one dose.

               
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