Proper Use

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It is very important that you use this medicine only as directed by your doctor. Do not use more of it, do not use it more often, and do not use it for a longer time than your doctor ordered. To do so may cause unwanted side effects or skin irritation.

This medicine is for use on the skin only. Do not get it in your eyes. Do not use it on skin areas that have cuts, scrapes, or burns. If it does get on these areas, rinse it off right away with water.

This medicine should only be used for skin conditions that your doctor is treating. Check with your doctor before using it for other conditions, especially if you think that a skin infection may be present. This medicine should not be used to treat certain kinds of skin infections or conditions, such as severe burns.

To use cream, ointment, solution, and body oil:

  • Wash your hands with soap and water before and after using this medicine.
  • Apply a thin layer of this medicine to the affected area of the skin or scalp. Rub it in gently.
  • Do not bandage or otherwise wrap the skin being treated unless directed to do so by your doctor.
  • If the medicine is applied to the diaper area of an infant, do not use tight-fitting diapers or plastic pants unless directed to do so by your doctor.
  • If your doctor ordered an occlusive dressing or airtight covering to be applied over the medicine, make sure you know how to apply it. Occlusive dressings increase the amount of medicine absorbed through your skin, so use them only as directed. If you have any questions about this, check with your doctor.

To use shampoo:

  • Wash your hands with soap and water before and after using this medicine.
  • Wet hair and scalp thoroughly.
  • Shake the container well, and apply about an ounce of the shampoo to the scalp area.
  • Work the shampoo into a lather, and leave on the scalp for 5 minutes.
  • Wash hair and scalp thoroughly with water.

To use scalp oil:

  • Wash your hands with soap and water before and after using this medicine.
  • Wet hair and scalp thoroughly.
  • Apply a thin layer of this medicine to the affected area of the scalp. Rub it in gently.
  • Cover the scalp with the supplied shower cap overnight for at least 4 hours.
  • Wash hair with regular shampoo and clean well.

Dosing

The dose of this medicine will be different for different patients. Follow your doctor's orders or the directions on the label. The following information includes only the average doses of this medicine. If your dose is different, do not change it unless your doctor tells you to do so.

The amount of medicine that you take depends on the strength of the medicine. Also, the number of doses you take each day, the time allowed between doses, and the length of time you take the medicine depend on the medical problem for which you are using the medicine.

  • For redness, itching, and swelling of the skin:
    • For topical dosage form (cream, ointment, and solution):
      • Adults—Apply to the affected areas of the skin three to four times a day.
      • Children—Use and dose must be determined by your doctor.
    • For topical dosage form (body oil):
      • Adults—Apply to the affected areas of the skin three times a day for up to 2 weeks.
      • Children 3 months of age and older—Apply to the affected areas two times a day for up to 4 weeks.
  • For seborrheic dermatitis:
    • For topical dosage form (shampoo):
      • Adults—Use on the scalp area once a day.
      • Children—Use and dose must be determined by your doctor.
  • For scalp psoriasis:
    • For topical dosage form (scalp oil):
      • Adults—Apply to the affected areas of the scalp and leave overnight.
      • Children 2 years of age and older—Apply to the affected areas 2 times a day for up to 4 weeks.

Missed Dose

If you miss a dose of this medicine, apply it as soon as possible. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and go back to your regular dosing schedule.

Storage

Store the medicine in a closed container at room temperature, away from heat, moisture, and direct light. Keep from freezing.

Keep out of the reach of children.

Do not keep outdated medicine or medicine no longer needed.

Ask your healthcare professional how you should dispose of any medicine you do not use.