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.

Wash your hands with soap and water before and after using this medicine.

Do not use the lotion on the face, groin, or underarms unless directed to do so by your doctor.

Do not use the tape in an area where the skin folds together (e.g. between the fingers).

To use the cream, lotion, or ointment:

  • Shake the lotion well before using.
  • Apply a thin layer of this medicine to the affected area of the skin. Rub it in gently.
  • With the lotion, protect the skin from water, clothing, or anything that causes rubbing until the medicine has dried.
  • 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 the tape:

  • This medicine comes with patient directions. Read and follow the instructions carefully.
  • Gently clean and wash the affected area with soap and water.
  • Shave or clip the hair in the affected area to allow good application on the skin and comfortable removal of the tape.
  • If you bathe or shower before applying this medicine, make sure that the area to be covered is completely dry.
  • Measure and cut the tape to be used on the affected area. Do not tear or break the tape.
  • Pull the white paper from the transparent tape. Be careful that the tape does not stick to itself.
  • Apply and press the tape gently on the skin.
  • Replace the tape every 12 hours, unless otherwise directed by your doctor. Clean and wash the skin. Allow it to dry for 1 hour before applying a new tape.

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 forms (cream, lotion, and ointment):
      • Adults—Apply to the affected area of the skin two or three times per day.
      • Children—Use and dose must be determined by your doctor.
    • For topical dosage form (tape):
      • Adults—Apply to the affected area of the skin every 12 hours.
      • Children—Use and dose must be determined by your doctor.

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.