Proper Use

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Use this medicine exactly as directed by your doctor. Do not use it for any other condition without first checking with your doctor. This medicine may cause unwanted effects if it is used too much, because more of it is absorbed into the body through the skin.

A nurse or other trained health care professional will give you this medicine before having a medical procedure.

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

Unless otherwise directed by your doctor, do not apply this medicine to open wounds, burns, or broken or inflamed skin.

This medicine should only be used for problems being treated by your doctor. Check with your doctor before using it for other problems, especially if you think that an infection may be present. This medicine should not be used to treat certain kinds of skin infections or serious problems, such as severe burns.

Be careful not to get any of this medicine in your eyes, because it can cause severe eye irritation. If any of the medicine does get in the eyes, wash the eyes with water for at least 15 minutes and check with your doctor right away.

If you are using the viscous topical solution:

  • Use of an accurate measuring device is recommended, to avoid using more than the prescribed amount of medicine.
  • If you are using this medicine in the mouth, swish the solution around in the mouth and spit it out.
  • If you are using this medicine in the throat, gargle the undiluted solution. You may also swallow the solution.

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 topical dosage form (ointment):
    • For pain and itching caused by minor skin conditions:
      • Adults—Apply to the affected area three or four times a day. The largest amount of ointment that should be used in a single application is 5 grams. If you use the 5% ointment, this is about 6 inches of ointment from the tube.
      • Children—Dose is based on body weight and must be determined by your doctor.
  • For topical dosage form (solution):
    • For treatment of irritated or sore mouth or throat:
      • Adults—Dose is based on body weight and must be determined by your doctor. The dose is usually 15 milliliters (mL) tablespoonful every 3 hours. Your doctor may adjust your dose as needed. Do not use more than 8 doses in a 24-hour period.
      • Children 3 years of age and older—Dose is based on body weight and must be determined by your doctor.
      • Children younger than 3 years of age—Dose is based on body weight and must be determined by your doctor. The dose should be no more than 1.2 mL applied to the immediate area with a cotton-tipped swab. Wait at least 3 hours between doses, and do not use more than 4 doses in a 12-hour period.

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.