Proper Use

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Use this medicine only as directed. Do not use it more often and do not use it for a longer period of time than recommended on the label, unless otherwise directed by your doctor.

Keep this medicine away from the eyes. If you should accidentally get some in your eyes, flush them thoroughly with water.

To use the cream or lotion form of this medicine:

  • Before applying the medicine, wash the affected areas with soap and water and dry thoroughly. Then apply enough medicine to cover the affected areas and rub in gently.

To use the ointment form of this medicine for seborrheic dermatitis:

  • Before applying the medicine, wash the affected areas with soap and water and dry thoroughly. Then apply enough medicine to cover the affected areas and rub in gently.

To use the ointment form of this medicine for scabies:

  • Before applying the medicine, wash your entire body with soap and water and dry thoroughly.
  • At bedtime, apply enough medicine to cover your entire body from the neck down and rub in gently. Leave the medicine on your body for 24 hours.
  • Before applying the medicine again, you may wash your entire body.
  • 24 hours after the last treatment with this medicine, it is important that you thoroughly wash your entire body again.

To use the soap form of this medicine:

  • Work up a rich lather with the soap, using warm water. Wash the affected areas and rinse thoroughly. Apply again, and rub in gently for a few minutes. Remove excess lather with a towel or tissue without rinsing.

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 acne:
    • For cream and bar soap dosage forms:
      • Adults and children—Use on the skin as needed.
    • For lotion dosage form:
      • Adults and children—Use two or three times a day.
    • For ointment dosage form:
      • Adults and children—Use the 0.5% ointment on the skin as needed.
  • For seborrheic dermatitis:
    • For ointment dosage form:
      • Adults and children—Use the 5 to 10% ointment one or two times a day.
  • For scabies:
    • For ointment dosage form:
      • Adults and children—Use the 6% ointment each night for three nights.

Missed Dose

If you miss a dose of this medicine, take 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. Do not double doses.

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.