Proper Use

Drug information provided by: IBM Micromedex

Carbol-fuchsin is a poison if swallowed. Use only on the affected areas as directed. Do not swallow this medicine. Do not use near the eyes or over large areas of the body. Do not use on deep wounds, puncture wounds, animal bites, or serious burns.

Before applying this medicine, wash the affected areas with soap and water, and dry thoroughly.

Using an applicator or swab, apply this medicine only to the affected areas. Do not bandage the area.


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 (solution):
    • For postoperative phenol nail procedures or as a first aid antiseptic drying agent:
      • Adults and children—Apply to the affected area(s) of the skin one to three times a day. Do not use this medicine for more than one week unless your doctor tells you to do so.

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.


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Do not keep outdated medicine or medicine no longer needed.