Medication information

Efudex 5% cream

This medication is typically used for the treatment of skin cancer. It may also be used for genital warts (condyloma), as well as for other uses. It requires several days to take effect.

Instructions

This medication is typically used twice a day. However, your doctor or pharmacist may have suggested a different schedule that is more appropriate for you. Important: Follow the instructions on the label. Do not use more of this product, or more often, than prescribed.

This product is to be applied only to affected areas. Avoid touching it with your fingers. To apply, use a finger cot (fingerstall) or an applicator. This medication is to be applied on the skin. To use:

  • clean the affected area;
  • apply a small quantity, and limit the application to the affected area.


Wash your hands after applying the medication - unless, obviously, you applied the medication on your hands!

Do not let this product come in contact with your eyes or lips. Do not apply it on skin that has been cut or scratched. Continue applying the product to complete the prescribed course of treatment, even after improvement is seen or felt.

Side effects

In addition to its desired action, this medication may cause some side effects, notably:

  • it may cause local pain;
  • it may produce discolouration of the skin;
  • it may make your skin more sensitive to the sun or sun lamps -- wear sunscreen and avoid exposure to sunlight as much as possible;
  • it may cause stinging or itching;
  • it may cause local irritation.

Each person may react differently to a treatment. If you think this medication may be causing side effects (including those described here, or others), talk to your doctor or pharmacist. He or she can help you to determine whether or not the medication is the source of the problem.

Storage

As with most medications, this product should be stored at room temperature. Store it in a secure location where it will not be exposed to excessive heat, moisture or direct sunlight. Keep it out of reach of young children. Make sure that any leftover portion is disposed of safely.

Additional Information

Although the drugs you are taking are intended to help you, they can be harmful to those around you. Make sure that a professional who oversees your treatment has given you all the necessary precautions.

A treatment with this medication requires regular monitoring by a doctor. Be sure to see your doctor for all regularly scheduled appointments.

General notes

It is important to tell the health professionals you consult:

  • if you have a history of any other medical condition, whether you smoke and for women, if you are or want to become pregnant or breastfeeding;
  • if you have allergies to any medications or any other allergies (e.g. to food, latex, etc.);
  • all medications you are taking, prescription and non-prescription, including vitamins and natural products and supplements.