How long do I leave fluorouracil cream on?
If you are using fluorouracil to treat actinic or solar keratoses, you should continue using it until the lesions start to peel off. This usually takes about 2 to 4 weeks. However, the lesions may not be completely healed until 1 or 2 months after you stop using fluorouracil.
Do you rub in fluorouracil cream?
Fluorouracil cream is applied once or twice a day after washing with plain water. A tiny amount of the cream should be gently rubbed into all of the treatment areas with a fingertip. It is important to apply it to all the skin and not just visible lesions.
Is 2 weeks long enough for fluorouracil?
5-fluorouracil 5% cream only needs to be used two weeks per month. A thin layer should be applied once a day at bedtime for two weeks. Avoid contact with your eyes, nostrils, and mouth. Wash your hands after applying 5-fluorouracil 5% cream on your skin.
Can I use moisturizer after applying fluorouracil?
After using fluorouracil cream, wait 2 hours before applying sunscreen or moisturizer to the treated area. Do not use other skin products including creams, lotions, medications, or cosmetics unless instructed by your doctor to do so. Tell your doctor right away if you get sunburned or have skin blisters/redness.
Can you shower when using fluorouracil?
4. Do not use cosmetics or other skin medication on treated areas without first obtaining your doctor’s approval. You can get your face wet in the shower. However, it is advisable not to apply immediately before showering.
What does your skin look like after using fluorouracil cream?
Fluorouracil may cause redness, soreness, scaling, and peeling of affected skin after 1 or 2 weeks of use. This effect may last for several weeks after you stop using the medicine and is to be expected. Sometimes a pink, smooth area is left when the skin treated with this medicine heals.
Can I use Vaseline during fluorouracil treatment?
Once you finish the medication, the area of skin treated will be red and raw. It generally takes about 3-4 weeks for all of the inflammation to resolve. You may use Vaseline or Eucerin cream to soothe the skin.
Should I put fluorouracil on my lips?
Do not apply to eyelids or lips or the creases around the nose unless specifically instructed to do so. Avoid sun exposure as much as possible during your treatment.
Does fluorouracil cause weight gain?
Weight gain, weight loss, dehydration. Dizziness. Changes in taste, voice. Abnormal body movement.
Will fluorouracil remove age spots?
Topical fluorouracil, 5%, typically used in the treatment of actinic keratosis, has been suggested for use in reversing photoaging. Improvement in skin texture and wrinkling has been observed with systemic fluorouracil use; however, the effect on skin texture with topical application has not been well studied.
Can fluorouracil cream make you tired?
Affected patients usually have extreme fatigue and lethargy that lasts five to seven days. Some of these patients will complain of easy irritability, short temper, and excessive crying.