Pramox HC

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Pramox HC Cream 1%/1%

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Pramox HC Lotion 1%/1%

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Pramox HC (hydrocortisone acetate, pramoxine hydrochloride) Dosage and Side Effects

This is a combination medication that contains pramoxine and hydrocortisone. It is used to relieve inflammation and itching due to a variety of different skin conditions. Pramoxine works by numbing the area that is treated, while hydrocortisone works by reducing inflammation in the area.

Proper Use of this medication

Apply this medication to the affected areas 3 to 4 times daily. If you are using the lotion, shake well before applying. If you are using the medication on skin near your eyes, take care to avoid getting it in your eyes.

Many things can affect the dose of a medication that a person needs, such as body weight, other medical conditions, and other medications. If your doctor has recommended a dose different from the ones listed here,do not change the way that you are using the medication without consulting your doctor.

It is important to use this medication exactly as prescribed by your doctor. If you miss a dose, apply it as soon as possible and continue with your regular schedule. If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and continue with your regular dosing schedule. Do not apply a double dose to make up for a missed one. If you are not sure what to do after missing a dose, contact your doctor or pharmacist for advice.

Store this medication at room temperature and keep it out of the reach of children.

Do not dispose of medications in wastewater (e.g. down the sink or in the toilet) or in household garbage. Ask your pharmacist how to dispose of medications that are no longer needed or have expired.

Side Effects

Many medications can cause side effects. A side effect is an unwanted response to a medication when it is taken in normal doses. Side effects can be mild or severe, temporary or permanent. The side effects listed below are not experienced by everyone who takes this medication. If you are concerned about side effects, discuss the risks and benefits of this medication with your doctor.

The following side effects have been reported by at least 1% of people taking this medication. Many of these side effects can be managed, and some may go away on their own over time.

Contact your doctor if you experience these side effects and they are severe or bothersome. Your pharmacist may be able to advise you on managing side effects.

  • burning, dryness, irritation, itching, or redness of skin
  • skin rash

Although most of these side effects listed below don't happen very often, they could lead to serious problems if you do not check with your doctor or seek medical attention.

Check with your doctor as soon as possible if any of the following side effects occur:

  • blood-containing blisters on skin
  • changes in skin colour
  • excess hair growth
  • increased skin sensitivity
  • lack of healing of skin condition
  • numbness in fingers
  • pain when the medication is applied
  • painful, red, or itchy pus-containing blisters in hair follicles
  • raised, dark-red, wart-like spots on skin
  • skin infection
  • thinning of skin with easy bruising

Stop taking the medication and seek immediate medical attention if any of the following occur:

  • symptoms of an allergic reaction (e.g., swelling of the hands, feet, ankles, face, lips, mouth, or throat; difficulty breathing or swallowing)

Some people may experience side effects other than those listed.Check with your doctor if you notice any symptom that worries you while you are taking this medication.

Warnings and Precautions

Before you begin using a medication, be sure to inform your doctor of any medical conditions or allergies you may have, any medications you are taking, whether you are pregnant or breast-feeding, and any other significant facts about your health. These factors may affect how you should use this medication.

Allergies or sensitization: Stop using this medication and call your doctor if irritation, allergic reaction, or sensitization occurs. Inform all health professionals involved in your care that you have been using corticosteroids.

Excessive use: Prolonged or excessive use of this product could produce effects similar to those seen after taking corticosteroids by mouth for prolonged periods of time (such as thin skin, easy bruising, and thin bones, or increased risk of infections). To minimize this possibility when long-term therapy is anticipated, your doctor may instruct you to periodically interrupt treatment.

Infected areas: Do not use this medication on infected lesions unless you are also using appropriate anti-infective medications as recommended by your doctor.

Pregnancy: This medication should not be used during pregnancy unless the benefits outweigh the risks. If you become pregnant while using this medication, contact your doctor immediately.

Breast-feeding: It is not known if this medication passes into breast milk. If you are a breast-feeding mother and are using this medication, it may affect your baby. Talk to your doctor about whether you should continue breast-feeding.

Children: The safety and effectiveness of using this medication have not been established for children.

Interactions with this medication

Before you begin using a medication, be sure to inform your doctor of any medical conditions or allergies you may have, any medications you are taking, whether you are pregnant or breast-feeding, and any other significant facts about your health. These factors may affect how you should use this medication.

Allergies or sensitization: Stop using this medication and call your doctor if irritation, allergic reaction, or sensitization occurs. Inform all health professionals involved in your care that you have been using corticosteroids.

Excessive use: Prolonged or excessive use of this product could produce effects similar to those seen after taking corticosteroids by mouth for prolonged periods of time (such as thin skin, easy bruising, and thin bones, or increased risk of infections). To minimize this possibility when long-term therapy is anticipated, your doctor may instruct you to periodically interrupt treatment.

Infected areas: Do not use this medication on infected lesions unless you are also using appropriate anti-infective medications as recommended by your doctor.

Pregnancy: This medication should not be used during pregnancy unless the benefits outweigh the risks. If you become pregnant while using this medication, contact your doctor immediately.

Breast-feeding: It is not known if this medication passes into breast milk. If you are a breast-feeding mother and are using this medication, it may affect your baby. Talk to your doctor about whether you should continue breast-feeding.

Children: The safety and effectiveness of using this medication have not been established for children.

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The above information is an educational aid only. It is not intended as medical advice for individual conditions or treatments. Talk to your doctor, nurse or pharmacist before following any medical regimen to see if it is safe and effective for you.

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