Question: How Do You Use Efudex Cream?

Can you shower when using efudex?

Wash with water and mild soap in the shower and do not rub the area.

Patting to wash and patting to dry is preferred.

The ten minutes following a shower or washing are key.

The skin tightens and throbs much more so during healing than during treatment as it craves the Efudex..

How long does it take for redness to go away after fluorouracil treatment?

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.

Is efudex a form of chemotherapy?

Efudex is an anti-cancer (“antineoplastic” or “cytotoxic”) chemotherapy drug. Efudex is classified as an “antimetabolite.” (For more detail, see “How Efudex Works” section below).

When should I stop using Efudix?

Stop efudix if you experience a severe reaction (shortness of breath; swelling of your lips,face, or tongue; hives). Contact us if you have any problems during treatment. Any lesions that fail to resolve with efudix treatment should be re-examined.

What does efudex do to healthy skin?

This medication is used on the skin to treat pre-cancerous and cancerous skin growths. Fluorouracil belongs to a class of medications known as anti-metabolites. It works by blocking the growth of abnormal cells that cause the skin condition.

How do you know if efudex has worked?

Efudix Cream works by selectively destroying the abnormal cells that make up the AK patches in your skin, leaving normal, healthy cells mostly unchanged. During treatment your skin will become red and crust (caused by the abnormal cells dying) – this is normal and a sign that your treatment is working.

What does the erosion stage of efudex look like?

These darker spots tend to pucker and may even begin to scab. Skin that has reached the erosion phase, in my experience, is no longer soft or supple looking. It appears stiff and hard – mask-like, if you will.

How soon can I wash after applying efudex?

6. The area may be washed as you normally would with soap and water. Do not wash the face for at least three hours after Efudex (or Carac) application.

What should I put on skin after efudex treatment?

The day after your last Efudex application, begin moisturizing all treated areas with either Vaseline or Aquaphor Healing Ointment (over the counter). Apply frequently every day to keep skin soft. The treated area can be pink for several months and is more susceptible to getting sun burned.

Will efudex remove age spots?

They said Valeant Pharmaceuticals’ cream Efudex, which is used to treat actinic keratoses, a precancerous form of squamous cell carcinoma, improved the appearance of skin, smoothing out rough spots and wrinkles, improving skin color, and erasing brown spots.

How do I know when to stop fluorouracil?

Erythema develops in several days. After continued application, the damaged skin becomes painful and inflamed with a beefy-red appearance with erosions and crusting. At this point, the medication should be stopped.

How long do you apply Efudex cream?

Allow 15 minutes for your skin to completely dry. Apply Efudix to the affected skin as advised by your doctor. Use a non-metal applicator, cotton bud or a rubber glove to apply a thin film of Efudix, smoothing it gently onto your affected skin. Do not use too much cream.

Is there an alternative to Efudix cream?

Alternatives to Efudex Photodynamic Therapy, or PDT, is an alternative option. It uses light sources combined with a light-sensitive drug to destroy cancer cells. The patient stays in the doctor’s office for an hour or more while the cream sinks in.

How effective is efudex?

Efficacy. The success rate of treating basal cell carcinoma with fluorouracil is approximately 90 percent to 93 percent3. And unlike surgery, Efudex is not likely to leave scars or permanently discolor patches of skin. Efudex cream achieves success rates similar to those of Aldara (imiquimod) cream.

Do you rub Efudix cream in?

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.