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Ala-Quin cream

Generic Name: clioquinol/hydrocortisone (klye-oh-KWIN-ole/hye-droe-KOR-ti-sone)
Brand Name: Ala-Quin

Ala-Quin cream is used for:

Treating skin inflammation and itching due to certain skin conditions, including eczema.

Ala-Quin cream is an anti-infective and corticosteroid combination. The anti-infective works by killing sensitive bacteria or fungi. The corticosteroid works by reducing skin inflammation (eg, redness, swelling, itching, irritation).

Do NOT use Ala-Quin cream if:

  • you are allergic to any ingredient in Ala-Quin cream, including iodine
  • you have tuberculosis of the skin or viral conditions of the skin (eg, cold sores or other herpes simplex infection, vaccinia, chickenpox, shingles)

Contact your doctor or health care provider right away if any of these apply to you.

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Before using Ala-Quin cream:

Some medical conditions may interact with Ala-Quin cream. Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you have any medical conditions, especially if any of the following apply to you:

  • if you are pregnant, planning to become pregnant, or are breast-feeding
  • if you are taking any prescription or nonprescription medicine, herbal preparation, or dietary supplement
  • if you have allergies to medicines, foods, or other substances
  • if you have any kind of skin infection, cuts, scrapes, thinning of the skin, or lessened blood flow to skin
  • if you have had a recent vaccination; have measles or tuberculosis; or have had a positive tuberculosis test

Some MEDICINES MAY INTERACT with Ala-Quin cream. Because little, if any, of Ala-Quin cream is absorbed into the blood, the risk of it interacting with another medicine is low.

Ask your health care provider if Ala-Quin cream may interact with other medicines that you take. Check with your health care provider before you start, stop, or change the dose of any medicine.

How to use Ala-Quin cream:

Use Ala-Quin cream as directed by your doctor. Check the label on the medicine for exact dosing instructions.

  • Before using Ala-Quin cream, thoroughly wash the affected area with soap and water. Gently dry.
  • Apply a thin film of medicine to the affected area and rub in gently until it is evenly distributed.
  • Wash your hands immediately after using Ala-Quin cream, unless your hands are part of the treated area.
  • Do not cover or wrap the treated area unless otherwise directed by your doctor.
  • If you miss a dose of Ala-Quin cream, use it as soon as possible. If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and go back to your regular dosing schedule. Do not use 2 doses at once.

Ask your health care provider any questions you may have about how to use Ala-Quin cream.

Important safety information:

  • Ala-Quin cream is for external use only. Do not get it in your eyes, nose, or mouth. If you get Ala-Quin cream in your eyes, rinse immediately with cool tap water.
  • If Ala-Quin cream was prescribed to treat the diaper area of a child, avoid using tight-fitting diapers or plastic pants unless otherwise directed by your doctor.
  • Avoid getting Ala-Quin cream on clothes and linens because it will stain them. Ala-Quin cream may also stain your skin.
  • Do NOT use more than the recommended dose or use for longer than prescribed without checking with your doctor.
  • Do not use Ala-Quin cream for other skin conditions at a later time without first checking with your doctor.
  • Talk with your doctor before you receive any vaccine while using Ala-Quin cream.
  • Ala-Quin cream may cause harm if it is swallowed. If you may have taken it by mouth, contact your poison control center or emergency room right away.
  • Ala-Quin cream may interfere with certain lab tests. Be sure your doctor and lab personnel know you are using Ala-Quin cream.
  • Ala-Quin cream should be used with extreme caution in CHILDREN; safety and effectiveness in children have not been confirmed.
  • Corticosteroids may affect growth rate in CHILDREN and teenagers in some cases. They may need regular growth checks while they use Ala-Quin cream.
  • PREGNANCY and BREAST-FEEDING: If you become pregnant, contact your doctor. You will need to discuss the benefits and risks of using Ala-Quin cream while you are pregnant. It is not known if Ala-Quin cream is found in breast milk. If you are or will be breast-feeding while you use Ala-Quin cream, check with your doctor. Discuss any possible risks to your baby.

Possible side effects of Ala-Quin cream:

All medicines may cause side effects, but many people have no, or minor, side effects. Check with your doctor if any of these most COMMON side effects persist or become bothersome:

Dryness; itching.

Seek medical attention right away if any of these SEVERE side effects occur:

Severe allergic reactions (rash; hives; itching; difficulty breathing; tightness in the chest; swelling of the mouth, face, lips, or tongue); acne-like rash; burning, cracking, irritation, or peeling not present before you began using Ala-Quin cream; excessive hair growth; inflamed hair follicles; inflammation around the mouth; muscle weakness; thinning, softening, or discoloration of the skin; unusual weight gain, especially in the face.

This is not a complete list of all side effects that may occur. If you have questions about side effects, contact your health care provider. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. To report side effects to the appropriate agency, please read the Guide to Reporting Problems to FDA.

If OVERDOSE is suspected:

Contact 1-800-222-1222 (the American Association of Poison Control Centers), your local poison control center, or emergency room immediately. Symptoms may include increased thirst or urination; muscle weakness; unusual weight gain, especially in the face.

Proper storage of Ala-Quin cream:

Store Ala-Quin cream at room temperature, between 59 and 86 degrees F (15 and 30 degrees C). Do not freeze. Store away from heat, moisture, and light. Do not store in the bathroom. Keep Ala-Quin cream out of the reach of children and away from pets.

General information:

  • If you have any questions about Ala-Quin cream, please talk with your doctor, pharmacist, or other health care provider.
  • Ala-Quin cream is to be used only by the patient for whom it is prescribed. Do not share it with other people.
  • If your symptoms do not improve or if they become worse, check with your doctor.
  • Check with your pharmacist about how to dispose of unused medicine.

This information should not be used to decide whether or not to take Ala-Quin cream or any other medicine. Only your health care provider has the knowledge and training to decide which medicines are right for you. This information does not endorse any medicine as safe, effective, or approved for treating any patient or health condition. This is only a brief summary of general information about Ala-Quin cream. It does NOT include all information about the possible uses, directions, warnings, precautions, interactions, adverse effects, or risks that may apply to Ala-Quin cream. This information is not specific medical advice and does not replace information you receive from your health care provider. You must talk with your healthcare provider for complete information about the risks and benefits of using Ala-Quin cream.

Issue Date: December 3, 2014
Database Edition 14.4.1.003
Copyright © 2014 Wolters Kluwer Health, Inc.

Disclaimer: This information should not be used to decide whether or not to take this medicine or any other medicine. Only your health care provider has the knowledge and training to decide which medicines are right for you. This information does not endorse any medicine as safe, effective, or approved for treating any patient or health condition. This is only a brief summary of general information about this medicine. It does NOT include all information about the possible uses, directions, warnings, precautions, interactions, adverse effects, or risks that may apply to this medicine. This information is not specific medical advice and does not replace information you receive from your health care provider. You must talk with your healthcare provider for complete information about the risks and benefits of using this medicine.

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