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Biafine emulsion

Generic Name: wound dressing (i-MUL-shun)
Brand Name: Biafine

Biafine emulsion is used for:

Treating minor cuts, burns (including sunburns), and wounds; pressure sores; skin ulcers; skin graft or donor sites; or skin inflammation caused by radiation treatment. It may also be used for other skin conditions as determined by your doctor.

Biafine emulsion is a wound dressing. It works by providing moisture for the healing process and protecting the healing wound from contamination.

Do NOT use Biafine emulsion if:

  • you are allergic to any ingredient in Biafine emulsion
  • you have a bleeding wound
  • you have a skin rash caused by an allergic reaction to food or medicine

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

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Before using Biafine emulsion:

Some medical conditions may interact with Biafine emulsion. 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 are or will be receiving radiation therapy
  • if you have signs of an infection (eg, redness, swelling) at the application site

Some MEDICINES MAY INTERACT with Biafine emulsion. Because little, if any, of Biafine emulsion is absorbed into the blood, the risk of it interacting with another medicine is low.

Ask your health care provider if Biafine emulsion 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 Biafine emulsion:

Use Biafine emulsion as directed by your doctor. Check the label on the medicine for exact dosing instructions.

  • Wash your hands before using Biafine emulsion.
  • If you are using Biafine emulsion on a wound or a skin graft or donor site, wash the affected area with saline, water, or wound cleanser. Apply a 1 4 - to ½-inch-thick layer of medicine to the affected area. If you will be using gauze dressing, moisten the dressing lightly before applying it on the wound.
  • If you are using Biafine emulsion on a skin graft, apply it only after the graft has successfully taken. If you need to wash Biafine emulsion off, you may use a saline solution or clean water.
  • If you are using Biafine emulsion for minor burns, including sunburns, be sure to remove any clothing from the affected area before you apply it. Apply a 1 4 - to ½-inch-thick layer to the affected area. Gently rub in until the skin no longer absorbs the medicine. A white waxy residue may remain. If pain persists, apply thin layers of Biafine emulsion until the pain goes away. Contact your doctor if the pain does not stop or if it worsens.
  • If you are using Biafine emulsion for skin inflammation caused by radiation treatment, gently massage it into the affected area until it is completely absorbed. Do not stop using Biafine emulsion during treatment, even for one day, unless your doctor tells you otherwise. Do not apply Biafine emulsion within 4 hours before radiation treatment.
  • Wash your hands after using Biafine emulsion, unless your hands are a part of the treated area.
  • Continue to use Biafine emulsion as directed by your doctor until your skin has fully healed. Do not miss any doses.
  • If you miss a dose of Biafine emulsion, use it as soon as you remember. Continue to use it as directed by your doctor.

Ask your health care provider any questions you may have about how to use Biafine emulsion.

Important safety information:

  • Biafine emulsion is for external use only. Do not get it in your eyes, nose, or mouth. If you get it in your eyes, rinse right away with cool tap water.
  • Talk with your doctor before you use any other medicines or cleansers on your skin.
  • Biafine emulsion does not contain sunscreen. Ask your doctor before use if you must be outside for more than a short time.
  • If your symptoms do not get better within 10 to 14 days or if they get worse, check with your doctor.
  • PREGNANCY and BREAST-FEEDING: If you become pregnant, contact your doctor. You will need to discuss the benefits and risks of using Biafine emulsion while you are pregnant. If you are or will be breast-feeding while you use Biafine emulsion, check with your doctor. Discuss any possible risks to your baby.

Possible side effects of Biafine emulsion:

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:

Tingling.

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).

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.

Proper storage of Biafine emulsion:

Store Biafine emulsion at room temperature, between 59 and 86 degrees F (15 and 30 degrees C). Do not freeze. Keep Biafine emulsion out of the reach of children and away from pets.

General information:

  • If you have any questions about Biafine emulsion, please talk with your doctor, pharmacist, or other health care provider.
  • Biafine emulsion 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 Biafine emulsion 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 Biafine emulsion. It does NOT include all information about the possible uses, directions, warnings, precautions, interactions, adverse effects, or risks that may apply to Biafine emulsion. 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 Biafine emulsion.

Issue Date: July 2, 2014
Database Edition 14.3.1.001
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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