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EpiCeram emulsion

Generic Name: skin barrier (SKIN BAR-ee-er)
Brand Name: EpiCeram

EpiCeram emulsion is used for:

Treating dry skin and relieving the burning and itching associated with certain skin conditions. It may also be used for other conditions as determined by your doctor.

EpiCeram emulsion is a steroid-free skin barrier. It works by moisturizing and protecting the skin, which helps relieve skin irritation.

Do NOT use EpiCeram emulsion if:

  • you are allergic to any ingredient in EpiCeram emulsion

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

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Before using EpiCeram emulsion:

Some medical conditions may interact with EpiCeram 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
  • 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 receiving radiation therapy

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

Ask your health care provider if EpiCeram 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 EpiCeram emulsion:

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

  • Apply a thin layer to the affected area and rub gently into the skin.
  • If the skin is broken, you may cover the area as directed by your doctor.
  • Wash your hands immediately after using EpiCeram emulsion unless your hands are part of the treated area.
  • EpiCeram emulsion does not contain a sunscreen. Use a sunscreen or wear protective clothing if you will be outside for more than a short time.
  • If you miss a dose of EpiCeram 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 EpiCeram emulsion.

Important safety information:

  • EpiCeram emulsion is for external use only. Do not get it in your eyes, nose, or mouth. If you get it in any of these areas, rinse right away with cool water.
  • Do not apply EpiCeram emulsion within 4 hours before radiation therapy.
  • Talk with your doctor before you use any other medicines or cleansers on your skin.
  • You may notice a mild tingling feeling at the application site for a brief time (ie, 10 to 15 minutes) after you apply EpiCeram emulsion. This is not a cause for concern. Contact your doctor if you experience severe or persistent skin irritation.
  • If your symptoms do not get better within 10 to 14 days, or if you notice any signs of infection, 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 EpiCeram emulsion while you are pregnant. It is not known if EpiCeram emulsion is found in breast milk after topical use. If you are or will be breast-feeding while you use EpiCeram emulsion, check with your doctor. Discuss any possible risks to your baby.

Possible side effects of EpiCeram 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 feeling at the application site.

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 EpiCeram emulsion:

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

General information:

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

Issue Date: September 3, 2014
Database Edition 14.3.1.003
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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