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Epifoam foam

Generic Name: hydrocortisone acetate/pramoxine (hye-droe-KOR-ti-sone ASS-eh-tate/pra-MOX-een)
Brand Name: Epifoam

Epifoam foam is used for:

Treating inflammation and itching of the skin due to certain skin conditions.

Epifoam foam is a combination topical corticosteroid and local anesthetic. It works by reducing skin inflammation (redness, swelling, itching, and irritation) in a way that is not exactly understood. It also decreases pain in the affected area.

Do NOT use Epifoam foam if:

  • you are allergic to any ingredient in Epifoam foam

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

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Before using Epifoam foam:

Some medical conditions may interact with Epifoam foam. 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, or lessened blood flow to your skin in the affected area
  • if you have a parasitic, bacterial, fungal, or viral infection; diabetes; measles; tuberculosis (TB); a positive TB skin test; chickenpox; shingles; herpes infection of the eye; kidney problems; or you have received a recent vaccination
  • if you have a history of congestive heart failure or heart attack

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

Ask your health care provider if Epifoam foam 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 Epifoam foam:

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

  • Epifoam foam is for external use only.
  • Shake well for 5 to 10 seconds before each use.
  • Prime the container before the first use as directed. It usually requires several pumps for foam to appear.
  • Apply a small amount to the affected areas as directed by your doctor.
  • Rinse the container and cap with warm water after each use.
  • If you miss a dose of Epifoam foam, apply it as soon as possible. If you do not remember until the next day, 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 Epifoam foam.

Important safety information:

  • Avoid getting Epifoam foam in your eyes. If you get Epifoam foam in your eyes, immediately flush them with cool tap water.
  • Check with your doctor before having vaccinations while you are using Epifoam foam.
  • The contents of this can are under pressure. Do not burn or puncture the container even if it appears to be empty.
  • Corticosteroids may affect growth rate in CHILDREN and teenagers in some cases. They may need regular growth checks while they use Epifoam foam.
  • Caution is advised when using Epifoam foam in CHILDREN; they may be more sensitive to its effects.
  • PREGNANCY and BREAST-FEEDING: If you become pregnant, contact your doctor. You will need to discuss the benefits and risks of using Epifoam foam while you are pregnant. It is not known if Epifoam foam is found in breast milk after topical use. If you are or will be breast-feeding while you use Epifoam foam, check with your doctor. Discuss any possible risks to your baby.

Possible side effects of Epifoam foam:

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:

Dry skin; 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; excessive hair growth; inflamed hair follicles; inflammation around the mouth; muscle weakness; rectal pain, burning, cracking, itching, bleeding, peeling, or irritation not present before using Epifoam foam; 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. Epifoam foam may be harmful if swallowed.

Proper storage of Epifoam foam:

Store Epifoam foam at room temperature, between 68 and 77 degrees F (20 and 25 degrees C), in an upright position. Store away from heat, moisture, and light. Do not refrigerate. Contents of the container are under pressure. Do not burn or puncture the aerosol container. Do not store at temperatures above 120 degrees F (49 degrees C). Do not store in the bathroom. Keep Epifoam foam out of the reach of children and away from pets.

General information:

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

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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