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Prednicarbate ointment

Generic Name: prednicarbate (PRED-ni-KAR-bate)
Brand Name: Dermatop

Prednicarbate ointment is used for:

Treating inflammation and itching caused by certain skin conditions. It may also be used for other conditions as determined by your doctor.

Prednicarbate ointment is a corticosteroid. Exactly how it works to reduce skin inflammation (redness, swelling, itching, irritation) is not known.

Do NOT use prednicarbate ointment if:

  • you are allergic to any ingredient in prednicarbate ointment or to other corticosteroids (eg, prednisone)

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

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Before using prednicarbate ointment:

Some medical conditions may interact with prednicarbate ointment. 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
  • if you have had a recent vaccination; have measles, tuberculosis (TB), chickenpox, or shingles; or have had a positive TB test
  • if you are taking an oral corticosteroid (eg, prednisone) or similar medicines

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

Ask your health care provider if prednicarbate ointment 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 prednicarbate ointment:

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

  • Apply a thin film of medicine to the affected area. Gently rub the medicine in until it is evenly distributed.
  • Wash your hands after applying prednicarbate ointment, unless your hands are part of the treated area.
  • Do not bandage or wrap the affected area, unless directed otherwise by your doctor.
  • If you miss a dose of prednicarbate ointment, 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 prednicarbate ointment.

Important safety information:

  • Do not get prednicarbate ointment in your eyes. If you get prednicarbate ointment in your eyes, rinse them immediately with cool tap water. Do not use prednicarbate ointment on the face, underarms, groin, or diaper areas.
  • Do not exceed the recommended dose or use prednicarbate ointment for longer than prescribed without checking with your doctor.
  • Serious side effects may occur if too much of prednicarbate ointment is absorbed through the skin. This may be more likely to occur if you use prednicarbate ointment over a large area of the body. It may also be more likely if you wrap or bandage the area after you apply prednicarbate ointment. The risk is greater in children. Do not use more than the prescribed dose. Contact your doctor right away if you develop unusual weight gain (especially in the face), muscle weakness, increased thirst or urination, confusion, unusual drowsiness, severe or persistent headache, or vision changes. Discuss any questions or concerns with your doctor.
  • Do not apply prednicarbate ointment over large areas of the body without first checking with your doctor.
  • Do not use prednicarbate ointment for other skin conditions at a later time.
  • If your symptoms do not improve within 2 weeks or if they become worse, check with your doctor.
  • Contact your doctor if you have a cut or sore that does not heal.
  • Tell your doctor or dentist that you take prednicarbate ointment before you receive any medical or dental care, emergency care, or surgery.
  • Prednicarbate ointment contains a corticosteroid. Before you begin taking any new prescription or nonprescription medicine, read the ingredients to see if it contains hydrocortisone or any other corticosteroid. If it does or if you are uncertain, contact your doctor or pharmacist.
  • Prednicarbate ointment may damage or reduce the effectiveness of latex-containing products (eg, condoms, diaphragms). Latex products that come into contact with prednicarbate ointment should be discarded. Prednicarbate ointment is for external use only; do NOT use it in the vagina.
  • Caution is advised when using prednicarbate ointment in CHILDREN; they may be more sensitive to its effects.
  • Corticosteroids may affect the growth rate in CHILDREN and adolescents in some instances. Your child's growth may need to be checked regularly while using prednicarbate ointment.
  • Prednicarbate ointment should be used with extreme caution in CHILDREN younger than 10 years old; safety and effectiveness in these children have not been confirmed.
  • PREGNANCY and BREAST-FEEDING: If you become pregnant while taking prednicarbate ointment, contact your doctor. You will need to discuss the benefits and risks of using prednicarbate ointment while you are pregnant. It is not known if prednicarbate ointment is found in breast milk after topical use. If you are or will be breast-feeding while you use prednicarbate ointment, check with your doctor. Discuss any possible risks to your baby.

Possible side effects of prednicarbate ointment:

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; mild stinging, burning, or itching of the skin.

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, pain, peeling, or swelling not present before you began using prednicarbate ointment; excessive hair growth; inflamed hair follicles; inflammation around the mouth; muscle weakness; numbness or tingling; 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 muscle weakness; severe or persistent headache; symptoms of high blood sugar (eg, increased thirst or urination, confusion, unusual drowsiness); unusual weight gain, especially in the face; vision changes.

Proper storage of prednicarbate ointment:

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

General information:

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

Issue Date: November 5, 2014
Database Edition 14.4.1.002
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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