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Urea cream

Pronunciation

Generic Name: urea (you-REE-ah)
Brand Name: Examples include Aqua Care and Carmol 20

Urea cream is used for:

Moisturizing and softening dry, cracked, calloused, rough, and hardened skin of feet, hands, or elbows. It may also be used for certain other skin conditions as determined by your doctor.

Urea cream is a debriding agent. It works by helping the breakdown of dead skin and pus, which helps to loosen and shed hard and scaly skin.

Do NOT use urea cream if:

  • you are allergic to any ingredient in urea cream

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

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Before using urea cream:

Some medical conditions may interact with urea 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

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

This may not be a complete list of all interactions that may occur. Ask your health care provider if urea 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 urea cream:

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

  • Urea cream is for external use only.
  • Wash hands before and after using urea cream unless your hands are part of the treated area.
  • Apply a small amount of medicine to the affected area. Rub in thoroughly.
  • If you miss a dose of urea 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 urea cream.

Important safety information:

  • Urea cream is for external use only. Do not get it in the eyes, nose, or mouth. If you get urea cream in the eyes, rinse them immediately with a generous amount of cool water.
  • Do not apply to broken or severely irritated skin.
  • Do not exceed the recommended dose, use urea cream for longer than prescribed, or use urea cream for other skin conditions without checking with your doctor.
  • PREGNANCY and BREAST-FEEDING: If you become pregnant while taking urea cream, discuss with your doctor the benefits and risks of using urea cream during pregnancy. It is unknown if urea cream is excreted in breast milk. If you are or will be breast-feeding while you are using urea cream, check with your doctor or pharmacist to discuss the risks to your baby.

Possible side effects of urea 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:

Mild skin irritation; temporary burning, stinging, or 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); redness; severe or persistent irritation.

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 urea cream:

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

General information:

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

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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