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Resinol

Generic Name: resorcinol (topical) (re SOR si nol)
Brand Name: R A Acne, Resinol

What is resorcinol?

Resorcinol topical (for the skin) works by breaking down rough, scaly, or hardened skin.

Resorcinol topical is used to treat acne, eczema, psoriasis, seborrhea, corns, callouses, warts, and other skin disorders.

Resorcinol may also be used for other purposes not listed in this medication guide.

What is the most important information I should know about resorcinol?

You should not use this medication if you are allergic to resorcinol.

Resorcinol is for use only on the skin. Do not get it in your eyes, nose, or mouth.

Although the risk of serious side effects is low when resorcinol is applied properly to the skin, certain side effects can occur if the medication is absorbed through your skin and into your bloodstream. This includes heart rate or breathing changes, weakness, severe headache, nausea, vomiting, or feeling restless or nervous.

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Your body may absorb resorcinol through the skin if you use too much of the medication or if you apply it over large skin areas. Skin that is cut or irritated may also absorb more topical medication.

Call your doctor if your skin condition does not improve or if it gets worse while using resorcinol.

What should I discuss with my health care provider before using resorcinol?

You should not use this medication if you are allergic to resorcinol.

It is not known whether this medication could be harmful to an unborn baby. Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant during treatment.

It is not known whether resorcinol passes into breast milk or if it could harm a nursing baby. Do not use this medication without telling your doctor if you are breast-feeding a baby.

How should I use resorcinol?

Use this medication exactly as it was prescribed for you. Do not use the medication in larger amounts or for longer than recommended by your doctor.

Apply only enough of the medication to cover the area needing treatment, and rub in gently.

Wash your hands after applying resorcinol unless you are treating a skin condition on the hands.

Your body may absorb resorcinol through the skin if you use too much of the medication or if you apply it over large skin areas. Skin that is cut or irritated may also absorb more topical medication.

Call your doctor if your skin condition does not improve or if it gets worse while using resorcinol topical.

Store this medicine at room temperature away from moisture, heat, and direct light. Do not freeze.

What happens if I miss a dose?

Use the medication as soon as you remember. If it is almost time for the next dose, skip the missed dose and wait until your next regularly scheduled dose. Do not use extra medicine to make up the missed dose.

What happens if I overdose?

Seek emergency medical attention if you think you have used too much of this medicine. Symptoms of an overdose of resorcinol absorbed through the skin may include weakness, shortness of breath, slow heart rate, nausea, vomiting, or severe headache.

What should I avoid while using resorcinol?

Avoid getting this medication in your eyes, mouth, or nose. If it does get into any of these areas, rinse with water.

Avoid using other skin products that can cause dryness or irritation such as harsh soaps, abrasive skin cleansers, medicated cosmetics, or skin products with alcohol, spices, astringents, or lime. Applying these products to the same skin you treat with resorcinol may cause severe irritation. Follow your doctor's instructions about using any other products on skin treated with resorcinol.

Resorcinol side effects

Get emergency medical help if you have any of these signs of an allergic reaction: hives; difficulty breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.

Although the risk of serious side effects is low when resorcinol is applied properly to the skin, certain side effects can occur if the medication is absorbed through your skin and into your bloodstream. Call your doctor at once if you have any sign that resorcinol has been absorbed through the skin, such as:

  • slow heart rate;

  • dizziness, drowsiness, or weakness;

  • feeling short of breath;

  • severe or ongoing headache;

  • nausea, vomiting, stomach pain, diarrhea; or

  • feeling restless or nervous.

Less serious side effects may include:

  • mild skin irritation;

  • skin redness; or

  • peeling.

This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.

See also: Side effects (in more detail)

What other drugs will affect resorcinol?

Do not use other medicated skin products unless your doctor has told you to, especially:

  • benzoyl peroxide (Oxy 10, Fostex, Clearskin, Benzagel, Benzamycin, BenzaClin, ZoDerm, and many others);

  • salicylic acid (Dermarest, Sebucare, StriDex, Inova, Oxy Face Scrub, and many others);

  • sulfur (Acnotex, NuOx, Sulfoxyl, Sulfo-Lac, Sulforcin, Fostril, and many others; or

  • tretinoin (Renova, Retin-A, Altinac, Tretin-X, and others).

This list is not complete and there may be other topical medications that can interact with resorcinol.

It is not likely that other drugs you take orally or inject will have an effect on topically applied resorcinol. But many drugs can interact with each other. Tell your doctor about all your prescription and over-the-counter medications, vitamins, minerals, herbal products, and drugs prescribed by other doctors. Do not start a new medication without telling your doctor.

Where can I get more information?

  • Your pharmacist can provide more information about resorcinol topical.
  • Remember, keep this and all other medicines out of the reach of children, never share your medicines with others, and use this medication only for the indication prescribed.
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