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Skin barrier emulsion

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

Skin barrier 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.

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

Do NOT use skin barrier emulsion if:

  • you are allergic to any ingredient in skin barrier emulsion

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

Before using skin barrier emulsion:

Some medical conditions may interact with skin barrier 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 skin barrier emulsion. Because little, if any, of skin barrier emulsion is absorbed into the blood, the risk of it interacting with another medicine is low.

Ask your health care provider if skin barrier 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 skin barrier emulsion:

Use skin barrier 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 skin barrier emulsion unless your hands are part of the treated area.
  • Skin barrier 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 skin barrier 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 skin barrier emulsion.

Important safety information:

  • Skin barrier 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 skin barrier 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 skin barrier 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 skin barrier emulsion while you are pregnant. It is not known if this medicine is found in breast milk after topical use. If you are or will be breast-feeding while you use skin barrier emulsion, check with your doctor. Discuss any possible risks to your baby.

Possible side effects of skin barrier 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 skin barrier emulsion:

Store skin barrier 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 skin barrier emulsion out of the reach of children and away from pets.

General information:

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

Issue Date: June 3, 2015

Further information

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