Sodium thiosulfate lotion
Generic Name: sodium thiosulfate (SOE-dee-um THYE-oh-SUL-fate/SAL-i SIL-ik AS-id)
Brand Name: Versiclear Lotion
Sodium thiosulfate lotion is used for:
Treating tinea versicolor, a fungal infection of the skin.
Sodium thiosulfate lotion is a topical antifungal and keratolytic agent. It works by killing the fungus that causes tinea versicolor. The keratolytic helps the antifungal reach the deep layers of the skin.
Do NOT use sodium thiosulfate lotion if:
- you are allergic to any ingredient in sodium thiosulfate lotion
Contact your doctor or health care provider right away if any of these apply to you.
Before using sodium thiosulfate lotion:
Some medical conditions may interact with sodium thiosulfate lotion. 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 cut, scraped, irritated, or damaged skin at the application site
Some MEDICINES MAY INTERACT with sodium thiosulfate lotion. Because little, if any, of sodium thiosulfate lotion is absorbed into the blood, the risk of it interacting with another medicine is low.
Ask your health care provider if sodium thiosulfate lotion 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 sodium thiosulfate lotion:
Use sodium thiosulfate lotion as directed by your doctor. Check the label on the medicine for exact dosing instructions.
- Shake well before each use.
- Wash your hands thoroughly before and after using sodium thiosulfate lotion, unless your hands are part of the treated area.
- Wash, rinse, and dry the affected area before you apply sodium thiosulfate lotion.
- Apply a thin film of sodium thiosulfate lotion to all affected areas as directed by your health care provider.
- Do not bandage or wrap the affected area unless directed otherwise by your doctor.
- To clear up your infection completely, use sodium thiosulfate lotion for the full course of treatment. Keep using it even if your symptoms improve in a few days.
- If you miss a dose of sodium thiosulfate lotion, use it as soon as you remember. Continue to use it as directed by your doctor or the package label.
Ask your health care provider any questions you may have about how to use sodium thiosulfate lotion.
Important safety information:
- Certain acne products that contain benzoyl peroxide or salicylic acid can rarely cause serious and sometimes life-threatening allergic reactions or severe irritation. Before first use, you may need to follow certain steps to make sure you do not have an allergic reaction. Use sodium thiosulfate lotion as you were told by your doctor or read the package label. Discuss any questions or concerns with your doctor.
- Sodium thiosulfate lotion may cause harm if it is swallowed. If you may have taken it by mouth, contact your poison control center or emergency room right away.
- Do not use sodium thiosulfate lotion on or around the eyes. If you get sodium thiosulfate lotion in your eyes, immediately flush with cool tap water.
- If you use topical products too often, your condition may become worse. Talk with your doctor before you use any other medicines or cleansers on your skin.
- Be sure to use sodium thiosulfate lotion for the full course of treatment. If you do not, the medicine may not clear up your infection completely. The fungus could also become less sensitive to this or other medicines. This could make the infection harder to treat in the future.
- If your symptoms do not get better or if they get worse, check with your doctor.
- Sodium thiosulfate lotion should be used with extreme caution in CHILDREN; safety and effectiveness in children have not been confirmed.
- PREGNANCY and BREAST-FEEDING: If you become pregnant, contact your doctor. You will need to discuss the benefits and risks of using sodium thiosulfate lotion 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 sodium thiosulfate lotion, check with your doctor. Discuss any possible risks to your baby.
Possible side effects of sodium thiosulfate lotion:
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:
Seek medical attention right away if any of these SEVERE side effects occur:
Mild, temporary burning or stinging at the application site.
Severe allergic reactions (rash; hives; itching; difficulty breathing; tightness in the chest; swelling of the mouth, face, lips, or tongue); new or worsening irritation, pain, redness, blistering, or severe burning at the application site.
This is not a complete list of all side effects that may occur. If you have questions or need medical advice about side effects, contact your doctor or health care provider. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088 (1-800-332-1088) or at http://www.fda.gov/medwatch.
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 sodium thiosulfate lotion:
Store sodium thiosulfate lotion 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 sodium thiosulfate lotion out of the reach of children and away from pets.
- If you have any questions about sodium thiosulfate lotion, please talk with your doctor, pharmacist, or other health care provider.
- Sodium thiosulfate lotion 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 sodium thiosulfate lotion 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 sodium thiosulfate lotion. It does NOT include all information about the possible uses, directions, warnings, precautions, interactions, adverse effects, or risks that may apply to sodium thiosulfate lotion. This information is not specific medical advice and does not replace information you receive from your health care provider. You must talk with your health care provider for complete information about the risks and benefits of using sodium thiosulfate lotion.
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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