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Umecta suspension

Generic Name: urea (ue-REE-a)
Brand Name: Umecta

Umecta suspension is used for:

Promoting the healing of certain conditions of the fingernails and toenails (eg, hyperkeratotic conditions). It may also be used to treat certain other skin conditions (eg, corns; calluses; rough, dry skin) as determined by your doctor.

Umecta suspension is a debriding agent. It works by helping to break down dead skin and pus, which helps to soften, loosen, and shed hard, scaly skin and nails.

Do NOT use Umecta suspension if:

  • you are allergic to any ingredient in Umecta suspension

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

Before using Umecta suspension:

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

Ask your health care provider if Umecta suspension 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 Umecta suspension:

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

  • Wash your hands before and after using Umecta suspension unless your hands are part of the treated area.
  • Shake well before each use.
  • To use Umecta suspension on the skin, apply a small amount of Umecta suspension to the affected area as directed by your doctor. Rub it in completely until it is absorbed. If you get Umecta suspension on any skin that is not part of the treated area, wash it off thoroughly.
  • To use Umecta suspension on the nail, apply a small amount of Umecta suspension on the affected area as directed by your doctor. If you get Umecta suspension on any skin that is not part of the treated area, wash it off thoroughly.
  • You may cover the affected area unless directed otherwise by your doctor.
  • Use Umecta suspension on a regular schedule to get the most benefit from it.
  • If you miss a dose of Umecta suspension, 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 Umecta suspension.

Important safety information:

  • Umecta suspension is for external use only. Do not get it in your eyes, nose, mouth, or on your lips. If you get it in any of these areas, rinse right away with cool water.
  • Do not exceed the recommended dose, use for longer than prescribed, or use for other skin conditions without checking with your doctor.
  • If your symptoms do not get better or if they get worse, check with your doctor.
  • Do not apply to broken or severely irritated skin.
  • Talk with your doctor before you use any other medicines or cleansers on your skin.
  • PREGNANCY and BREAST-FEEDING: If you become pregnant, contact your doctor. You will need to discuss the benefits and risks of using Umecta suspension 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 Umecta suspension, check with your doctor. Discuss any possible risks to your baby.

Possible side effects of Umecta suspension:

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 burning or 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. Umecta suspension may be harmful if swallowed.

Proper storage of Umecta suspension:

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

General information:

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

Issue Date: June 3, 2015

Further information

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