Generic Name: urea (you-REE-ah)
Brand Name: Examples include Carmol 40 and Keralac
Urea emulsion is used for:
Promoting the healing of certain skin conditions (eg, hyperkeratotic conditions). It may also be used for certain other skin conditions (eg, corns; calluses; rough, dry skin) as determined by your doctor.
Urea emulsion 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 emulsion if:
- you are allergic to any ingredient in urea emulsion
Contact your doctor or health care provider right away if any of these apply to you.
Before using urea emulsion:
Some medical conditions may interact with urea 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
- 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 emulsion. Because little, if any, of urea emulsion 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 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 urea emulsion:
Use urea emulsion as directed by your doctor. Check the label on the medicine for exact dosing instructions.
- Urea emulsion is for external use only.
- Shake well before using.
- Wash hands before and after using urea emulsion unless your hands are part of the treated area.
- Apply a small amount of urea emulsion to the affected area as directed by your doctor. If you get urea emulsion 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.
- If you miss a dose of urea emulsion, 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 emulsion.
Important safety information:
- Urea emulsion is for external use only. Do not get it in the eyes, nose, or mouth. If you get urea emulsion 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 emulsion for longer than prescribed, or use urea emulsion for other skin conditions without checking with your doctor.
- PREGNANCY and BREAST-FEEDING: If you become pregnant while taking urea emulsion, discuss with your doctor the benefits and risks of using urea emulsion during pregnancy. It is unknown if urea emulsion is excreted in breast milk. If you are or will be breast-feeding while you are using urea emulsion, check with your doctor or pharmacist to discuss the risks to your baby.
Possible side effects of urea 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:
Seek medical attention right away if any of these SEVERE side effects occur:
Mild skin irritation; temporary burning, stinging, or itching.
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 emulsion:
Store urea emulsion 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 emulsion out of the reach of children and away from pets.
- If you have any questions about urea emulsion, please talk with your doctor, pharmacist, or other health care provider.
- Urea 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 urea 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 urea emulsion. It does NOT include all information about the possible uses, directions, warnings, precautions, interactions, adverse effects, or risks that may apply to urea 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 urea emulsion.
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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