Generic Name: urea (ue-REE-a)
Brand Name: Umecta
Urea 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.
Urea 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 urea suspension if:
- you are allergic to any ingredient in urea suspension
Contact your doctor or health care provider right away if any of these apply to you.
Before using urea suspension:
Some medical conditions may interact with urea 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 urea suspension. Because little, if any, of urea suspension is absorbed into the blood, the risk of it interacting with another medicine is low.
Ask your health care provider if urea 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 urea suspension:
Use urea suspension as directed by your doctor. Check the label on the medicine for exact dosing instructions.
- Wash your hands before and after using urea suspension unless your hands are part of the treated area.
- Shake well before each use.
- To use urea suspension on the skin, apply a small amount of urea suspension to the affected area as directed by your doctor. Rub it in completely until it is absorbed. If you get urea suspension on any skin that is not part of the treated area, wash it off thoroughly.
- To use urea suspension on the nail, apply a small amount of urea suspension on the affected area as directed by your doctor. If you get urea 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 urea suspension on a regular schedule to get the most benefit from it.
- If you miss a dose of urea 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 urea suspension.
Important safety information:
- Urea 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 urea 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 urea suspension, check with your doctor. Discuss any possible risks to your baby.
Possible side effects of urea 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:
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 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. Urea suspension may be harmful if swallowed.Proper storage of urea suspension:
Store urea 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 urea suspension out of the reach of children and away from pets.
- If you have any questions about urea suspension, please talk with your doctor, pharmacist, or other health care provider.
- Urea 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 urea 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 urea suspension. It does NOT include all information about the possible uses, directions, warnings, precautions, interactions, adverse effects, or risks that may apply to urea 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 urea suspension.
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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