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Urea topical suspension

Generic Name: urea (ue-REE-a/SOE-dee-um HYE-al-ure ON-ate)
Brand Name: Umecta PD

Urea topical suspension 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 topical suspension contains a debriding agent and an emollient. The debriding agent works by helping the breakdown of dead skin and pus, which helps to loosen and shed hard and scaly skin. The emollient moisturizes and softens the skin.

Do NOT use urea topical suspension if:

  • you are allergic to any ingredient in urea topical suspension

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

Before using urea topical suspension:

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

Ask your health care provider if urea topical 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 topical suspension:

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

  • Urea topical suspension is for external use only.
  • Wash hands before and after using urea topical suspension, unless your hands are part of the treated area.
  • Shake well before each use.
  • Apply a small amount of urea topical suspension to the affected area as directed by your doctor. Gently rub in until it is evenly distributed.
  • If you get urea topical 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.
  • If you miss a dose of urea topical 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 topical suspension.

Important safety information:

  • Urea topical suspension is for external use only. Do not get it in your eyes, nose, or mouth. If you get urea topical suspension in your 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 topical suspension for longer than prescribed, or use urea topical suspension for other skin conditions without checking with your doctor.
  • Urea topical suspension 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.
  • PREGNANCY and BREAST-FEEDING: If you become pregnant while taking urea topical suspension, contact your doctor. You will need to discuss the benefits and risks of using urea topical suspension during pregnancy. 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 topical suspension, check with your doctor. Discuss any possible risks to your baby.

Possible side effects of urea topical 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 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 topical suspension:

Store urea topical suspension 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 topical suspension out of the reach of children and away from pets.

General information:

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

Issue Date: June 3, 2015

Further information

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