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Winlevi

Generic Name: clascoterone
Dosage Form: Topical Cream

Medically reviewed by Judith Stewart, BPharm. Last updated on Aug 28, 2020.

What is Winlevi cream?

Winlevi cream is a prescription medicine used on the skin (topical) to treat acne vulgaris in people 12 years of age and older.

It is not known if this medication is safe and effective in children under 12 years of age.

Warnings

Winlevi cream is for use on the skin only (topical). Do not use the cream in or on your eyes, mouth, or vagina.

Before using Winlevi

  • Before using Winlevi cream, tell your healthcare provider about all of your medical conditions, including if you:
    • have skin problems, including eczema, cuts or sunburn
    • are pregnant or plan to become pregnant. It is not known if Winlevi cream will harm your unborn baby.
    • are breastfeeding or plan to breastfeed. It is not known if Winlevi cream passes into your breast milk. Talk to your healthcare provider about the best way to feed your baby during treatment with Winlevi cream.
  • Tell your healthcare provider about the medicines you take, including prescription and over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements.

How should I use Winlevi cream?

  • Use Winlevi cream exactly as your healthcare provider tells you to use it.
  • Before applying the cream, gently wash and dry the affected skin area.
  • After the skin is dry, apply a thin even layer of Winlevi cream to the affected areas 2 times each day, in the morning and the evening.
  • Wash your hands after applying the cream.

What should I avoid while using Winlevi cream?

  • Avoid using Winlevi cream on skin areas with cuts, abrasions, eczema , or on sunburned skin.
  • Avoid getting Winlevi cream into your eyes, lips, mouth, corners of the nose, or mucous membranes. If contact with mucous membranes happens, rinse well with water.
  • Avoid using skin products that may dry or irritate your skin such as:
    • medicated or abrasive soaps and cleansers
    • soaps, cleansers, and cosmetics that have strong skin drying effects
    • products that contain high amounts of alcohol
    • astringents, spices, or lime

Winlevi side effects

Winlevi cream can cause serious side effects, including:

  • Local skin reactions. Winlevi cream may cause local skin irritation including itching, burning, skin redness or peeling.
  • Symptoms of a disorder where the adrenal gland does not make enough of certain hormones (adrenal insufficiency) during treatment with Winlevi. Your healthcare provider may stop your treatment with Winlevi if you develop any adrenal problems.

The most common side effects of Winlevi cream include reddening, scaling or dryness, and itching of the skin being treated.
These are not all of the possible side effects. Call your healthcare provider for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA1088.

How should I store Winlevi cream?

  • Store Winlevi cream at room temperature between 68°F and 77°F (20°C to 25°C). Do not freeze.
  • Throw away (discard) the unused portion 180 days after the date of dispensing or 1 month after first opening, whichever is sooner.

Keep Winlevi cream and all medicines out of the reach of children.

General Information about the safe and effective use of Winlevi cream.

Medicines are sometimes prescribed for purposes other than those listed in a Patient Information leaflet. Do not use this cream for a condition for which it was not prescribed. Do not give it to other people, even if they have the same symptoms you have. It may harm them. You can ask your healthcare provider or pharmacist for information about Winlevi cream that is written for health professionals.

What are the ingredients in Winlevi cream?

Active ingredient: clascoterone
Inactive ingredients: cetyl alcohol, citric acid monohydrate, edetate disodium, mineral oil, mono- and di-glycerides, polysorbate 80, propylene glycol, purified water, and vitamin E.

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