Fusidic Acid/Hydrocortisone - Topical

Pronunciation: fue-SID-ik AS-id/HYE-droe-KOR-ti-sone

Common Brand Name(s): Fucidin H

Important: How To Use This Information

This is a summary and does NOT have all possible information about this product. This information does not assure that this product is safe, effective, or appropriate for you. This information is not individual medical advice and does not substitute for the advice of your health care professional. Always ask your health care professional for complete information about this product and your specific health needs.

Uses

This medication is used to treat certain skin diseases (such as atopic dermatitis). It works by stopping the growth of certain bacteria and reducing redness, itching, crusting, and swelling of the skin sores. This medication is a combination of an antibiotic (fusidic acid) and a corticosteroid (hydrocortisone).

This medication treats only certain bacterial infections. It will not work for other infections such as viral or fungal infections. Unnecessary use or overuse of any antibiotic can lead to its decreased effectiveness.

How To Use

Read the Patient Information Leaflet available from your pharmacist. Consult your doctor or pharmacist if you have any questions.

Clean and pat dry the affected skin areas before applying the medication. Gently massage a small amount into the affected areas three times daily or as directed by your doctor. Do not bandage, wrap, or cover the area with an occlusive (plastic) dressing unless directed to do so by your doctor.

If you are using this medication on the face, avoid applying it in or near the eye to prevent irritation or serious side effects (e.g., cataracts, glaucoma) that could occur with extended use.

Use this medication for the full time prescribed. Stopping the medication too early may allow bacteria to continue to grow.

Do not apply to a larger area; use it more frequently or for a longer period of time than prescribed. Your condition will not improve faster, but the chance for side effects may be increased.

Inform your doctor if your condition persists or worsens after 14 days of therapy.

Side Effects

Dryness, mild irritation, burning, or redness may occur. If any of these effects persist or worsen, notify your doctor or pharmacist promptly.

Remember that your doctor has prescribed this medication because he or she has judged that the benefit to you is greater than the risk of side effects. Many people using this medication do not have serious side effects.

Use of this medication for prolonged or repeated periods may result in skin discoloration/thinning or a new infection (such as a fungal infection). Contact your doctor if you notice signs of a new infection (e.g., new or worsening redness/irritation).

A very serious allergic reaction to this drug is unlikely, but seek immediate medical attention if it occurs. Symptoms of a serious allergic reaction may include:

  • rash
  • itching/swelling (especially of the face/tongue/throat)
  • severe dizziness
  • trouble breathing

This is not a complete list of possible side effects. If you notice other effects not listed above, contact your doctor or pharmacist.

In the US -

Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088 or at www.fda.gov/medwatch.

In Canada - Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to Health Canada at 1-866-234-2345.

Precautions

Before using this medication, tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are allergic to fusidic acid, hydrocortisone; or if you have any other allergies. This product may contain inactive ingredients, which can cause allergic reactions or other problems. Talk to your pharmacist for more details.

Before using this medication, tell your doctor or pharmacist your medical history.

Children may be more sensitive to the effects of too much corticosteroid medication. Consult your doctor for more details.

This medication should be used only when clearly needed during pregnancy. Discuss the risks and benefits with your doctor.

This medication passes into breast milk. While there have been no reports of harm to nursing infants, consult your doctor before breast-feeding.

Drug Interactions

Your healthcare professionals (such as your doctor or pharmacist) may already be aware of any possible drug interactions and may be monitoring you for it. Do not start, stop or change the dosage of any medicine before checking with them first.

Before using this medication, tell your doctor or pharmacist of all prescription and nonprescription/herbal products you may use.

Keep a list of all your medications with you, and share the list with your doctor and pharmacist.

Overdose

If someone has overdosed and has serious symptoms such as passing out or trouble breathing, call 911. Otherwise, call a poison control center right away. US residents can call their local poison control center at 1-800-222-1222. Canada residents can call a provincial poison control center. This medication may be harmful if swallowed.

Notes

Do not share this medication with others.

This medication has been prescribed for your current condition only. Do not use it later for another condition unless told to do so by your doctor. A different medication may be necessary in those cases.

Read the information provided with this medication to better understand your condition. Follow your doctor's or pharmacist's instructions on how to keep your skin clean and moisturized. Ask your pharmacist for advice on how to avoid skin irritants such as artificial fragrance, harsh cleansers, or wool clothing.

Missed Dose

If you miss a dose, use it as soon as you remember. If it is near the time of the next dose, skip the missed dose. Use your next dose at the regular time. Do not double the dose to catch up.

Storage

Store at room temperature between 59 and 86 degrees F (15-30 degrees C) away from light and moisture. Do not store in the bathroom. Keep all medicines away from children and pets.

Do not flush medications down the toilet or pour them into a drain unless instructed to do so. Properly discard this product when it is expired or no longer needed. Consult your pharmacist or local waste disposal company for more details about how to safely discard your product.

Is it an emergency?

If you or someone in your care has chest pains, difficulty breathing, or severe bleeding, it could be a life-threatening emergency. Call 9-1-1 or the local emergency number immediately.
If you are concerned about a possible poisoning or exposure to a toxic substance, call Poison Control now at 1-800-567-8911.

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