Duofilm

What is the most important information I should know about Duofilm?

· Avoid the eyes, mouth, lips, inside the nose, genitals, and anal areas when applying Duofilm. Do not use the wart remover on moles or birthmarks, or warts with hair growing from them, red edges, or unusual color. Also, do not use Duofilm on sunburned, windburned, dry, chapped, irritated, or broken skin; or on open wounds. If medication is applied to any of these areas, wash with water.

 

What is Duofilm?

· Salicylic acid is a keratolytic (peeling agent). Salicylic acid causes shedding of the outer layer of skin.

· Duofilm is used in the treatment of acne, dandruff, corns, and warts.

· Duofilm may also be used for purposes other than those listed here.

 

What should I discuss with my healthcare provider before using Duofilm?

· Avoid the eyes, mouth, lips, inside the nose, genitals, and anal areas when applying Duofilm. Do not use the wart remover on moles or birthmarks, or warts with hair growing from them, red edges, or unusual color. Also, do not use Duofilm on sunburned, windburned, dry, chapped, irritated, or broken skin; or on open wounds. If medication is applied to any of these areas, wash with water.

· Before using salicylic topical, talk to your doctor if you     ·have kidney disease;     ·have liver disease;     ·have diabetes;     ·have poor circulation; or     ·are treating a child.

· You may not be able to use Duofilm, or you may require a dosage adjustment or special monitoring during treatment.

· It is not known whether Duofilm will be harmful to an unborn baby. Do not use Duofilm without first talking to your doctor if you are pregnant or could become pregnant during treatment.

· Duofilm may pass into breast milk and affect a nursing baby. Do not use Duofilm without first talking to your doctor if you are breast-feeding a baby.

 

How should I use Duofilm?

· Use Duofilm exactly as directed by your healthcare provider or as directed on the package. If you do not understand these instructions, ask your pharmacist, nurse, or doctor to explain them to you.

· Gently clean and dry the affected area. For the treatment of warts and calluses, gentle removal of loose skin with a soft brush, wash cloth, or emery board may be recommended before application of the medication.

· Shake the lotion gently before application.

· Apply a thin film of the medication to the affected area(s) as directed.

· Use the soap and shampoo as directed on the package.

· Apply the Duofilm adhesive pads as directed on the package.

· It is important to use Duofilm regularly to get the most benefit. Do not stop using the medication if you do not see results immediately. Use the medication for the full amount of time directed.

· Talk to your doctor if you experience excessive burning, dryness, or irritation of the skin, or changes in the color of the skin.

· Store Duofilm at room temperature away from moisture and heat. Some forms of Duofilm may be flammable, keep away from heat and flame.

 

What happens if I miss a dose?

· Use the missed dose as soon as you remember. However, if it is almost time for the next dose, skip the missed dose and use only the next regularly scheduled dose.

· Do not apply a double dose of the medication.

 

What happens if I overdose?

· An overdose of Duofilm is unlikely to occur. If you do suspect an overdose, or if the medication has been ingested, call a poison control center or emergency room for advice.

 

What should I avoid while using Duofilm?

· Do not use other topical preparations on the treated area unless otherwise directed by your healthcare provider. They may interfere with treatment or increase skin irritation.

· Avoid the use of abrasive, harsh, or drying soaps and cleansers such as alcoholic cleansers, tinctures, astringents, abrasives, or other peeling agents while using Duofilm.

 

What are the possible side effects of Duofilm?

· Serious side effects are not likely to occur with the use of Duofilm. If you do experience any of the following rare serious side effects, stop using Duofilm and seek emergency medical attention or contact your doctor:     ·an allergic reaction (shortness of breath; closing of the throat; swelling of the lips, face, or tongue; or hives); or     ·severe skin irritation.

· Other, less serious side effects are more likely to occur. Continue to use Duofilm and talk to your doctor if you experience skin burning; stinging; itching; dryness; redness; peeling; or irritation.

· Side effects other than those listed here may also occur. Talk to your doctor about any side effect that seems unusual or that is especially bothersome.

 

What other drugs will affect Duofilm?

· Do not use other topical preparations on the treated area unless otherwise directed by your healthcare provider. They may interfere with treatment or increase skin irritation.

· Avoid the use of abrasive, harsh, or drying soaps and cleansers such as alcoholic cleansers, tinctures, astringents, abrasives, or other peeling agents while using Duofilm.

· Drugs other than those listed here may also interact with Duofilm. Talk to your doctor and pharmacist before taking or using any other prescription or over-the-counter medicines, including vitamins, minerals, and herbal products.

 

Where can I get more information?

· Your pharmacist has additional information about Duofilm written for health professionals that you may read.