Quick Answer: How Many Times Can You Use Efudex?

How often can you use efudex?

Adults—Use the 5% solution on the affected areas of skin two times a day.

Treatment may continue for several weeks.

Children—Use and dose must be determined by your doctor..

How do you know if efudex has worked?

Efudix Cream works by selectively destroying the abnormal cells that make up the AK patches in your skin, leaving normal, healthy cells mostly unchanged. During treatment your skin will become red and crust (caused by the abnormal cells dying) – this is normal and a sign that your treatment is working.

What does the erosion stage of efudex look like?

These darker spots tend to pucker and may even begin to scab. Skin that has reached the erosion phase, in my experience, is no longer soft or supple looking. It appears stiff and hard – mask-like, if you will.

Does Efudix affect normal skin?

Efudix Cream is used to treat skin conditions such as growths of the skin (keratoses) and some simple skin cancers. The active ingredient fluorouracil belongs to a group of anti-cancer medicines. Efudix destroys cancerous and pre-cancerous cells, while having little effect on normal cells.

Do I wash efudex off?

Wash your hands carefully and thoroughly immediately after using Efudix. Do not cover the treated area unless your doctor tells you to. If your doctor asks you to apply a dressing after using Efudix, apply a fresh dressing to the area(s) daily.

Is efudex a form of chemotherapy?

Efudex is an anti-cancer (“antineoplastic” or “cytotoxic”) chemotherapy drug. Efudex is classified as an “antimetabolite.” (For more detail, see “How Efudex Works” section below).

Is there an alternative to Efudix cream?

Alternatives to Efudex Photodynamic Therapy, or PDT, is an alternative option. It uses light sources combined with a light-sensitive drug to destroy cancer cells. The patient stays in the doctor’s office for an hour or more while the cream sinks in.

Can I shower after applying efudex?

Do not use cosmetics or other skin medication on treated areas without first obtaining your doctor’s approval. You can get your face wet in the shower. However, it is advisable not to apply immediately before showering.

Do you rub Efudix cream in?

Wash with water and mild soap in the shower and do not rub the area. Patting to wash and patting to dry is preferred. The ten minutes following a shower or washing are key. The skin tightens and throbs much more so during healing than during treatment as it craves the Efudex.

Will efudex remove age spots?

They said Valeant Pharmaceuticals’ cream Efudex, which is used to treat actinic keratoses, a precancerous form of squamous cell carcinoma, improved the appearance of skin, smoothing out rough spots and wrinkles, improving skin color, and erasing brown spots.

What is a good moisturizer to use after efudex treatment?

The day after your last Efudex application, begin moisturizing all treated areas with either Vaseline or Aquaphor Healing Ointment (over the counter). Apply frequently every day to keep skin soft. The treated area can be pink for several months and is more susceptible to getting sun burned.

How soon can I wash after applying efudex?

6. The area may be washed as you normally would with soap and water. Do not wash the face for at least three hours after Efudex (or Carac) application.

What does efudex do to healthy skin?

This medication is used on the skin to treat pre-cancerous and cancerous skin growths. Fluorouracil belongs to a class of medications known as anti-metabolites. It works by blocking the growth of abnormal cells that cause the skin condition.

How much efudex should I apply?

Apply the cream with a clean fingertip. If you are treating your whole face, use four pea-sized amounts of cream; one on the chin, each cheek and the forehead. For selected areas, just use one pea-sized amount of cream. Wash your hands after applying the Efudix cream.

When should I stop using Efudix?

Stop efudix if you experience a severe reaction (shortness of breath; swelling of your lips,face, or tongue; hives). Contact us if you have any problems during treatment. Any lesions that fail to resolve with efudix treatment should be re-examined.

How effective is efudex?

Efficacy. The success rate of treating basal cell carcinoma with fluorouracil is approximately 90 percent to 93 percent3. And unlike surgery, Efudex is not likely to leave scars or permanently discolor patches of skin. Efudex cream achieves success rates similar to those of Aldara (imiquimod) cream.