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What is Fluorouracil used for?

Fluorouracil is a topical cream used to treat cancerous or precancerous skin conditions such as actinic keratoses and superficial basal cell carcinoma. This medication belongs to a class of medications known as anti-metabolites. It works by blocking the growth of abnormal skin cells. This medicine may also be used to treat other conditions as determined by your doctor.

What is the recommended dosage of Fluorouracil?

The dosage of Fluorouracil prescribed to each patient will vary. Always follow your physician’s instructions and/or the directions on the prescription drug label.

Wash your hands before and immediately after applying Fluorouracil.

What if you miss a dose of Fluorouracil?

If your physician has instructed or directed you to apply Fluorouracil medication in a regular schedule and you have missed a dose of this medicine, apply it as soon as you remember. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, then skip the missed dose and go back to your regular dosing schedule. Do not double the doses unless otherwise directed.

What if you overdose on Fluorouracil?

Any medication used in excess can have serious consequences. If you suspect an overdose of Fluorouracil, seek medical attention immediately.

What other drugs could interact with Fluorouracil?

Usually drug interactions occur when it is taken with another drug or with food. Before you take a medication for a particular ailment, you should inform the health expert about intake of any other medications including non-prescription medications, over-the-counter medicines that may increase the effect of Fluorouracil, and dietary supplements like vitamins, minerals and herbal, so that the doctor can warn you of any possible drug interactions.

Do let your doctor know if you smoke, consume alcohol or caffeinated drinks, or use illegal drugs as these may interfere with the action of your medication. Make sure to inform your doctor of any medical conditions you may have, or any family history of medical problems. Do not start or stop using any medicine without consulting your doctor.

What are the side effects of Fluorouracil?

Like other medicines, Fluorouracil can cause some side effects. If they do occur, the side effects of Fluorouracil are most likely to be minor and temporary. However, some may be serious and may require the individual to inform the doctor or visit the nearest hospital immediately.

It is pertinent to note that side effects of Fluorouracil cannot be anticipated. If any side effects of Fluorouracil develop or change in intensity, the doctor should be informed as soon as possible.

Fluorouracil can cause side effects such as skin burning, irritation, redness, dryness, tenderness, pain, and swelling at the site of application. This is not a complete list of all side effects. Do concur with your doctor and follow his directions completely when you are applying Fluorouracil.

What are the questions to ask your doctor before taking Fluorouracil?

Is it possible for me to apply Fluorouracil with other drugs?
Should certain beverages, foods and other products be avoided when I apply Fluorouracil?
What are the possible drug interactions of Fluorouracil?
How will Fluorouracil work in my body?
How should Fluorouracil be applied?
How to reduce the risk of Fluorouracil drug interactions and side effects?


The health and medical information provided here is intended to supplement and not substitute for the expertise and judgment of your physician, pharmacists or other health care professional. It should not be understood to indicate that the use of Fluorouracil is safe, appropriate or effective for you. Always consult your health care professional before using this, or any other, drug.


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