Urea (Topical)

Adult Medication

Brand Names: US

Aluvea [DSC]; Aquaphilic/Carbamide [OTC]; Atrac-Tain [OTC]; Beta Care Betamide [OTC]; Carb-O-Lac HP [OTC] [DSC]; Carb-O-Lac5 [OTC] [DSC]; Carb-O-Philic/10 [OTC] [DSC]; Carb-O-Philic/20 [OTC] [DSC]; Carb-O-Philic/40 [DSC]; Carmol 10 [OTC]; Carmol 20 [OTC]; Carmol [OTC]; CEM-Urea; Cerovel; Dermal Therapy Finger Care [OTC]; Dermasorb XM; DPM [OTC]; Gordons Urea; Gordons Urea [OTC]; Gormel 10 [OTC]; Gormel [OTC]; Hydro 35; Hydro 40; Kerafoam 42 [DSC]; Kerafoam [DSC]; Keralac; Lanaphilic/Urea [OTC]; Latrix XM; Mycocide CX Callus Exfoliator [OTC]; Nutraplus [OTC]; Rea Lo 39; Rea Lo 40; Rea-Lo [OTC]; Remeven; Rynoderm; TL Urea [DSC]; U-Kera E [DSC]; Ultra Mide 25 [OTC]; Umecta; Umecta Mousse; Umecta Nail Film; Umecta PD; Uramaxin; Uramaxin GT; Ure-K; Urea 20 Intensive Hydrating [OTC]; Urea Hydrating; Urea Nail; Urea-C40; Ureacin-10 [OTC]; Ureacin-20 [OTC]; Urevaz; Utopic; X-Viate [DSC]

What is this drug used for?

  • It is used to moisturize skin.
  • It is used to treat some nail problems.

What do I need to tell my doctor BEFORE I take this drug?

  • If you have an allergy to urea or any other part of this drug.
  • If you are allergic to any drugs like this one, any other drugs, foods, or other substances. Tell your doctor about the allergy and what signs you had, like rash; hives; itching; shortness of breath; wheezing; cough; swelling of face, lips, tongue, or throat; or any other signs.
This drug may interact with other drugs or health problems.
Tell your doctor and pharmacist about all of your drugs (prescription or OTC, natural products, vitamins) and health problems. You must check to make sure that it is safe for you to take this drug with all of your drugs and health problems. Do not start, stop, or change the dose of any drug without checking with your doctor.

What are some things I need to know or do while I take this drug?

  • Tell all of your health care providers that you take this drug. This includes your doctors, nurses, pharmacists, and dentists.
  • Do not put on irritated skin.
  • Use care when putting on a large part of the skin or where there are open wounds. Talk with the doctor.
  • If you use this drug too often, your skin problem may become worse.
  • Do not use longer than you have been told by the doctor.
  • Talk with your doctor before you use other drugs or products on your skin.
  • Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or plan on getting pregnant. You will need to talk about the benefits and risks of using this drug while you are pregnant.
  • Tell your doctor if you are breast-feeding. You will need to talk about any risks to your baby.

Foam:

  • This drug may catch on fire. Do not use near an open flame or while smoking.

Products with ammonium lactate or lactic acid:

  • You may get sunburned more easily. Avoid sun, sunlamps, and tanning beds. Use sunscreen and wear clothing and eyewear that protects you from the sun.

What are some side effects that I need to call my doctor about right away?

WARNING/CAUTION: Even though it may be rare, some people may have very bad and sometimes deadly side effects when taking a drug. Tell your doctor or get medical help right away if you have any of the following signs or symptoms that may be related to a very bad side effect:
  • Signs of an allergic reaction, like rash; hives; itching; red, swollen, blistered, or peeling skin with or without fever; wheezing; tightness in the chest or throat; trouble breathing or talking; unusual hoarseness; or swelling of the mouth, face, lips, tongue, or throat.
  • Very bad skin irritation.

What are some other side effects of this drug?

All drugs may cause side effects. However, many people have no side effects or only have minor side effects. Call your doctor or get medical help if any of these side effects or any other side effects bother you or do not go away:
  • Skin irritation.
  • Burning.
  • Stinging.
  • Itching.
These are not all of the side effects that may occur. If you have questions about side effects, call your doctor. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects.
You may report side effects to your national health agency.

How is this drug best taken?

Use this drug as ordered by your doctor. Read all information given to you. Follow all instructions closely.

Skin:

  • Do not take this drug by mouth. Use on your skin only. Keep out of your mouth, nose, and eyes (may burn).
  • Wash your hands before and after use. Do not wash your hands after use if putting this on your hand.
  • Clean affected part before use. Make sure to dry well.
  • Put a thin layer on the affected skin and rub in gently.
  • Put on affected part only.
  • It may be covered with a bandage or dressing.
  • To gain the most benefit, do not miss doses.

Cream with ammonium lactate:

  • Do not use between the toes.

Emulsion, foam, lotion, or suspension:

  • Shake well before use.

Kerafoam™:

  • Prime pump before first use.

Nail stick:

  • Shake well before use.
  • This drug may turn white when it dries. This is normal.

Shampoo:

  • Wet hair before shampoo.
  • Work into hair gently.
  • Rinse fully.

What do I do if I miss a dose?

  • Put on a missed dose as soon as you think about it.
  • If it is close to the time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and go back to your normal time.
  • Do not put on 2 doses or extra doses.

How do I store and/or throw out this drug?

All products:

  • Store at room temperature. Do not freeze.
  • Keep all drugs in a safe place. Keep all drugs out of the reach of children and pets.
  • Check with your pharmacist about how to throw out unused drugs.

Foam:

  • Protect from heat and sunlight. Do not puncture or burn even if it seems empty.

General drug facts

  • If your symptoms or health problems do not get better or if they become worse, call your doctor.
  • Do not share your drugs with others and do not take anyone else’s drugs.
  • Keep a list of all your drugs (prescription, natural products, vitamins, OTC) with you. Give this list to your doctor.
  • Talk with the doctor before starting any new drug, including prescription or OTC, natural products, or vitamins.
  • Some drugs may have another patient information leaflet. If you have any questions about this drug, please talk with your doctor, nurse, pharmacist, or other health care provider.
  • If you think there has been an overdose, call your poison control center or get medical care right away. Be ready to tell or show what was taken, how much, and when it happened.

Consumer Information Use and Disclaimer

This information should not be used to decide whether or not to take this medicine or any other medicine. Only the healthcare provider has the knowledge and training to decide which medicines are right for a specific patient. This information does not endorse any medicine as safe, effective, or approved for treating any patient or health condition. This is only a brief summary of general information about this medicine. It does NOT include all information about the possible uses, directions, warnings, precautions, interactions, adverse effects, or risks that may apply to this medicine. This information is not specific medical advice and does not replace information you receive from the healthcare provider. You must talk with the healthcare provider for complete information about the risks and benefits of using this medicine.

Last Reviewed Date

2014-03-28

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