Question: How Long Should You Use Efudex On Your Face?

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..

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.

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.

What should I put on skin 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 long does it take for Efudix cream to work?

After 2-4 weeks your skin will be red, crusty, and uncomfortable; this is what we want to happen. In some cases, such as for lesions on the backs of the hands, the body, or for basal cell carcinoma, it might take longer to get to this stage (4-6 weeks). The cream can then be stopped, to allow healing.

How long do you apply Efudex cream?

Efudix® cream is usually applied once or twice a day, for 3-4 weeks when treating actinic keratosis and Bowen’s disease, and for 6 weeks when treating superficial basal cell carcinoma. Occasionally, more prolonged courses may be used.

How do you know when to stop fluorouracil?

Erythema develops in several days. After continued application, the damaged skin becomes painful and inflamed with a beefy-red appearance with erosions and crusting. At this point, the medication should be stopped.

How do you know if efudex has worked?

The redness, crusting, and peeling you see are signs that EFUDIX® is working to eliminate the abnormal cells. While you may find this stage of treatment to be unattractive and somewhat uncomfortable, it is important that you DO NOT STOP THERAPY without first obtaining your doctor’s approval.

How do you know when to 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.

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.

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.

How long does it take for redness to go away after fluorouracil treatment?

Fluorouracil may cause redness, soreness, scaling, and peeling of affected skin after 1 or 2 weeks of use. This effect may last for several weeks after you stop using the medicine and is to be expected. Sometimes a pink, smooth area is left when the skin treated with this medicine heals.

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).

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.

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.

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 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.