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Urea Topical suspension

What is this medicine?

UREA (yoo REE uh) is used to soften thick, rough, or dry skin caused by certain skin conditions. It is also used to soften and remove damaged or diseased nails without surgery.

How should I use this medicine?

This medicine is for external use only. Do not take by mouth. Follow the directions on the label. Apply a thin film to the affected area. The moisturizing effect may be better if this medicine is applied while the skin is still damp after washing or bathing. If applying to the nails, cover to protect the surrounding area. Apply generously to the affected nail. Let it dry uncovered or cover with an adhesive bandage or gauze secured with tape. The treated nail can be removed after several days. On exposure to air the nail bed hardens within 12 to 36 hours. Apply with caution to the face or on broken skin. Do not get this medicine in or near the eyes, lips or other areas of sensitive skin.

Talk to your pediatrician regarding the use of this medicine in children. Special care may be needed.

What side effects may I notice from receiving this medicine?

Side effects that you should report to your doctor or health care professional as soon as possible:

  • redness or irritation that does not go away

Side effects that usually do not require medical attention (report to your doctor or health care professional if they continue or are bothersome):

  • skin rash

  • stinging, or irritation

What may interact with this medicine?

Interactions are not expected. Do not use any other skin products on the affected area without telling your doctor or health care professional.

What if I miss a dose?

If you miss a dose, use it as soon as you can. If it is almost time for your next dose, use only that dose. Do not use double or extra doses.

Where should I keep my medicine?

Keep out of the reach of children.

Store at room temperature between 15 and 30 degrees C (59 and 86 degrees F). Keep in a well closed container. Throw away any unused medicine after the expiration date.

What should I tell my health care provider before I take this medicine?

They need to know if you have any of these conditions:

  • broken, inflamed, or burnt skin

  • infection

  • an unusual or allergic reaction to urea, other medicines, foods, dyes, or preservatives

  • pregnant or trying to get pregnant

  • breast-feeding

What should I watch for while using this medicine?

Tell your doctor or health care professional if your symptoms do not improve.

Online Medical Reviewer: Louise Akin, RN, BSN
Online Medical Reviewer: Daphne Pierce-Smith, RN, MSN, FNP, CCRC
Date Last Reviewed: 9/14/2009
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