What is UREA?
(UREA) Urea is used to treat dry/rough skin conditions (such as eczema, psoriasis, corns, callus) and some nail problems (such as ingrown nails). It may also be used to help remove dead tissue in some wounds to help wound healing. Urea is known as a keratolytic. It increases moisture in the skin by softening/dissolving the horny substance (keratin) holding the top layer of skin cells together. This effect helps the dead skin cells fall off and helps the skin keep more water in.
How should I use UREA?
Use this product as directed. Follow all directions on the product package and prescription label. If you have any questions, ask your doctor or pharmacist. Some products need to be shaken well before use. Check the label to see whether you should shake the bottle. Apply to the affected areas of the skin/nails as directed by your doctor, usually 1 to 3 times a day. Rub in well until absorbed. Wash your hands after applying unless you are treating the hands. How often you apply the medication will depend on the product and your skin condition. Apply to the skin/nails only. Avoid sensitive areas such as your eyes, lips, inside your mouth/nose, and the vaginal/groin area, unless your doctor directs you otherwise. Ask your doctor or check the label for directions about any areas or types of skin where you should not apply the product (such as the face, broken/chapped/cut/irritated/scraped skin, or recently shaved skin). Ask your doctor if you should cover the treated area with a bandage or gauze. Consult your doctor or pharmacist for more details. Use this medication regularly to get the most benefit from it. Tell your doctor if your condition lasts or gets worse.
What should I tell my health care provider before I take UREA?
Before using this medication, tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are allergic to it; or if you have any other allergies. This product may contain inactive ingredients, which can cause allergic reactions or other problems. Talk to your pharmacist for more details. Before using this medication, tell your doctor or pharmacist your medical history, especially of: skin cuts/infections/sores. Some products may make you more sensitive to the sun. Check the label for any warnings or ask your doctor or pharmacist whether you need to take any special precautions when in the sun. Your doctor/pharmacist may suggest that you limit your time in the sun, avoid tanning booths and sunlamps, and use sunscreen and wear protective clothing when outdoors. Tell your doctor right away if you get sunburned or have skin blisters/redness. Some products may stain/discolor clothing. Ask your doctor or pharmacist for more details. During pregnancy, this medication should be used only when clearly needed. Discuss the risks and benefits with your doctor. It is unknown if drug passes into breast milk. Consult your doctor before breast-feeding, especially if you are applying this product to the breast area.
What may interact with UREA?
Drug interactions may change how your medications work or increase your risk for serious side effects. This document does not contain all possible drug interactions. Keep a list of all the products you use (including prescription/nonprescription drugs and herbal products) and share it with your doctor and pharmacist. Do not start, stop, or change the dosage of any medicines without your doctor's approval.
What if I miss a dose of UREA?
If you miss a dose, use it as soon as you remember. If it is near the time of the next dose, skip the missed dose. Use your next dose at the regular time. Do not use more of this product or use it more often to catch up.
What side effects may I notice from receiving UREA?
Burning, itching, stinging, redness, or irritation may occur. If any of these effects last or get worse, tell your doctor or pharmacist promptly. Remember that this medication has been prescribed because your doctor has judged that the benefit to you is greater than the risk of side effects. Many people using this medication do not have serious side effects. Tell your doctor right away if you have any serious side effects, including: unusual changes in the skin (such as blistering, peeling), signs of skin infection. A very serious allergic reaction to this drug is rare. However, get medical help right away if you notice any symptoms of a serious allergic reaction, including: rash, itching/swelling (especially of the face/tongue/throat), severe dizziness, trouble breathing. This is not a complete list of possible side effects. If you notice other effects not listed above, contact your doctor or pharmacist. In the US - Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088 or at www.fda.gov/medwatch. In Canada - Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to Health Canada at 1-866-234-2345.
Where should I keep UREA?
Store at room temperature. Do not freeze. Store foam product away from heat and open flame. Because the contents of the foam canister are under pressure, do not puncture or burn the container. Keep all medications away from children and pets. Do not flush medications down the toilet or pour them into a drain unless instructed to do so. Properly discard this product when it is expired or no longer needed. Consult your pharmacist or local waste disposal company.