Warning: This medication should not be used during pregnancy. Although
very little of the medication is absorbed through normal skin, skin lesions allow the absorption of approximately
20% into the blood stream. This absorption can cause complications with the unborn baby. Before beginning Cara c,
talk to your doctor about reliable contraceptives or birth control options. If you believe that you may be pregnant
or know that you have become pregnant, inform your doctor immediately. It is unknown whether this medication passes
through to breast milk; therefore it is not advisable that you use it during the time that you are
this medication is known to cause skin to become more sensitive to the sun. Although it is not necessary to
completely eliminate sun exposure, it is important to take proper precautions by wearing protective clothing and
sunscreen with a minimum SPF of 15. Carac can also cause prolonged hypo-pigmentation or lightening of the
As a medication that falls
under the class of anti-metabolites, this drug has been developed in order to slow the rapid reproduction of skin
cells. This is done by preventing the formation of RNA and therefore the creation of DNA, inhibiting the
multiplication of new cells.
one of the brand names for a drug called fluorouracil, a cream that used topically on the skin. Commonly, this
medication is prescribed for various precancerous conditions including Bowen’s disease, actinic keratosis, and
various other conditions that could be precursors to a more serious skin cancer condition. Not only does it stop
these skin cells from reproducing at an unsafe rate, it can also kill existing cells. This medicine is also
prescribed for various types of skin cancer.
Dosage: Generally, fluorouracil is to be used
once or twice per day. As with all medications, it is important that you follow the instructions of your doctor
without decreasing or increasing the dosage unless the change has been specifically approved. Before applying
this medication, make sure to cleanse and dry the affected area thoroughly. Then, use your fingertips to gently
apply the cream over the entire affected area. As soon as you have completed the application, wash your
Generally, after the use of this
medication has begun, patients notice that the affected area becomes somewhat unsightly. This can last for up to
several weeks and is considered to be normal and acceptable.
It is important to
apply the medication on time exactly as indicated by your physician or pharmacist; in case you forgot to
apply the medication, apply the missed dose as soon as you remember it; if it is almost time for the next
dose, skip the missed dose and continue your regular dosing. Double dose is not recommended.
Store Carac at room temperature and out of reach of children. The drug should not be kept in the light or moisture.
After use, do not throw the container in the garbage. For more information on proper disposal of Carac, talk to
your physician or pharmacist.
It is important to notify your doctor if you have
dihydropyrimidine dehydrogenase (DPD) enzyme deficiency before you take this medication Carac because it is
considered to be a contraindicator.
you are treated with Carac, you need to take the following precautions:
avoid the treated area to prolonged sun exposure
tell your doctor if you have a history of other skin problems or acne rosacea
Tell your physician if you are taking prescription or nonprescription medications including aspiring, vitamins
and nutritional supplements.
Carac is not recommended or should be used with precaution in the following conditions:
to fluorouracil or any of its components
can be applied to the skin of infants and children, but under the strict supervision of a physician.
Side effects: Carac can cause
skin reactions in some cancer patients. Common Carac side effects include:
If the side
effects above persist for days or weeks, contact your oncologist or your dermatologist so that you can be
prescribed an appropriate chemotherapy skin care. In addition, contact your doctor immediately if you experience any
of these symptoms:
red skin rash