Carac Skin Cream

Generic Name:Fluorouracil
Brand Name(s):Carac and Fluoroplex

Carac skin cream is a prescribed treatment for skin cancer. It is also known as the Topical fluorouracil cream that is a drug that is used to treat conditions of the skin in which there is rapid multiplication or division of the cells, for example, skin cancer. In order to multiply or divide, cells must produce DNA for each new cell. The DNA is critical, since it is the genetic material that directs the activity of all the cells. Production of DNA depends on the production of RNA that serves as a messenger during the production of DNA. Fluorouracil prevents the formation of RNA that, in turn, prevents the formation of DNA. As a result, cells cannot multiply. With continued treatment, the remaining cells also die. Carac skin cream is used to treat certain skin conditions in which cells are multiplying rapidly. It is used to treat cancerous or precancerous conditions including solar keratoses, actinic keratosis, superficial basal cell carcinoma, and Bowen's disease, which is a type of skin cancer. It also is used to treat some noncancerous conditions in which cells are dividing rapidly, including psoriasis, genital warts, and porokeratosis that is an unusual inherited skin condition causing dry patches on the arms and legs.

How to use

The cream or solution is applied once or twice daily after washing the area that is to be treated with plain water. The course of treatment continues for up to four weeks. A tiny amount of the cream should be gently rubbed into all of the treated areas with a fingertip. Afterwards, the finger should be rinsed thoroughly with water. Carac skin cream works best on the face and scalp and is less effective on other areas of the body. It also destroys sun-damaged skin cells making the skin smoother and more youthful-appearing.

Cautions before using

There are some certain cautions, which are to be taken with Carac skin cream are as follows:

  • Carac skin cream may make you more sensitive to the sun. Avoid prolonged sun exposure, tanning booths, and sunlamps.
  • Use a sunscreen and wear protective clothing when outdoors. After using Carac skin cream, wait 2 hours before applying sunscreen or moisturizer to the treated area.
  • Do not use other skin products including creams, lotions, medications, or cosmetics unless instructed by your doctor to do so.
  • Carac skin cream or lotion must not be used during pregnancy. It may harm an unborn baby.

Carac Cream Possible Side Effects

The side effects, which may occur by the usage of Carac skin cream, are as follows:

  • Skin irritation,
  • Burning
  • Dryness
  • Redness
  • Changes in skin color
  • Trouble in sleeping
  • Pain
  • Swelling & tenderness
  • Irritability
  • Temporary hair loss
  • Abnormal taste in the mouth

Reactions and Overdose

Carac skin cream may react with any kind of prescribed or non-prescribed medicines as found in detailed medical studies. So, it is advised to consult to a doctor before using any drug with this skin care cream.

Overdose effects has not been reported with Carac skin care cream but if swallowed then the patient should seek medical care.


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