Fluorouracil Cream 

A treatment for the basal cell carcinoma, more often known as the most ordinary type of skin cancer in layman language, is topical creams such as diclofenac, fluorouracil, and imiquimod. Out of these the one most commonly prescribed by the doctors is fluorouracil 5 cream. This same cream is also known by other names such as Efudex, Carac, Flouroplex, 5-FU etc, depending on the manufacturing companies. It is used for the healing of superficial basal cell carcinoma when predictable methods turn out to be futile. It has the potential to cure multiple lesions and is good for difficult treatment sites such as on the face or the scalp. Also it is used for curing actinic keratosis, which when left untreated can lead to more serious squamous cell carcinoma. In the form of injections fluorouracil becomes more potent and treats bowel, esophageal, breast and stomach drug.

Fluorouracil Cream is a drug used in the chemotherapy treatment of cancer and works by interfering with the formation of DNA and RNA and thus meddling with the cell division and growth. Due to this, death of the quickly growing cancerous cells occurs. Best feature of fluorouracil would be unlike surgery it does not leave scars or permanently cause discoloration to patches of skin. Also, fluorouracil is absorbed more quickly by the cancerous cells than the healthy cells which will make its action more specific and its work more effective. The success rate of fluorouracil why do i feel off balance cream is quite staggering. It can treat basal cell carcinoma it success rate being approximately 93% success.

For correct usage of fluorouracil 5 cream in cure of cell carcinoma, it is recommended the use 5% of the cream two times a day. The amount of cream used should be enough to coat the lesions nicely and the treatment should go on for at least three to six weeks. The use of a cotton applicator and gloves is advised while application or otherwise through rinsing of the hands should be done after applying this medicine. Care should be taken that the cream does not touch eyes, nose or mouth.

Like any other medicine fluorouracil also has its potential side effects. The applied area may seem unsightly during the early stages of treatment. The first one to two weeks of application slight pain and inflammation has to be endured. The first weak inflammation is mild but the second proceeds with redness, swelling, crusting and burning. It is not a reason for alarm as it is included in the path of healing. Gradually when the lesions dissolve all these signs disappear and new skin growth starts. Other alarming side effects of this medicine which should be reported to the doctor, (if appear) are:

  • Abdominal pain
  • Blood diarrhea
  • Vomiting
  • Chills and fever

These side effects may be more common if injections of fluorouracil are used, though topical creams also have a certain degree of absorption therefore possibility of the side effects is there. Usage of fluorouracil is not advisable for pregnant women as its absorption may cause harm to the fetus and result into birth defects such as cleft lip and ventricular septal defect.