September 2, 2014
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Fucidin H

(fusidic acid - hydrocortisone)

DIN (Drug Identification Number)

02238578 FUCIDIN H 2%/1% CREAM

What side effects are possible with Fucidin H?

Many medications can cause side effects. A side effect is an unwanted response to a medication when it is taken in normal doses. Side effects can be mild or severe, temporary or permanent.

The side effects listed below are not experienced by everyone who uses this medication. If you are concerned about side effects, discuss the risks and benefits of this medication with your doctor.

The following side effects have been reported by at least 1% of people taking this medication. Many of these side effects can be managed, and some may go away on their own over time.

Contact your doctor if you experience these side effects and they are severe or bothersome. Your pharmacist may be able to advise you on managing side effects.

  • burning skin
  • dry skin
  • increased hair growth at application site
  • irritation of the skin at application site
  • itching

Although most of the side effects listed below don't happen very often, they could lead to serious problems if you do not seek medical attention.

Check with your doctor as soon as possible if any of the following side effects occur:

  • change in skin colour
  • thinning of the skin
  • worsening skin rash

Some people may experience side effects other than those listed. Check with your doctor if you notice any symptom that worries you while you are taking this medication.





Are there any other precautions or warnings for Fucidin H?

Before you begin using a medication, be sure to inform your doctor of any medical conditions or allergies you may have, any medications you are taking, whether you are pregnant or breast-feeding, and any other significant facts about your health. These factors may affect how you should use this medication.

Absorption: Applying this medication over large areas of damaged skin, in skin folds, or under dressings that do not breathe could promote the absorption of hydrocortisone into the blood circulation. This could produce unwanted effects similar to those seen after taking oral (by mouth) corticosteroid medications for long periods of time.

If you notice symptoms of using steroid medications for long periods of time, such as weakness, increased urination, increased thirst, fatigue, or weight loss, contact your doctor as soon as possible.

Organism overgrowth: Use of antibiotics applied to the skin occasionally allows overgrowth of organisms that are not killed by the antibiotic. If the infection does not improve within a few days or seems to get worse at any time, contact your doctor.

If you have a severe skin infection or an infection that does not appear to heal with the use of a topical (skin-applied) medication, your doctor may recommend treatment with an oral or injectable antibiotic in addition to or instead of a topical medication.

Prolonged use: Using a topical corticosteroid medication for a long period of time can cause skin to thin or soften or cause stretch marks. If there is no improvement in your skin condition after using fusidic acid - hydrocortisone for 2 weeks, contact your doctor.

Pregnancy: This medication should not be used during pregnancy unless the benefits outweigh the risks. If you become pregnant while taking this medication, contact your doctor immediately.

Breast-feeding: Fusidic acid passes into breast milk. It is not known whether hydrocortisone passes into breast milk. If you are a breast-feeding mother and are using fusidic acid - hydrocortisone, it may affect your baby. Talk to your doctor about whether you should continue breast-feeding.

Children: The safety and effectiveness of using this medication have not been established for children under 3 years of age.

What other drugs could interact with Fucidin H?

There may be an interaction between fusidic acid - hydrocortisone acetate and any of the following:

  • other topical (skin-applied) medications that contain corticosteroids

If you are taking any of these medications, speak with your doctor or pharmacist. Depending on your specific circumstances, your doctor may want you to:

  • stop taking one of the medications,
  • change one of the medications to another,
  • change how you are taking one or both of the medications, or
  • leave everything as is.

An interaction between two medications does not always mean that you must stop taking one of them. Speak to your doctor about how any drug interactions are being managed or should be managed.

Medications other than those listed above may interact with this medication. Tell your doctor or prescriber about all prescription, over-the-counter (non-prescription), and herbal medications you are taking. Also tell them about any supplements you take. Since caffeine, alcohol, the nicotine from cigarettes, or street drugs can affect the action of many medications, you should let your prescriber know if you use them.

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