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All about: Xenaderm Ointment

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Generic Name: Balsam Peru/Castor Oil/Trypsin Ointment (BAL-sum pe-ROO/KAS-tor oil/TRIP-sin)
Brand Name: Xenaderm

Xenaderm Ointment is used for:

Treating skin wounds and promoting wound healing.

Xenaderm Ointment is a wound agent. It works by stimulating blood vessel activity and removal of unhealthy tissue. The castor oil works as a lubricant to protect the tissue.

Do NOT use Xenaderm Ointment if:

  • you are allergic to any ingredient in Xenaderm Ointment

Contact your doctor or health care provider right away if any of these apply to you.

Before using Xenaderm Ointment:

Some medical conditions may interact with Xenaderm Ointment. Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you have any medical conditions, especially if any of the following apply to you:

  • if you are pregnant, planning to become pregnant, or are breast-feeding
  • if you are taking any prescription or nonprescription medicine, herbal preparation, or dietary supplement
  • if you have allergies to medicines, foods, or other substances
  • if you have a wound that contains a certain type of fresh blood clot

Some MEDICINES MAY INTERACT with Xenaderm Ointment. Because little, if any, of Xenaderm Ointment is absorbed into the blood, the risk of it interacting with another medicine is low.

Ask your health care provider if Xenaderm Ointment may interact with other medicines that you take. Check with your health care provider before you start, stop, or change the dose of any medicine.

How to use Xenaderm Ointment:

Use Xenaderm Ointment as directed by your doctor. Check the label on the medicine for exact dosing instructions.

  • Clean the wound before applying this medicine.
  • Apply a thin film of Xenaderm Ointment to the affected area. The wound may be left unbandaged or an appropriate dressing may be applied as directed by your doctor.
  • To remove, wash gently with water.
  • Wash your hands immediately after using Xenaderm Ointment, unless your hands are part of the treated area.
  • Xenaderm Ointment is for external use only. Avoid getting Xenaderm Ointment in the eyes, nostrils, or mouth.
  • If you miss a dose of Xenaderm Ointment, use it as soon as possible. If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and go back to your regular dosing schedule. Do not use 2 doses at once.

Ask your health care provider any questions you may have about how to use Xenaderm Ointment.

Important safety information:

  • Xenaderm Ointment may cause harm if it is swallowed. If you may have taken it by mouth, contact your poison control center or emergency room right away.
  • It may take several days for Xenaderm Ointment to work. Do not stop using Xenaderm Ointment without checking with your doctor.
  • If your wound does not improve or becomes worse, check with your doctor.
  • PREGNANCY and BREAST-FEEDING: If you become pregnant, contact your doctor. You will need to discuss the benefits and risks of using Xenaderm Ointment while you are pregnant. It is not known if Xenaderm Ointment is found in breast milk. If you are or will be breast-feeding while you use Xenaderm Ointment, check with your doctor. Discuss any possible risks to your baby.

Possible side effects of Xenaderm Ointment:

All medicines may cause side effects, but many people have no, or minor, side effects. Check with your doctor if any of these most COMMON side effects persist or become bothersome:

Temporary stinging.

Seek medical attention right away if any of these SEVERE side effects occur:

Severe allergic reactions (rash; hives; itching; difficulty breathing; tightness in the chest; swelling of the mouth, face, lips, or tongue).

This is not a complete list of all side effects that may occur. If you have questions or need medical advice about side effects, contact your doctor or health care provider. You may report side effects to the FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088 (1-800-332-1088) or at http://www.fda.gov/medwatch.

If OVERDOSE is suspected:

Contact 1-800-222-1222 (the American Association of Poison Control Centers), your local poison control center (http://www.aapcc.org/findyour.htm), or emergency room immediately. Xenaderm Ointment may be harmful if swallowed.

Proper storage of Xenaderm Ointment:

Store Xenaderm Ointment at room temperature, between 59 and 86 degrees F (15 and 30 degrees C). Do not store above 120 degrees F (49 degrees C). Store away from heat and direct sunlight. Do not store in the bathroom. Do not puncture, break, or burn the canister even if it appears to be empty. Keep Xenaderm Ointment out of the reach of children and away from pets.

General information:

  • If you have any questions about Xenaderm Ointment, please talk with your doctor, pharmacist, or other health care provider.
  • Xenaderm Ointment is to be used only by the patient for whom it is prescribed. Do not share it with other people.
  • If your symptoms do not improve or if they become worse, check with your doctor.

This information is a summary only. It does not contain all information about Xenaderm Ointment. If you have questions about the medicine you are taking or would like more information, check with your doctor, pharmacist, or other health care provider.

Issue Date: September 5, 2007
Database Edition 07.3.1.003
Copyright © 2007 Wolters Kluwer Health, Inc.

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