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Optase topical

GENERIC NAME(S): TRYPSIN/BALSAM PERU/CASTOR OIL

Uses

This combination product is used on skin wounds and ulcers to help relieve pain and help healing. Trypsin is an enzyme that helps to break up and remove dead skin and tissue. Balsam Peru is a mild antiseptic that helps prevent bacteria from growing and may also help the growth of skin cells. Castor oil is added to protect and soothe the affected area. This product may also reduce the odor from some wounds.

How to use Optase topical

This medication is for use on the skin only. Avoid contact with eyes. Wash your hands before and after applying this medication. Apply a thin layer to the affected area, usually at least 2 times daily or as directed by your doctor.

If your doctor has directed you to clean the affected area, clean it before applying this medication. Leave unbandaged or apply a dressing as directed by your doctor. To remove the medication, wash gently with water. If you are unsure about how to clean the affected area or apply this medication, consult your doctor.

Side Effects

Temporary pain or stinging at the affected area may occur. If any of these effects persist or worsen, tell your doctor or pharmacist promptly.

Remember that your doctor has prescribed this medication because he or she has judged that the benefit to you is greater than the risk of side effects. Many people using this medication do not have serious side effects.

Treatment of skin wounds and ulcers by breaking up and removing dead skin and tissue may infrequently increase the risk for serious infection (sepsis). Tell your doctor immediately if you notice any symptoms of serious infection, including: fever/chills, fast breathing (hyperventilation), fast heartbeat, warm skin, weakness.

A very serious allergic reaction to this drug is rare. However, seek immediate medical attention if you notice any symptoms of a serious allergic reaction, including: rash, itching/swelling (especially of the face/tongue/throat), severe dizziness, trouble breathing.

This is not a complete list of possible side effects. If you notice other effects not listed above, contact your doctor or pharmacist.

In the US -

Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.

In Canada - Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to Health Canada at 1-866-234-2345.

Precautions

Before using this product, tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are allergic to any of its ingredients; or if you have any other allergies. This product may contain inactive ingredients, which can cause allergic reactions or other problems. Talk to your pharmacist for more details.

This product is not recommended for use on fresh blood clots.

Before using this medication, tell your doctor or pharmacist your medical history.

This product is safe to use during pregnancy.

It is not known whether this product passes into breast milk. Consult your doctor before breast-feeding.

Interactions

Your doctor or pharmacist may already be aware of any possible drug interactions and may be monitoring you for them. Do not start, stop, or change the dosage of any medicine before checking with your doctor or pharmacist first.

Before using this medication, tell your doctor or pharmacist of all prescription and nonprescription/herbal products you may use, especially of: other wound care products (e.g., antiseptics, antibiotics applied on the skin).

This document does not contain all possible interactions. Therefore, before using this product, tell your doctor or pharmacist of all the products you use. Keep a list of all your medications with you, and share the list with your doctor and pharmacist.

Overdose

This medicine may be harmful if swallowed. If swallowing or overdose is suspected, contact a poison control center or emergency room immediately. US residents can call their local poison control center at 1-800-222-1222. Canada residents can call a provincial poison control center.

Notes

Do not share this medication with others.

Missed Dose

If you miss a dose, apply it as soon as you remember. If it is near the time of the next dose, skip the missed dose and resume your usual dosing schedule. Do not apply more of this product to catch up.

Storage

Store at room temperature between 59-86 degrees F (15-30 degrees C) away from light and moisture. Do not store in the bathroom. Keep all medicines away from children and pets.

Do not flush medications down the toilet or pour them into a drain unless instructed to do so. Properly discard this product when it is expired or no longer needed. Consult your pharmacist or local waste disposal company for more details about how to safely discard your product.

Information last revised March 2013. Copyright(c) 2013 First Databank, Inc.

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