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Generic Name: balsam Peru, castor oil, and trypsin (topical)
(BAL sum pe ROO, KAS tur oyl, TRIP sin)
What is the most important information I should know about balsam Peru, castor oil, and trypsin?
Use this medication exactly as it was prescribed for you. Do not use it in larger amounts or for longer than recommended by your doctor.
There may be other drugs that can affect balsam Peru, castor oil, and trypsin. Tell your doctor about all the prescription and over-the-counter medications you use. This includes vitamins, minerals, herbal products, and drugs prescribed by other doctors. Do not start using a new medication without telling your doctor.
Stop using this medication and get emergency medical help if you think you have used too much medicine, or if you have any of these signs of an allergic reaction: hives; difficulty breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.
Less serious side effects are more likely, and you may have none at all. Talk to your doctor about any side effect that seems unusual or is especially bothersome.
What is balsam Peru, castor oil, and trypsin?
Balsam Peru increases blood flow to a wound area, and also helps fight bacteria.
Castor oil prevents skin cells from breaking down, which aids in wound healing.
Trypsin helps shed damaged skin cells.
The combination of Vasolex (for the skin) is used to treat bed sores and other skin ulcers. This medication can help promote healing and relieve pain caused by these conditions.
Balsam Peru, castor oil, and trypsin may also be used for other purposes not listed in this medication guide.
What should I discuss with my health care provider before taking balsam Peru, castor oil, and trypsin?
You should not use this medication if you are allergic to balsam Peru, castor oil, and trypsin.
This medication is not expected to be harmful to an unborn baby. Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant during treatment.
It is not known whether balsam Peru, castor oil, and trypsin passes into breast milk or if it could harm a nursing baby. Do not use this medication without telling your doctor if you are breast-feeding a baby.
How should I use balsam Peru, castor oil, and trypsin?
Use this medication exactly as it was prescribed for you. Do not use the medication in larger amounts, or use it for longer than recommended by your doctor. Follow the directions on your prescription label.
Apply a thin layer of medication to the wound. In most cases, this medicine is applied twice daily. Follow your doctor's instructions.
After applying the medication, you may cover the wound with a bandage dressing, or leave the wound open to the air. Your doctor will tell you whether you should cover the wound or not.
If you need to remove this medication, wash it off with water and mild soap.
Some forms of this medication are flammable. Do not use near open flame or while you are smoking. Avoid inhaling the spray.
It is important to use balsam Peru, castor oil, and trypsin regularly to get the most benefit. Get your prescription refilled before you run out of medicine completely.
Store this medication at room temperature away from moisture and heat. Do not allow the medicine to freeze.
What happens if I miss a dose?
Use the medication as soon as you remember. If it is almost time for the next dose, skip the missed dose and use the medicine at the next regularly scheduled time. Do not use extra medicine to make up the missed dose.
What happens if I overdose?
Seek emergency medical attention if you think you have used too much of this medicine.
An overdose of balsam Peru, castor oil, and trypsin applied to the skin is not expected to produce life-threatening symptoms.
What should I avoid while using balsam Peru, castor oil, and trypsin?
Avoid getting this medication in your eyes, mouth, and nose, or on your lips. If it does get into any of these areas, wash with water.
Avoid using skin products that can cause irritation, such as harsh soaps or shampoos or skin cleansers, hair coloring or permanent chemicals, hair removers or waxes, or skin products with alcohol, spices, astringents, or lime. Do not use other medicated skin products unless your doctor has told you to.
What are the possible side effects of balsam Peru, castor oil, and trypsin?
Get emergency medical help if you have any of these signs of an allergic reaction: hives; difficulty breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.
Other less serious side effects are more likely to occur, such as:
- mild stinging or burning where the medicine is applied.
This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Tell your doctor about any unusual or bothersome side effect. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.
What other drugs will affect balsam Peru, castor oil, and trypsin?
It is not likely that other drugs you take orally or inject will have an effect on topically applied balsam Peru, castor oil, and trypsin. But many drugs can interact with each other. Tell your doctor about all your prescription and over-the-counter medications, vitamins, minerals, herbal products, and drugs prescribed by other doctors. Do not start a new medication without telling your doctor.
Where can I get more information?
Your pharmacist can provide more information about balsam Peru, castor oil, and trypsin.
Remember, keep this and all other medicines out of the reach of children, never share your medicines with others, and use this medication only for the indication prescribed.
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