balsam peru topical (generic name)

It is used to promote healing and treat certain types of skin ulcers and wounds.
(KAS tor oil; puh ROO BAWL suhm; TRIP sin)
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What is this medicine?

CASTOR OIL; PERU BALSAM; TRYPSIN (KAS tor oil; puh ROO BAWL suhm; TRIP sin) is used to promote healing and treat certain types of skin ulcers and wounds.

What should I tell my health care provider before I take this medicine?

They need to know if you have any of these conditions:
  • an unusual or allergic reaction to balsam peru; castor oil; trypsin, other medicines, foods, dyes, or preservatives
  • pregnant or trying to get pregnant
  • breast-feeding

How should I use this medicine?

This medicine is for external use only. Follow the directions on the prescription label. Wash your hands before and after applying. Apply a thin film to the affected area. The wound may be left uncovered or bandaged as directed by your doctor or health care professional. Do not get the ointment in your eyes. If you do, rinse out with plenty of cool tap water. Do not use this medicine more often than directed. Do not stop using this medicine except on the advice of your doctor or health care professional.

Talk to your pediatrician regarding the use of this medicine in children. Special care may be needed.

What if I miss a dose?

If you miss a dose, use it as soon as you can. If it is almost time for your next dose, use only that dose. Do not use double or extra doses.

What may interact with this medicine?

Do not use this medicine with any of the following medications:
  • silver sulfadiazine

This medicine may also interact with:

  • get advice before using other skin products on the same site

What should I watch for while using this medicine?

This medicine may cause temporary stinging when used on sensitive skin.

What side effects may I notice from receiving this medicine?

Side effects that you should report to your doctor or health care professional as soon as possible:
  • allergic reactions like skin rash, itching or hives, swelling of the face, lips, or tongue
  • unusual bleeding of wound
  • unusual redness or irritation of wound

Side effects that usually do not require medical attention (report to your doctor or health care professional if they continue or are bothersome):

  • stinging at area of application

Where should I keep my medicine?

Keep out of the reach of children.

Store at room temperature between 15 and 30 degrees C (59 and 86 degrees F). Do not freeze. Throw away any unused medicine after the expiration date.

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.

Last Updated: March 19, 2009
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