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Brand Names: Ala-Quin

Generic Name: clioquinol and hydrocortisone topical (Pronunciation: KLYE oh KWIN ol and HYE droe KOR ti sone TOP ik al)

What is clioquinol and hydrocortisone (Ala-Quin)?

Clioquinol topical fights bacteria and prevents fungus from growing on your skin.

Hydrocortisone is a topical steroid. It reduces the actions of chemicals in the body that cause inflammation, redness, and swelling.

The combination of clioquinol and hydrocortisone is used to treat skin redness and itching caused by skin infections, eczema, or other skin conditions.

Clioquinol and hydrocortisone may also be used for other purposes not listed in this medication guide.

What are the possible side effects of clioquinol and hydrocortisone (Ala-Quin)?

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 is the most important information I should know about clioquinol and hydrocortisone (Ala-Quin)?

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.

Do not cover the wound with a bandage dressing, unless your doctor has told you to. If you are treating diaper rash on an infant, do not use tight-fitting diapers or plastic pants. Covering the skin where this medicine has been applied can cause your body to absorb the steroid contained in the medication. Absorption of a steroid can cause unwanted side effects, especially in children.

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.

Call your doctor if your symptoms do not improve or if they get worse during the first 7 days of treatment with clioquinol and hydrocortisone.

Report Problems to the Food and Drug Administration

You are encouraged to report negative side effects of prescription drugs to the FDA. Visit the FDA MedWatch website or call 1-800-FDA-1088.

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