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clioquinol and hydrocortisone topical (cont.)

What should I discuss with my health care provider before using clioquinol and hydrocortisone (Ala-Quin)?

Before using this medication, tell your doctor if you are pregnant or breast-feeding.

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 clioquinol and hydrocortisone 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.

If you use clioquinol and hydrocortisone on a child, do not use the medication for longer than the child's doctor has prescribed.

How should I use clioquinol and hydrocortisone (Ala-Quin)?

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.

Before you apply clioquinol and hydrocortisone, use soap and water to wash the skin area you plan to treat.

Apply a thin layer of medication to the skin and rub it in gently.

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.

Wash your hands thoroughly with soap and water after you apply this medication.

If you need to remove the medicine, wash it off with water and mild soap.

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.

Store this medication at room temperature away from moisture and heat. Do not allow the medicine to freeze.

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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