Epifoam

Generic Name: Hydrocortisone

  • What is Epifoam?

    Epifoam is a topical foam spray (applied to the skin surface) that contains a corticosteroid and a pain reliever. Epifoam is used for the relief of inflammation and itching of the skin.

  • What is the most important information I should know about Epifoam?

    Epifoam is for external use only. Do not use it in your eyes.

    Epifoam can have a greater effect on children because they are more likely to absorb large amounts of the medicine through the skin. Long-term use can affect the growth and development of children. Talk to your doctor if you think your child is not growing at a normal rate after using this medication for a long period of time.

    Do not use Epifoam for any other condition other than that which your doctor has prescribed.

    Do not use Epifoam longer than the prescribed time period. If redness, pain, irritation, or swelling persists, or if you notice any skin reactions in the area being treated, stop using Epifoam and contact your doctor.

  • Who should not take Epifoam?

    Do not use Epifoam if you are allergic to it or any of its ingredients.

  • What should I tell my doctor before I take the first dose of Epifoam?

    Tell your doctor about all prescription, over-the-counter, and herbal medications you are taking before beginning treatment with Epifoam. Also, talk to your doctor about your complete medical history, especially if you are pregnant, plan to become pregnant, or are breastfeeding.

  • What is the usual dosage?

    The information below is based on the dosage guidelines your doctor uses. Depending on your condition and medical history, your doctor may prescribe a different regimen. Do not change the dosage or stop taking your medication without your doctor's approval.

    Adults: Apply a small amount to the affected area(s) 3-4 times a day depending on the severity of your condition.

    Children: Your doctor will prescribe the appropriate dose for your child, based on their need.

  • How should I take Epifoam?

    Apply Epifoam exactly as prescribed by your doctor.

    Shake the container vigorously for 5-10 seconds before each use. While holding the container upright, prime (to release into the air the dose that is already in the device) the container by pressing down several times on the container cap until foam appears. Apply a small amount directly to the affected area or to a pad, then apply to the affected area. The container and cap should be disassembled and rinsed with warm water after use.

    You can use occlusive dressings for the management of psoriasis (immune disorder that affects the skin) or other skin conditions that are difficult to treat.

    Please review the instructions that came with your prescription on how to properly apply Epifoam.

  • What should I avoid while taking Epifoam?

    Contents of the container are under pressure. Do not burn or puncture the aerosol container.

    Do not use Epifoam in your eyes. Also, do not insert the aerosol container into your vagina or anus.

    Do not bandage, cover, or wrap the treated skin area as to be occlusive unless directed by your doctor to do so. In addition, children should not wear tight-fitting diapers or plastic pants if the diaper area is being treated.

  • What are possible food and drug interactions associated with Epifoam?

    No significant interactions have been reported with Epifoam at this time. However, always tell your doctor about any medicines you take, including over-the-counter medications, vitamins, and herbal supplements.

  • What are the possible side effects of Epifoam?

    Side effects cannot be anticipated. If any develop or change in intensity, tell your doctor as soon as possible. Only your doctor can determine if it is safe for you to continue taking this drug.

    Side effects may include: abnormal hair growth, acne (pimples), burning, dryness, infections, inflamed hair follicles, irritation, itching, loss of skin color, skin inflammation, stretch marks, sweat rash, thinning of your skin layers

  • Can I receive Epifoam if I am pregnant or breastfeeding?

    The effects of Epifoam during pregnancy and breastfeeding are unknown. Tell your doctor immediately if you are pregnant, plan to become pregnant, or are breastfeeding.

  • What should I do if I miss a dose of Epifoam?

    If you miss a dose of Epifoam, apply it as soon as you remember. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, skip the one you missed and return to your regular dosing schedule. Do not apply two doses at once.

  • How should I store Epifoam?

    Store upright at room temperature and away from excessive heat. Do not refrigerate.