Extina

Generic Name: Ketoconazole

  • What is this medication and its most common uses?

    Extina is a topical medicine (applied directly on the skin) that is used to treat an inflammatory skin condition that may affect your scalp, face, ears, chest, or upper back.

  • What should I know when beginning and continuing on this medication?

    How does this medication work?

    Extina works by relieving symptoms associated with an inflammatory condition.

    What are the beneficial effects of this medication and when should I begin to have results?

    What: Extina may reduce your symptoms, such as scaling, redness, and hardening of the skin.

    When: Everyone responds differently to treatment, so try to be patient and follow your healthcare provider's directions. It is important that you use Extina exactly as your healthcare provider has prescribed.

    How do I know it is working?

    You may notice an improvement in your skin condition once you begin using Extina. This is a good indicator that your medication is working. Your healthcare provider may ask you questions to assess how well your symptoms are controlled.

  • What are the possible side effects of this medication?

    The following is not a full list of side effects. Side effects cannot be anticipated. If any develop or change in intensity, tell your healthcare provider as soon as possible. Only your healthcare provider can determine if it is safe for you to continue taking this medication.

    More common side effects may include: burning, dryness, redness, itchiness, rash of the skin.

    Less common side effects may include:

    Extina may cause allergic reactions.

  • Who should not take this medication?

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

  • What should I tell my healthcare provider before I take the first dose of this medication?

    Tell your healthcare provider about all prescription, over-the-counter, and herbal medications you are taking before beginning treatment with Extina. Also, talk to your healthcare provider 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 healthcare provider uses. Depending on your condition and medical history, your healthcare provider may prescribe a different regimen. Do not change the dosage or stop taking your medication without your healthcare provider's approval.

    Adults: Apply to the affected area(s) twice a day for 4 weeks.

  • How should I take this medication?

    Use Extina exactly as prescribed by your healthcare provider. Do not use it more often or stop using it without first talking to your healthcare provider.

    Do not apply Extina directly onto hands because the foam will begin to melt right away when it touches your skin. Dispense the foam directly into the cap of the can or onto a cool surface, and apply to the affected area(s) using your fingertips. If your fingers are warm, rinse them in cold water first. Be sure to dry them well before applying Extina. If the Extina can seems warm or the foam seems runny, place the can under cool running water for a few minutes. Wash your hands well after applying Extina.

    If you do not see an improvement at the end of your treatment course, call your healthcare provider.

  • What should I avoid while taking this medication?

    Do not expose the Extina can to heat or high temperatures. Avoid fire, flame, or smoking during and immediately after applying Extina.

    Extina contains alcohol and propane/butane, which are flammable (it can catch on fire).

    Do not get Extina in your eyes, mouth, or vagina.

  • What are the possible food and drug interactions associated with this medication?

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

  • May I receive this medication if I am pregnant or breastfeeding?

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

  • What should I do if I miss a dose of this medication?

    If you miss a dose of Extina, 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 this medication?

    Store at room temperature. Do not refrigerate or store in direct sunlight.

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