What is Fourderm ?
Fourderm is the brand name of a skin cream, which is used in the management of different skin problems including fungal infection. It is manufactured and marketed by Cipla limited. It is available in the packaging of 10 grams cream per tube.
- What is the generic name(s)?
- How does it work ?
- What are it’s uses ?
- How effective is this medicine ?
- What are the Side Effects ?
- What is the Dosage ?
- What are the precautions I need to take ?
- Is it safe to take if I am pregnant ?
- Is it safe to take if I am breast feeding ?
- Can this medicine be given to children and infants ?
- Is Fourderm available as an over the counter (OTC) product?
- Frequently asked questions
What is the generic name (s)?
The generic components of Fourderm along with their composition in % w/w is being described below:
- Chlorhexidine Gluconate : 0.20% w/w
- Clobetasol Topical : 0.05% w/w
- Miconazole Topical : 2.00% w/w
- Neomycin Topical : 0.50% w/w
How does it work ?
Chlorhexidine Gluconate is an antiseptic drug. It works by preventing the growth of bacteria and also by killing them.
Clobetasol Topical is an corticosteroid medication. t reduces the chemicals which cause allergy in the skin and help in the prevention of allergic reactions which might happen in the later stages. It possess anti-inflammatory and immune system suppressing activity.
Miconazole Topical belongs to class of medicines called imidazole. Imidazole is an antibiotic, which specifically fights anaerobic bacteria and protozoa. It disrupts the production of their DNA by entering inside them.This causes their death thereby decreasing the infection caused by them.
Neomycin Topical is an antibiotic drug. It stops the growth of bacteria by preventing the production of proteins required for bacterial growth.
What are it’s uses ?
Fourderm cream is administered to prevent, control and treat following diseases and conditons:
- Vaginal yeast infections
- Vulvovaginal candidiasis
- Dental plaque and bacteria
- Minor scalds
- Infection before any surgical procedure
- Blisters due to sunburn
- Eye infections
- Infected and cracked skin
- Redness, itching, dryness and swelling of skin
- Redness, itching, dryness and swelling of scalp
- Fungal and bacterial infections on skin
- Napkin rash
- Skin cleansing
- Hepatic coma
- External ear infections
How effective is this medicine ?
Fourderm is a very effective cream in the management of all the skin related disorders as mentioned above. One should use it after discussing the condition and other symptoms with a dermatologist.
What are the Side Effects ?
Fourderm cream has the following commonly reported side-effects:
- Redness of skin
- Easy bruising of skin
- Skin irritation
- Skin dryness
If any of these side effects persist longer, consult a dermatologist immediately.
What is the Dosage ?
The quantity of Fourderm cream to be applied for the particular skin condition and also the frequency of application per day has to be as per Dermatologist’s prescription. Also, one must not exceed the duration (in terms of number of days) of the use of this cream.
What are the precautions I need to take ?
While using this cream precaution should be exercised:
- This is cream for external use only
- Avoid inhaling and swallowing
- Monitor actively if being used for long-term
- Avoid if the patient has acute and/or systemic fungal infection
- Usage has to be withdrawn slowly
- Use with caution if the patient is an elderly person
- Use with caution with patients(especially women), who have recently undergone a thyroid test
- This cream can cause skin irritation on the first time use. So better try it on alternative nights for two weeks before applying it every night.
- Avoid exposing your skin to the sun as it may cause sun burns resulting in to darkening of the skin, given it rapidly exfoliates the skin.
- One should carefully read about all the ingredients of this cream to ensure that they should not cause any reaction or allergies.
- For best results make sure to follow the instructions on how to use the product provided on the product.
- Use with caution if the patient is pregnant or planning to get pregnant
- Use with caution if the patient breast feeding a baby, or planning to start breast feeding.
Is it safe to take if I am pregnant ?
No, this medicine is not safe to take if you are pregnant or planning to get pregnant.
Fourderm belongs to pregnancy category ‘N’, FDA has not yet classified the drug into a specified pregnancy category.
This cream also contains corticosteroids, which can be excreted through breast milk and harm the nursing infants.
Please consult your gynecologists or a qualified doctor before administering this drug to a pregnant woman.
Is it safe to take if I am breast feeding ?
This medicine is relatively safe to use while breast feeding. But it should not be applied any where near breast. Make sure the baby doesn’t come in to contact with the cream. Please use this medicine only when clearly needed.
Consult a doctor to know if this cream is safe for you.
Can this medicine be given to children and infants ?
This medicine should not be given to infants.
This medicine should not be given to children, unless advised by the doctor.
Is Fourderm available as an over the counter (OTC) product?
Yes, this medicine is available as an over the counter (OTC) product. But it is advised to consult a doctor for correct diagnosis of the disease and proper dosage of this medicine. Do no Self medicate, Self medication can be dangerous.
Frequently asked questions
What to do if there is a direct contact of the cream with eyes?
In case of direct contact of Fourderm with eyes, immediately wash the eyes with water and contact a doctor as soon as possible.
Can I apply it as many times I want in a day?
No, that will be harmful for the skin. Generally it is advised to be used twice or thrice in a day. Please follow your dermatologist’s instructions on this.