Generic Name(s): fluorouracil topical
Drug Class: Antimetabolites
Treats: solar keratoses, superficial basal carcinoma, actinic keratoses, Bowen's disease, psoriasis, porokeratosis, genital warts
Carac is indicated for the treatment of basal cell cancer of skin and actinic keratoses, which is a precancerous skin condition. Carac's anticancer properties help in fighting the cancer cells and preventing them from dividing. In cancerous tumors, the cells divide in an uncontrolled way unlike in normal tissues. Cancer cells do not go through the usual checks and balances that limit cell division. In normal cells, they stop to divide when they get in contact with other cells in a mechanism referred to as contact inhibition. During cell division, the cells should produce DNA in each new cell. The production of the DNA is largely dependent on the synthesis of RNA material that acts as the messenger at the time of production of DNA. Carac works to prevent the formation of RNA thus preventing the formation of DNA, and this means that cells cannot multiply.
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Carac is a cream with the active ingredient of fluorouracil. Carac is used in treating scaly skin overgrowths or pre-cancerous skin conditions like solar keratoses or actinic keratoses. It is also used to treat superficial basal cell carcinoma. Carac belongs to a group of drugs known as antimetabolites. This drug interferes with cell formation and growth, causing death of the cells that are growing rapidly, like abnormal skin cells.
Below you will find the uses of Carac.
- Actinic Keratoses
- Skin cancer
Carac dosage is dependent on the individual that it is being administered to. The following dosage is an average dose and could differ among individuals. Do not take a larger dose or more frequent doses without approval from your doctor. Follow your medical professional's directions carefully for best results.
- Apply enough to cover the entire affected area with a thin film. Use once or twice a day for about 2 to 6 weeks.
Carac Side Effects
Carac, like any other drug, comes with its collection of side effects that vary with each individual who uses it. When you first begin taking Carac, watch yourself carefully for any worrying reactions. If you experience any severe side effects, consult with your doctor or medical professional immediately. Below is a list of known side effects. Note that this list is not complete.
- Burning feeling on the skin where applied
- Soreness and tenderness of skin
- Increased sensitivity of the skin to sunshine
- Skin rash
- Darkening of skin
- watery eyes
Below you will find a list of drugs and substances that interact with Carac. As with all drugs, before taking Carac, you should make your doctor aware of any medications you may be taking, including prescription and over-the-counter drugs, as well as supplements and herbal remedies. Do not let anyone else take your medication, and consult your physician before taking any new medication. Note that this list is not complete.