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Carac vs. Efudex for Cancer

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Carac

Rx
/ 1,397 posts
Other Names: Efudex   Fluorouracil

Efudex

Rx
/ 1,373 posts
Other Names: Carac   Fluorouracil   Fluoroplex
Rating: 3.5 out of 5
Based on 1,397 patient discussions on healthcare websites and blogs
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Rating: 4.5 out of 5
Based on 1,373 patient discussions on healthcare websites and blogs
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Fluorouracil (5-FU or f5U) (sold under the brand names Adrucil, Carac, Efudix, Efudex and Fluoroplex) is a medication that is a pyrimidine analog which is used in the treatment of cancer. It is a suicide inhibition and works through irrevers... Read more on Wikipedia
Fluorouracil (5-FU or f5U) (sold under the brand names Adrucil, Carac, Efudix, Efudex and Fluoroplex) is a medication that is a pyrimidine analog which is used in the treatment of cancer. It is a suicide inhibition and works through irrevers... Read more on Wikipedia
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By FredL
October 12, 2013
FredL wrote
the best and least painful way to use Carac and Efudex
I have been using fluorouracil for over 10 years now and have discovered that there is no need for discomfort or hideous looking skin in treating sun damaged pre-cancerous skin. Use Carac or Efudex for 10 days to 14 days or until your skin starts to look bad and then stop. Use it again for the same amount of time and then stop. You need to hit the 4-week of usage mark and then you will be done. Two series of 14 days should do it! I found this out by practical experience and then my doctor confirmed my findings. He told me that 14 days twice is what many doctors are now advising for painless but thorough treatment.
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By Tony
September 27, 2013
Tony wrote
Efudex and night sweat.
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By Franny
August 18, 2013
Franny wrote
Efudex (Post treatment - healing phase)
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By Lynne
August 3, 2013
Lynne wrote
Nausea, headache, fatigue
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What patients are saying about Carac vs. Efudex

187 patient discussions from healthcare websites and blogs
why my Derm prescribed the Efudex instead. Seems to be...
...been using the aquaphor on ...the difference between Efudex and  Carac,and wondering why my Derm prescribed the Efudex instead. Seems to be a much more harsh treatment then Carac, but with the...
think Carac and Efudex work pretty much the same way. I do...
...think Carac and Efudex work pretty much the ...reaction will be faster. I always understood that you had to complete the whole time of 21 days or more of the treatment for the cancer cells to be...
for responding.  You really did not make me feel any better...
RE: Side Effects of Carac or Efudex   On 3/26/2007 Jmac2136 wrote: Thanks for responding.  You really did not make me feel any better.  I thought it was better yesterday -- actually I think it has...
the other hand, I used Efudex before and found that because...
...the other hand, I used Efudex before and found that because ...more quickly. I think the Carac is supposed to be slightly ...on the skin. I am done with my Carac regimine and can't bel...
the other hand, I used Efudex before and found that because...
...the other hand, I used Efudex before and found that because ...more quickly. I think the Carac is supposed to be slightly ...on the skin. I am done with my Carac regimine and can't bel...
I stopped using the Efudex a week ago. The Biafine...
I have used Carac, it may be milder and ...as violent a reaction as Efudex. I am now in week five of my treatment, I stopped using the Efudex a week ago. The Biafine is helping to...
was just prescribed Efudex 1x a week (on Friday nights) for...
...Efudex ...used Carac cream last year for 1 month with absolutely NO side effects. My new derm said it was possibly a bad batch of cream, or my body doesn't react that way. She also said Carac ...
days than that. My reaction to Carac started w/in 3 days...
...Gel before starting Carac, as my ...days than that. My reaction to Carac started w/in 3 days and I think that is due to using the Retin A first. I'm glad ...are being treated w/Carac or efu...
about Carac vs. Efudex made me wonder about the differences...
...Pat, Your comments about Carac vs. Efudex made me wonder about ...I'm glad I'm on Carac! ...
and tips on using Efudex or Carac Already, washing my...
RE: Lessons learned and tips on using Efudex or Carac Already, washing my hair this morning gave me better...
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