Generic Name: Formaldehyde Brand Name(s): Generics only. No brands available.

Know the basics

What is formaldehyde used for?

Formaldehyde is used as an antiperspirant to treat feet that sweat or smell excessively. It is also used as a drying agent during wart treatment. Formaldehyde solution is a drying agent. It works by drying excessive moisture.

How should I take formaldehyde?

Formaldehyde is for use on the skin only. Do not shake the container if the cap is removed. Follow all directions on the product package and use as directed by your doctor. Apply as directed by your doctor, generally once daily to affected skin. Keep this medication away from your eyes, nose, and mouth. If contact occurs on these areas or skin that should not be treated, rinse thoroughly with soap and water. If a skin reaction occurs even after rinsing, contact your doctor promptly.

Use formaldehyde regularly to get the most benefit from it. Remember to use it at the same time each day.

Tell your doctor if your condition persists or worsens.

How do I store formaldehyde?

Formaldehyde is best stored at room temperature away from direct light and moisture. To prevent drug damage, you should not store formaldehyde in the bathroom or the freezer. There may be different brands of formaldehyde that may have different storage needs. It is important to always check the product package for instructions on storage, or ask your pharmacist. For safety, you should keep all medicines away from children and pets.

You should not flush formaldehyde down the toilet or pour them into a drain unless instructed to do so. It is important to properly discard this product when it is expired or no longer needed. Consult your pharmacist for more details about how to safely discard your product.

Know the precautions & warnings

What should I know before using formaldehyde?

Do NOT use formaldehyde solution if:

  • you are allergic to any ingredient in formaldehyde solution

Contact your doctor or health care provider right away if any of these apply to you.

Is it safe to take formaldehyde during pregnancy or breast-feeding?

There isn’t enough information about the safety of using this medication during pregnancy and breast-feeding. Please always consult with your doctor to weigh the potential benefits and risks before taking this medication.

Know the side effects

What are the side effects of formaldehyde?

Irritation or redness of the skin may occur. Skin lightening or hardening may also occur. If any of these effects persist or worsen, tell your doctor or pharmacist promptly.

Remember that your doctor has prescribed this medication because he or she has judged that the benefit to you is greater than the risk of side effects. Many people using this medication do not have serious side effects.

A very serious allergic reaction to this drug is rare. However, get medical help right away if you notice any symptoms of a serious allergic reaction, including: rash,itching/swelling (especially of the face/tongue/throat), severe dizziness, trouble breathing.

Not everyone experiences these side effects. There may be some side effects not listed above. If you have any concerns about a side-effect, please consult your doctor or pharmacist.

Know the interactions

What drugs may interact with formaldehyde?

Formaldehyde may interact with other drugs that you are currently taking, which can change how your drug works or increase your risk for serious side effects. To avoid any potential drug interactions, you should keep a list of all the drugs you are using (including prescription drugs, nonprescription drugs and herbal products) and share it with your doctor and pharmacist. For your safety, do not start, stop, or change the dosage of any drugs without your doctor’s approval.

Does food or alcohol interact with formaldehyde?

Formaldehyde may interact with food or alcohol by altering the way the drug works or increase the risk for serious side effects. Please discuss with your doctor or pharmacist any potential food or alcohol interactions before using this drug.

What health conditions may interact with formaldehyde?

Formaldehyde may interact with your health condition. This interaction may worsen your health condition or alter the way the drug works. It is important to always let your doctor and pharmacist know all the health conditions you currently have, especially:

  • if you are pregnant, planning to become pregnant, or are breast-feeding
  • if you are taking any prescription or nonprescription medicine, herbal preparation, or dietary supplement
  • if you have allergies to medicines, foods, or other substances

Understand the Dosage

The information provided is not a substitute for medical advice. ALWAYS consult your doctor or pharmacist before using this medication.

What is the dose of Formaldehyde for an adult?

Palmar and plantar warts
Adult: Topical/Cutaneous: A 3% v/v solution or 0.75% water-miscible gel can be applied onto the affected areas.

What is the dose of Formaldehyde for a child?

The dosage has not been established in pediatric patients. It may be unsafe for your child. It is always important to fully understand the safety of the drug before using. Please consult with your doctor or pharmacist for more information.

How is formaldehyde available?

Formaldehyde is available in the following dosage forms and strengths:

Topical: 10%

What should I do in case of an emergency or overdose?

In case of an emergency or an overdose, call your local emergency services or go to your nearest emergency room.

What should I do if I miss a dose?

If you miss a dose of formaldehyde , take it as soon as possible. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and take your regular dose as scheduled. Do not take a double dose.

Hello Health Group does not provide medical advice, diagnosis or treatment.

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Review Date: January 4, 2017 | Last Modified: January 4, 2017

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