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Accuzyme Patient Information Including Side Effects

Brand Names: Accuzyme, AllanEnzyme, Ethezyme 650, Ethezyme 830, Gladase, Kovia, Pap-Urea

Generic Name: papain-urea topical (Pronunciation: PA pane yoo REE ah)

What is papain-urea topical (Accuzyme)?

Papain is a substance from the papaya fruit. Papain breaks down certain proteins.

Urea also breaks down protein.

Papain-urea topical is used to break down dead skin or tissues in wounds such as bed sores, ulcers, burns, surgical wounds, cysts, and carbuncles. This process is sometimes called debridement (de-BREED-ment). The broken-down tissues can then be more easily removed.

Papain-urea topical may also be used for purposes other than those listed in this medication guide.

What are the possible side effects of papain-urea topical?

Get emergency medical help if you have any of these signs of an allergic reaction: hives; difficulty breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.

Less serious side effects may be more likely to occur, such as mild stinging or burning of the skin where the medicine is applied.

Side effects other than those listed here may also occur. Talk to your doctor about any side effect that seems unusual or that is especially bothersome.

Read the Accuzyme (papain and urea) Side Effects Center for a complete guide to possible side effects

What is the most important information I should know about papain-urea topical?

Wash your hands before and after applying papain-urea topical.

Clean the wound as directed by your doctor. Use only the type of cleanser your doctor has recommended.

Apply papain-urea topical directly to the wound. Then cover the treated area with bandaging or other dressing recommended by your doctor. Keep the wound covered at all times, because this medication will cause the dead tissues to slough and peel off.

Avoid using hydrogen peroxide to clean your wound before applying papain-urea topical. Hydrogen peroxide can make the papain-urea less effective in breaking down the tissues of your wound.

Do not use other medicated skin products unless your doctor has told you to.

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