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Takfa Forte Lotion


Overview

Introduction of Takfa Lotion

Takfa Forte Lotion is used to treat eczema (atopic dermatitis). It works by suppressing the activity of certain immune cells that cause inflammation (redness and swelling) of the skin. This relieves itching and improves rashes in atopic dermatitis.

Takfa Forte Lotion Takfa Forte Lotion is used for external use. It should be used 2-4 times a day on the affected area or use it as suggested by the doctor. It should be applied slowly and evenly to the skin until it is rubbed in. You should not use it too often and you should not cover the treated area with a bandage or plaster. You must inform your doctor if there’s no improvement even after two weeks of treatment or if the skin gets worse.

It is a safe medicine with few side effects, but you may get an application site reaction like burning, irritation, itching and redness. This medicine is not normally recommended during pregnancy or while breastfeeding unless it is clearly needed.

Uses of Takfa Lotion

Takfa Lotion side effects

Common
  • Application site reactions (burning, irritation, itching and redness)

How to use Takfa Lotion

This medicine is for external use only. Use this medicine in the dose and duration as advised by your doctor. Shake it well and apply to the area evenly.

How Takfa Lotion works

Takfa Forte Lotion is an immunosuppressant. It works by suppressing the activity of certain immune cells that cause inflammation (redness and swelling) of the skin. This relieves itching and improves rashes in atopic dermatitis.

Takfa Lotion related warnings

Alcohol
No interaction found/established
Pregnancy
CONSULT YOUR DOCTOR
Takfa Forte Lotion may be unsafe to use during pregnancy. Although there are limited studies in humans, animal studies have shown harmful effects on the developing baby. Your doctor will weigh the benefits and any potential risks before prescribing it to you. Please consult your doctor.
Lactation
SAFE IF PRESCRIBED
Takfa Forte Lotion is probably safe to use during breastfeeding. Limited human data suggests that the drug does not represent any significant risk to the baby.
Driving
No interaction found/established
Kidney
No interaction found/established
Liver
No interaction found/established

What if you miss a dose of Takfa Lotion?

If you miss a dose of Takfa Forte Lotion, take it as soon as possible. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and go back to your regular schedule. Do not double the dose.

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Expert Advice

  • Takfa Forte Lotion is effective at treating eczema (atopic dermatitis) when other treatment options have failed.
  • It works by decreasing itching, redness, and skin rashes.
  • Apply thinly, to affected areas of skin only. Clean the affected area and dry well before applying Takfa Forte Lotion. Avoid contact with water after application.
  • Inform your doctor if there's no improvement even after two weeks of treatment, or if the skin gets worse.
  • Don't cover the area being treated with airtight dressings such as bandages unless directed by a doctor, as this may increase the risk of side effects.
  • Stop using Takfa Forte Lotion and consult your doctor if your eczema becomes infected.
  • Continuous long-term use of the ointment should be avoided. Use as prescribed by you doctor.

Patient Concerns

Questions Related to Takfa

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My baby(3 months old) is diagnosed with atopic dermatitis. Doctor(pead) had given an ointment for application and a lotion to be applied on scalp before bath(only two times). As of now patches appear in back and hands and near chest area. Need more information on care to be given to baby.
Dr. Atul Jain
Skin Specialist
In this type of case physical examination needed so visit nearly skin specialist
Suffering from severe atopic dermatitis
Dr. Aanchal Maheshwari
Ayurveda
Case has to be personally seen,to asses your body prakruti and all
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FAQs

Q. What is Takfa used for?

Takfa is a medicine which modulates the immune system. It works on the immune system and mostly decreases its activity. It is used to treat moderate to severe eczema (atopic dermatitis) in adults who do not respond to corticosteroids or develop side effects on using them. In atopic dermatitis, the skin’s immune system undergoes an overreaction and causes skin inflammation leading to itchiness, redness and dryness. Takfa acts on the abnormal immune response and alters it, thereby relieving the skin inflammation and itchiness.

Q. What are the side effects of Takfa?

Takfa, when applied to the skin, may cause skin irritation, burning sensation and itching at the site of application. These are usually mild to moderate in severity and normally resolve within one week of starting the treatment. Redness is also a common manifestation along with sensation of warmth, pain, altered sensation and rash at the site of application. Using it increases the patients’ increased risk of getting inflamed or infected hair follicles, cold sores, acne and generalized herpes simplex infections.

Q. Is Takfa ointment safe?

As compared to other immune-suppressing medicines, Takfa has been found to be a safe and effective short-term treatment for atopic dermatitis. When applied on the affected part of the skin, its absorption to the blood and body is minimal. Hence, the side effects are less as compared to when taken through oral route.

Q. Does Takfa has abuse potential?

No, Takfa does not have abuse potential and thus, is not a controlled substance. Controlled substances have potential for abuse so they need permission by authorities and doctor for use.

Q. Does Takfa cause cancer?

Long-term use of Takfa has been found to have increased risk of lymph node tumors called lymphoma. Some studies have found that few patients who used Takfa ointment or another similar medication developed skin cancer or lymphoma. Consult your doctor if you have to use Takfa ointment for more than 6 weeks or if your eczema symptoms have not improved or are getting worse with time during your treatment.

Q. Is Takfa a steroid?

No, Takfa is not a steroid. It is a medicine which modulates the working of the immune system. It is used in the treatment of eczema, most commonly in atopic dermatitis. An advantage of Takfa is that it does not cause skin thinning (atrophy) or other steroid-related side effects.

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