1 What is Vioform?

Brand: Vioform

Generic: Clioquinol

Vioform is an anti-infective drug used to treat skin infections. This drug does not require a prescription.

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2 What to Know Before Using

Before using Vioform, you must know all about the risks and complications associated with it. Inform your healthcare provider for any allergic reactions to these drugs or any other drugs, foods, dyes, preservatives, or animals. 

Carefully read the label of non-prescription drugs for any possible allergic reaction or contraindications. This drug is not recommended for use in children younger than 2 years of age. This drug is not expected to cause different side effects or problems in children than it does in adults or elderly. 

It is still unknown whether this drug works exactly the same way they in the elderly and in younger adults. Drugs should not be taken together to prevent any interactions but in necessary cases inquire your healthcare provider regarding the adjustments in dosage or any other necessary precautions to prevent any unwanted side effects. 

Inform your healthcare professional if you are taking any other prescription or non-prescription drugs. Intake of specific food or using alcohol or tobacco with magnesium is associated with an increased risk of certain side effects. 

Your healthcare professional can give you special instructions about the use of food, alcohol, or tobacco. Inform your healthcare provider for any other medical problems such as kidney or liver disease.

3 Proper Usage

To use Vioform properly, you must follow all instructions given by your doctor. Wash the affected area with soap and water, and dry thoroughly before applying this drug. This must not be used in or around the eyes.

Flush eyes with water if accidental contact occurs. To prevent further infection and unwanted drug absorption into the body, refrain from bandaging or applying an occlusive dressing over this drug. 

Apply a thin layer of ointment to the affected area and rub in gently. The ointment is recommended for use on dry, crusted lesions. Take this drug for the full time of treatment to ensure complete drug therapy and prevent any recurrences. 

The dose of this drug will be variable for different patients. The directions on the label or the prescription by your healthcare professional should be followed. The dosage of this drug you take depends on the medical problem for which you are using this drug. 

Adults and children 2 years of age and older with bacterial or fungal infections should apply the ointment to the affected area(s) of the skin two or three times a day. Use in children below 2 years of age is not recommended. 

A missed dose should be taken as soon as possible. However, skip the missed dose and go back to your regular dosing schedule if it is almost time for your next dose. Store the medicine in a closed container at room temperature, away from heat, moisture, and direct light. Keep from freezing. 

Keep out of the reach of children. Dispose any outdated or expired drugs and ask your healthcare professional for the proper disposal of the drugs.

4 Precautions to Take

Before using Vioform, there are some precautions you must take. Consult with your healthcare professional if your skin problem does not improve or if it becomes worse in 1 week. This drug should not be used for more than 1 week. Avoid treating large areas of the skin or large open skin lesions with this drug. 

Avoid getting this drug on your clothing as this drug may stain clothing, skin, hair, and nails yellow. Avoid getting this medicine on your clothing since bleaching may not remove the stain. Inform your healthcare professional that you are taking this drug before having any medical test.

5 Potential Side Effects

As with many medications, there are several potential side effects associated with Vioform. Side effects may vary for each individual and prompt medical attention should be given if they occur. 

Inform you healthcare provider immediately if you experience any unusual symptoms. Some side effects may occur that usually do not need medical attention. These side effects may go away during treatment as your body adjusts to the medicine.

Ask your healthcare professional about ways to prevent or reduce some of these side effects. If any of the following side effects persists or are inconvenient, or if you notice any other effects, or if you have any questions about them, consult with your health care professional. Report any side effects to the FDA hotline at 1-800-FDA-1088.