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Contractubex (anti-scar, anti-inflammatory gel)

Know the basics|Know the precautions & warnings|Know the side effects|Know the interactions|Understand the dosage

Contractubex is the brand name of a topical scar gel. It contains three active ingredients: extract cepae, heparin sodium, and allantoin.

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Know the basics

What is Contractubex used for?

  • Scar prevention
  • Reducing older scars
  • Stretch marks
  • Closed wounds
  • Hypertrophic and keloid scars

How should I take Contractubex?

Apply the gel on the affected areas, massaging it gently. For older, hardened scars, place a dressing over the gel and allow it to work overnight. Wash your hands with mild soap and water after handling the product. Avoid applying the gel to open wounds, stiches, or mucous membranes.

How do I store Contractubex?

This product is best stored at controlled room temperature away from direct light and moisture. To prevent drug damage, you should not store it in the bathroom or the freezer.

There may be different brands of this drug that may have different storage needs. So, 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 this product down the toilet or pour them into a drain unless instructed to do so. Additionally, 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 Contractubex?

It will take several weeks to months for visible results. Do not stop using the gel until after 3 to 6 months have passed and you still don’t see any results.

Before using this drug, tell your doctor if you are/have:

  • Pregnant or breastfeeding.
  • Taking any other medicines. This includes any prescription, OTC, and herbal remedies.
  • An allergy to any of the ingredients of this product.
  • Any other illnesses, disorders, or medical conditions.

Is it safe during pregnancy or breastfeeding?

Unfortunately, there isn’t enough information about the safety of using this drug during pregnancy and breastfeeding. However, it is likely safe to take. If you intend to breastfeed, avoid applying the gel to the nipple area and thoroughly cleanse before feeding.

Please always consult with your doctor to weigh the potential benefits and risks before taking any medication.

Know the side effects

What side effects can occur from Contractubex?

Like all drugs, this product may have side effects. If they occur, side effects are generally mild and resolve once treatment is finished or the dose is lowered. Some reported side effects include:

  • Local skin reactions
  • Itching

However, not everyone experiences these side effects. In addition, some people may experience other side effects. So, if you have any concerns about a side effect, please consult your doctor or pharmacist.

Know the interactions

What drugs may interact with Contractubex?

This medication 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.

Does food or alcohol interact with Contractubex?

This drug 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 Contractubex?

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

Understand the dosage

The information provided is not a substitute for any medical advice. Therefore, you should always consult with your doctor or pharmacist before using any medication.

What is the dose for an adult?

Directly apply a layer of the product on the affected areas and gently massage it into the skin. Use it 2 to 3 times a day for at least 3 months, or as directed by your physician.

For older scars, cover the gel with a dressing and let it work overnight.

What is the dose for a child?

Apply the gel to a child’s scar the same way as an adult. Do not allow children to apply it themselves.

How is Contractubex available?

Contractubex is available in the following dosage forms and strengths:

  • Contractubex topical gel containing 10g Extract cepae + 5000 IU heparin sodium + 1 g allantoin per 100 g

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

Overdose is not likely with topical products. In case of an emergency or accidental ingestion, call your local emergency services or go to the nearest emergency room.

What should I do if I miss a dose?

If you miss a dose, 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.

Sources

Contractubex Gel https://www.mims.com/philippines/drug/info/contractubex%20gel Accessed June 29, 2021

FAQs https://www.contractubex.com/faqs/ Accessed June 29, 2021

Package leaflet Contractubex gel https://www.ravimiregister.ee/Data/PIL_ENG/PIL_12815_ENG.pdf Accessed June 29, 2021

The prophylactic use of a topical scar gel containing extract of Allium cepae, allantoin, and heparin improves symptoms and appearance of cesarean-section scars compared with untreated scars https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/24509969/ Accessed June 29, 2021

Contractubex Overnight Intensive (PH). Lexi-Drugs. Lexicomp. Wolters Kluwer Health, Inc. Riverwoods, IL. Accessed June 29, 2021. http://online.lexi.com

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Written by Stephanie Nicole Nera, RPh, PharmD Updated Jun 29
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