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Prescription Creams Have Instructions on the Box, Not the Tube

Dr. Howard Bennett
Author Dr. Howard Bennett
Submitted 06-11-2007

If you take your child to the doctor because of a rash or skin condition, the doctor will often prescribe a cream or ointment. The instructions will state how often and how long you should apply the medication. Because we are a “throw-away” society, most parents toss the box when they get home and put the tube in a convenient location. If you do this, you will not only be throwing away the doctor’s instructions, but the box also contains the phone number for the pharmacy and whether the doctor gave you any refills. So the next time you get a tube of cream, remember to keep the box it came in.

 —Howard J. Bennett, M.D.

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