Pentasol Powder is a brand name medication included in a group of medications called Barbiturates. For more information about Pentasol see its generic Pentobarbital.
What is Pentasol?
The short-term treatment of burning and itching caused by moderate to severe skin diseases. Pentasol emollient foam is a topical corticosteroid. It works by reducing skin inflammation (redness, swelling, itching, and irritation).
Pentasol propionate gel, cream and ointment are super-high potency corticosteroid formulations indicated for the relief of the inflammatory and pruritic manifestations of corticosteroid responsive dermatoses. Treatment beyond 2 consecutive weeks is not recommended, and the total dosage should not exceed 50 g per week because of the potential for the drug to suppress the hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal (HPA) axis. Use in pediatric patients under 12 years of age is not recommended. As with other highly active corticosteroids, therapy should be discontinued when control has been achieved. If no improvement is seen within 2 weeks, reassessment of the diagnosis may be necessary.
How should I use Pentasol?
Use Pentasol emollient foam as directed by your doctor. Check the label on the medicine for exact dosing instructions. Wash your hands before using Pentasol emollient foam. If your fingers are warm, rinse them in cold water and dry before you apply Pentasol emollient foam. Use the smallest amount of medicine necessary to cover the affected area. Shake well before each use. Turn the can upside down and squirt a small amount of foam (up to the size of a golf ball) into the cap of the can, onto a clean saucer, or onto another cool, clean surface. You may also squirt it directly onto the affected area. Do not squirt the medicine directly into the hand because it will start to melt immediately upon touching warm skin. Gently rub the medicine into the affected area until it disappears. Throw away any unused medicine that has been squirted out of the can. Wash your hands immediately after using Pentasol emollient foam, unless your hands are a part of the treated area. Do not use Pentasol emollient foam on your face, groin, or underarms unless your doctor tells you otherwise. Do not use Pentasol emollient foam over large areas of the body without first checking with your doctor. Do not bandage or wrap the affected area unless directed to do so by your doctor. If you miss a dose of Pentasol emollient foam, apply it as soon as possible. If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and go back to your regular schedule. Do not use 2 doses at once. Ask your health care provider any questions you may have about how to use Pentasol emollient foam.