Advantan is a prescription medication. It is applied topically to the skin and is not intended to be taken orally. Advantan is prescribed to treat skin conditions such as inflammation and allergic reactions, as well as eczema. It may also help with itching, burning and superficial pain. When applying Advantan, use only a thin layer. Using an excessive amount may exacerbate potential side effects. Advantan is not marketed in the United States.
You may experience an allergic reaction to Advantan. Never use this product if you are allergic to the ingredients. You may experience some side effects, including skin discoloration, folliculitis, perioral dermatitis, hypertrichosis and skin atrophy. You may also notice skin dryness. According to MedSafe, these side effects may be worsened if you apply Advantan to a large portion of your body (about 10% or more). Talk to your doctor about the risks of this product becoming absorbed into your body. Systemic absorption may lead to suppression of the function of your adrenal glands.
Advantan should not be applied to areas of the skin infected with acne. It should also not be used in cases of many viral infections, such as herpes zoster, or by tuberculosis or syphilis patients. Do not apply Advantan to any areas where your skin is reacting to a vaccination. Talk to your doctor about other possible contraindications by disclosing all of your pre-existing medical conditions.
Unless otherwise directed by your doctor, never use Advantan on your face, especially around the eyes. According to MedSafe, if this medicine is used near the eyes for a prolonged period of time, glaucoma may develop. Using Advantan on the face can also worsen rosacea.
Pregnant women should consult carefully with their doctor before considering a topical medication such as Advantan. The BB Online Pharmacy cautions that Advantan should never be used during pregnancy or while breastfeeding. You may run the risk of your baby developing birth defects.
Some medications, even if they are only applied topically, should not be used for an extended period of time. Advantan is no exception. Adults should use Advantan for no longer than 12 weeks. Children using Advantan should cease usage at four weeks. Taking Advantan for longer than this time period can result in skin problems, such as loss of elasticity and thinning of the skin. It may also cause the dilation of blood vessels, as well as ecchymosis and telangiectasia.