Apply enough cream to cover the affected area with a thin film. Massage it gently into the skin. This medication is usually applied three to four times daily, with at least 3 or 4 hours between applications. Doxepin cream should not be used for more than 8 days. Using the cream for a longer period of time may cause more severe side effects.
Many things can affect the dose of medication that a person needs, such as body weight, other medical conditions, and other medications. If your doctor has recommended a dose different from the ones listed here, do not change the way that you are taking the medication without consulting your doctor.
It is important to use this medication exactly as prescribed by your doctor. The cream should not be covered with a dressing that does not allow the area to breathe, such as plastic wrap or a diaper. Doing so may cause the medication to be absorbed into the body and make possible side effects worse.
If you miss a dose, use it as soon as possible and continue with your regular schedule. If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and continue with your regular dosing schedule. Do not use double the amount of cream to make up for a missed dose. If you are not sure what to do after missing a dose, contact your doctor or pharmacist for advice.
Store this medication at room temperature, protect it from light and moisture, and keep it out of the reach of children.
Do not dispose of medications in wastewater (e.g. down the sink or in the toilet) or in household garbage. Ask your pharmacist how to dispose of medications that are no longer needed or have expired.