ammonium lactate (Amlactin, Geri-Hydrolac, Lac-Hydrin, Lac-Lotion, LAC Cream, Al-12)

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What is ammonium lactate topical, and how does it work (mechanism of action)?

Ammonium lactate is an anti-itch topical medication formulated from 12% lactic acid and ammonium hydroxide. Ammonium lactate hydrates the outermost skin layer and promotes skin moisturizing for a prolonged time. Ammonium lactate also prevents keratinization of epidermal skin layer, which keeps skin smoother and hydrated for a longer time. The FDA approved ammonium lactate in April 1985.

What brand names are available for ammonium lactate topical?

Amlactin, Geri-Hydrolac, Lac-Hydrin, Lac-Lotion, LAC Cream, Al-12

Is ammonium lactate topical available as a generic drug?

GENERIC AVAILABLE: Yes

Do I need a prescription for ammonium lactate topical?

Yes

What are the side effects of ammonium lactate topical?

Side effects of ammonium lactate are stinging, burning, redness, skin peeling, and darkening of skin.

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