calamine and zinc oxide (Calamine Lotion)

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GENERIC NAME: calamine and zinc oxide

BRAND NAME: Calamine Lotion

DRUG CLASS AND MECHANISM: calamine is a mixture of zinc oxide and other components. Calamine and zinc oxide are topical anti-itch lotions. Although the exact mechanism of how calamine and zinc oxide work is not known, they have skin protecting and astringent properties that relieve itching. They also seem to slow down bacterial growth, preventing infections from worsening.

PRESCRIBED FOR: Calamine and zinc oxide lotion is commonly used to relieve pain and itching from poison ivy, poison oak, poison sumac, sunburns, rashes, and insect bites. Calamine and zinc oxide also helps dry oozing and weeping caused from ivy, oak, and sumac poisons. Calamine should not be applied to the eyes and mucous membranes.

SIDE EFFECTS: Side effects of calamine and zinc oxide are itching, redness, and irritation.

Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 9/18/2015

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