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.
GENERIC AVAILABLE: Yes
- Calamine and zinc oxide lotion is available in topical, liquid form.
- Calamine and zinc oxide is pink-colored suspension, supplied in 4 fluid ounces (118 ml) plastic bottles.
STORAGE: Store calamine and zinc oxide lotion between temperatures 15 C and 30 C (59 F and 86 F).
DOSING: The recommended dose for calamine and zinc oxide is: Apply to affected areas every 6 to 8 hours as needed.
DRUG INTERACTIONS: No drug interactions have been established with calamine and zinc oxide lotion.
PREGNANCY: There are no adequate studies done on calamine and zinc oxide to determine safe and effective use in pregnant women.
NURSING MOTHERS: It is not known whether calamine and zinc oxide enters breast milk.
Medically reviewed by Omudhome Ogbru, PharmD
REFERENCE: NIH.gov. CALAMINE AND ZINC OXIDE.
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