calamine and zinc oxide (Calamine Lotion)

  • Pharmacy Author:
    Omudhome Ogbru, PharmD

    Dr. Ogbru received his Doctorate in Pharmacy from the University of the Pacific School of Pharmacy in 1995. He completed a Pharmacy Practice Residency at the University of Arizona/University Medical Center in 1996. He was a Professor of Pharmacy Practice and a Regional Clerkship Coordinator for the University of the Pacific School of Pharmacy from 1996-99.

  • Medical and Pharmacy Editor: Jerry R. Balentine, DO, FACEP
    Jerry R. Balentine, DO, FACEP

    Jerry R. Balentine, DO, FACEP

    Dr. Balentine received his undergraduate degree from McDaniel College in Westminster, Maryland. He attended medical school at the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine graduating in1983. He completed his internship at St. Joseph's Hospital in Philadelphia and his Emergency Medicine residency at Lincoln Medical and Mental Health Center in the Bronx, where he served as chief resident.

View the Adult Skin Problems Slideshow Pictures

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.

PRESCRIPTION: No

GENERIC AVAILABLE: Yes

PREPARATIONS:

  • 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.

Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 9/18/2015

Quick GuideRingworm: Treatment, Pictures, Causes, and Symptoms

Ringworm: Treatment, Pictures, Causes, and Symptoms
FDA Logo

Report Problems to the Food and Drug Administration

You are encouraged to report negative side effects of prescription drugs to the FDA. Visit the FDA MedWatch website or call 1-800-FDA-1088.

RxList Logo

Need help identifying pills and medications?

Use the pill identifier tool on RxList.

Subscribe to MedicineNet's Skin Care & Conditions Newsletter

By clicking Submit, I agree to the MedicineNet's Terms & Conditions & Privacy Policy and understand that I may opt out of MedicineNet's subscriptions at any time.

Health Solutions From Our Sponsors