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.

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).

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.

Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 10/2/2014



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