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Aloe vera gel

Generic Name: aloe vera (AL-oh VIR-ah)
Brand Name: Generic only. No brands available.

Aloe vera gel is used for:

Moisturizing the skin. It may also have other uses.

This product is a gel made from the aloe vera plant. It works by helping the skin heal.

Do NOT use aloe vera gel if:

  • you are allergic to any ingredient in aloe vera gel

Contact your doctor or health care provider right away if any of these apply to you.

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Before using aloe vera gel:

Tell your health care provider if you have any medical conditions, especially if any of the following apply to you:

  • if you are pregnant, planning to become pregnant, or are breast-feeding
  • if you are taking any prescription or nonprescription medicine, herbal preparation, or dietary supplement
  • if you have allergies to medicines, foods, or other substances

Some MEDICINES MAY INTERACT with aloe vera gel. However, no specific interactions with aloe vera gel are known at this time.

This may not be a complete list of all interactions that may occur. Ask your health care provider if aloe vera gel may interact with other medicines that you take. Check with your health care provider before you start, stop, or change the dose of any medicine.

How to use aloe vera gel:

Use aloe vera gel as directed by your doctor. Check the label on the medicine for exact dosing instructions.

  • Wash and completely dry the affected area. Aloe gel may be applied liberally as needed.
  • Many commercial products of aloe gel can be purchased. Use as directed on the package, unless instructed differently by your doctor. Wash your hands immediately after using aloe vera gel, unless your hands are part of the treated area.
  • If you miss a dose of aloe vera gel, use it as soon as you remember. Continue to use it as directed by your doctor or on the package label.

Ask your health care provider any questions you may have about how to use aloe vera gel.

Important safety information:

  • If you have an allergy to garlic, onions, or tulips, aloe gel may cause a rash, itching, or hives.
  • Aloe vera gel may be harmful if swallowed. If you or someone you know may have taken aloe vera gel by mouth, contact your local poison control center or emergency room immediately.
  • Check the labels of commercial aloe gel products to see if pure aloe is listed as one of the first ingredients. The best products contain a high percentage (greater than 95%) of pure aloe.
  • The long-term safety of herbal products is not known. Before using any alternative medicines, talk with your doctor or pharmacist.

Possible side effects of aloe vera gel:

All medicines may cause side effects, but many people have no, or minor, side effects. Check with your doctor if any of these most COMMON side effects persist or become bothersome:

Skin rash or irritation.

Seek medical attention right away if any of these SEVERE side effects occur:

Severe allergic reactions (rash; hives; difficulty breathing; tightness in the chest; swelling of the mouth, face, lips, or tongue).

This is not a complete list of all side effects that may occur. If you have questions about side effects, contact your health care provider. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. To report side effects to the appropriate agency, please read the Guide to Reporting Problems to FDA.

If OVERDOSE is suspected:

Contact 1-800-222-1222 (the American Association of Poison Control Centers), your local poison control center, or emergency room immediately. Symptoms of oral ingestion may include diarrhea; extreme fatigue; stomach cramping.

Proper storage of aloe vera gel:

Store at room temperature away from heat, moisture, and light, unless otherwise directed on the package. Most herbal products are not in childproof containers. Keep aloe vera gel out of the reach of children and away from pets.

General information:

  • If you have any questions about aloe vera gel, please talk with your doctor, pharmacist, or other health care provider.
  • Aloe vera gel is to be used only by the patient for whom it is prescribed. Do not share it with other people.
  • If your symptoms do not improve or if they become worse, check with your doctor.
  • Check with your pharmacist about how to dispose of unused medicine.

This information should not be used to decide whether or not to take aloe vera gel or any other medicine. Only your health care provider has the knowledge and training to decide which medicines are right for you. This information does not endorse any medicine as safe, effective, or approved for treating any patient or health condition. This is only a brief summary of general information about aloe vera gel. It does NOT include all information about the possible uses, directions, warnings, precautions, interactions, adverse effects, or risks that may apply to aloe vera gel. This information is not specific medical advice and does not replace information you receive from your health care provider. You must talk with your healthcare provider for complete information about the risks and benefits of using aloe vera gel.

Issue Date: December 3, 2014
Database Edition 14.4.1.003
Copyright © 2014 Wolters Kluwer Health, Inc.

Disclaimer: This information should not be used to decide whether or not to take this medicine or any other medicine. Only your health care provider has the knowledge and training to decide which medicines are right for you. This information does not endorse any medicine as safe, effective, or approved for treating any patient or health condition. This is only a brief summary of general information about this medicine. It does NOT include all information about the possible uses, directions, warnings, precautions, interactions, adverse effects, or risks that may apply to this medicine. This information is not specific medical advice and does not replace information you receive from your health care provider. You must talk with your healthcare provider for complete information about the risks and benefits of using this medicine.

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