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Aluminum chloride solution

Generic Name: aluminum chloride (a-LOO-mi-num)
Brand Name: Examples include Certain Dri and Drysol

Aluminum chloride solution is used for:

Treating excess perspiration (sweating) problems.

Aluminum chloride solution is an antiperspirant. It is thought to work by altering the sweat-producing cells in the body.

Do NOT use aluminum chloride solution if:

  • you are allergic to any ingredient in aluminum chloride solution

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

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Before using aluminum chloride solution:

Some medical conditions may interact with aluminum chloride solution. Tell your doctor or pharmacist 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 aluminum chloride solution. However, no specific interactions with aluminum chloride solution are known at this time.

Ask your health care provider if aluminum chloride solution 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 aluminum chloride solution:

Use aluminum chloride solution as directed by your doctor. Check the label on the medicine for exact dosing instructions.

  • Aluminum chloride solution is to be used only at bedtime because sweat glands are most inactive during sleep. This allows application for 6 to 8 hours when sweating does not occur.
  • Do not apply to broken, irritated, or recently shaved skin.
  • Wash and completely dry the affected area. Using a hair dryer on a warm setting for a few minutes can help ensure dry skin.
  • Assemble the applicator according to package instructions. Some packages provide an applicator; others instruct you to use cotton balls.
  • For underarms - To minimize irritation, let the alcohol evaporate (if needed, blow dry with a hair dryer on a cold air setting), leaving an evenly distributed film of medicine on the skin. Wear a T-shirt while sleeping to prevent the medicine from being rubbed off on bed linens.
  • For hands or feet - Apply aluminum chloride solution to both palms or soles. Let the alcohol evaporate, leaving a thin film on the skin. Cover the treated area with plastic wrap held in place by a mitten, cotton glove, or sock to prevent the medicine from being rubbed off on bed linens during sleep. Do not use tape.
  • For scalp - Apply aluminum chloride solution evenly to the scalp. Let the alcohol evaporate, leaving a thin film on the skin. Wear a plastic shower cap to keep the medicine from being rubbed off during sleep.
  • Wash the treated area the next morning thoroughly with soap or shampoo to remove excess medicine and prevent skin irritation. Towel dry the skin or scalp.
  • Do not use other deodorants or antiperspirants while using aluminum chloride solution.
  • Repeat use of aluminum chloride solution for 2 or 3 nights until the desired lack of sweating is achieved. After that, usually once or twice a week should maintain the desired effect.
  • Avoid contact with your eyes. If contact occurs, wash eyes thoroughly with water.
  • If you miss a dose of aluminum chloride solution and you are using it regularly, skip the missed dose and go back to your regular dosing schedule.

Ask your health care provider any questions you may have about how to use aluminum chloride solution.

Important safety information:

  • Avoid contact of aluminum chloride solution with cotton fabrics or metals.
  • Do not use near open flame.
  • PREGNANCY and BREAST-FEEDING: If you become pregnant, contact your doctor. You will need to discuss the benefits and risks of using aluminum chloride solution while you are pregnant. It is not known if aluminum chloride solution is found in breast milk. If you are or will be breast-feeding while you use aluminum chloride solution, check with your doctor. Discuss any possible risks to your baby.

Possible side effects of aluminum chloride solution:

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:

Temporary burning, itching, prickling, or tingling in treated areas.

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

Severe allergic reactions (rash; hives; itching; 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. Aluminum chloride solution may be harmful if swallowed

Proper storage of aluminum chloride solution:

Store aluminum chloride solution at room temperature, between 59 and 86 degrees F (15 and 30 degrees C). Store away from heat, moisture, and light. Keep the cap tightly closed when not in use to prevent evaporation. Keep aluminum chloride solution out of the reach of children and away from pets.

General information:

  • If you have any questions about aluminum chloride solution, please talk with your doctor, pharmacist, or other health care provider.
  • Aluminum chloride solution 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 aluminum chloride solution 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 aluminum chloride solution. It does NOT include all information about the possible uses, directions, warnings, precautions, interactions, adverse effects, or risks that may apply to aluminum chloride solution. 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 aluminum chloride solution.

Issue Date: July 2, 2014
Database Edition 14.3.1.001
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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