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Calamine/ pramoxine

Generic Name: calamine/pramoxine (KAL-a-mine/pra-MOX-een)
Brand Name: Aveeno Anti-Itch

Calamine/ pramoxine is used for:

Temporary relief of pain and itching caused by minor skin irritations (eg, poison ivy, poison oak, poison sumac, insect bites, chickenpox).

Calamine/pramoxine is a skin protectant and topical pain reliever combination. It works by soothing and protecting the skin and relieving skin discomfort.

Do NOT use calamine/ pramoxine if:

  • you are allergic to any ingredient in calamine/pramoxine

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

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Before using calamine/ pramoxine:

Some medical conditions may interact with calamine/pramoxine. 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 calamine/pramoxine. However, no specific interactions with calamine/pramoxine are known at this time.

Ask your health care provider if calamine/pramoxine 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 calamine/ pramoxine:

Use calamine/pramoxine as directed by your doctor. Check the label on the medicine for exact dosing instructions.

  • Apply a small of calamine/pramoxine to the affected area and gently rub in until evenly distributed.
  • Do not apply calamine/pramoxine over large areas of the body.
  • Do not use calamine/pramoxine more than 3 or 4 times daily, unless your doctor tells you otherwise.
  • If you miss a dose of calamine/pramoxine, 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 calamine/pramoxine.

Important safety information:

  • Calamine/pramoxine is for external use only. Do not get it in your eyes, nose, or mouth. If you get it in any of these areas, rinse right away with cool tap water.
  • If your symptoms do not get better within 7 days or if they get worse, check with your doctor.
  • Calamine/pramoxine should not be used in CHILDREN younger than 2 years old without first checking with the child's doctor; safety and effectiveness in these children have not been confirmed.
  • PREGNANCY and BREAST-FEEDING: If you become pregnant, contact your doctor. You will need to discuss the benefits and risks of using calamine/pramoxine while you are pregnant. It is not known if calamine/pramoxine is found in breast milk after topical use. If you are or will be breast-feeding while you use calamine/pramoxine, check with your doctor. Discuss any possible risks to your baby.

Possible side effects of calamine/ pramoxine:

All medicines may cause side effects, but many people have no, or minor, side effects. When used in small doses, no COMMON side effects have been reported with this product. 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. Calamine/pramoxine may be harmful if swallowed.

Proper storage of calamine/pramoxine:

Store calamine/pramoxine at room temperature, between 59 and 86 degrees F (15 and 30 degrees C). Store away from heat and light. Keep calamine/pramoxine out of the reach of children and away from pets.

General information:

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

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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