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Camphor/ pramoxine/ zinc

Generic Name: camphor/pramoxine/zinc (KAM-for/pram-OX-een/ZINK)
Brand Name: Examples include Caladryl Clear and Clear Calamine

Camphor/ pramoxine/ zinc is used for:

Treating irritation and itching associated with skin conditions such as insect bites, minor cuts or irritation, or poison ivy, oak, or sumac. It may also be used for other conditions as determined by your doctor.

Camphor/pramoxine/zinc is a protectant and anesthetic combination. It works by temporarily relieving itching and pain.

Do NOT use camphor/ pramoxine/ zinc if:

  • you are allergic to any ingredient in camphor/pramoxine/zinc

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

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Before using camphor/ pramoxine/ zinc:

Some medical conditions may interact with camphor/pramoxine/zinc. 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 camphor/pramoxine/zinc. Because little, if any, of camphor/pramoxine/zinc is absorbed into the blood, the risk of it interacting with another medicine is low.

This may not be a complete list of all interactions that may occur. Ask your health care provider if camphor/pramoxine/zinc 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 camphor/ pramoxine/ zinc:

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

  • For topical use only. Do not get camphor/pramoxine/zinc in the eyes, nose, or mouth. If you get camphor/pramoxine/zinc in the eyes, flush thoroughly with cool water.
  • Shake well before using.
  • Thoroughly clean and dry the affected areas before using camphor/pramoxine/zinc. Apply a small amount of medicine over the affected areas and rub in well.
  • Wash your hands immediately after using camphor/pramoxine/zinc unless your hands are part of the affected area.
  • If you miss a dose of camphor/pramoxine/zinc, use it as soon as possible. If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and go back to your regular dosing schedule. Do not use 2 doses at once.

Ask your health care provider any questions you may have about how to use camphor/pramoxine/zinc.

Important safety information:

  • Camphor/pramoxine/zinc may be harmful if swallowed. If you or someone you know may have taken camphor/pramoxine/zinc by mouth, contact your local poison control center or emergency room immediately.
  • Use camphor/pramoxine/zinc with caution in CHILDREN younger than 2 years of age. Safety and effectiveness in this age group have not been confirmed.
  • PREGNANCY and BREAST-FEEDING: If you become pregnant while taking camphor/pramoxine/zinc, discuss with your doctor the benefits and risks of using camphor/pramoxine/zinc during pregnancy. It is unknown if camphor/pramoxine/zinc is excreted in breast milk after topical use. If you are or will be breast-feeding while you are using camphor/pramoxine/zinc, check with your doctor or pharmacist to discuss the risks to your baby.

Possible side effects of camphor/ pramoxine/ zinc:

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:

Dryness; itching.

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.

Proper storage of camphor/pramoxine/zinc:

Store camphor/pramoxine/zinc at room temperature, between 59 and 77 degrees F (15 and 25 degrees C). Store away from heat, moisture, and light. Do not store in the bathroom. Keep camphor/pramoxine/zinc out of the reach of children and away from pets.

General information:

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

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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