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Dexpanthenol cream

Generic Name: dexpanthenol (dex-PAN-than-all)
Brand Name: Panthoderm

Dexpanthenol cream is used for:

Relieving dry skin, preventing and treating sore nipples during breast-feeding, and promoting healing of burns and poorly-healing wounds. It may also be used for other conditions as determined by your doctor.

Dexpanthenol cream is an emollient. The exact way dexpanthenol cream works is unknown.

Do NOT use dexpanthenol cream if:

  • you are allergic to any ingredient in dexpanthenol cream

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

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Before using dexpanthenol cream:

Some medical conditions may interact with dexpanthenol cream. 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 dexpanthenol cream. Because little, if any, of dexpanthenol cream 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 dexpanthenol cream 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 dexpanthenol cream:

Use dexpanthenol cream as directed by your doctor. Check the label on the medicine for exact dosing instructions.

  • Dexpanthenol cream is for external use only.
  • Apply dexpanthenol cream directly to the affected areas once or twice daily, or as directed by your health care provider.
  • Wash and completely dry the affected area. Gently rub the medicine in until it is evenly distributed. Wash your hands immediately after using dexpanthenol cream, unless your hands are part of the treated area.
  • If you miss a dose of dexpanthenol cream, 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 dexpanthenol cream.

Important safety information:

  • Avoid getting dexpanthenol cream in your eyes or mouth.
  • Dexpanthenol cream is not recommended for use in CHILDREN. Safety and effectiveness have not been confirmed.
  • PREGNANCY and BREAST-FEEDING: If you become pregnant while taking dexpanthenol cream, discuss with your doctor the benefits and risks of using dexpanthenol cream during pregnancy. It is unknown if dexpanthenol cream is excreted in breast milk. If you are or will be breast-feeding while you are using dexpanthenol cream, check with your doctor or pharmacist to discuss the risks to your baby.

Possible side effects of dexpanthenol cream:

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 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.

Proper storage of dexpanthenol cream:

Store dexpanthenol cream at room temperature, between 59 and 86 degrees F (15 and 30 degrees C), in a tightly closed container. Store away from heat, moisture, and light. Keep dexpanthenol cream out of the reach of children and away from pets.

General information:

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

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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