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Menthol/ zinc oxide ointment

Generic Name: menthol/zinc oxide (MEN-thol/zink OX-ide)
Brand Name: Calmoseptine

Menthol/ zinc oxide ointment is used for:

Preventing and treating minor skin irritations (eg, caused by cuts, scrapes, minor burns, perspiration, itching, wound drainage).

Menthol/zinc oxide ointment is an analgesic, antiseptic, antipruritic, and skin protectant combination. It works by temporarily relieving itching and pain. It also decreases moisture in the affected area.

Do NOT use menthol/ zinc oxide ointment if:

  • you are allergic to any ingredient in menthol/zinc oxide ointment
  • you are treating a deep wound or puncture wound

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

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Before using menthol/ zinc oxide ointment:

Some medical conditions may interact with menthol/zinc oxide ointment. 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 menthol/zinc oxide ointment. However, no specific interactions with menthol/zinc oxide ointment are known at this time.

Ask your health care provider if menthol/zinc oxide ointment 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 menthol/ zinc oxide ointment:

Use menthol/zinc oxide ointment as directed by your doctor. Check the label on the medicine for exact dosing instructions.

  • Gently wash the affected area. Pat dry or allow to air dry.
  • Apply a thin layer of menthol/zinc oxide ointment to the affected area as directed by your doctor or the package labeling. Rub in gently.
  • Wash your hands right away after using menthol/zinc oxide ointment, unless your hands are part of the treated area.
  • If you miss a dose of menthol/zinc oxide ointment and you are using it regularly, 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 menthol/zinc oxide ointment.

Important safety information:

  • Menthol/zinc oxide ointment 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 at once with cool water.
  • If your symptoms do not get better within 7 days or if they get worse, check with your doctor.
  • Do not use menthol/zinc oxide ointment to treat deep wounds or puncture wounds.
  • If you may have taken menthol/zinc oxide ointment by mouth, contact your poison control center or emergency room right away.
  • PREGNANCY and BREAST-FEEDING: If you think you may be pregnant, contact your doctor. You will need to discuss the benefits and risks of using menthol/zinc oxide ointment while you are pregnant. It is not known if menthol/zinc oxide ointment is found in breast milk after topical use. If you are or will be breast-feeding while you use menthol/zinc oxide ointment, check with your doctor. Discuss any possible risks to your baby.

Possible side effects of menthol/ zinc oxide ointment:

All medicines may cause side effects, but many people have no, or minor side effects. 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.

Proper storage of menthol/zinc oxide ointment:

Store menthol/zinc oxide ointment at room temperature, between 59 and 86 degrees F (15 and 30 degrees C). Store away from heat, moisture, and light. Do not store in the bathroom. Keep menthol/zinc oxide ointment out of the reach of children and away from pets.

General information:

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

Issue Date: September 3, 2014
Database Edition 14.3.1.003
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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