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ammonium lactate and pramoxine topical

Generic Name: ammonium lactate and pramoxine topical (a MOE nee um LAK tate and pra MOX een TOP ik al)
Brand Name: AmLactin AP

What is ammonium lactate and pramoxine topical?

Ammonium lactate is a combination of lactic acid and ammonium hydroxide. Ammonium lactate is a moisturizer.

Pramoxine is a topical anesthetic (numbing medicine). It reduces the sensation of pain or itching on the skin.

Ammonium lactate and pramoxine topical (for the skin) is used to treat dry, scaly, and itchy skin.

Ammonium lactate and pramoxine topical may also be used for other purposes not listed in this medication guide.

What is the most important information I should know about ammonium lactate and pramoxine topical?

You should not use this medication if you are allergic to ammonium lactate and pramoxine.

Do not apply ammonium lactate and pramoxine topical to your face, unless your doctor has told you to.

Avoid getting this medication in your mouth or eyes. If it does get into any of these areas, rinse with water. Do not use ammonium lactate and pramoxine topical on sunburned, windburned, dry, chapped, irritated, or broken skin.

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Avoid using skin products that can cause irritation, such as harsh soaps, shampoos, or skin cleansers, hair coloring or permanent chemicals, hair removers or waxes, or skin products with alcohol, spices, astringents, or lime. Do not use other medicated skin products unless your doctor has told you to.

Avoid exposure to sunlight or artificial UV rays (sunlamps or tanning beds). Ammonium lactate and pramoxine topical can make your skin more sensitive to sunlight and sunburn may result. Use a sunscreen (minimum SPF 15) and wear protective clothing if you must be out in the sun.

Call your doctor if your symptoms to not improve, or if your condition gets worse even after using ammonium lactate and pramoxine topical.

What should I discuss with my healthcare provider before using ammonium lactate and pramoxine topical?

You should not use this medication if you are allergic to ammonium lactate and pramoxine.

FDA pregnancy category C. This medication may be harmful to an unborn baby. Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant during treatment.

It is not known whether ammonium lactate and pramoxine passes into breast milk or if it could harm a nursing baby. Do not use this medication without telling your doctor if you are breast-feeding a baby.

Do not use this medication on a child without the advice of a doctor.

How should I apply ammonium lactate and pramoxine topical?

Use this medication exactly as prescribed by your doctor. Do not use it in larger amounts or for longer than recommended. Follow the directions on your prescription label.

Wash your hands before and after using this medication, unless you are using it to treat hand condition.

Shake the lotion well just before each use.

Apply this medication in a thin layer to the affected skin area and rub in thoroughly.

Do not apply ammonium lactate and pramoxine topical to your face, unless your doctor has told you to.

Call your doctor if your symptoms to not improve, or if your condition gets worse even after using ammonium lactate and pramoxine topical.

Store the medicine at room temperature away from moisture and heat.

What happens if I miss a dose?

Since ammonium lactate and pramoxine topical is used as needed, you may not be on a dosing schedule. If you are using the medication regularly, use the missed dose as soon as you remember. If it is almost time for your next dose, wait until then to use the medicine and skip the missed dose. Do not use extra medicine to make up the missed dose.

What happens if I overdose?

Seek emergency medical attention if you think you have used too much of this medicine.

An overdose of ammonium lactate and pramoxine topical is not likely to cause life-threatening symptoms.

What should I avoid while using ammonium lactate and pramoxine topical?

Avoid getting this medication in your mouth or eyes. If it does get into any of these areas, rinse with water. Do not use ammonium lactate and pramoxine topical on sunburned, windburned, dry, chapped, irritated, or broken skin.

Avoid using skin products that can cause irritation, such as harsh soaps, shampoos, or skin cleansers, hair coloring or permanent chemicals, hair removers or waxes, or skin products with alcohol, spices, astringents, or lime. Do not use other medicated skin products unless your doctor has told you to.

Avoid exposure to sunlight or artificial UV rays (sunlamps or tanning beds). Ammonium lactate and pramoxine topical can make your skin more sensitive to sunlight and sunburn may result. Use a sunscreen (minimum SPF 15) and wear protective clothing if you must be out in the sun.

Ammonium lactate and pramoxine topical side effects

Get emergency medical help if you have any of these signs of an allergic reaction: hives; difficulty breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.

Stop using the medication and call your doctor at once if you have severe itching, burning, or stinging of the skin after applying this medication.

Less serious side effects may include:

  • mild burning, stinging, or irritation;

  • skin peeling;

  • redness, scaling,, or itching;

  • changes in the color of treated skin;

  • bruising;

  • swelling; or

  • dryness.

This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Tell your doctor about any unusual or bothersome side effect.

See also: Side effects (in more detail)

What other drugs will affect ammonium lactate and pramoxine topical?

It is not likely that other drugs you take orally or inject will have an effect on topically applied ammonium lactate and pramoxine topical. But many drugs can interact with each other. Tell your doctor about all your prescription and over-the-counter medications, vitamins, minerals, herbal products, and drugs prescribed by other doctors. Do not start a new medication without telling your doctor.

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Where can I get more information?

  • Your pharmacist can provide more information about ammonium lactate and pramoxine topical.
  • Remember, keep this and all other medicines out of the reach of children, never share your medicines with others, and use this medication only for the indication prescribed.
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