Generic name: Aluminum Acetate (a LOO mi num AS e tate)
Brand name: Boro-Packs, Pedi-Boro Soak
Drug class: Topical astringents
Medically reviewed by Drugs.com. Last updated on Oct 1, 2020.
Uses of Aluminum Acetate:
- It is used to treat skin irritation.
What do I need to tell my doctor BEFORE I take Aluminum Acetate?
- If you are allergic to aluminum acetate; any part of aluminum acetate; or any other drugs, foods, or substances. Tell your doctor about the allergy and what signs you had.
This medicine may interact with other drugs or health problems.
Tell your doctor and pharmacist about all of your drugs (prescription or OTC, natural products, vitamins) and health problems. You must check to make sure that it is safe for you to take aluminum acetate with all of your drugs and health problems. Do not start, stop, or change the dose of any drug without checking with your doctor.
What are some things I need to know or do while I take Aluminum Acetate?
- Tell all of your health care providers that you take aluminum acetate. This includes your doctors, nurses, pharmacists, and dentists.
- Do not cover compress or wet dressing with plastic.
- Do not use longer than you have been told by the doctor.
- This medicine may cause harm if swallowed. If aluminum acetate is swallowed, call a doctor or poison control center right away.
- Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or plan on getting pregnant. You will need to talk about the benefits and risks of using aluminum acetate while you are pregnant.
- Tell your doctor if you are breast-feeding. You will need to talk about any risks to your baby.
How is this medicine (Aluminum Acetate) best taken?
Use aluminum acetate as ordered by your doctor. Read all information given to you. Follow all instructions closely.
- Wash your hands before and after use.
- Do not take aluminum acetate by mouth. Use on your skin only. Keep out of your mouth, nose, and eyes (may burn).
- If aluminum acetate gets in the eyes, rinse with cool water.
- Stir packets into 16 ounces (480 mL) of cool or warm water as you have been told. Stir until completely dissolved. Do not strain or filter.
- Throw away used solution after each use.
Compress or wet dressing:
- Soak a clean, white cloth (eg, diaper, handkerchief, sheet) with the solution.
- Put the cloth on the affected part.
- You may cover with a dry towel.
- Repeat every 15 to 30 minutes or as needed.
- Soak affected part for 15 to 30 minutes.
- Repeat 3 times a day or as the doctor tells you.
- Rinse treated part with water and pat dry.
What do I do if I miss a dose?
- Put on a missed dose as soon as you think about it.
- Many times aluminum acetate is used on an as needed basis. Do not use more often than told by the doctor.
What are some side effects that I need to call my doctor about right away?
WARNING/CAUTION: Even though it may be rare, some people may have very bad and sometimes deadly side effects when taking a drug. Tell your doctor or get medical help right away if you have any of the following signs or symptoms that may be related to a very bad side effect:
- Signs of an allergic reaction, like rash; hives; itching; red, swollen, blistered, or peeling skin with or without fever; wheezing; tightness in the chest or throat; trouble breathing, swallowing, or talking; unusual hoarseness; or swelling of the mouth, face, lips, tongue, or throat.
- Very bad skin irritation.
What are some other side effects of Aluminum Acetate?
All drugs may cause side effects. However, many people have no side effects or only have minor side effects. Call your doctor or get medical help if any of these side effects or any other side effects bother you or do not go away:
- Skin irritation.
These are not all of the side effects that may occur. If you have questions about side effects, call your doctor. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects.
You may report side effects to the FDA at 1-800-332-1088. You may also report side effects at https://www.fda.gov/medwatch.
If OVERDOSE is suspected:
If you think there has been an overdose, call your poison control center or get medical care right away. Be ready to tell or show what was taken, how much, and when it happened.
How do I store and/or throw out Aluminum Acetate?
- Store at room temperature.
- Protect from heat.
- Keep all drugs in a safe place. Keep all drugs out of the reach of children and pets.
- Throw away unused or expired drugs. Do not flush down a toilet or pour down a drain unless you are told to do so. Check with your pharmacist if you have questions about the best way to throw out drugs. There may be drug take-back programs in your area.
Consumer information use
- If your symptoms or health problems do not get better or if they become worse, call your doctor.
- Do not share your drugs with others and do not take anyone else's drugs.
- Some drugs may have another patient information leaflet. Check with your pharmacist. If you have any questions about aluminum acetate, please talk with your doctor, nurse, pharmacist, or other health care provider.
- If you think there has been an overdose, call your poison control center or get medical care right away. Be ready to tell or show what was taken, how much, and when it happened.
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