Generic Name: calamine (KAL-ah-mine)
Brand Name: Generic only. No brands available.
Calamine lotion is used for:
Soothing and protecting the skin following minor skin irritations (itching, pain, and discomfort) including poison ivy, poison oak, and poison sumac.
Calamine lotion is a skin protectant. It works by soothing and protecting the skin.
Do NOT use calamine lotion if:
- you are allergic to any ingredient in calamine lotion
Contact your doctor or health care provider right away if any of these apply to you.
Before using calamine lotion:
Some medical conditions may interact with calamine lotion. 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 calamine lotion. However, no specific interactions with calamine lotion are known at this time.
This may not be a complete list of all interactions that may occur. Ask your health care provider if calamine lotion 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 calamine lotion:
Use calamine lotion as directed by your doctor. Check the label on the medicine for exact dosing instructions.
- Shake well before using.
- Apply calamine lotion as often as necessary. A cotton pledget or soft cloth may be used for easy application.
- Do not apply calamine lotion over large areas of the body.
- If you miss using a dose of calamine lotion for 1 or more days, there is no cause for concern. If your doctor recommended that you use it, try to remember your dose every day.
Ask your health care provider any questions you may have about how to use calamine lotion.
Important safety information:
- Calamine lotion is for external use only. Avoid contact with the eyes and mucous membranes.
- Contact your heath care provider if the condition worsens, if symptoms last for more than 7 days, or if symptoms clear up and then recur within a few days.
- Ask a doctor before using calamine lotion on CHILDREN younger than 6 months of age.
- PREGNANCY and BREAST-FEEDING: If you become pregnant while using calamine lotion, discuss with your doctor the benefits and risks of using calamine lotion during pregnancy. It is unknown if calamine lotion is excreted in breast milk after topical use. If you are or will be breast-feeding while you are using calamine lotion, check with your doctor or pharmacist to discuss the risks to your baby.
Possible side effects of calamine lotion:
All medicines may cause side effects, but many people have no, or minor, side effects. When used in small doses, 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 calamine lotion:
Store calamine lotion 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 calamine lotion out of the reach of children and away from pets.
- If you have any questions about calamine lotion, please talk with your doctor, pharmacist, or other health care provider.
- Calamine lotion 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 calamine lotion 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 calamine lotion. It does NOT include all information about the possible uses, directions, warnings, precautions, interactions, adverse effects, or risks that may apply to calamine lotion. 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 calamine lotion.
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.