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Emollient Cream, Emulsion, Gel, Lotion, and Ointment

Generic Name: Emollient Cream, Emulsion, Gel, Lotion, and Ointment (ee MOL ee ents)
Brand Name: Atopiclair, Atrapro Antipruritic, Aurstat, AVO Cream, Biafine, ...show all 21 brand names.

Medically reviewed on July 4, 2018

Uses of Emollient Cream, Emulsion, Gel, Lotion, and Ointment:

  • It is used to treat or prevent certain skin problems.
  • It may be given to you for other reasons. Talk with the doctor.

What do I need to tell my doctor BEFORE I take Emollient Cream, Emulsion, Gel, Lotion, and Ointment?

  • If you have an allergy to emollient cream, emulsion, gel, lotion, and ointment or any part of emollient cream, emulsion, gel, lotion, and ointment.
  • If you are allergic to any drugs like this one, any other drugs, foods, or other substances. Tell your doctor about the allergy and what signs you had, like rash; hives; itching; shortness of breath; wheezing; cough; swelling of face, lips, tongue, or throat; or any other signs.
  • If you have a skin rash caused by an allergy to a food or drug.
  • If you have a wound that is bleeding.
  • If you are getting radiation.

This is not a list of all drugs or health problems that interact with emollient cream, emulsion, gel, lotion, and ointment.

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 emollient cream, emulsion, gel, lotion, and ointment 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 Emollient Cream, Emulsion, Gel, Lotion, and Ointment?

  • Tell all of your health care providers that you take emollient cream, emulsion, gel, lotion, and ointment. This includes your doctors, nurses, pharmacists, and dentists.
  • Check with your doctor about how to use sunscreen with emollient cream, emulsion, gel, lotion, and ointment.
  • Talk with your doctor before you use other drugs or products on your skin.
  • Some brands of emollient cream, emulsion, gel, lotion, and ointment may not be put on open sores, broken skin, or bad burns. Check with the doctor or pharmacist.
  • This medicine may cause harm if swallowed. If emollient cream, emulsion, gel, lotion, and ointment 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 emollient cream, emulsion, gel, lotion, and ointment 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 (Emollient Cream, Emulsion, Gel, Lotion, and Ointment) best taken?

Use emollient cream, emulsion, gel, lotion, and ointment as ordered by your doctor. Read all information given to you. Follow all instructions closely.

  • Follow how to use as you have been told by the doctor or read the package insert.
  • Do not take emollient cream, emulsion, gel, lotion, and ointment by mouth. Use on your skin only. Keep out of your mouth, nose, ears, and eyes (may burn).
  • Some of these drugs need to be shaken before use. Be sure you know if this product needs to be shaken before using it.
  • Wash your hands before and after use. Do not wash your hands after use if putting this on your hand.
  • Clean affected part before use. Make sure to dry well.
  • Put on the affected part as you have been told.
  • You may need to cover the treated area with a bandage or dressing. Talk with the doctor.

What do I do if I miss a dose?

  • Put on a missed dose as soon as you think about it.
  • Many times emollient cream, emulsion, gel, lotion, and ointment 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.
  • Signs of skin infection like oozing, heat, swelling, redness, or pain.
  • Very bad skin irritation.
  • Bleeding that is not normal from the affected part.
  • Fever.

What are some other side effects of Emollient Cream, Emulsion, Gel, Lotion, and Ointment?

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-FDA-1088. You may also report side effects at http://www.fda.gov/medwatch.

See also: Side effects (in more detail)

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 Emollient Cream, Emulsion, Gel, Lotion, and Ointment?

  • Store at room temperature. Do not freeze.
  • 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.
  • Keep a list of all your drugs (prescription, natural products, vitamins, OTC) with you. Give this list to your doctor.
  • Talk with the doctor before starting any new drug, including prescription or OTC, natural products, or vitamins.
  • Some drugs may have another patient information leaflet. Check with your pharmacist. If you have any questions about emollient cream, emulsion, gel, lotion, and ointment, 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.

Further information

Always consult your healthcare provider to ensure the information displayed on this page applies to your personal circumstances.

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