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Medications for Dry Skin (Xerosis)

About Dry Skin

Dry skin is most common in your lower legs, arms, flanks (sides of the abdomen), and thighs. The symptoms most often associated with dry skin include scaling, itching and cracks in the skin.

Drugs used to treat Dry Skin

The following list of medications are in some way related to, or used in the treatment of this condition.

Drug name Rating Reviews Activity ? Rx/OTC Pregnancy CSA Alcohol
ammonium lactate 9.9 10 reviews
Rx/OTC B N

Generic name: ammonium lactate topical

Brand names:  AmLactin, Lac-Hydrin, Geri-Hydrolac, Kerasal AL …show all

Drug class: topical emollients

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AmLactin 10 3 reviews
Rx/OTC B N

Generic name: ammonium lactate topical

Drug class: topical emollients

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urea 9.6 12 reviews
Rx/OTC C N

Generic name: urea topical

Brand names:  Ureacin-20, Aluvea, Carmol, Gormel, Hydro 35, Keralac, Aqua Care, Aquaphilic with Urea, Atrac-Tain, Carb-O-Philic / 10, CEM-Urea, Cerovel, Epimide 50, Gordons Urea, Gormel 10, Keratol 45, Nutraplus, Rea-Lo, Rea Lo 39, Rinnovi Nail System, Rynoderm, U-Kera, Ultra Mide, Umecta, Umecta Mousse, Umecta Nail Film, Umecta PD, Uramaxin, Uramaxin TS, URE-39, URE-K, Ureacin-10, Utopic …show all

Drug class: topical emollients

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Eucerin 3.1 9 reviews
Rx/OTC N N

Generic name: emollients topical

Drug class: topical emollients

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Lac-Hydrin 10 2 reviews
Rx/OTC B N

Generic name: ammonium lactate topical

Drug class: topical emollients

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Aquaphor 10 4 reviews
Rx/OTC N N

Generic name: emollients topical

Drug class: topical emollients

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CeraVe 1.9 23 reviews
Rx/OTC N N

Generic name: emollients topical

Drug class: topical emollients

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emollients 4.2 237 reviews
Rx/OTC N N

Generic name: emollients topical

Brand names:  Eucerin, Aquaphor, CeraVe, EpiCeram, Cetaphil Lotion, Biafine, Aveeno, Mederma, Promiseb, Hylatopic, Bag Balm, Carmex, HylatopicPlus, Lubriderm, Neosalus, Replens, Atopiclair, AVO Cream, Baby Lotion, Blistex Lip Balm, Chap Stick, Curel Moisture Lotion, DermaPhor, Eletone, Gold Bond Ultimate Healing, K-Y Jelly, Nivea, Phisoderm, Prutect, Vaseline Intensive Care, AlphaSoft, Atrapro, Aurstat, Baby Oil, Corn Huskers Lotion, Emulsion SB, Keri Lotion, Loutrex, Moisturel, Natural Ice, Neutrogena Lotion, Nivatopic Plus, Nutraderm, Pacquin, Pen-Kera, PR Cream, Pretty Feet & Hands, PruClair, PruMyx, Soft Sense, St. Ives …show all

Drug class: topical emollients

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EpiCeram 7.9 26 reviews
Rx/OTC N N

Generic name: emollients topical

Drug class: topical emollients

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Cetaphil Lotion 4.6 9 reviews
Rx/OTC N N

Generic name: emollients topical

Drug class: topical emollients

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Ureacin-20 Rate Add review
Rx/OTC C N

Generic name: urea topical

Drug class: topical emollients

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Biafine 9.9 8 reviews
Rx/OTC N N

Generic name: emollients topical

Drug class: topical emollients

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Geri-Hydrolac 10 1 review
Rx/OTC B N

Generic name: ammonium lactate topical

Drug class: topical emollients

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Aluvea Rate Add review
Rx/OTC C N

Generic name: urea topical

Drug class: topical emollients

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Carmol 10 1 review
Rx/OTC C N

Generic name: urea topical

Drug class: topical emollients

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dimethicone Rate Add review
OTC N

Generic name: dimethicone topical

Drug class: miscellaneous topical agents

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Gormel Rate Add review
Rx/OTC C N

Generic name: urea topical

Drug class: topical emollients

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Hydro 35 Rate Add review
Rx/OTC C N

Generic name: urea topical

Drug class: topical emollients

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Keralac Rate Add review
Rx/OTC C N

Generic name: urea topical

Drug class: topical emollients

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Aqua Care Rate Add review
Rx/OTC C N

Generic name: urea topical

Drug class: topical emollients

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Aquaphilic with Urea Rate Add review
Rx/OTC C N

Generic name: urea topical

Drug class: topical emollients

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Atrac-Tain Rate Add review
Rx/OTC C N

Generic name: urea topical

Drug class: topical emollients

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Carb-O-Philic / 10 Rate Add review
Rx/OTC C N

Generic name: urea topical

Drug class: topical emollients

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CEM-Urea Rate Add review
Rx/OTC C N

Generic name: urea topical

Drug class: topical emollients

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Cerovel Rate Add review
Rx/OTC C N

Generic name: urea topical

Drug class: topical emollients

For consumers: dosage, side effects

Alternative treatments for Dry Skin

The following products are considered to be alternative treatments or natural remedies for Dry Skin. Their efficacy may not have been scientifically tested to the same degree as the drugs listed in the table above. However there may be historical, cultural or anecdotal evidence linking their use to the treatment of Dry Skin.

Learn more about Dry Skin (Xerosis)

Symptoms and treatments

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Rating For ratings, users were asked how effective they found the medicine while considering positive/adverse effects and ease of use (1 = not effective, 10 = most effective).
Activity Activity is based on recent site visitor activity relative to other medications in the list.
Rx Prescription Only.
OTC Over the Counter.
Rx/OTC Prescription or Over the Counter.
Off-label This medication may not be approved by the FDA for the treatment of this condition.
EUA An Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) allows the FDA to authorize unapproved medical products or unapproved uses of approved medical products to be used in a declared public health emergency when there are no adequate, approved, and available alternatives.
Pregnancy Category
A Adequate and well-controlled studies have failed to demonstrate a risk to the fetus in the first trimester of pregnancy (and there is no evidence of risk in later trimesters).
B Animal reproduction studies have failed to demonstrate a risk to the fetus and there are no adequate and well-controlled studies in pregnant women.
C Animal reproduction studies have shown an adverse effect on the fetus and there are no adequate and well-controlled studies in humans, but potential benefits may warrant use in pregnant women despite potential risks.
D There is positive evidence of human fetal risk based on adverse reaction data from investigational or marketing experience or studies in humans, but potential benefits may warrant use in pregnant women despite potential risks.
X Studies in animals or humans have demonstrated fetal abnormalities and/or there is positive evidence of human fetal risk based on adverse reaction data from investigational or marketing experience, and the risks involved in use in pregnant women clearly outweigh potential benefits.
N FDA has not classified the drug.
Controlled Substances Act (CSA) Schedule
N Is not subject to the Controlled Substances Act.
1 Has a high potential for abuse. Has no currently accepted medical use in treatment in the United States. There is a lack of accepted safety for use under medical supervision.
2 Has a high potential for abuse. Has a currently accepted medical use in treatment in the United States or a currently accepted medical use with severe restrictions. Abuse may lead to severe psychological or physical dependence.
3 Has a potential for abuse less than those in schedules 1 and 2. Has a currently accepted medical use in treatment in the United States. Abuse may lead to moderate or low physical dependence or high psychological dependence.
4 Has a low potential for abuse relative to those in schedule 3. It has a currently accepted medical use in treatment in the United States. Abuse may lead to limited physical dependence or psychological dependence relative to those in schedule 3.
5 Has a low potential for abuse relative to those in schedule 4. Has a currently accepted medical use in treatment in the United States. Abuse may lead to limited physical dependence or psychological dependence relative to those in schedule 4.
Alcohol
X Interacts with Alcohol.

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