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Gold Bond Anti-Itch Lotion

Generic Name: pramoxine topical (pra MOX een TOP i kal)
Brand Names: Gold Bond Anti-Itch Lotion

Medically reviewed on September 12, 2018

What is Gold Bond Anti-Itch?

Gold Bond Anti-Itch (pramoxine) is an anesthetic, or "numbing medicine." It works by interfering with pain signals sent from the nerves to the brain.

Gold Bond Anti-Itch Lotion is used to treat pain or itching caused by insect bites, minor burns or scrapes, and minor skin rash, dryness, or itching. This medicine is also used to treat chapped lips, and pain or skin irritation caused by coming into contact with poison ivy, poison oak, or poison sumac.

Important Information

Use Gold Bond Anti-Itch exactly as directed on the label, or as prescribed by your doctor. Do not use in larger or smaller amounts or for longer than recommended.

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

Less serious side effects are more likely, and you may have none at all.

Before taking this medicine

You should not use Gold Bond Anti-Itch if you are allergic to pramoxine.

Ask a doctor or pharmacist if it is safe for you to take Gold Bond Anti-Itch if you are allergic to any drugs or any other numbing medicines.

It is not known whether Gold Bond Anti-Itch will harm an unborn baby. Do not use this medication without medical advice if you are pregnant.

It is not known whether pramoxine topical passes into breast milk or if it could harm a nursing baby. Do not use this medication without medical advice if you are breast-feeding a baby.

How should I use Gold Bond Anti-Itch?

Use Gold Bond Anti-Itch exactly as directed on the label, or as prescribed by your doctor. Do not use in larger or smaller amounts or for longer than recommended.

Gold Bond Anti-Itch is usually applied to the affected area 3 to 5 times daily, depending on which form of this medication you use. Follow the label directions or your doctor's instructions about how much medication to use and how often.

Wash your hands before and after applying Gold Bond Anti-Itch. Wash the affected skin area with warm water and a mild soap. Rinse and dry the area thoroughly.

To use Gold Bond Anti-Itch Lotion on the skin, apply just enough of the lotion to cover the area to be treated.

Stop using Gold Bond Anti-Itch and call your doctor if your symptoms do not improve after 7 days of treatment, or if your condition clears up and then comes back.

Store at room temperature away from moisture and heat.

See also: Dosage Information (in more detail)

What happens if I miss a dose?

Since Gold Bond Anti-Itch is used on an as needed basis, you are not likely to miss a dose.

What happens if I overdose?

Seek emergency medical attention or call the Poison Help line at 1-800-222-1222.

What should I avoid while using Gold Bond Anti-Itch?

Avoid getting this medication in your eyes or nose. If this does happen, rinse with water. Do not use Gold Bond Anti-Itch Lotion on deep skin wounds, blistered skin, severe burns, or large skin areas. Seek medical attention for more severe skin irritation or injury.

Avoid using other medications on the areas you treat with Gold Bond Anti-Itch unless your doctor tells you to.

Gold Bond Anti-Itch side effects

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

Stop using Gold Bond Anti-Itch and call your doctor at once if you have a serious side effect such as:

  • any new redness or swelling where the medicine was applied; or

  • severe pain, burning, or stinging where the medicine is applied.

Less serious side effects are more likely, and you may have none at all.

This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.

See also: Side effects (in more detail)

What other drugs will affect Gold Bond Anti-Itch?

It is not likely that other drugs you take orally or inject will have an effect on topically applied pramoxine. 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.

Further information

Remember, keep this and all other medicines out of the reach of children, never share your medicines with others, and use Gold Bond Anti-Itch Lotion only for the indication prescribed.

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

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