Aloe vera topical
Generic name: aloe vera topical [ AL-oe-VER-a-TOP-ik-al ]
Brand names: OraMagic Rx, Carrington Oral Wound Rinse, Coats Aloe, Banana Boat Soothing After Sun, Cabana Beach Club
Dosage forms: mucous membrane powder for reconstitution (-), topical cream (-), topical gel (-), topical liquid (-), topical lotion (-), ... show all 7 dosage forms topical soap (-), topical spray (-)
Drug classes: Herbal products, Topical emollients
What is aloe vera topical?
Aloe vera topical is made from the extract of the aloe vera plant leaf. Aloe vera is also known as Burn Plant, Elephant's Gall, Ghee-Kunwar, Hsiang-Dan, Kanya, Kumari, Lily of the Desert, Miracle Plant, and other names.
Aloe vera topical has been used in alternative medicine as a possibly effective aid in treating cold sores, itching or rash inside the mouth (Lichen planus), or psoriasis. Aloe vera topical may have been combined with other plants or extracts in a specific preparation to treat these conditions.
Research has shown that aloe vera topical may not be effective in preventing sunburn, reducing skin damage caused by radiation cancer treatment, or improving the immune system in people with HIV (human immunodeficiency virus).
Other uses not proven with research have included diaper rash, dry skin, dandruff, frostbite, repelling insects, and healing burns, bedsores, and other wounds.
It is not certain whether aloe vera topical is effective in treating any medical condition. Medicinal use of this product has not been approved by the FDA. Aloe vera topical should not be used in place of medication prescribed for you by your doctor.
Aloe vera topical is often sold as an herbal supplement. There are no regulated manufacturing standards in place for many herbal compounds and some marketed supplements have been found to be contaminated with toxic metals or other drugs. Herbal/health supplements should be purchased from a reliable source to minimize the risk of contamination.
Aloe vera topical may also be used for purposes not listed in this product guide.
Follow all directions on the product label and package. Tell each of your healthcare providers about all your medical conditions, allergies, and all medicines you use.
Before taking this medicine
You should not use this product if you are allergic to aloe vera.
Ask a doctor or pharmacist if it is safe for you to use this product if you have other medical conditions.
Ask a doctor before using this product if you are pregnant or breast-feeding.
Do not give any herbal/health supplement to a child without medical advice.
How should I use aloe vera topical?
When considering the use of herbal supplements, seek the advice of your doctor. You may also consider consulting a practitioner who is trained in the use of herbal/health supplements.
If you choose to use aloe vera topical, use it as directed on the package or as directed by your doctor, pharmacist, or other healthcare provider. Do not use more of this product than is recommended on the label.
Call your doctor if the condition you are treating with aloe vera topical does not improve, or if it gets worse while using this product.
Store at room temperature away from moisture and heat.
What happens if I miss a dose?
Skip the missed dose if it is almost time for your next scheduled dose. Do not use extra aloe vera topical to make up the missed dose.
What happens if I overdose?
An overdose of aloe vera topical is not expected to be dangerous. Seek emergency medical attention or call the Poison Help line at 1-800-222-1222 if anyone has accidentally swallowed the medication.
What should I avoid while using aloe vera topical?
Do not take aloe vera topical by mouth. This product is for use only on the skin.
Aloe vera topical side effects
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.
Common side effects of aloe vera topical may include:
mild itching or burning.
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.
What other drugs will affect aloe vera topical?
It is not likely that other drugs you take orally or inject will have an effect on topically applied aloe vera. But many drugs can interact with each other. Tell each of your health care providers about all medicines you use, including prescription and over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal products.
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Remember, keep this and all other medicines out of the reach of children, never share your medicines with others, and use this medication only for the indication prescribed.
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