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benzyl alcohol and zinc acetate

Generic Name: benzyl alcohol and zinc acetate (topical) (BEN zil AL ka hol)
Brand Name: Ivy-Dry Cream, Ivy Dry Super

What is benzyl alcohol and zinc acetate topical?

Benzyl alcohol is an antiseptic that helps prevent the growth of bacteria on the skin.

Zinc acetate is an astringent that shrinks tissues and has a drying effect.

The combination of benzyl alcohol and zinc acetate topical (for the skin) is used to treat itching, skin rash, oozing, or other irritation caused by insect bites or by coming into contact with poison ivy, poison oak, or poison sumac.

Benzyl alcohol and zinc acetate may also be used for purposes not listed in this medication guide.

What is the most important information I should know about benzyl alcohol and zinc acetate topical?

If you are pregnant or breast-feeding, ask your doctor before using this medication.

Call your doctor if your symptoms do not improve after 7 days of treatment with this medication.

Do not use this medication on a child younger than 2 years old without the advice of a doctor.

What should I discuss with my health care provider before using benzyl alcohol and zinc acetate topical?

You should not use this medication if you have ever had an allergic reaction to benzyl alcohol and zinc acetate topical.

If you are pregnant or breast-feeding, ask your doctor before using this medication.

Do not use this medication on a child younger than 2 years old without the advice of a doctor.

How should I use benzyl alcohol and zinc acetate topical?

Use this medication exactly as directed on the label, or as prescribed by your doctor. Do not use it in larger amounts or for longer than recommended.

Apply benzyl alcohol and zinc acetate topical to the affected skin areas 1 to 3 times per day.

Call your doctor if your symptoms do not improve after 7 days of treatment with this medication.

Store benzyl alcohol and zinc acetate at room temperature away from moisture and heat.

What happens if I miss a dose?

Since benzyl alcohol and zinc acetate topical is used as needed, it is not likely that you will be on a dosing schedule. Using extra lotion to make up a missed dose will not make the medication more effective.

What happens if I overdose?

Seek emergency medical attention if you think you have used too much of this medicine.

An overdose of topically applied benzyl alcohol and zinc acetate is not likely to occur.

What should I avoid while using benzyl alcohol and zinc acetate topical?

Avoid getting this medication in your eyes. If this does occur, rinse with water.

Benzyl alcohol and zinc acetate topical side effects

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

Stop using benzyl alcohol and zinc acetate and call your doctor at once if you have any type of severe skin reaction after applying the lotion.

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.

Benzyl alcohol and zinc acetate dosing information

Usual Adult Dose for Dermatitis:

Benzyl alcohol-zinc acetate topical 10%-2% cream,
Benzyl alcohol-zinc acetate topical 10%-2% lotion:
Apply to affected area up to 3 times daily.

Usual Pediatric Dose for Dermatitis:

Benzyl alcohol-zinc acetate topical 10%-2% cream:
2 years or older: Apply to affected area up to 3 times daily.

Benzyl alcohol-zinc acetate topical 10%-2% lotion:
6 years or older: Apply to affected area up to 3 times daily.

What other drugs will affect benzyl alcohol and zinc acetate topical?

It is not likely that other drugs you take orally or inject will have an effect on topically applied benzyl alcohol and zinc acetate. 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 this medication 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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