Generic Name: lanolin topical (LAN oh lin TOP ik al)
Brand Name: HPA Lanolin, Lanolor Cream, Lan-O-Soothe, Lansinoh for Breast Feeding Mothers, Tender Care, Lanolin Hydrous, Lansinoh for Healthy Feet, Soothe and Cool Free Medseptic Skin Protectant
Medically reviewed on March 15, 2017
What is lanolin topical?
Lanolin is a natural substance found in sheep's wool. This product is made with manufacturing processes that reduce certain allergens in the lanolin.
Lanolin topical is also used to treat sore and cracked nipples caused by breast-feeding.
Lanolin topical may also be used for purposes not listed in this medication 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 lanolin topical if you are allergic to it.
Ask a doctor or pharmacist if it is safe for you to use lanolin topical if you have:
deep wounds or open sores;
swelling, warmth, redness, oozing, or bleeding;
large areas of skin irritation; or
any type of allergy.
Lanolin topical is not expected to harm an unborn baby. Seek a doctor's advice if you are pregnant.
Lanolin topical is often applied to the skin of the nipple area to treat conditions caused by breast-feeding. This product is not expected to harm a nursing baby. Use only as directed.
How should I take lanolin topical?
Lanolin topical is available in cream or ointment form. Use your medicine 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.
Do not take by mouth. Lanolin topical is for use only on the skin. If this product gets in your eyes, nose, mouth, rectum, or vagina, rinse with water.
Apply a small amount of lanolin topical to the affected area and rub in gently.
To use lanolin topical for sore nipples: Apply a pea-sized amount to the entire nipple area after each feeding. You do not need to wash off lanolin topical before breast-feeding again.
When using lanolin topical to treat or prevent diaper rash: Clean the diaper area well and allow it to dry thoroughly before applying the medicine. Apply at each diaper change as needed.
To treat or prevent radiation therapy skin burns: Ask your healthcare professional which brand to use and when to apply it (before or after each radiation treatment).
Call your doctor if your symptoms do not improve, or if they get worse while using lanolin topical.
Store at room temperature away from moisture and heat. Keep the bottle or tube tightly closed when not in use.
What happens if I miss a dose?
Since this product is used as needed, it does not have a daily dosing schedule. Seek medical advice if your condition does not improve after using lanolin topical.
What happens if I overdose?
An overdose is unlikely to occur.
What should I avoid while taking lanolin topical?
Avoid getting lanolin topical in your eyes.
Lanolin topical side effects
Get emergency medical help if you have signs of an allergic reaction: hives; difficult breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.
Stop using lanolin topical and call your doctor if you have severe burning, stinging, redness, or irritation where the product was applied.
Less serious side effects may be 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 lanolin topical?
Other drugs may interact with lanolin topical, including prescription and over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal products. Tell each of your health care providers about all medicines you use now and any medicine you start or stop using.
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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