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Generic name: balsam Peru and castor oil topicalBAL-sam-pe-ROO-and-KAS-tor-oil-TOP-i-kal ]
Drug class: Miscellaneous topical agents

Medically reviewed by on May 9, 2022. Written by Cerner Multum.

What is Venelex?

Venelex (for the skin) is a combination medicine used to treat skin wounds, bed sores, diabetic skin ulcers, and other skin conditions resulting from decreased blood flow or skin grafts.

Venelex helps reduce odor and creates a protective layer over skin wounds.

Venelex may also be used for purposes not listed in this medication guide.


Follow all directions on your medicine 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 Venelex if you are allergic to balsam Peru, castor oil, or petroleum jelly (Vaseline).

Ask a doctor before using this medicine if you are pregnant or breastfeeding.

Do not use Venelex on a child without medical advice.

How should I use Venelex?

Use exactly as directed on the label, or as prescribed by your doctor.

Do not take by mouth. Topical medicine is for use only on the skin.

Wash your hands before and after applying this medicine.

Apply a thin layer of medicine to the wound. Balsam Peru and castor oil is usually applied at least 2 times daily. Follow your doctor's instructions.

After applying the medicine, you may cover the wound with a bandage dressing, or leave the wound open to the air. Your doctor will tell you whether you should cover the wound or not.

If you need to remove the medicine, gently wash it off with water.

Call your doctor if the condition you are treating with this medicine does not improve, or if it gets worse while using this product.

Store at room temperature away from moisture and heat. Do not allow the medicine to freeze.

What happens if I miss a dose?

Apply the medicine as soon as you can, but skip the missed dose if it is almost time for your next dose. Do not apply two doses at one time.

What happens if I overdose?

An overdose of balsam Peru and castor oil 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 Venelex?

Rinse with water if Venelex gets in your eyes.

Avoid using other medications on the areas you treat with balsam Peru and castor oil unless your doctor tells you to.

Venelex 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.

Common side effects of Venelex may include:

  • mild stinging or burning where the medicine is applied.

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 Venelex?

Medicine used on the skin is not likely to be affected by other drugs you use. But many drugs can interact with each other. Tell each of your healthcare 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.

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