Allantoin

Description

Allantoin is a topical medication used along with other medicines for enhancing the smoothness of skin and moisturizing the skin. It is also used for healing cracked skin and soothing irritated skin.

Side effects

Major & minor side effects for Allantoin

  • Redness of skin
  • Burning or stinging sensation
  • Skin irritation

Uses of Allantoin

What is it prescribed for?

  • Skin protectant
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Concerns

Commonly asked questions

  • Onset of action
    The amount of time required for this medicine to show its action is not clinically established.
  • Duration of effect
    The amount of time for which this medicine remains active in the body is not clinically established.
  • Safe with alcohol?
    Interaction with alcohol is unknown. It is advisable to consult your doctor before consumption.
  • Is it habit forming?
    No habit-forming tendencies were reported.
  • Usage in pregnancy?
    This medicine is not recommended for use in pregnant women unless absolutely necessary. All the risks and benefits should be discussed with the doctor before using this medicine.
  • Usage while breast-feeding?
    This medicine is not recommended for use in breastfeeding women unless absolutely necessary. All the risks and benefits should be discussed with the doctor before using this medicine. If the medicine is used, care should be taken so that the infant does not come in contact with it.

Allergy

This medicine is not recommended for use in patients with a known allergy to allantoin or any other inactive ingredients present along with it.
Warnings for special population

Pregnancy

This medicine is not recommended for use in pregnant women unless absolutely necessary. All the risks and benefits should be discussed with the doctor before using this medicine.

Breast-feeding

This medicine is not recommended for use in breastfeeding women unless absolutely necessary. All the risks and benefits should be discussed with the doctor before using this medicine. If the medicine is used, care should be taken so that the infant does not come in contact with it.
General warnings

External use

This medicine is recommended for external use only. Avoid contact with the mouth and eyes. Do not use this medicine on deep or puncture wounds, animal bites, and serious burns.

Missed Dose

This medicine is usually applied on an as-needed basis. If you are on a scheduled dosing regimen of this medicine, use/apply the missed dose as soon as you remember. If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose. Do not double your dose to make up for the missed one.

Overdose

An overdose of this medicine is not likely to cause severe symptoms. However, swallowing this medicine may cause harm and immediate medical intervention may be required.
All drugs interact differently for person to person. You should check all the possible interactions with your doctor before starting any medicine.
Interaction with Alcohol

Description

Interaction with alcohol is unknown. It is advisable to consult your doctor before consumption.

Instructions

Interaction with alcohol is unknown. It is advisable to consult your doctor before consumption.
Interaction with Medicine
Disease interactions

Disease

Information not available.
Food interactions
Information not available.
Lab interactions
Information not available.
This medicine is meant for external use only. If the medicine is swallowed, seek immediate medical help. Follow all usage instructions mentioned on the label or the package insert. Consult the doctor if you experience any severe undesired side effects or if the symptoms do not improve within 7 days.
Miscelleneous

Usage does not depend on food timings

To be taken as instructed by doctor

Does not cause sleepiness

How it works
This medicine works by forming an oily layer on the top of the skin which traps water and prevents dryness of the skin.
Legal Status

Approved

Approved

Approved

Approved

Classification

Category

Miscellaneous topical agents, Topical keratolytics, Topical soothing agent, Skin conditioning agent

Schedule

OTC

DailyMed - Advanced derma spray aerosol, spray [Internet]. Dailymed.nlm.nih.gov. 2018 [cited 11 April 2018]. Available from:

https://dailymed.nlm.nih.gov/dailymed/drugInfo.cfm?setid=3333c1b0-3fc2-4cf1-a7f0-b5e4c84ae8bb

DailyMed - allantoin ointment [Internet]. Dailymed.nlm.nih.gov. 2018 [cited 11 April 2018]. Available from:

https://dailymed.nlm.nih.gov/dailymed/drugInfo.cfm?setid=deb8ebdc-756a-48e0-8f04-0ac1f6ca6316

Allantoin - DrugBank [Internet]. Drugbank.ca. 2018 [cited 11 April 2018]. Available from:

https://www.drugbank.ca/drugs/DB11100

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Information on this page was last updated on 24 Apr 2018

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