Calamine

Description

Calamine is a topical medication used to treat minor skin rashes and irritation caused by mild sunburn, insect bites, or other skin conditions. It also helps to relieve the itching caused by chickenpox spots.

Side effects

Major & minor side effects for Calamine

  • Skin rash, red or itchy skin
  • Skin irritation

Uses of Calamine

What is it prescribed for?

  • Skin irritation, rashes and itching
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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 considered safe for use by pregnant women. However, it must be used only when necessary and the potential benefits outweigh the risks. This medicine should be used only after consulting your doctor.
  • Usage while breast-feeding?
    This medicine is considered safe for use by breastfeeding women. However, it must be used only when necessary and the potential benefits outweigh the risks. This medicine should be used only after consulting your doctor.

Allergy

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

Pregnancy

This medicine is considered safe for use by pregnant women. However, it must be used only when necessary and the potential benefits outweigh the risks. This medicine should be used only after consulting your doctor.

Breast-feeding

This medicine is considered safe for use by breastfeeding women. However, it must be used only when necessary and the potential benefits outweigh the risks. This medicine should be used only after consulting your doctor.
General warnings

External use

This medicine is recommended for use only on the skin. Avoid contact with eyes, mouth, wounds, or broken skin.

Missed Dose

This medicine is generally used as needed. If you are on a scheduled dosing regimen of this medicine, use the missed dose as soon as you remember. If it is almost time for the next dose, skip the missed dose. Do not double the dose to make up for the missed one.

Overdose

An overdose of this medicine is not likely to cause severe symptoms. However, ingestion of 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.
Apply this medicine to the affected area as instructed by the doctor. Follow all the usage instructions mentioned on the label or the package insert. Do not apply in larger or smaller quantities than recommended. Do not cover the application area with bandages or other coverings unless specifically instructed by the doctor.
Miscelleneous

Usage does not depend on food timings

To be taken as instructed by doctor

Does not cause sleepiness

How it works
Calamine gives a soothing effect that reduces the sensation of itching and relieves the skin irritation.
Legal Status

Approved

Approved

Approved

Approved

Classification

Category

Topical Astringent, Topical soothing agent, Skin Protectant

Schedule

OTC

[Internet]. Medicines.org.uk. 2018 [cited 20 December 2018]. Available from:

https://www.medicines.org.uk/emc/files/pil.4822.pdf

[Internet]. Medicines.org.uk. 2018 [cited 20 December 2018]. Available from:

https://www.medicines.org.uk/emc/product/1580/pil

[Internet]. Medicines.org.uk. 2018 [cited 20 December 2018]. Available from:

https://www.medicines.org.uk/emc/files/pil.1580.pdf

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Information on this page was last updated on 11 Feb 2019

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