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CALAMINE (NONE)

Brand Name(s) : None
Warnings
Uses
Side Effects
Precautions
Interactions
Overdose

CALAMINE WARNINGS

Calamine should be used with caution in:

  • None known

It should not be used in:

  • People with an allergy (hypersensitivity) to any of the ingredients.
  • People who are about to have an x-ray.

Also see list of precautions and interactions.

STORAGE

Store below 25°C.

CALAMINE USES

What is it used for?

  • Calamine is used for the relief of minor skin rashes and irritation.
  • It is a type of antipruritic, sometimes known as an anti-itch cream, lotion or ointment.
  • It is used to relieve itching by cooling and soothing the skin.
  • In general this drug is used to stop the itching associated with minor skin rashes and irritation.

Benefits of being on this drug can include:

  • Relief from itching.

Listed below are the typical uses of calamine:

  • Relief of minor skin rashes and irritation

On occasion your doctor may prescribe this medicine to treat a condition not on the above list. Such conditions are listed below.

  • None known.

HOW TO USE/TAKE

Calamine can be applied to the affected area as often as required.

Use this medication regularly in order to get the most benefit from it.

Certain medical conditions may require different dosage instructions as directed by your doctor.

What dose?

  • Calamine can be applied liberally to the affected area as often as needed.

Do I need to avoid anything?

  • None known. Consult your doctor or pharmacist for more details.

When can I stop?

  • Always complete the full course.

CALAMINE SIDE EFFECTS

Allergic reaction with skin rash, red or itchy skin

  • Skin irritation.

If any of these persist or you consider them severe then inform your doctor or pharmacist.

Tell your doctor immediately if you develop any of the following symptoms:

  • None known.

Remember that your doctor has prescribed this medication because he or she has judged that the benefit to you is greater than the risk of side effects. Many people using this medication do not have serious side effects.

A serious allergic reaction to this drug is unlikely, but seek immediate medical attention if it occurs. Symptoms of a serious allergic reaction include: rash, itching/swelling (especially of the face/tongue/throat), dizziness, trouble breathing.

This is not a complete list of possible side effects. If you notice other effects not listed above, contact your doctor or pharmacist.

The Yellow Card Scheme allows you to report suspected side effects from any type of medicine (which includes vaccines, herbals and over the counter medicines) that you are taking. It is run by the medicines safety watchdog called the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory agency (MHRA). Please report any suspected side effect on the Yellow Card Scheme website.

CALAMINE PRECAUTIONS

Before taking calamine, tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are allergic to it; or to other antipruritics; or if you have any other allergies.

This medication should not be used if you have certain medical conditions. Before using this medicine, consult your doctor or pharmacist if you have:

  • An allergy (hypersensitivity) to any of the ingredients.
  • An x-ray planned.

Before using this medication, tell your doctor or pharmacist your medical history, especially any of the following:

  • None known.

Before having surgery, tell your doctor or dentist that you are taking this medication.

Does alcohol intake affect this drug?

  • Alcohol is not known to affect this drug

Pregnancy and breastfeeding - please ensure you read the detailed information below.

PREGNANCY

Calamine is suitable to use during pregnancy. Ask your doctor or pharmacist if you have any doubts or questions about this.

It is sensible to limit use of medication during pregnancy whenever possible. However, your doctor may decide that the benefits outweigh the risks in individual circumstances and after a careful assessment of your specific health situation.

If you have any doubts or concerns you are advised to discuss the medicine with your doctor or pharmacist.

BREAST FEEDING

Calamine is suitable to use if you are breastfeeding.

It is sensible to limit use of medication during breastfeeding whenever possible. However, your doctor may decide that the benefits outweigh the risks in individual circumstances and after a careful assessment of your specific health situation.

If you have any doubts or concerns you are advised to discuss the medicine with your doctor or pharmacist.

CALAMINE INTERACTIONS

Before using this medicine, tell your prescriber of all the medicines you are taking including prescription medicines and medicines you have bought over the counter without a prescription. Tell your prescriber if you are taking vitamins or complementary remedies such as herbal products, as these can also interact with medicines.

There are no known significant interactions between calamine and other medicines. If you experience any unusual symptoms while using this medicine with other medicines, tell your prescriber.

If you have a question or want to discuss anything about your medicine, speak to your local pharmacist.

CALAMINE OVERDOSE

If swallowed, you may experience loss of appetite, feeling and being sick, diarrhoea and stomach discomfort. If this occurs, contact your doctor or hospital casualty department as soon as possible.

If you think you, or someone you care for, might have accidentally taken more than the recommended dose of calamine or intentional overdose is suspected, contact your local hospital, GP or if in England call 111. In Scotland call NHS 24. In Wales, call NHS Direct Wales. In the case of medical emergencies, always dial 999.

MISSED DOSE

If you forget to use calamine, apply it as soon as you remember. It can be used as often as required.

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