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Zinc Oxide


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    • U.S. Brand Names: Ammens® Original Medicated [OTC];Ammens® Shower Fresh [OTC];Balmex® [OTC];Boudreaux's® Butt Paste [OTC];Critic-Aid Skin Care® [OTC];Desitin® Creamy [OTC];Desitin® [OTC]
    • Canadian Brand Names: Zincofax®
    • Mexican Brand Names: Desitin;Pasta de Lassar
    • Pharmacologic Category: Topical Skin Product

    • This medicine is used to treat dry skin.
    • This medicine is used to treat skin irritation.
    • Zinc oxide protects the skin.


    How to take

    • Do not take this medicine by mouth. For skin only. Keep out of mouth, nose, and eyes (may burn).
    • Wash hands before and after use. Do not wash hands after use if applying to the hand area.
    • Clean affected area before use. Make sure to dry well.
    • Apply a thin layer to the affected skin and rub in gently.

    Missed Dose

    • Apply a missed dose as soon as possible.
    • If it is almost time for the next dose, skip the missed dose and return to your regular schedule.
    • Do not apply a double dose or extra doses.
    • Many times this medicine is used on an as needed basis.


    • Store at room temperature.



    • If you have an allergy to zinc oxide or any other part of this medicine.
    • Tell healthcare provider if you are allergic to any medicine. Make sure to tell about the allergy and how it affected you. This includes telling about rash; hives; itching; shortness of breath; wheezing; cough; swelling of face, lips, tongue, or throat; or any other symptoms involved.


    • Check medicines with healthcare provider. This medicine may not mix well with other medicines.
    • Do not put coverings (bandages, dressings, make-up) over the area unless told to do so by healthcare provider.
    • Tell healthcare provider if you are pregnant or plan on getting pregnant.
    • Tell healthcare provider if you are breast-feeding.

    Side Effects

    • Skin irritation.


    • Change in condition being treated. Is it better, worse, or about the same?
    • Follow up with healthcare provider.

    Contact a healthcare provider

    • If you suspect an overdose, call your local poison control center or emergency department immediately.
    • Signs of a life-threatening reaction. These include wheezing; chest tightness; fever; itching; bad cough; blue skin color; fits; or swelling of face, lips, tongue, or throat.
    • Severe skin irritation.
    • Any rash.
    • No improvement in condition or feeling worse.

    General Statements

    • If you have a life-threatening allergy, wear allergy identification at all times.
    • Do not share your medicine with others and do not take anyone else's medicine.
    • Keep all medicine out of the reach of children and pets.
    • Most medicines can be thrown away in household trash after mixing with coffee grounds or kitty litter and sealing in a plastic bag.
    • In Canada return any unused drugs back to the pharmacy. Also, visit for more facts about the right way to get rid of unused drugs.
    • Keep a list of all your medicines (prescription, natural products, supplements, vitamins, over-the-counter) with you. Give this list to healthcare provider (doctor, nurse, nurse practitioner, pharmacist, physician assistant).
    • Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088 or in Canada to Health Canada's Canada Vigilance Program at 1-866-234-2345.
    • Talk with healthcare provider before starting any new medicine, including over-the-counter, natural products, or vitamins.

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    The information in this monograph is intended for informational purposes only, and is meant to help users better understand health concerns. Information is based on review of scientific research data, historical practice patterns, and clinical experience. This information should not be interpreted as specific medical advice. Users should consult with a qualified healthcare provider for specific questions regarding therapies, diagnosis and/or health conditions, prior to making therapeutic decisions.

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