Calamine is a medicine to relieve itching, as well as discomfort or pain, due to mild irritation on the skin. This medicine is available in the form of lotion and powder.

Calamine contains active ingredients zinc oxide and iron oxide. This medicine will give a cold sensation that can remove itching and discomfort in the skin like when  skin allergies occur . In addition, calamine can also dry skin that is wet or festering due to mild irritation.

Calamine can be first aid for itching. This medicine can be used for a variety of conditions, such as insect bites , chicken pox, contact dermatitis , sweat pimples, herpes zoster , scabies, and ringworm .

Calamine trademarks: Calaben Shake Powder, Caladine, Caladine Powder Adult, Caladine Extra Cool, Calamom Lotion, Confortin, Nimalac

What Is Calamine?

Group Free medicine
Category Antipruritic
Benefits Relieves itching due to mild irritation
Used by Adults and children
Calamine for pregnant and lactating women  Category N: Not yet categorized. The safety of calamine for pregnant or nursing mothers is not known for sure. Consult a doctor about the use of calamine if you are pregnant or breastfeeding.
Drug form Lotion and powder

Warning Before Using Calamine

Before using calamine, you need to pay attention to the following things:

  • Do not use calamine if you have an allergy to this medicine.
  • Do not use calamine on skin with open wounds.
  • Consult a doctor first if you want to use calamine on children under 2 years of age.
  • Inform the doctor if you are using other drugs, including herbal products, supplements, or other topical drugs, to anticipate the occurrence of drug interactions.
  • Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or breastfeeding.
  • See a doctor immediately if you experience a drug allergic reaction after using calamine.
  • Immediately go to the nearest doctor or IGD if you or your child accidentally swallows calamine.

Calamine Dosage and Administration

Calamine is used to overcome itching and pain due to mild skin irritation. To overcome the condition, apply enough calamine 1-4 times a day on the skin area to be treated. It is recommended to reapply the medicine after showering.

How to Use Calamine Correctly

Follow the doctor 's advice and always read the instructions on the package before using calamine.

Shake the bottle of calamine lotion first before use. Pour a few drops of lotion onto a cotton pad or soft cloth. After that, apply calamine on the skin area that you want to treat. Do not forget to wash your hands before and after using this medicine.

Avoid drug contact with eyes, mouth, nose, and genital area. If the area is affected by the medicine, immediately rinse with water.

Calamine is only used as long as there is a complaint and can be stopped immediately after the complaint improves. Consult a doctor if the complaint does not improve after 7 days or relapses after it has improved.

Store calamine in a cool, dry place, away from direct sunlight, and keep this medicine out of the reach of children.

Calamine Interactions with Other Drugs

It is not yet known the drug interactions that can occur if calamine is used with other drugs or products. Even so, the possibility of calamine interacting with certain drugs or active ingredients is not closed.

Side Effects and Dangers of Calamine

Calamine is generally safe to use as long as it is used according to the rules of use. Stop using calamine and immediately check with a doctor if there is an allergic reaction to the drug or symptoms of an infection on the skin , such as:

  • Redness on the skin
  • Rash
  • Pus appeared on the skin
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