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All about: Lac-Hydrin Cream

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Generic Name: Lactic Acid Cream (LACK-tick ASS-id)
Brand Name: Examples include AmLactin and Lac-Hydrin

Lac-Hydrin Cream is used for:

Treating mild to severe forms of dry, scaly skin.

Lac-Hydrin Cream is a humectant. Exactly how it works is unknown but it increases the amount of water in the skin, making it softer and more pliable.

Do NOT use Lac-Hydrin Cream if:

  • you are allergic to any ingredient in Lac-Hydrin Cream

Contact your doctor or health care provider right away if any of these apply to you.

Before using Lac-Hydrin Cream:

Some medical conditions may interact with Lac-Hydrin Cream. Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you have any medical conditions, especially if any of the following apply to you:

  • if you are pregnant, planning to become pregnant, or are breast-feeding
  • if you are taking any prescription or nonprescription medicine, herbal preparation, or dietary supplement
  • if you have allergies to medicines, foods, or other substances

Some MEDICINES MAY INTERACT with Lac-Hydrin Cream. Because little, if any, of Lac-Hydrin Cream is absorbed into the blood, the risk of it interacting with another medicine is low.

This may not be a complete list of all interactions that may occur. Ask your health care provider if Lac-Hydrin Cream may interact with other medicines that you take. Check with your health care provider before you start, stop, or change the dose of any medicine.

How to use Lac-Hydrin Cream:

Use Lac-Hydrin Cream as directed by your doctor. Check the label on the medicine for exact dosing instructions.

  • Apply Lac-Hydrin Cream to the affected area and rub in thoroughly twice daily or as directed by your health care provider.
  • Wash your hands immediately after using Lac-Hydrin Cream, unless your hands are part of the treated area.
  • If you miss a dose of Lac-Hydrin Cream, use it as soon as possible. If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and go back to your regular dosing schedule. Do not use 2 doses at once.

Ask your health care provider any questions you may have about how to use Lac-Hydrin Cream.

Important safety information:

  • Lac-Hydrin Cream may cause stinging or burning when applied to cracked or scraped skin (eg, after shaving).
  • Lac-Hydrin Cream is for external use only. Avoid contact with the eyes, lips, or mucous membranes.
  • Lac-Hydrin Cream may be harmful if swallowed. If you or someone you know may have taken Lac-Hydrin Cream by mouth, contact your local poison control center or emergency room immediately.
  • Overuse of topical products may worsen your condition.
  • Lac-Hydrin Cream may cause increased sensitivity to the sun. Avoid exposure to the sun, sunlamps, or tanning booths until you know how you react to Lac-Hydrin Cream. Use a sunscreen or protective clothing if you must be outside for a prolonged period.
  • PREGNANCY and BREAST-FEEDING: If you plan on becoming pregnant, discuss with your doctor the benefits and risks of using Lac-Hydrin Cream during pregnancy. It is unknown if Lac-Hydrin Cream is excreted in breast milk. If you are or will be breast-feeding while you are using Lac-Hydrin Cream, check with your doctor or pharmacist to discuss the risks to your baby.

Possible side effects of Lac-Hydrin Cream:

All medicines may cause side effects, but many people have no, or minor, side effects. Check with your doctor if any of these most COMMON side effects persist or become bothersome:

Burning; dry skin; flushing; irritation; itching; rash; stinging.

Seek medical attention right away if any of these SEVERE side effects occur:

Severe allergic reactions (rash; hives; difficulty breathing; tightness in the chest; swelling of the mouth, face, lips, or tongue); worsening of condition.

This is not a complete list of all side effects that may occur. If you have questions or need medical advice about side effects, contact your doctor or health care provider. You may report side effects to the FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088 (1-800-332-1088) or at http://www.fda.gov/medwatch.

If OVERDOSE is suspected:

Contact 1-800-222-1222 (the American Association of Poison Control Centers), your local poison control center (http://www.aapcc.org/findyour.htm), or emergency room immediately. Lac-Hydrin Cream may be harmful if swallowed.

Proper storage of Lac-Hydrin Cream:

Store at room temperature, between 59 and 86 degrees F (15 and 30 degrees C). Keep Lac-Hydrin Cream out of the reach of children and away from pets.

General information:

  • If you have any questions about Lac-Hydrin Cream, please talk with your doctor, pharmacist, or other health care provider.
  • Lac-Hydrin Cream is to be used only by the patient for whom it is prescribed. Do not share it with other people.
  • If your symptoms do not improve or if they become worse, check with your doctor.

This information is a summary only. It does not contain all information about Lac-Hydrin Cream. If you have questions about the medicine you are taking or would like more information, check with your doctor, pharmacist, or other health care provider.

Issue Date: September 5, 2007
Database Edition 07.3.1.003
Copyright © 2007 Wolters Kluwer Health, Inc.

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