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All about: Lactic Acid Cream

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

Lactic Acid Cream is used for:

Treating mild to severe forms of dry, scaly skin.

Lactic Acid 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 Lactic Acid Cream if:

  • you are allergic to any ingredient in Lactic Acid Cream

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

Before using Lactic Acid Cream:

Some medical conditions may interact with Lactic Acid 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 Lactic Acid Cream. Because little, if any, of Lactic Acid 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 Lactic Acid 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 Lactic Acid Cream:

Use Lactic Acid Cream as directed by your doctor. Check the label on the medicine for exact dosing instructions.

  • Apply Lactic Acid 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 Lactic Acid Cream, unless your hands are part of the treated area.
  • If you miss a dose of Lactic Acid 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 Lactic Acid Cream.

Important safety information:

  • Lactic Acid Cream may cause stinging or burning when applied to cracked or scraped skin (eg, after shaving).
  • Lactic Acid Cream is for external use only. Avoid contact with the eyes, lips, or mucous membranes.
  • Lactic Acid Cream may be harmful if swallowed. If you or someone you know may have taken Lactic Acid Cream by mouth, contact your local poison control center or emergency room immediately.
  • Overuse of topical products may worsen your condition.
  • Lactic Acid Cream may cause increased sensitivity to the sun. Avoid exposure to the sun, sunlamps, or tanning booths until you know how you react to Lactic Acid 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 Lactic Acid Cream during pregnancy. It is unknown if Lactic Acid Cream is excreted in breast milk. If you are or will be breast-feeding while you are using Lactic Acid Cream, check with your doctor or pharmacist to discuss the risks to your baby.

Possible side effects of Lactic Acid 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. Lactic Acid Cream may be harmful if swallowed.

Proper storage of Lactic Acid Cream:

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

General information:

  • If you have any questions about Lactic Acid Cream, please talk with your doctor, pharmacist, or other health care provider.
  • Lactic Acid 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 Lactic Acid 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
Copyright © 2007 Wolters Kluwer Health, Inc.

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