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Generic Name: zinc oxide (topical) (ZINK OX ide)
Brand Names: ARC, Balmex, Caldesene, Calmoseptine Ointment, Desitin, Diaper Relief, PeriGuard, Sportz Block Light, Triple Paste, Znlin

What is PeriGuard (zinc oxide (topical))?

Zinc oxide is a mineral.

Zinc oxide topical (applied to the skin) is used to treat diaper rash, minor burns, severely chapped skin, or other minor skin irritations.

Zinc oxide topical may also be used for purposes other than those listed in this medication guide.

What is the most important information I should know about PeriGuard (zinc oxide (topical))?

Use this medication as directed on the label, or as your doctor has prescribed. Do not use the medication in larger amounts or for longer than recommended.

Get emergency medical help if you have any of these signs of an allergic reaction: hives; difficulty breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.

Less serious side effects are more likely, and you may have none at all. Talk to your doctor about any unusual or bothersome side effects.

What should I discuss with my health care provider before using PeriGuard (zinc oxide (topical))?

Do not use this medication if you are allergic to zinc, dimethicone, lanolin, cod liver oil, petroleum jelly, parabens, mineral oil, or wax. FDA pregnancy category C. This medication may be harmful to an unborn baby. Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant while you are using this medication. It is not known whether zinc oxide topical passes into breast milk or if it could harm a nursing baby. Do not use this medication without telling your doctor if you are breast-feeding a baby.

How should I use PeriGuard (zinc oxide (topical))?

Use this medication exactly as directed on the label, or as prescribed by your doctor. Do not use it in larger amounts or for longer than recommended.

Apply enough of this medication to cover the entire area to be treated. Zinc oxide often leaves a thin white residue that may not be entirely rubbed in.

To treat chapped skin, minor burn wounds, or other skin irritations, use the medication as often as needed. Apply a thin layer to the affected area and rub in gently.

To treat diaper rash, use this medication each time the diaper is changed. It is especially important to apply the medication at bedtime or whenever there will be a long period of time between diaper changes.

Keep the diaper area clean and dry to prevent worsening of skin rash. Change wet diapers as soon as possible. Allow the skin to dry thoroughly before putting on a fresh diaper.

When using the powder form of this medicine, pour the powder slowly to avoid a large puff into the air. Do not allow a baby to handle a powder bottle during use. Always close the lid after using the powder. Store this medication at room temperature away from moisture and heat. Keep the lid or cap tightly closed.

What happens if I miss a dose?

Since zinc oxide topical is used as needed, it is not likely that you will be on a dosing schedule. Using extra zinc oxide to make up a missed dose will not make the medication more effective.

What happens if I overdose?

Seek emergency medical attention if you think you have used too much of this medicine, or if anyone has accidentally swallowed it.

An overdose of zinc oxide applied to the skin is unlikely to occur.

What should I avoid while using PeriGuard (zinc oxide (topical))?

Avoid getting this medication in your mouth or eyes. If it does get into any of these areas, rinse with water right away. Do not use zinc oxide topical on deep skin wounds or severe burns. Get medical attention for more severe skin irritation or injury.

PeriGuard (zinc oxide (topical)) side effects

Get emergency medical help if you have any of these signs of an allergic reaction: hives; difficulty breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.

Less serious side effects are more likely, and you may have none at all. Talk to your doctor about any unusual or bothersome side effects.

What other drugs will affect PeriGuard (zinc oxide (topical))?

Avoid applying other skin medications on the same treatment area with zinc oxide, unless your doctor has told you to.

It is not likely that other drugs you take orally or inject will have any effect on topically applied zinc oxide. But many drugs can interact with each other. Tell your doctor about all your prescription and over-the-counter medications, vitamins, minerals, herbal products, and drugs prescribed by other doctors. Do not start a new medication without telling your doctor.

Where can I get more information?

  • Your pharmacist can provide more information about zinc oxide topical.

  • Remember, keep this and all other medicines out of the reach of children, never share your medicines with others, and use this medication only for the indication prescribed.
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