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Generic Name: zinc oxide topical

It is used to treat or prevent minor skin irritations such as burns, cuts, and diaper rash
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What is this medicine?

ZINC OXIDE (zingk OX ide) is used to treat or prevent minor skin irritations such as burns, cuts, and diaper rash. Some products may be used as a sunscreen.

What should I tell my health care provider before I take this medicine?

They need to know if you have any of these conditions:
  • an unusual or allergic reaction to zinc oxide, other medicines, foods, dyes, or preservatives
  • pregnant or trying to get pregnant
  • breast-feeding

How should I use this medicine?

This medicine is for external use only. Do not take by mouth. Follow the directions on the prescription or product label. Wash your hands before and after use. Apply a generous amount to the affected area. Do not cover with a bandage or dressing unless your doctor or health care professional tells you to. Do not get this medicine in your eyes. If you do, rinse out with plenty of cool tap water.

Talk to your pediatrician regarding the use of this medicine in children. While this drug may be prescribed for selected conditions, precautions do apply.

What if I miss a dose?

If you miss a dose, use it as soon as you can. If it is almost time for your next dose, use only that dose. Do not use double or extra doses.

What may interact with this medicine?

Interactions are not expected. Do not use other skin products at the same site without asking your doctor or health care professional.

What should I watch for while using this medicine?

Tell your doctor or health care professional if the area you are treating does not get better within a week.

What side effects may I notice from receiving this medicine?

There have been no side effects reported this medicine. If you experience any unusual effects while using zinc oxide, contact your doctor or health care professional right away.

Where should I keep my medicine?

Keep out of reach of children.

Store at room temperature. Keep closed while not in use. Throw away an unused medicine after the expiration date.

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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