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Generic Name: aluminum chloride hexahydrate topical

Aluminum Chloride (a LOO mi num klor ide) is used to control excessive sweating.
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What is this medicine?

Aluminum Chloride (a LOO mi num klor ide) is used to control excessive sweating.

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 aluminum chloride, 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. Follow the directions on the prescription label. Make sure the skin is dry before use. Apply to the affected area as directed by your doctor or health care professional, usually at bedtime. Avoid contact with broken, irritated or recently shaved skin. Do not use your medicine more often than directed.

Talk to your pediatrician regarding the use of this medicine in children. Special care may be needed.

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 any other skin products on the affected area without asking your doctor or health care professional.

What should I watch for while using this medicine?

You may notice a decrease in sweating after two treatments. Call your doctor or health care professional if your condition does not start to get better or if it gets worse.

To help increase the effect of this medicine, your doctor or health care professional may tell you to cover the treated area with saran wrap held in place by a snug fitting t-shirt, mitten or sock. Do not use tape to hold the saran wrap in place.

This medicine may discolor fabrics and may be harmful to certain metals. Avoid contact with clothing and jewelry.

Do not use this medicine near open flame.

What side effects may I notice from receiving this medicine?

Side effects that you should report to your doctor or health care professional as soon as possible:
  • allergic reactions like skin rash, itching or hives, swelling of the face, lips, or tongue
  • excessive irritation or sensitivity

Side effects that usually do not require medical attention (report to your doctor or health care professional if they continue or are bothersome):

  • mild irritation

Where should I keep my medicine?

Keep out of the reach of children.

Store at room temperature between 15 and 30 degrees C (59 and 86 degrees C). Throw away any 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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