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aluminum chloride hexahydrate (topical) (cont.)

What should I discuss with my health care provider before using aluminum chloride hexahydrate (Drysol, Hypercare, Xerac AC)?

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 during treatment.

It is not known whether aluminum chloride hexahydrate 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 aluminum chloride hexahydrate (Drysol, Hypercare, Xerac AC)?

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

Apply this medication only to completely dry skin. You may need to blow-dry the skin with a hair dryer before applying the medicine.

For best results, apply this medication only at bedtime, when you are less likely to sweat. You will need to leave the medicine on your skin for 6 to 8 hours after application.

To use on the underarms: Apply the medication evenly and allow it to dry. Use a hair dryer on a cool setting to dry the skin if needed. Leave a thin film of the medication on the skin. Wear a tee-shirt or short-sleeved nightgown to bed to keep the medicine from rubbing off onto your bed linens.

To use on the hands or feet: Apply the medication evenly and allow it to dry. Use a hair dryer on a cool setting to dry the skin if needed. Leave a thin film of the medication on the skin. Wrap your hands or feet in plastic wrap and cover with cotton gloves or socks. Leave the gloves or socks on while you sleep.

To use on the scalp: Apply the medication evenly and allow it to dry. Use a hair dryer on a cool setting to dry the skin if needed. Leave a thin film of the medication on the skin. Wear a plastic shower cap to bed to keep the medicine from rubbing off onto your bed linens.

The morning after you apply this medicine, remove your clothing or the plastic covering from the treated skin areas. Throw the plastic wrap away and do not reuse it. Rinse out the plastic shower cap with water and allow it to dry completely before using again.

Wash or shampoo the treated skin areas thoroughly, and towel dry.

Repeat the application of aluminum chloride hexahydrate for 2 or 3 more nights in a row, until you get the desired results of reduced sweating. Using the medication one or two times per week thereafter may be enough to keep your condition under control.

Store this medication at room temperature away from heat or open flame. Aluminum chloride hexahydrate contains alcohol and is flammable.

This medicine will evaporate quickly when exposed to air. Keep the bottle tightly closed when you are not using the medicine.

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