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Brand Names: Amlactin, AmLactin Foot Cream Therapy, Amlactin XL, Kerasal AL, Lac-Hydrin, Lac-Hydrin 5, Laclotion

Generic Name: ammonium lactate topical (Pronunciation: a MOE nee um LAK tate)

What is ammonium lactate (Amlactin, AmLactin Foot Cream Therapy, Amlactin XL, Kerasal AL, Lac-Hydrin, Lac-Hydrin 5, Laclotion)?

Ammonium lactate is a combination of lactic acid and ammonium hydroxide. Ammonium lactate is a moisturizer.

Ammonium lactate is used to treat dry, scaly, itchy skin.

Ammonium lactate may also be used for other purposes not listed in this medication guide.

What are the possible side effects of ammonium lactate?

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.

Stop using the medication and call your doctor if you have severe burning, stinging, redness, or peeling of the skin treated with ammonium lactate.

Less serious side effects may include:

  • mild skin peeling or dryness;
  • mild skin redness or irritation;
  • bruising or other discoloration; or
  • darkening of the treated skin.

This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.

What is the most important information I should know about ammonium lactate?

Do not apply ammonium lactate to your face unless your doctor has told you to.

Avoid getting this medication in your mouth or eyes. If it does get into any of these areas, rinse with water. Do not apply ammonium lactate topical after shaving or use it on sunburned, windburned, dry, chapped, irritated, or broken skin.

Avoid exposure to sunlight or artificial UV rays (sunlamps or tanning beds). Ammonium lactate can make your skin more sensitive to sunlight and sunburn may result. Use a sunscreen (minimum SPF 15) and wear protective clothing if you must be out in the sun.

Call your doctor if your skin condition does not improve or if it gets worse even with ammonium lactate treatment.

Stop using the medication and call your doctor if you have severe burning, stinging, redness, or peeling of the skin treated with ammonium lactate.



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