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Brand Names: Ivy-Dry Cream

Generic Name: benzyl alcohol and zinc acetate (topical) (Pronunciation: BEN zil AL ka hol)

What is benzyl alcohol and zinc acetate topical (Ivy-Dry Cream)?

Benzyl alcohol is an antiseptic that helps prevent the growth of bacteria on the skin.

Zinc acetate is an astringent that shrinks tissues and has a drying effect.

The combination of benzyl alcohol and zinc acetate topical (for the skin) is used to treat itching, skin rash, oozing, or other irritation caused by insect bites or by coming into contact with poison ivy, poison oak, or poison sumac.

Benzyl alcohol and zinc acetate may also be used for purposes not listed in this medication guide.

What are the possible side effects of benzyl alcohol and zinc acetate topical (Ivy-Dry Cream)?

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 benzyl alcohol and zinc acetate and call your doctor at once if you have any type of severe skin reaction after applying the lotion.

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.

What is the most important information I should know about benzyl alcohol and zinc acetate topical (Ivy-Dry Cream)?

If you are pregnant or breast-feeding, ask your doctor before using this medication.

Call your doctor if your symptoms do not improve after 7 days of treatment with this medication.

Do not use this medication on a child younger than 2 years old without the advice of a doctor.

Report Problems to the Food and Drug Administration

You are encouraged to report negative side effects of prescription drugs to the FDA. Visit the FDA MedWatch website or call 1-800-FDA-1088.

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