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calamine (topical) (cont.)

What should I discuss with my health care provider before using calamine (Calamine Plain)?

Before using this medication, tell your doctor if you have any allergies. Do not use calamine if the product contains any ingredient you may be allergic to.

Call your doctor if your skin condition does not get better after using calamine regularly for 1 week. Contact your doctor at any time if your symptoms get worse.

It is not known if using calamine while you are pregnant will be harmful to the unborn baby. Do not use this medication without telling your doctor if you are pregnant.

It is not known if calamine 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 calamine (Calamine Plain)?

Use calamine exactly as directed on the label, or as your doctor has prescribed it for you. Do not use more of the medication than recommended. Do not use calamine for longer than recommended.

Before you apply this medication, wash the skin area with soap and water and then dry it thoroughly.

Shake the calamine lotion well just before each use.

Apply calamine directly to the skin and rub in gently, allowing the medicine to dry on your skin. You may also use a cotton ball to smooth the medicine onto your skin. Wash your hands with soap and water after applying the medicine.

Calamine may leave a thin film on the skin as it dries. You may cover the treated area with loose clothing, but calamine can stain fabrics it comes in contact with.

This medication can be applied 3 to 4 times each day.

If your skin condition does not improve after using calamine for 7 days, talk with your doctor about another treatment.

Store calamine at room temperature away from hot or cold temperatures.

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