dimethicone topical (OTC)

Brand and Other Names:Aveeno Daily Moisturizing Lotion, Herpecin L, more...Aveeno Baby Calming Comfort Lotion, Aveeno Baby Daily Moisture Lotion, Aveeno Positively Radiant Intensive Night Cream, Aveeno Skin Relief Moisturizing, Monistat Soothing Care Chafing Relief
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Dosing & Uses

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Dosage Forms & Strengths

topical stick

  • 1% (Herpecin L)
  • Also contains sunscreen (ie, meradimate 5%, octinoxate 7.5%, octisalate 5%, oxybenzone 6%)

topical lotion

  • 1.2%
  • 1.3%
  • 4%

topical cream

  • 1.3%
  • 2.5%

topical powder-gel

  • 1.2%

Dry Skin

Apply cream/lotion topically to affected area(s) prn

Lip Irritation

Herpecin L helps prevent sunburn on lips, relieves dry/chapped lips, and helps treat and relieve cold sores/fever blisters

Herpecin L: Apply liberally to affected area on lips at first sign of cold sore and 15 minutes before sun exposure; rub in gently

May reapply as often as needed and at least q2hr

Head Lice

Use 4% lotion

Apply lotion to dry hair, using enough lotion to completely moisten the hair and scalp

Comb the hair using an ordinary comb to make sure lotion is applied on hair evenly

Allow lotion to dry naturally

After 8 hours wait, wash the hair with regular shampoo

Not necessary to cover hair with a wrap

May use a fine-tooth head lice comb to remove remaining eggs after treatment and dead lice not washed out; step is not essential

Repeat in 7 days

Dosage Forms & Strengths

topical stick

  • 1% (Herpecin L)
  • Also contains sunscreen (ie, meradimate 5%, octinoxate 7.5%, octisalate 5%, oxybenzone 6%)

topical lotion

  • 1.2%
  • 1.3%

topical cream

  • 1.3%
  • 2.5%

topical powder-gel

  • 1.2%

Dry Skin

Lotion (all ages): Apply topically to affected area(s) prn

Cream (age >2 years): Apply topically to affected area(s) prn

Lip Irritation

Herpecin L helps prevent sunburn on lips, relieves dry/chapped lips, and helps treat and relieve cold sores/fever blisters

Herpecin L (>12 years): Apply liberally to affected area on lips at first sign of cold sore and 15 minutes before sun exposure; rub in gently

May reapply as often as needed and at least q2hr

Head Lice

Use 4% lotion

Apply lotion to dry hair, using enough lotion to completely moisten the hair and scalp

Comb the hair using an ordinary comb to make sure lotion is applied on hair evenly

Allow lotion to dry naturally

After 8 hours wait, wash the hair with regular shampoo

Not necessary to cover hair with a wrap

May use a fine-tooth head lice comb to remove remaining eggs after treatment and dead lice not washed out; step is not essential

Repeat in 7 days

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Adverse Effects

1-10%

4% solution

  • Itching or irritation of scalp or neck

<1%

4% Solution

  • Eye irriitation

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Warnings

Contraindications

Hypersensitivity

Cautions

For external use only

Keep out of eyes

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Pregnancy & Lactation

Pregnancy Category: A

Lactation: Safe during human breast milk

Pregnant or breastfeeding patients should seek advice of health professional before using OTC drugs

Pregnancy Categories

A: Generally acceptable. Controlled studies in pregnant women show no evidence of fetal risk.

B: May be acceptable. Either animal studies show no risk but human studies not available or animal studies showed minor risks and human studies done and showed no risk.

C: Use with caution if benefits outweigh risks. Animal studies show risk and human studies not available or neither animal nor human studies done.

D: Use in LIFE-THREATENING emergencies when no safer drug available. Positive evidence of human fetal risk.

X: Do not use in pregnancy. Risks involved outweigh potential benefits. Safer alternatives exist.

NA: Information not available.

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Pharmacology

Mechanism of Action

Skin protectant; provides barrier against irritants and helps maintain moisture

For the treatment of lice, product eradicates adult and nymph lice via suffocation and disruption of water homeostasis; highly unlikely that lice will develop resistance

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