zinc oxide topical (OTC)

Brand and Other Names:Desitin, Diaparene Diaper Rash, more...Dyprotex, Desitin Creamy, Aveeno Baby Organic Harvest Diaper Rash Cream
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Dosing & Uses

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Dosage Forms & Strengths

topical ointment

  • 10%
  • 20%
  • 40%

topical cream

  • 11.3%

topical powder

  • 9.1%

paste

  • 16%
  • 20%
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Skin Protectant

Apply to thin film to affected area several times daily as necessary

Products vary, check package labeling

Dosage Forms & Strengths

topical ointment

  • 10%
  • 20%
  • 40%

topical cream

  • 11.3%

topical powder

  • 9.1%

paste

  • 16%
  • 20%
more...

Diaper Rash Treatment & Prevention

Apply to clean diaper area following diaper change

Skin Protectant

Apply to thin film to affected area

Products vary, check package labeling

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Warnings

Contraindications

Hypersensitivity

Cautions

Contact physician if condition worsens or not improved after 1 wk

External use only

Avoid eyes

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Pregnancy & Lactation

Pregnancy category: C

Lactation: unknown

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

Promotes healing of skin; provides barrier to skin from chafing & wetness; has weak antiseptic properties

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