What is Calamine?

Calamine lotion is used to treat itching, pain, and discomfort on the skin due to minor irritation caused by poisonous plants. This drug belongs to the class of topical antihistamines and antipruritics. 

This drug works by drying the blisters that are wet and damp from direct contact with poisonous plants.

According to Healthline, some itchy skin conditions that can be treated with calamine lotion are:

  • insect bites
  • chicken pox
  • shingles
  • itching due to allergies
  • scabies or scabies
  • minor burns
  • other skin irritation

How Should I Use Calamine?

Calamine lotion  is a topical medication. This means, the drug is only used for external treatment.

Do not swallow and do not apply to the eyes and deep layers of skin, such as the inside of the mouth and genital area.

How to use calamine lotion:

  • Shake the bottle before use
  • Apply a cotton swab that has been previously moistened with Calamine lotion on the problem areas
  • Let the lotion dry

How to use calamine ointment:

  • Apply the ointment directly on the problem area and wipe gently.

Tell your doctor if your condition does not improve or if it gets worse.

How to Store Calamine?

Calamine lotion is best stored at room temperature, away from direct light and damp places. Do not store it in the bathroom. Don’t freeze.

Other brands of this drug may have different storage rules. Pay attention to the storage instructions on the product packaging or ask your pharmacist. Keep all medicines out of reach of children and pets.

Do not flush medication down the toilet or down the drain unless instructed to do so.

Discard this product when the drug has expired or when it is no longer needed.

Consult your pharmacist or local waste disposal agency about how to safely dispose of your medication.

What is The Dosage of Calamine Lotion for Adults?

The dosage of calamine lotion is different for each person. This is because the dose follows the condition of each patient.

You must follow the instructions given by your doctor or the instructions written on the drug label before starting treatment. The following information lists general dosages only.

If your dose is different, it is not recommended to change it unless directed by your doctor.

The dose that you use will be adjusted to the strength of the drug. Also pay attention to the number of doses per day, the interval between doses and how long you should use this medicine. Adjust to the cause of your medical problem.

What is The Dosage of Calamine Lotion for Children?

There is no provision for dosage of this drug for children. This medicine can be dangerous for children.

It is important to understand the safety of the drug before use. Consult your doctor or pharmacist for more information.

Calamine Side Effects

No common side effects have been reported in cases of using this drug, especially when used in small doses.

Seek immediate medical attention if you experience severe side effects while using calamine lotion, such as an anaphylactic allergic reaction.

Stop using this medication immediately and call your doctor if a severe allergic (anaphylactic) reaction occurs, with symptoms such as:

  • swelling of the face, lips, throat, or tongue
  • skin rash
  • itchy rash
  • difficulty breathing

Not everyone will experience the following side effects. There may be some side effects not mentioned above.

If you have concerns about certain side effects of calamine lotion, consult your doctor or pharmacist.

What should be Known Before Using Calamine Lotion?

Before starting treatment, consider the risks and benefits first. This is a decision that you and your doctor must make.

For this drug, note the following:

Certain drugs and diseases

Tell your doctor about any medications you are currently taking, whether prescription, nonprescription, supplements, or herbal remedies. This is because some types of drugs may interact with calamine lotion.

In addition, it is also important to inform the doctor about the disease or other health conditions that you are suffering from. The possibility of this drug can trigger interactions with certain diseases or health conditions.


Tell your doctor if you have a history of allergies to calamine lotion or any of the ingredients in this medicine. Also, get yourself checked to see if you have any other allergies, such as to certain foods, dyes or animals.


This drug has not been tested for safety in children. Before giving calamine lotion to children, consult a doctor first.


Some types of drugs have not been tested for safety for the elderly. Therefore, these drugs may have a different mode of action, or have the potential to cause different side effects in the elderly. Especially for the elderly, consult the doctor first.

Is this drug safe for pregnant and lactating women?

There is no adequate research on the risks of using calamine lotion in pregnant or lactating women.

Always consult your doctor to weigh the potential benefits and risks before using this medication.

What medicines may interact with Calamine?

Drug interactions can change how your medications work or increase your risk of serious side effects. Not all possible drug interactions are listed in this article.

Keep a list of all the products you use (including prescription/nonprescription drugs and herbal products) and talk to your doctor or pharmacist. Do not start, stop, or change the dose of any medication without your doctor’s approval.

Can food or alcohol interact with calamine lotion?

Certain drugs should not be used at the time of eating certain foods because drug interactions with food can occur.

Smoking tobacco or consuming alcohol with certain drugs can also cause interactions to occur.

Discuss your drug use with food, alcohol, or tobacco with your doctor, medical team, or pharmacist.

What health conditions may interact with calamine lotion?

Other health conditions you have may affect the use of this drug. Always tell your doctor if you have any other health problems.

Calamine Overdose

What should I do in an emergency or overdose?

In case of emergency or symptoms of an overdose, call your local emergency services provider (118 or 119) or go to the nearest hospital emergency department immediately.

What should I do if I miss a dose?

If you forget a dose of this medicine, take it as soon as possible. However, when it is near the time of your next dose, skip the missed dose and return to your usual dosing schedule. Do not double the dose.

Dr. Eka

A doctor, wife and mother of three. Spread the world with valid information.

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