Acid Para Aminobenzoic

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Generic Name: Acid Para Aminobenzoic Brand Name(s): Generics only. No brands available.

Uses

What is para aminobenzoic acid (PABA) used for?

PABA is a chemical, which is found in folic acid vitamin or in several foods such as grains, eggs, milk and meat.

PABA is commonly used for skin conditions, including:

  • Vitiligo
  • Pemphigus
  • Dermatomyositis
  • Morphea
  • Lymphoblastoma cutis
  • Peyronie’s disease
  • Scleroderma

PABA is also used to treat infertility in women, arthritis, constipation, rheumatic fever, systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE), anemia, and other conditions. It is known as a sunscreen that is applied to the skin.

PABA is used for other purposes, ask your doctor for more information.

How should I take para aminobenzoic acid (PABA)?

There are two types of using PABA. It can be taken by mouth or used topically as a sunscreen. PABA doesn’t seem to be taken by mouth as often as it used to be, possibly because some people question its safety and effectiveness.

How do I store para aminobenzoic acid (PABA)?

Para aminobenzoic acid is best stored at room temperature away from direct light and moisture. To prevent drug damage, you should not store para aminobenzoic acid in the bathroom or the freezer. There may be different brands of para aminobenzoic acid that may have different storage needs. It is important to always check the product package for instructions on storage, or ask your pharmacist. For safety, you should keep all medicines away from children and pets.

You should not flush para aminobenzoic acid down the toilet or pour them into a drain unless instructed to do so. It is important to properly discard this product when it is expired or no longer needed. Consult your pharmacist for more details about how to safely discard your product.

Precautions & warnings

What should I know before using para aminobenzoic acid (PABA)?

Before using this drug, there is some important information that you may notice:

  • When applied directly to the skin, PABA is likely safe for children. PARA is possibly safe for children to take by mouth appropriately. Dose is important, as serious side effects can occur. It is possibly safe when taken by mouth in high doses. Some children who took doses of PABA greater than 220 mg/kg/day died.
  • Using PABA intravenously (by IV) might increase the risk of bleeding in people with bleeding disorders.
  • PABA might build up in the kidneys making kidney disease worse. Do not use it if you have kidney problems.
  • Using PABA intravenously (by IV) might increase the risk of bleeding during surgery. Stop taking PABA 2 weeks before surgery.

Is it safe during pregnancy or breastfeeding?

There isn’t enough information about the safety of using PABA during pregnancy and breastfeeding. Please always consult with your doctor to weigh the potential benefits and risks before taking PABA.

Side effects

What side effects can occur from para aminobenzoic acid (PABA)?

When taken by mouth, it could lead to some side effects, such as:

Overdose can cause serious side effects such as liver, kidney, and blood problems.

Not everyone experiences these side effects. There may be some side effects not listed above. If you have any concerns about a side-effect, please consult your doctor or pharmacist.

Interactions

What drugs may interact with para aminobenzoic acid (PABA)?

PABA may interact with other drugs that you are currently taking, which can change how your drug works or increase your risk for serious side effects. To avoid any potential drug interactions, you should keep a list of all the drugs you are using (including prescription drugs, nonprescription drugs, and herbal products) and share it with your doctor and pharmacist. For your safety, do not start, stop, or change the dosage of any drugs without your doctor’s approval.

Products that may interact with this drug including:

  • Antibiotics such as sulfonamide antibiotics, sulfamethoxazole (Gantanol), sulfasalazine (Azulfidine), sulfisoxazole (Gantrisin), and trimethoprim/sulfamethoxazole (Bactrim, Septra)
  • Dapsone (Avlosulfon)
  • Cortisone (Cortisone Acetate)

Does food or alcohol interact with para aminobenzoic acid (PABA)?

PABA may interact with food or alcohol by altering the way the drug works or increase the risk for serious side effects. Please discuss with your doctor or pharmacist any potential food or alcohol interactions before using this drug.

What health conditions may interact with para aminobenzoic acid (PABA)?

PABA may interact with your health condition. This interaction may worsen your health condition or alter the way the drug works. It is important to always let your doctor and pharmacist know all the health conditions you currently have.

Dosage

The information provided is not a substitute for any medical advice. You should ALWAYS consult with your doctor or pharmacist before using para aminobenzoic acid (PABA).

What is the dose of para aminobenzoic acid (PABA) for an adult?

Applied to the skin:

To prevent sunburn: sunscreens come in concentrations of 1% to 15%.

Taken by mouth:

Peyronie’s disease: the recommended dose is 12g divided q4-6hr, orally.

What is the dose of para aminobenzoic acid (PABA) for a child?

Applied to the skin:

To prevent sunburn: sunscreens come in concentrations of 1% to 15%.

Taken by mouth:

Peyronie’s disease: contact with doctor

How is para aminobenzoic acid (PABA) available?

PABA is available in the following dosage forms and strengths:

  • Capsule: 60mg, 500mg
  • Tablet: 500mg
  • Powder: 2g
  • Ointment 10%/25gm

What should I do in case of an emergency or overdose?

In case of an emergency or an overdose, call your local emergency services or go to your nearest emergency room.

What should I do if I miss a dose?

If you miss a dose of PABA, take it as soon as possible. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and take your regular dose as scheduled. Do not take a double dose.

Hello Health Group does not provide medical advice, diagnosis or treatment.

Review Date: March 11, 2017 | Last Modified: March 11, 2017

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