Generic Name: Aminobenzoic acid Brand Name(s): Aminobenzoic acid.

Uses

What is aminobenzoic acid used for?

Sunscreens are used to protect the skin from the harmful effects of the sun. They help to prevent sunburn and premature aging (e.g., wrinkles, leathery skin). Sunscreens also help to decrease the risk of skin cancer and also of sunburn-like skin reactions (sun sensitivity) caused by some medications (e.g., tetracyclines, sulfa drugs, phenothiazines such as chlorpromazine).

The active ingredients in sunscreens work either by absorbing the sun’s ultraviolet (UV) radiation, preventing it from reaching the deeper layers of the skin, or by reflecting the radiation.

Wearing sunscreen does not mean that you can stay out longer in the sun. Sunscreens cannot protect against all of the sun’s radiation.

There are various types of sunscreens available in many forms (e.g., cream, lotion, gel, stick, spray, lip balm).

How should I take aminobenzoic acid?

Sunscreens are for use on the skin only. Follow all directions on the product package. If you are uncertain about any of the information, consult your doctor or pharmacist.

The spray form is flammable. If using the spray, avoid smoking when applying this medication and do not use or store it near heat or open flame.

When applying sunscreen to the face, be careful to avoid contact with the eyes. If the sunscreen gets in your eyes, rinse thoroughly with water.

Use cautiously or avoid use on irritated skin.

Do not use sunscreen on infants younger than 6 months unless the doctor directs you to do so. It is best for infants to stay out of the sun and wear protective clothing (e.g., hats, long sleeves/pants) when outdoors.

If you develop a serious sunburn, or if you think you may have a serious medical problem, seek immediate medical attention.

How do I store aminobenzoic acid?

Aminobenzoic acid is best stored at room temperature away from direct light and moisture. To prevent drug damage, you should not store aminobenzoic acid in the bathroom or the freezer. There may be different brands of 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 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 aminobenzoic acid?

Before using this drug, tell your doctor if:

  • You are pregnant or breastfeeding. This is because, while you are expecting or feeding a baby, you should only take medicines on the recommendation of a doctor.
  • You are taking any other medicines. This includes any medicines you are taking which are available to buy without a prescription, such as herbal and complementary medicines.
  • You have allergy with any of active or inactive ingredients of aminobenzoic acid or other medications.
  • You have any other illnesses, disorders, or medical conditions.
  • You are allergic to some types of anesthetic drugs (e.g., benzocaine, tetracaine); or to sulfa drugs; or if you have any other allergies. This product may contain inactive ingredients, which can cause allergic reactions or other problems. Talk to your pharmacist for more details.

Is it safe during pregnancy or breastfeeding?

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

Side effects

What side effects can occur from aminobenzoic acid?

Some sunscreen products (e.g., those containing aminobenzoic acid or para-aminobenzoic acid/PABA) may stain clothing.

Some ingredients of sunscreens can cause the skin to become more sensitive. If a sunscreen causes redness or irritation, wash it off and stop using it. Talk to your doctor or pharmacist about using another sunscreen product with different ingredients.

A very serious allergic reaction to this drug is rare. However, seek immediate medical attention if you notice any symptoms of a serious allergic reaction, including: rash, itching/swelling (especially of the face/tongue/throat), severe dizziness, trouble breathing.

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 aminobenzoic acid?

Aminobenzoic acid 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.

Does food or alcohol interact with aminobenzoic acid?

Aminobenzoic acid 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 aminobenzoic acid?

Aminobenzoic acid 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 aminobenzoic acid.

What is the dose of aminobenzoic acid for an adult?

Apply sunscreen generously to all exposed skin 30 minutes before sun exposure. As a general guide, use 30 grams to cover your entire body.

Reapply the sunscreen after swimming or sweating or drying off with a towel or if it has rubbed off.

If you are outside for long periods, reapply sunscreen every 2 hours. If you are using the lip balm form, apply to the lip area only.

What is the dose of aminobenzoic acid for a child?

The dosage has not been established in pediatric patients. It may be unsafe for your child. It is always important to fully understand the safety of the drug before using. Please consult with your doctor or pharmacist for more information.

How is aminobenzoic acid available?

Aminobenzoic acid is available in the following dosage forms and strengths:

  • Cream

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 aminobenzoic acid, 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.

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Review Date: October 4, 2017 | Last Modified: October 4, 2017

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