Ammonium Lactate

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Generic Name: Ammonium Lactate Brand Name(s): Generics only. No brands available. Avability: Rx, OTC Pregnancy Category: C

Uses

What is Ammonium Lactate used for?

Ammonium Lactate is used to treat dry, scaly skin conditions (e.g., xerosis, ichthyosis vulgaris) and can also help relieve itching from these conditions. This medication works by increasing the moisture in the skin.

How should I take Ammonium Lactate?

If you are using the lotion, shake the bottle well before using.

Apply a thin layer of this medication to the affected areas of the skin, usually twice daily or as directed by your doctor. Rub the medication thoroughly into the skin.

Be careful to avoid your eyes, lips, inside your mouth/nose, the vaginal area, and any areas of broken skin. Stinging or burning may occur when this medication is applied on the face, on chapped skin, or on a recently shaved area of the skin. Consult your doctor or pharmacist for more details.

Inform your doctor if your skin condition does not improve or worsens.

How do I store Ammonium Lactate?

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

Before using ammonium lactate, tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are allergic to it; 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.

Before using this medication, tell your doctor or pharmacist your medical history, especially of: wounds or sores on the skin.

This medication may make you more sensitive to the sun. Limit your time in the sun. Avoid tanning booths and sunlamps. Use sunscreen and wear protective clothing when outdoors. Tell your doctor right away if you get sunburned or have skin blisters/redness.

During pregnancy, this medication should be used only when clearly needed. Discuss the risks and benefits with your doctor.

It is not known if this medication passes into breast milk. Consult your doctor before breast-feeding.

Is it safe during pregnancy or breast-feeding?

There are no adequate studies in women for determining risk when using this Ammonium Lactate during pregnancy or while breastfeeding. Please always consult with your doctor to weigh the potential benefits and risks before taking Ammonium Lactate. Ammonium Lactate is pregnancy risk category C according to the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

FDA pregnancy risk category reference below:

  • A=No risk,
  • B=No risk in some studies,
  • C=There may be some risk,
  • D=Positive evidence of risk,
  • X=Contraindicated,
  • N=Unknown

Side effects

What side effects can occur from Ammonium Lactate?

Stinging, burning, and redness may occur. If any of these effects persist or worsen, notify your doctor or pharmacist promptly.

Tell your doctor right away if any of these unlikely but serious side effects occur: darkening/lightening of the skin, small red dots on the skin.

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 Ammonium Lactate?

Before using this medication, tell your doctor or pharmacist of all prescription and nonprescription/herbal products you may use, especially of: other skin products.

Ammonium Lactate 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 Ammonium Lactate?

Ammonium Lactate 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 Ammonium Lactate?

Ammonium Lactate 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 this Ammonium Lactate.

What is the dose of Ammonium Lactate for an adult?

Usual Adult Dose for Pruritus

Shake well. Apply topically to the affected areas and rub in thoroughly. Use twice daily or as directed by a physician.

Usual Adult Dose for Ichthyosis

Shake well. Apply topically to the affected areas and rub in thoroughly. Use twice daily or as directed by a physician.

Usual Adult Dose for Xerosis

Shake well. Apply topically to the affected areas and rub in thoroughly. Use twice daily or as directed by a physician.

What is the dose of Ammonium Lactate 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 Ammonium Lactate available?

Ammonium Lactate is available in the following dosage forms and strengths:

  • Topical lotion,
  • Topical cream,
  • Compounding solution.

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 Ammonium Lactate, 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: November 16, 2018 | Last Modified: November 16, 2018