What is Carmex® used for?
Carmex® is commonly used for treating or preventing dry skin. Topical emollients are sometimes contained in products that also treat acne, chapped lips, diaper rash, cold sores, or other minor skin irritation.
How should I take Carmex®?
Use exactly as directed on the label, or as prescribed by your doctor. Do not use in larger or smaller amounts or for longer than recommended.
Clean the skin where you will apply the topical emollient. It may help to apply this product when your skin is wet or damp. Follow directions on the product label.
Shake the product container if recommended on the label.
Apply a small amount of topical emollient to the affected area and rub in gently.
If you are using a stick, pad, or soap form of topical emollient, follow directions for use on the product label.
How do I store Carmex®?
Carmex® is best stored at room temperature away from direct light and moisture. To prevent drug damage, you should not store Carmex® in the bathroom or the freezer. There may be different brands of Carmex® 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 Carmex® 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 Carmex®?
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 Carmex® or other medications.
- You have any other illnesses, disorders, or medical conditions.
- You have deep wounds or open sores.
- You have swelling, warmth, redness, oozing, or bleeding.
- You have large areas of skin irritation.
Is it safe during pregnancy or breastfeeding?
There isn’t enough information about the safety of using Carmex® during pregnancy and breastfeeding. Please always consult with your doctor to weigh the potential benefits and risks before taking Carmex®.
What side effects can occur from Carmex®?
Side effects may occur when using this drug, such as:
- Difficult breathing
- Swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat
- Burning, stinging, redness, or irritation where the product was applied
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.
What drugs may interact with Carmex®?
Carmex® 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 Carmex®?
Carmex® 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 Carmex®?
Carmex® 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.
The information provided is not a substitute for any medical advice. You should ALWAYS consult with your doctor or pharmacist before using Carmex®.
What is the dose of Carmex® for an adult?
Adults: apply to affected area (lips) not more than 3 to 4 times daily.
What is the dose of Carmex® for a child?
Children 2 years of age and older: apply to affected area (lips) not more than 3 to 4 times daily.
Children under 2 years of age: ask a doctor.
How is Carmex® available?
Carmex® is available in the following dosage forms and strengths:
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 Carmex®, 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.
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Review Date: October 6, 2017 | Last Modified: October 6, 2017