What is Campho Phenique® used for?
Campho Phenique® is commonly used to temporarily relieve itching and pain caused by minor skin irritation such as minor burns/cuts/scrapes, sunburn, eczema, insect bites, cold sores, or rashes from poison ivy, poison oak, or poison sumac.
Some products containing pramoxine are also used to temporarily relieve the itching and discomfort from hemorrhoids and certain other problems of the genital/anal area (such as anal fissures, itching around the vagina/rectum).
How should I take Campho Phenique®?
This medication is for use only on the skin as directed by your doctor. Do not apply on severely broken skin areas such as open wounds, deep cuts, or serious burns. If you are self-treating, follow all directions on the product package. If you are uncertain about any of the information, ask your doctor or pharmacist.
Gently clean and dry the affected area. If you are using a lotion or foam product, shake the container well before using as directed on the label. For skin irritation, apply to the affected area usually up to 3 to 4 times a day or as directed by your doctor. For hemorrhoids or other anal conditions, apply the medication to the affected area usually after each bowel movement or up to 4 to 5 times a day, or as directed by your doctor. Do not use this medication inside the rectum. Spray the foam onto a clean tissue and apply to the affected area. If you are using the hemorrhoidal cream, you may use the applicator that comes with it. Clean the applicator after each use.
Wash your hands immediately after use, unless the area being treated includes the hands.
Do not use this product on large areas of the body or use it more often than directed. Do not cover the area with waterproof bandages or plastic, or apply heat unless told to do so by your doctor. Your condition will not improve any faster, and your risk of side effects will increase.
Do not get the product in your eyes, nose, ears, or mouth. If the medication gets in these areas, wipe it off and rinse right away with water.
Stop using this product and tell your doctor if your condition worsens, if symptoms do not improve within 7 days or persist after 7 days of treatment, or if symptoms clear up and return in a few days. If you think you may have a serious medical problem, seek immediate medical attention.
How do I store Campho Phenique®?
Campho Phenique® is best stored at room temperature away from direct light and moisture. To prevent drug damage, you should not store Campho Phenique® in the bathroom or the freezer. There may be different brands of Campho Phenique® 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 Campho Phenique® 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 Campho Phenique®?
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 Campho Phenique® or other medications.
- You have any other illnesses, disorders, or medical conditions.
- You have deep/open/puncture wounds, broken/damaged/blistered skin, animal bites, serious burns.
Do not use pramoxine for skin irritation in children younger than 2 years unless directed by the doctor.
Do not use pramoxine for hemorrhoids or other genital/anal conditions in children younger than 12 years unless directed by the doctor.
This product may also contain other ingredients including skin protectants (such as calamine, zinc acetate, zinc oxide). Read the product package for more information.
If you are self-treating with this medication, it is important to read the package instructions carefully before you start using this product to be sure it is right for you. (See also Precautions section.
If you are using this product for hemorrhoids and bleeding from the rectum occurs, stop using it and consult your doctor promptly.
Is it safe during pregnancy or breastfeeding?
There isn’t enough information about the safety of using Campho Phenique® during pregnancy and breastfeeding. Please always consult with your doctor to weigh the potential benefits and risks before taking Campho Phenique®.
What side effects can occur from Campho Phenique®?
Burning or stinging may occur. If either of these effects persist or worsen, tell your doctor or pharmacist promptly.
If your doctor has directed you to use this product, remember that he or she has judged that the benefit to you is greater than the risk of side effects. Many people using the product do not have serious side effects.
A very serious allergic reaction to this product 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.
What drugs may interact with Campho Phenique®?
Campho Phenique® 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 Campho Phenique®?
Campho Phenique® 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 Campho Phenique®?
Campho Phenique® 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 Campho Phenique®.
What is the dose of Campho Phenique® for an adult?
Apply a small amount of this product to the cold sore or fever blister 1 to 3 times daily.
What is the dose of Campho Phenique® 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 Campho Phenique® available?
Campho Phenique® 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 Campho Phenique®, 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 5, 2017 | Last Modified: December 19, 2019
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