Calamine is for external use only. Do not swallow it and do not use it on the eyes or mucous membranes such as the inside of the mouth, nose, genital (sex organs), or anal areas.
To use calamine lotion:
Shake the lotion well before using.
Moisten a pledget of cotton with the lotion.
Use the moistened pledget to apply the lotion to the affected skin area(s).
Allow the medicine to dry on the skin.
To use calamine ointment:
Apply enough medicine to cover affected skin area(s) and rub in gently.
The dose of this medicine will be different for different patients. Follow your doctor's orders or the directions on the label. The following information includes only the average doses of this medicine. If your dose is different, do not change it unless your doctor tells you to do so.
The amount of medicine that you take depends on the strength of the medicine. Also, the number of doses you take each day, the time allowed between doses, and the length of time you take the medicine depend on the medical problem for which you are using the medicine.
For minor skin irritations:
For topical dosage forms (lotion, ointment):
Adults and children—Apply to the affected area(s) of skin as often as needed.
Store the medicine in a closed container at room temperature, away from heat, moisture, and direct light. Keep from freezing.
Keep out of the reach of children.
Do not keep outdated medicine or medicine no longer needed.