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Allantoin, camphor, and phenol

 
  Generic Name: Allantoin, camphor, and phenol (topical) (AL an toin, KAM for, FEEN ol )
 
  Brand Names: Blistex  
     
   
 

What is allantoin, camphor, and phenol?

Allantoin is a skin proctant.

Camphor and phenol are mild topical (for the skin) pain relievers.

The combination of allantoin, camphor, and phenol is used to treat pain, itching, or severe lip dryness caused by chapped lips or cold sores (fever blisters).

This medication will not cure herpes simplex, a virus that causes cold sores.

Allantoin, camphor, and phenol may also be used for other purposes not listed in this medication guide.

What is the most important information I should know about allantoin, camphor, and phenol?

You should not use this medication if you are allergic to allantoin, camphor, or phenol, or to any of the other ingredients of the ointment, including menthol, bees wax, glycerin, lanolin, mineral oil, and paraffin.

Use this medication exactly as directed on the label, or as prescribed by your doctor. Do not use it in larger amounts or for longer than recommended.

Do not apply this medication over large surfaces of your skin, or cover treated skin with a bandage or other covering.

It is best not to apply this medication more than 4 times daily. This medication will not cure herpes simplex, a virus that causes cold sores.

What should I discuss with my health care provider before using allantoin, camphor, and phenol?

You should not use this medication if you are allergic to allantoin, camphor, or phenol, or to any of the other ingredients of the ointment, including menthol, bees wax, glycerin, lanolin, mineral oil, and paraffin. This medication is not expected to be harmful to use during pregnancy or while breast-feeding a baby.

How should I take allantoin, camphor, and phenol?

Use this medication exactly as directed on the label, or as prescribed by your doctor. Do not use it in larger amounts or for longer than recommended.

To treat chapped lips, apply enough of this medication to completely moisten the lips.

Remove any excess medication with a clean tissue.

Do not apply this medication over large surfaces of your skin, or cover treated skin with a bandage or other covering.

For best results when treating a cold sore, use this medication when you first notice any symptoms such as tingling, itching, or other discomfort.

Wait at least 5 minutes before applying lipstick or other cosmetics over the treated lip areas.

It is best not to apply this medication more than 4 times daily. Store the ointment at room temperature away from moisture and heat.

What happens if I miss a dose?

Since this medication is used as needed, it is not likely that you will be on a dosing schedule. Using extra ointment to make up a missed dose will not make the medication more effective.

What happens if I overdose?

An overdose of this medication is unlikely to occur.

What should I avoid while using allantoin, camphor, and phenol?

This medication is for use only on the skin. Avoid getting the medication in your mouth or eyes. Rinse with water if this occurs.

Avoid using this medication on a deep skin wound or on freshly shaven skin.

Allantoin, camphor, and phenol side effects

Get emergency medical help if you have any of these signs of an allergic reaction: hives; difficulty breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat. Stop using this medication if you have severe burning, stinging, redness, or other irritation after applying the ointment.

Less serious side effects are more likely, and you may have none at all. Mild tingling or a cool feeling are normal when applying menthol or camphor to the skin.

The ointment may leave a white residue on your lips.

This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Tell your doctor about any unusual or bothersome side effect. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.

What other drugs will affect allantoin, camphor, and phenol?

It is not likely that other drugs you take orally or inject will have an effect on topically applied allantoin, camphor, and phenol. But many drugs can interact with each other. Tell your doctor about all your prescription and over-the-counter medications, vitamins, minerals, herbal products, and drugs prescribed by other doctors. Do not start a new medication without telling your doctor.

Where can I get more information?

  • Your pharmacist can provide more information about allantoin, camphor, and phenol.
  • Remember, keep this and all other medicines out of the reach of children, never share your medicines with others, and use this medication only for the indication prescribed.
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