What is caladryl?

Caladryl® is the brand name of a medication that usesthe combination of pramoxin hydrochloride(1) and zinc acetate dihydrate(2), two chemical compounds that together exerta local anesthetic and skin-protective effecton certain conditions.

What is caladryl for?

  • Caladryl® thanks to its chemical components for topical use, is indicated in therelief of someskin conditions derived fromexogenous allergic reactions or unforeseen accidents of mild to moderate.
  • It is used to treat:
    • Itching caused by allergic reactions.
    • Exanthemas of viral diseases such as chickenpox, measles, insect bites, senile itching along with the symptoms that accompany it such as itching and redness.
    • Dermatitiscaused by irritating chemicals such as detergents and solvents.
    • Contact dermatitis caused by plants and cosmetic products, along with its symptoms such as irritations. (4)
    • Non-suppurative dermatosis such as neurodermatitis, eczema among others.
    • Pain and itching caused by 1st and 2nd degree (auxiliary) burns.
    • Itching and pain caused by 1st and 2nd degree (auxiliary) sunburn.
    • Pain from minor wounds such as small cuts and scrapes (auxiliary).

Dosage and routes of administration of caladryl

Caladryl® is soldin a bottle with 180 mlof pramoxin hydrochloride, 1 g and 0.100 g of zinc acetate in lotion form. The administration iscutaneousand the recommended dosage is as follows:

  • Children over 2 years of age and adults:Treatment of pain and intense itching, apply a thin layer every 2 to 3 hours for one or two days. In case of mild to moderate pain and itching, apply every 3 to 4 hours.

Caladryl Side Effects

Clinical data indicate that the use of caladryl® may generate some of the following adverse effects in a certain patient population:

  • Possible allergic reactions such as itching and erythema, due to contact with any component of the formula.
  • Itching or pain in the treated area
  • Dryness in the application area.

Important: If you notice the appearance of any of these symptoms or another not included in the list during the application of caladryl®, please stop using it and consult your doctor .

Contraindications and warnings of caladryl

The pharmacological use of caladryl®  is contraindicated in the following cases:

  • Patient hypersensitivity to any of the components of the formula.

You should know: Before starting treatment with this medicine, provide all the information about your medical history to your doctor, before starting treatment with caladryl®.

 Avoid if you have:

  • History of hypersensitivity to pramoxine hydrochloride or zinc acetate.


  • Pharmaceutical products such as caladryl® must be administered with a prescription.
  • This product is for external use only.
  • Keep this medicine out of the reach of children.
  • Do not extend the treatment beyond 7 days, without the authorization of your doctor.
  • No treatment studies have been conducted in women during pregnancy or lactation , so it is recommended to apply under medical supervision in these circumstances.
  • Store this product in a cool, dry place.

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