What is pramoxine, and how does it work (mechanism of action)?
Pramoxine is a topical (used on the skin)
anesthetic (numbing agent). Topical anesthetics are chemicals that interfere
with the function of the nerves that sense pain. Pramoxine may be used in
persons who are allergic to other local anesthetics such as lidocaine, procaine,
Is it available as a generic drug?
Yes, pramoxine is available as a generic drug.
Do I need a prescription for pramoxine?
Yes, you need a prescription from your doctor or other health care professional to obtain this
What are the uses for pramoxine?
- Cold sores
- Insect bites
- Poison ivy
- Poison oak
- Feminine itching
Everyone has hemorrhoids.
What are the side effects and adverse
effects of pramoxine?
In some patients, pramoxine may act as a "sensitizer,"
- Worsen skin conditions
- Cause burning
- Cause stinging
What is the dosage for pramoxine?
- Apply one dose topically to the affected areas 3 to 4 times per
- This drug is intended only for external use and should not be applied to open
or wounds or damaged skin.
- If the condition does not improve after 7 days of
use, a doctor, pharmacist, or other health care professional should be consulted.
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Which drugs or supplements interact with
There are no drug interactions listed for
What brand names are available for pramoxine?
There are numerous brand names for pramoxine, far too many to list here. Examples include:
- Sarna Sensitive
The brand Anti-Itch has been discontinued in the US.
Is this drug safe to use during pregnancy or while breastfeeding?
- Researchers and doctors don't know if pramoxine is harmful if used
- Doctors and researchers don't know if pramoxine is secreted into
- Consult with your doctor if you are considering using this topical
What else should I know about pramoxine?
This medication is available in formulations of:
- Topical Cream: 1%
- Topical Gel: 1%
- Topical Lotion: 1%
- Topical Spray: 1%
Keep this medication stored at room temperature, 15 C-30 C
(59 F-86 F).