Ammonium lactate topical

Reviewed on 9/12/2022

What Is Ammonium lactate and How Does It Work?

Ammonium lactate is an over-the-counter (OTC) medication used to treat dry, scaly, and itchy skin. 

  • Ammonium lactate is available under various brand names: Amlactin, AmLactin Cerapeutic, AmLactin Foot Cream Therapy, Amlactin Ultra, Amlactin XL, Geri-Hydrolac, Kerasal AL, Lac-Hydrin, Lac-Hydrin 5, Laclotion

What Are Side Effects Associated with Using Ammonium lactate?

Common side effects of Ammonium lactate include:

  • mild dryness or skin irritation after use; or
  • bruising of discoloration of treated skin.

Serious side effects of Ammonium lactate include:

  • hives,
  • difficult breathing,
  • swelling of the face, lips, tongue, or throat,
  • severe redness or stinging where the medicine was applied.

Rare side effects of Ammonium lactate include:

  • none

Seek medical care or call 911 at once if you have the following serious side effects:

  • Severe headache, confusion, slurred speech, arm or leg weakness, trouble walking, loss of coordination, feeling unsteady, very stiff muscles, high fever, profuse sweating, or tremors.
  • Serious eye symptoms such as sudden vision loss, blurred vision, tunnel vision, eye pain or swelling, or seeing halos around lights.
  • Serious heart symptoms such as fast, irregular, or pounding heartbeats; fluttering in the chest; shortness of breath; sudden dizziness, lightheartedness, or passing out.

This is not a complete list of side effects and other serious side effects or health problems that may occur because of the use of this drug. Call your doctor for medical advice about serious side effects or adverse reactions. You may report side effects or health problems to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.

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What Are Dosages of Ammonium lactate?

Adult and pediatric dosage

Cream

  • 12%
  • Lotion
  • 0.5%
  • 10%
  • 12%

Itchy and dry skin

Adult and pediatric dosage

  • Aged above 12 years: Ammonium lactate is usually applied twice a day. Use exactly as directed on the label, or as prescribed by your doctor. Do not use in larger or smaller amounts or for longer than recommended.

Dosage Considerations – Should be Given as Follows

  • See “Dosages”

What Other Drugs Interact with Ammonium lactate?

If your medical doctor is using this medicine to treat your pain, your doctor or pharmacist may already be aware of any possible drug interactions and may be monitoring you for them. Do not start, stop, or change the dosage of any medicine before checking with your doctor, health care provider, or pharmacist first

  • Ammonium lactate has no noted severe interactions with any other drugs.
  • Ammonium lactate has no noted serious interactions with any other drugs.
  • Ammonium lactate has no noted moderate interactions with any other drugs.
  • Ammonium lactate has no noted minor interactions with any other drugs.

This information does not contain all possible interactions or adverse effects. Visit the RxList Drug Interaction Checker for any drug interactions. Therefore, before using this product, tell your doctor or pharmacist about all your products. Keep a list of all your medications with you and share this information with your doctor and pharmacist. Check with your health care professional or doctor for additional medical advice, or if you have health questions or concerns.

What Are Warnings and Precautions for Ammonium lactate?

Contraindications

  • Hypersensitivity to lanthanum carbonate
  • Bowel obstruction or severe constipation 

Effects of drug abuse

  • None

Short-Term Effects

  • See “What Are Side Effects Associated with Using Ammonium lactate?”

Long-Term Effects

  • See “What Are Side Effects Associated with Using Ammonium lactate?”

Cautions

  • Ammonium lactate may be more likely to cause skin irritation in people who have fair or sensitive skin.
  • Do not give this medicine to a child without medical advice.
  • Do not take it by mouth. Ammonium lactate topical is for use only on the skin. Do not use this medicine on open wounds or on sunburned, windburned, dry, chapped, or irritated skin. If this medication gets in your eyes, nose, mouth, rectum, or vagina, rinse with water.
  • If the condition worsens with treatment, discontinue therapy promptly
  • Minimize/avoid use in parts of the body that are exposed to natural/artificial sunlight; if sun exposure is unavoidable, wear clothing that will protect the skin

Pregnancy and Lactation

  • It is not known whether ammonium lactate topical will harm an unborn baby. Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant while using this medication.

Lactation

  • It is not known whether ammonium lactate topical passes into breast milk or if it could harm a nursing baby. Tell your doctor if you are breastfeeding a baby.

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References
https://www.emedicinehealth.com/drug-ammonium_lactate_topical/article_em.htm

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