Aluminum Acetate Solution

Reviewed on 8/30/2021

What Is Aluminum Acetate Solution Used For and How Does it Work?

Aluminum acetate solution is an over-the-counter (OTC) product used to temporarily relieve skin irritation caused by poison ivy/oak/sumac, insect bites, athlete's foot, and contact dermatitis.

Aluminum acetate solution is available under the following different brand names: Domeboro Astringent Solution Powder Packets, Pedi-Boro Soak Paks, and Gordon's Boro-Packs.

Dosages of Aluminum Acetate Solution

Adult and Pediatric Dosage Forms and Strengths

Packet ingredients form the active ingredient aluminum acetate when combined with water

Powder for Solution (Domeboro)

  • Each packet contains aluminum sulfate tetradecahydrate 1347mg and calcium acetate monohydrate 952mg
  • 1 packet/16 oz water = 0.16%
  • 2 packets/16 oz water = 0.32%
  • 3 packets/16 oz water = 0.48%

Powder for Solution (Pedi-Boro)

  • Each packet contains aluminum sulfate tetradecahydrate 1191mg and calcium acetate monohydrate 839mg
  • 1 packet/16 oz water = 0.13%
  • 2 packets/16 oz water = 0.26%
  • 3 packets/16 oz water = 0.41%

Powder for Solution (Gordon's Boro-Packs)

  • Each packet contains aluminum sulfate 49% and calcium acetate 51%

Dosage Considerations – Should be Given as Follows:

Inflammatory Skin Conditions

  • Indicated for use as wet dressing or soak to temporarily relieve skin irritation caused by poison ivy/oak/sumac, insect bites, athlete's foot, contact dermatitis
  • Wet dressing/compress: Apply to affected skin for 15-30 minutes; reapply as needed
  • Soak: Soak affected area for 15-30 min every 8 hours as needed

Administration

  • Domeboro or Pedi-Boro: Dissolve 1-3 packets in 16 oz water
  • Gordon's Boro-Packs: Dissolve 1-2 packets in 16 oz water

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What Are Side Effects Associated with Using Aluminum Acetate Solution?

Common side effects of Aluminum Acetate Solution include:

  • Burning/stinging (temporary)
  • Itching
  • Skin inflammation
  • Skin dryness

This document does not contain all possible side effects and others may occur. Check with your physician for additional information about side effects.

What Other Drugs Interact with Aluminum Acetate Solution?

If your doctor has directed you to use this medication, 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.

  • Aluminum Acetate Solution has no listed severe interactions with other drugs.
  • Aluminum Acetate Solution has no listed serious interactions with other drugs.
  • Aluminum Acetate Solution has no listed moderate interactions with other drugs.
  • Aluminum Acetate Solution has no listed mild interactions with other drugs.

This document does not contain all possible interactions. Therefore, before using this product, tell your doctor or pharmacist of all the products you use. Keep a list of all your medications with you, and share the list with your doctor and pharmacist. Check with your physician if you have health questions or concerns.

What Are Warnings and Precautions for Aluminum Acetate Solution?

Warnings

This medication contains aluminum acetate solution. Do not take Domeboro Astringent Solution Powder Packets, Pedi-Boro Soak Paks, or Gordon's Boro-Packs if you are allergic to aluminum acetate solution or any ingredients contained in this drug.

Keep out of reach of children. In case of overdose, get medical help or contact a Poison Control Center immediately.

Contraindications

  • Hypersensitivity

Effects of Drug Abuse

  • No information available.

Short-Term Effects

  • See "What Are Side Effects Associated with Using Aluminum Acetate Solution?"

Long-Term Effects

  • See "What Are Side Effects Associated with Using Aluminum Acetate Solution?"

Cautions

  • Discontinue if irritation or inflammatory condition persists; consult physician if symptoms persist more than 1 week
  • Do not use with occlusive dressing
  • External use only
  • Avoid eyes

Pregnancy and Lactation

Use aluminum acetate solution with caution during pregnancy if benefits outweigh risks. Animal studies show risk and human studies are not available or neither animal nor human studies were done.

It is unknown if aluminum acetate solution passes into breast milk.

Pregnant or breastfeeding patients should seek the advice of their health professional before using over-the-counter (OTC) drugs.

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References
https://reference.medscape.com/drug/domeboro-astringent-solution-powder-packets-burows-solution-aluminum-acetate-solution-999353

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