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Padimate O lip balm

What is padimate O lip balm?

PADIMATE O lip balm (Herpecin-L®) relieves dryness and chapping of the lips and prevents cold sores and sun and fever blisters. The lip balm also softens the crusts and scabs formed by cold sores, sun and fever blisters.

What should my health care professional know before I use padimate O lip balm?

They need to know if you have any of these conditions:

  • an unusual or allergic reaction to padimate O, other medicines, foods, dyes, or preservatives

How should I use this lip balm?

Apply evenly and liberally to the lips 45—60 minutes prior to and during exposure to the sun. Reapply after eating or drinking. If you feel signs of a cold sore or fever blister (tingling, itching, burning on or around the lips), apply lip balm every hour or as often as is convenient.

What if I miss a dose?

Apply it as soon as you remember.

What drug(s) may interact with padimate O lip balm?

There are no known interactions between padimate O lip balm and other drugs.

What should I watch for while taking padimate O lip balm?

Stop using the lip balm if your symptoms get worse.

What side effects may I notice from using padimate O lip balm?

Side effects with padimate O lip balm are rare. If you are sensitive to any ingredient in the lip balm, discontinue using.

Where can I keep my lip balm?

Store in a cool place. Avoid storing in direct sunlight.


Padimate O lotion

What is padimate O sunscreen lotion?

PADIMATE O sunscreen lotion prevents sunburn and protects your skin from the harmful effects of the sun. Padimate O is a chemical sunscreen which absorbs ultraviolet (UV) and visible sun light. Limiting exposure to the sun and using sunscreen agents can help prevent early wrinkling and skin cancer. Padimate O is available either alone or in combination with other sunscreen agents. Generic sunscreen lotions containing padimate O are available.

What should my health care professional know before I use padimate O?

They need to know if you have any of these conditions:

  • allergy to any local anesthetic

  • herpes infection

  • skin disease

  • an unusual or allergic reaction to padimate O, other medicines, foods, dyes, or preservatives

How should I use this sunscreen?

The sun protection factor (SPF) found on the product label tells you the minimum amount of UVB sunlight that is needed with that product to produce redness on sunscreen-protected skin as compared with unprotected skin. Products with high SPFs provide more protection against the sun than products with low SPFs. You should choose a sunscreen product based on the type of activity in which you are involved, your age, site of application, your skin condition, and your skin type. Ask your pharmacist or prescriber or health care professional about which sunscreen product is best for you.

Sunscreen lotions are for external use only. Do not take by mouth. Apply evenly and liberally to all exposed areas of the skin 1—2 hours prior to exposure to the sun. Apply again every 1—2 hours and after swimming, excessive sweating or towel drying.

Contact your pediatrician or health care professional regarding the use of this medicine in children. Special care may be needed.

Elderly patients are more likely to have damaged skin through aging, and this may increase side effects.

What if I miss a dose?

If you forget to put on your sunscreen, apply it as soon as you remember.

What drug(s) may interact with padimate O?

There are no known interactions between padimate O lotion and other drugs.

Tell your prescriber or health care professional about other skin products you are using. Do not apply padimate O sunscreen at the same site as other skin preparations without advice.

What should I watch for while taking padimate O?

Do not get the lotion in your eyes. If you do, rinse out with plenty of cool tap water.

Minimize your exposure to the sun between the hours of 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. (11 a.m. and 3 p.m. daylight savings time). Take extra precautions on cloudy or overcast days and around reflective surfaces such as concrete, sand, snow, or water. You should also wear protective clothing including a hat, long-sleeved shirt, and sunglasses and avoid sunlamps and tanning parlors.

Sunscreens containing padimate O may discolor and stain light-colored fabrics yellow. Allow sunscreen to dry before covering the area to which the sunscreen was applied.

What side effects may I notice from using padimate O?

Side effects that you should report to your prescriber or health care professional as soon as possible:

  • acne

  • burning or itching of the skin

  • dark red spots on the skin

  • painful, red, pus-filled blisters in hair follicles

Side effects that usually do not require medical attention (report to your prescriber or health care professional if they continue or are bothersome):

  • dry skin, irritation

Where can I keep my sunscreen?

Store below 40 degrees C (104 degrees F), preferably between 15—30 degrees C (59 and 86 degrees F), unless otherwise specified by the manufacturer. Store away from heat and direct light. Discard after expiration date on the bottle.