Adult Medication

Brand Names: US

Calaclear [OTC]; Caladryl Clear [OTC] [DSC]; Callergy Clear [OTC]; CeraVe Itch Relief [OTC]; Itch-X [OTC]; PrameGel [OTC]; Pramox; Prax [OTC]; Proctofoam [OTC]; Sarna Sensitive [OTC]

What is this drug used for?

  • It is used to treat signs of hemorrhoids or rectal irritation.
  • It is used to ease pain from skin irritations.
  • It is used to treat itching.

What do I need to tell my doctor BEFORE I take this drug?

All products:

  • If you have an allergy to this drug or any part of this drug.
  • If you are allergic to any drugs like this one, any other drugs, foods, or other substances. Tell your doctor about the allergy and what signs you had, like rash; hives; itching; shortness of breath; wheezing; cough; swelling of face, lips, tongue, or throat; or any other signs.

Gel and lotion:

  • If a large area needs to be treated.

All rectal products:

  • If you have rectal bleeding.
This is not a list of all drugs or health problems that interact with this drug.
Tell your doctor and pharmacist about all of your drugs (prescription or OTC, natural products, vitamins) and health problems. You must check to make sure that it is safe for you to take this drug with all of your drugs and health problems. Do not start, stop, or change the dose of any drug without checking with your doctor.

What are some things I need to know or do while I take this drug?

All products:

  • Tell all of your health care providers that you take this drug. This includes your doctors, nurses, pharmacists, and dentists.
  • Do not use longer than you have been told by the doctor.
  • This drug may cause harm if swallowed. If this drug is swallowed, call a doctor or poison control center right away.
  • Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or plan on getting pregnant. You will need to talk about the benefits and risks of using this drug while you are pregnant.
  • Tell your doctor if you are breast-feeding. You will need to talk about any risks to your baby.

Gel and lotion:

  • Use with care in a child younger than 2 years of age. Talk with the doctor.


  • Do not give this drug to a child younger than 12 years old without first checking with the doctor.

Rectal foam:

  • Do not use near an open flame or while smoking. It may burst.
  • Do not give this drug to a child younger than 12 years old without first checking with the doctor.

What are some side effects that I need to call my doctor about right away?

WARNING/CAUTION: Even though it may be rare, some people may have very bad and sometimes deadly side effects when taking a drug. Tell your doctor or get medical help right away if you have any of the following signs or symptoms that may be related to a very bad side effect:

All products:

  • Signs of an allergic reaction, like rash; hives; itching; red, swollen, blistered, or peeling skin with or without fever; wheezing; tightness in the chest or throat; trouble breathing or talking; unusual hoarseness; or swelling of the mouth, face, lips, tongue, or throat.
  • Very bad irritation where this drug is used.
  • Swelling, warmth, or redness of the skin.

All rectal products:

  • Bleeding from rectum or rectal pain.

What are some other side effects of this drug?

All drugs may cause side effects. However, many people have no side effects or only have minor side effects. Call your doctor or get medical help if any of these side effects or any other side effects bother you or do not go away:
  • Irritation where this drug is used.
These are not all of the side effects that may occur. If you have questions about side effects, call your doctor. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects.
You may report side effects to your national health agency.

How is this drug best taken?

Use this drug as ordered by your doctor. Read all information given to you. Follow all instructions closely.

All products:

  • Follow how to use as you have been told by the doctor or read the package insert.
  • Do not take this drug by mouth. Use on your skin only. Keep out of your mouth, nose, ears, and eyes (may burn).
  • Wash your hands before and after use.
  • Clean affected part before use. Make sure to dry well.

Gel and lotion:

  • Put a thin layer on the affected part and rub in gently.
  • Do not wash your hands after use if putting on the hand.


  • Shake well before use.


  • Gently pat or wipe area. Use each wipe only once then throw away.

Vaginal wipes:

  • Be sure to pat or wipe from front to back.

All rectal products:

  • Do not put this drug into the rectum by using your fingers or any type of applicator. Follow what the doctor has told you to do.

Rectal foam:

  • Shake well before use.
  • Do not put the applicator into the rectum.

What do I do if I miss a dose?

  • If you use this drug on a regular basis, put on a missed dose as soon as you think about it.
  • If it is close to the time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and go back to your normal time.
  • Do not put on 2 doses at the same time or extra doses.
  • Many times this drug is used on an as needed basis. Do not use more often than told by the doctor.

How do I store and/or throw out this drug?

Rectal foam:

  • Store at room temperature. Do not refrigerate or freeze.
  • Protect from heat or open flame. Do not puncture or burn even if it seems empty.

All other products:

  • Store at room temperature.


  • After opening, be sure you know how long the product is good for and how to store it. Ask the doctor or pharmacist if you are not sure.

All products:

  • Keep all drugs in a safe place. Keep all drugs out of the reach of children and pets.
  • Check with your pharmacist about how to throw out unused drugs.

General drug facts

  • If your symptoms or health problems do not get better or if they become worse, call your doctor.
  • Do not share your drugs with others and do not take anyone else’s drugs.
  • Keep a list of all your drugs (prescription, natural products, vitamins, OTC) with you. Give this list to your doctor.
  • Talk with the doctor before starting any new drug, including prescription or OTC, natural products, or vitamins.
  • Some drugs may have another patient information leaflet. If you have any questions about this drug, please talk with your doctor, nurse, pharmacist, or other health care provider.
  • If you think there has been an overdose, call your poison control center or get medical care right away. Be ready to tell or show what was taken, how much, and when it happened.

Consumer Information Use and Disclaimer

This information should not be used to decide whether or not to take this medicine or any other medicine. Only the healthcare provider has the knowledge and training to decide which medicines are right for a specific patient. This information does not endorse any medicine as safe, effective, or approved for treating any patient or health condition. This is only a brief summary of general information about this medicine. It does NOT include all information about the possible uses, directions, warnings, precautions, interactions, adverse effects, or risks that may apply to this medicine. This information is not specific medical advice and does not replace information you receive from the healthcare provider. You must talk with the healthcare provider for complete information about the risks and benefits of using this medicine.

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