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Precautions and Warnings With Benzyl Alcohol Lotion

Before using benzyl alcohol lotion, there are many precautions to be aware of, including warnings on who should not use the drug and possible side effects that may occur. For example, this prescription lotion may cause eye irritation if it gets into the eyes. Other safety concerns involve not using this medication in children under six months old.

What Should I Tell My Healthcare Provider Before Using Benzyl Alcohol Lotion?

You should talk with your healthcare provider prior to using benzyl alcohol lotion (Ulesfia®) if you have any:
 
  • Skin conditions
  • Allergies, including allergies to medications, foods, dyes, or preservatives.
     
Also, let your healthcare provider know if you are:
 
  • Pregnant or thinking of becoming pregnant
  • Breastfeeding.
     
You should also make sure to tell your healthcare provider about any other medications you are taking, including prescription and nonprescription medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements.
 

Specific Benzyl Alcohol Lotion Precautions and Warnings

Some warnings and precautions to be aware of prior to using this medicine include:
 
  • This medication contains benzyl alcohol, an ingredient that can be very dangerous to newborns, particularly premature newborns. This medication is not approved for babies under the age of six months old. Never use benzyl alcohol lotion on a newborn.
     
  • Make sure to keep benzyl alcohol lotion away from the eyes, as it can cause irritation. If eye exposure occurs, immediately flush the eyes with water and contact your healthcare provider if eye irritation persists.
     
  • Benzyl alcohol lotion should not be applied to the face. Wash your hands after applying it (unless you are treating your hands), and make sure to keep it out of the eyes.
     
  • Some people may be sensitive to this medication; it can cause rashes and allergic reactions.
     
  • Benzyl alcohol lotion is unlikely to interact with other medications (see Drug Interactions With Benzyl Alcohol Lotion).
     
  • Benzyl alcohol lotion is a pregnancy Category B medication, meaning that it is probably safe to use during pregnancy, although the full risks are currently unknown. If you are pregnant, check with your healthcare provider before using this lotion (see Ulesfia and Pregnancy for more information).
     
  • It is unknown if benzyl alcohol lotion passes through breast milk. Therefore, if you are breastfeeding a child, check with your healthcare provider (or your child's healthcare provider) before using this medicine (see Ulesfia and Breastfeeding).
     
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