Medicines & Supplements A to Z > Calamine


Last updated on 13/07/2021.

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DRUG CLASS: Antipruritics

SUB CLASS: Minerals & Electrolytes

USED FOR: Skin irritation, Pruritic skin disorders

– 20% (cream)

What is Calamine for?

Calamine is a type of mineral antipruritics which is used to treat skin irritation and pruritic skin disorders.

How to use it?

Calamine is used on skin as cream. Apply a thin layer of cream to the affected area as often as needed (usually 3-4 times).

What are the side effects of Calamine?

Common side effects of Calamine include skin problems, such as rash.

Who should not take Calamine?

People who are allergic to Calamine or any component of the formulation.

Pharmacist Tips:

– Shake well before use.
– Wash hands before and after using.
– Avoid contact with eyes
– Do not use it on open wounds or burns.

Common dosing schedule:

This schedule is for reference only, adjustments may be made according to individual needs.

Some common medications Calamine may interact with:
No known significant interactions.

Please notify your doctor or pharmacist if you are taking the above medication, dosage adjustments might be needed.

Where to buy Calamine in Hong Kong?

In Hong Kong, Calamine is an over-the-counter medicine and can be purchased without a prescription from any retail outlet in Hong Kong. This includes grocery stores, convenience stores, medicine shops, and pharmacies. It can also be obtained from doctors. To find a pharmacy near you, refer to the list of pharmacies (“Authorized Sellers of Poisons”) from the Hong Kong Department of Health.

For more information about drug names and ingredients, you can visit Hong Kong’s Drug Office at

Need more information?

For detailed information about the use of Calamine in children, pregnancy and breastfeeding, and for questions about drug interactions, please check with your pharmacist or doctor.

Disclaimer: our goal is to provide you with the most relevant drug information and common dosage for Hong Kong. This information does not constitute medical advice. For specific treatment recommendations and advice, always discuss with your doctor or pharmacist, and follow the instructions included with your specific medicine.