Ivy Block : Uses, Side Effects, Interactions & More

Why is this medication prescribed?
Ivy Block (Bentoquatam) lotion is used to prevent poison oak, poison ivy, and poison sumac rashes in people who may come in contact with these plants. Ivy Block is in a class of medications called skin protectants. It works by forming a layer on the skin that protects it from vegetable oils that can cause a rash. Ivy Block will not soothe or cure a rash that has already developed from contact with poison oak, poison ivy, or poison sumac.

How should this medicine be used?
Ivy Block (Bentoquatam) comes as a lotion to apply to the skin. It is usually applied at least 15 minutes before possible contact with poison oak, poison ivy, or poison sumac, and reapplied at least once every 4 hours as long as the risk of contact with these plants persists. Follow the directions on the package label carefully and ask your doctor or pharmacist to explain any parts you do not understand. Use Ivy Block exactly as directed.

Ivy Block lotion is available without a prescription. However, you should consult a doctor before applying Ivy Block lotion to a child under 6 years of age.

Shake the lotion well before each use to mix the medicine evenly.

Ivy Block lotion is only for use on the skin. Do not allow Ivy Block lotion to come into contact with your eyes and do not swallow the medicine. If you get Ivy Block lotion in your eyes, rinse them with plenty of water.

Do not apply Ivy Block lotion to an open rash.

Ivy Block lotion can catch fire. Stay away from open flames and fires while applying the lotion and for as long as the lotion is on your skin.

What special precautions should I follow?

Before using Ivy Block lotion,

  • Tell your doctor and pharmacist if you are allergic to Ivy Block or any other medications.
  • Tell your doctor and pharmacist what prescription and nonprescription medications, vitamins, nutritional supplements, and herbal products you are taking or plan to take. Your doctor may need to change the doses of your medications or monitor you carefully for side effects.
  • Tell your doctor if you have or have ever had any medical conditions.
  • Tell your doctor if you are pregnant, plan to become pregnant, or are breastfeeding. If you become pregnant while using Ivy Block, call your doctor.

What special dietary instructions should I follow?
Unless your doctor tells you otherwise, continue your normal diet.

What should I do if I forget a dose?
This medication is usually applied as needed. Ivy Block lotion begins to protect skin from plant oils that cause breakouts 15 minutes after application.

What side effects can this medication cause?
Ivy Block can cause side effects. Call your doctor if you have any unusual problems while taking this medicine.

What should I know about storage and disposal of this medication?
Keep this medicine in its container, tightly closed and out of the reach of children. Store at room temperature and away from excess heat and moisture (not in the bathroom).

It is important to keep all medicines out of the sight and reach of children, since many containers (such as those containing weekly pills and those for eye drops, creams, patches and inhalers) are not child-resistant and small children can easily open them. To protect young children from poisoning, always close the safety caps and immediately place the medicine in a safe place, one that is upright and out of their sight and reach. http://www.upandaway.org

Unnecessary medications must be disposed of in special ways to ensure that pets, children, and others cannot consume them. However, you should not flush this medicine down the toilet. Instead, the best way to dispose of your medications is through a drug take-back program. Talk to your pharmacist or contact your local recycling / trash department to find out about take-back programs in your community. Check out the FDA drug safe disposal website (http://goo.gl/c4Rm4p) for more information if you do not have access to a take-back program.

In case of emergency/overdose
If someone ingests Ivy Block, call your local poison control center at 1-800-222-1222. If the victim has collapsed or is not breathing, call local emergency services at 911.

What other information should I know?
Ask your pharmacist any questions you have about Ivy Block.

It is important that you keep a written list of all prescription and over-the-counter (over-the-counter) medications you are taking, as well as any products such as vitamins, minerals, or other dietary supplements. You should take this list with you every time you visit a doctor or if you are admitted to a hospital. It is also important information to take with you in case of emergencies.

Brand Names

  • Ivy Block®

Disclaimer: DrLinex has made every effort to ensure that all information is factually accurate, comprehensive and up-to-date. However, this article should not be used as a licensed health care professional’s choice of knowledge and expertise. You should always consult your doctor or other health care professional before taking any medication. The information given here is subject to change and it has not been used to cover all possible uses, directions, precautions, warnings, drug interactions, allergic reactions or adverse effects. The lack of warning or other information for any drug does not indicate that the combination of medicine or medication is safe, effective or appropriate for all patients or all specific uses.

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