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Bentoquatam (On The Skin)

Bentoquatam (BEN-toe-kwa-tam)

Protects your skin from rash and irritation caused by poison ivy, poison oak, and poison sumac plants.

Brand Name(s):

Ivy Block
There may be other brand names for this medicine.

When This Medicine Should Not Be Used:

You should not use this medicine if you have had an allergic reaction to bentoquatam. You should not use this medicine on children under the age of 6 years, unless ordered by your child's doctor.

How to Use This Medicine:


  • Use this medicine on your skin only.
  • You can buy the medicine without a doctor's prescription. Read and follow the instructions on the medicine label. Ask your doctor or pharmacist if you have any questions about how to use this medicine.
  • You must use this medicine at least 15 minutes BEFORE you are exposed to poison ivy, poison oak, or poison sumac.
  • Shake the bottle well before each use.
  • Rub a thin layer of the lotion on your skin to form a smooth wet layer.
  • When the lotion dries, you will see a clay-like coating on the protected parts of your skin.
  • You will need to put more lotion on your skin at least every 4 hours or sooner if the medicine rubs off.
  • You should not use the medicine in or near your eyes. If you do get the medicine in your eyes, rinse them well with cool water for at least 20 minutes. Tell your doctor if you have eye redness or eye pain that does not go away.
  • When your skin no longer needs protection, you can wash the medicine off with soap and water.
  • Until the medicine on your skin has dried, do not get close to a fire.
How to Store and Dispose of This Medicine:

  • Keep the bottle closed tightly and store it at room temperature away from heat, direct light, and moisture. The medicine contains alcohol and should be kept away from fire.
  • Keep all medicine out of the reach of children.
Drugs and Foods to Avoid:

Ask your doctor or pharmacist before using any other medicine, including over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal products.

  • You should not use other creams, lotions, or skin medicines on the same areas of your skin that you are using bentoquatam, unless your doctor has told you to.
Warnings While Using This Medicine:

  • If you are pregnant or breastfeeding, talk to your doctor before using this medicine.
  • For this medicine to work, you must use it BEFORE you come in contact with the poison oak, ivy, or sumac. When the lotion dries, it keeps the oils in the plants from touching your skin and causing a rash.
  • You should not use the medicine to treat a rash caused by poison ivy, oak, or sumac.
Possible Side Effects While Using This Medicine:

Call your doctor right away if you notice any of these side effects:

  • Severe rash or swelling right after you use the medicine

If you notice these less serious side effects, talk with your doctor:

  • Mild skin redness or irritation
If you notice other side effects that you think are caused by this medicine, tell your doctor.

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