What is Zinc Oxide?

Category: Over the Counter Drugs

Most popular types: Boudreaux Butt Paste Desitin Creamy ARC Zinc Oxide


See also: Nystatin-hydrocortisone-zinc oxide cream

Zinc Oxide is used as a protective coating for mild skin irritations and abrasions; soothing and protective ointment to promote healing of chapped skin, diaper rash.

Reported purpose & perceived effectiveness
Purpose Patients Evaluations Perceived Effectiveness
Itching 3 1
Chafing 2 0
Skin ulcers 2 2
Acne breakout 1 1
Anal fissures 1 0
Burning sensation in feet 1 0

Show all 12 reasons taken

  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell

Side effects

Side effects as an overall problem

Side effects as an overall problem
Severity Evaluations Percentage
Severe 0
Moderate 0
Mild 0
None 3

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Zinc Oxide

Side effect Patients Percentage


Based on patients currently taking Zinc Oxide

Dosage Patients Percentage
6% as needed 1

Why patients stopped taking Zinc Oxide

Multiple reasons could be selected

Reason Patients Percentage
Course of treatment ended 1
Other 1
See 1 patient who's stopped taking Zinc Oxide


Currently taking Zinc Oxide

Duration Patients Percentage
2 - 5 years 1

Stopped taking Zinc Oxide

Duration Patients Percentage
5 - 10 years 1
Adherence Evaluations Percentage
Always 1
Usually 1
Sometimes 1
Never taken as prescribed 0
Burden Evaluations Percentage
Very hard to take 0
Somewhat hard to take 0
A little hard to take 1
Not at all hard to take 2
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations Percentage
$200+ 0
$100-199 0
$50-99 0
$25-49 0
< $25 1
Not specified 2
Last updated:
There are no evaluations for Zinc Oxide.