Ammonium Lactate Brand Names
AL-12 | Amlactin | Amlactin Ultra | Amlactin XL | LAC-cream | Lac-Hydrin | Lac-Hydrin Five | LAC-lotion | Moist Skin
What is Ammonium Lactate
Lac-Hydrin® 12% is a prescription formulation of 12% lactic acid neutralized with ammonium hydroxide (i.e., ammonium lactate); both a cream and a lotion are available as prescription products for the treatment of ichthyosis vulgaris (hyperkeratotic disorder) and mild to severe xerosis (dry skin).
Lac-Hydrin® 12% cream and lotion also contain mineral oil, propylene glycol, glycerin, cetyl alcohol, and other ingredients.
Lac-Hydrin® 5% is a non-prescription, fragrance-free lotion used to relieve dry skin. It contains ammonium lactate, glycerin, petrolatum, cetyl alcohol, urea, and other ingredients.
The lotion formulation of Lac-Hydrin® 12% was approved by the FDA in April 1985; Lac-Hydrin® 12% cream was later approved in August 1996. Generic versions of 12% ammonium lactate cream and lotion are available.
However, Amlactin® is classified as a cosmetic and has not been shown to be bioequivalent or therapeutically equivalent to Lac-Hydrin®.
Therefore, Amlactin® is not an FDA-approved generic substitute for Lac-Hydrin® 12%.
- exfoliative dermatitis
- skin hyperpigmentation
- skin irritation
- laboratory monitoring not necessary
- skin abrasion
- sunlight (UV) exposure
There are no drug interactions associated with Ammonium Lactate products.