Is Calcium Gluconate Gel FDA approved?

Calcium gluconate gel is not approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) as a drug, but it is considered to be a “generally recognized as safe and effective” (GRASE) product. This means that the FDA has determined that the benefits of calcium gluconate gel outweigh the risks when used as directed, and that the product is safe and effective for its intended use.

It is important to note that Calcium Gluconate gel is only approved for external use and its use is limited to skin and mucous membrane burns caused by hydrofluoric acid. It should not be used for other types of burns. It is also important to seek medical attention after any exposure. If you have any concerns or questions about using the gel please contact us

What should I do if HF is exposed to my skin?

Hydrofluoric acid (HF) is a strong and potentially dangerous chemical that can cause severe burns if it comes into contact with skin. If you suspect that you have been exposed to HF, you should take the following steps immediately:

  1. Remove any contaminated clothing and jewelry.
  2. Flush the affected area with water for at least 20 minutes. This will help to remove the acid and reduce the severity of the burn.
  3. Apply a solution or 2.5% calcium gluconate solution to the burn. This will help to neutralize the acid and provide calcium ions to the affected area, which can help to reduce pain and inflammation.
  4. Seek medical attention as soon as possible. Hydrofluoric acid burns can be very serious and may require treatment with a special type of antacid and other medications to prevent further damage.

If you are working with Hydrofluoric acid, it’s important to be familiar with emergency procedures in case of an accident, including knowing where the emergency equipment such as eye wash, shower and calcium gluconate gel are located, and how to use them. Always wear appropriate protective gear, such as gloves, goggles, and face shields, when working with HF.

By following the procedures below the effectiveness of Calcium Gluconate Gel can be maximized. Each facility should modify the safety procedures for their use case of Hydrofluoric Acid, and ensure that the policy is well-known.

  • Immediately rinse the exposed area with water.
  • Liberally apply Calcium Gluconate Gel to the area.
  • One should seek medical attention without delay, even if the area of contact was small.
  • Protect against secondary HF exposure by destroying or sanitizing exposed materials like equipment, clothing, or the gel tube itself.

Is a prescription required to purchase Calcium Gluconate Gel?

A prescription is not required to purchase calcium gluconate gel. It is classified as an over-the-counter (OTC) medication, meaning that it can be purchased without a prescription from a pharmacist or other healthcare professional. However, it is important to note that it is a medication intended for external use only and it should only be used for burns caused by Hydrofluoric acid and not for other types of burns.

It’s important to follow the product instructions, and to seek medical attention if you have any concerns or questions about using the gel. Also, it’s important to properly store the gel, keeping it away from heat and direct light, and to discard it if it has expired or if the container is damaged.

No prescription is needed. The gel itself is a harmless material. It is the hydrofluoric acid (HF) itself that is dangerous.

Who should stock Calcium Gluconate Gel?

Calcium gluconate gel is typically used to treat skin and mucous membrane burns caused by hydrofluoric acid. Therefore, it is recommended that workplaces and organizations that use or handle hydrofluoric acid, such as laboratories, factories, and chemical plants, should stock calcium gluconate gel as a first aid measure.

Additionally, it is recommended that emergency responders, such as paramedics and firefighters, should also stock calcium gluconate gel in their vehicles and equipment for use in case of emergencies.

It is important to note that Calcium Gluconate gel should only be used for burns caused by Hydrofluoric acid and should not be used for other types of burns. If you are unsure about the suitability of Calcium Gluconate gel for your workplace or organization, you should consult a healthcare professional or a chemical safety expert.

Every person that is likely to come in contact with Hydrofluoric Acid (HF) should have their own supply of Calcium Gluconate Gel available at all times.

What is Calcium Gluconate Gel?

Calcium gluconate gel is a medication used to treat skin and mucous membrane burns caused by exposure to hydrofluoric acid. Hydrofluoric acid (HF) is a strong, corrosive acid that can cause severe burns to the skin and other tissues. Calcium gluconate gel is applied topically to the affected area to neutralize the acid and provide calcium ions to the affected area, which helps to reduce pain and inflammation.

The gel is composed of Calcium Gluconate, a salt of calcium and gluconic acid, which provides calcium ions that can neutralize the acid and minimize the damage. It is available as a clear, colorless gel and is typically applied to the affected area with a cotton swab or other applicator.

It is important to note that Calcium Gluconate gel should only be used for burns caused by Hydrofluoric acid and should not be used for other types of burns. If you are unsure about the suitability of Calcium Gluconate gel for your condition, you should consult a healthcare professional.

How does Calcium Gluconate Gel work?

Calcium gluconate gel works by neutralizing hydrofluoric acid (HF) and providing calcium ions to the affected area. Hydrofluoric acid is a strong, corrosive acid that can cause severe burns to the skin and other tissues. When the acid comes into contact with the skin, it can penetrate the skin and cause damage to the underlying tissues.

The gel is composed of Calcium Gluconate, a salt of calcium and gluconic acid, which provides calcium ions that can neutralize the acid and minimize the damage. When applied topically to the affected area, the calcium ions in the gel react with the hydrofluoric acid to form calcium fluoride, a less corrosive compound. This neutralization of the acid helps to reduce the severity of the burn and minimize the damage to the skin and underlying tissues.

Additionally, the calcium ions in the gel can also help to reduce pain and inflammation by binding to the nerve receptors in the affected area. This can help to alleviate the pain and discomfort associated with the burn.

It is important to note that Calcium Gluconate gel should only be used for burns caused by Hydrofluoric acid and should not be used for other types of burns. If you are unsure about the suitability of Calcium Gluconate gel for your condition, you should consult a healthcare professional.