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Sudocrem Antiseptic Healing Cream

Last Updated on eMC 31-Jul-2014 View changes  | Forest Laboratories UK Limited (a subsidiary of Actavis PLC) Contact details

1. Name of the medicinal product

Sudocrem Antiseptic Healing Cream

2. Qualitative and quantitative composition

% w/w

Zinc oxide, EP


Benzyl alcohol, BP


Benzyl benzoate, BP


Benzyl cinnamate


Lanolin (hypoallergenic)


3. Pharmaceutical form

Emulsified water in oil cream

4. Clinical particulars
4.1 Therapeutic indications

In the treatment of:

1. Napkin rash

2. Eczema

3. Bedsores

4. Acne

5. Minor burns

6. Surface wounds

7. Sunburn

8. Chilblains

4.2 Posology and method of administration

Apply a thin layer with suitable covering where necessary. Renew application as required. No distinction is required between indications or between adults, children and the elderly.

Topical cream for external use only.

4.3 Contraindications

Hypersensitivity to any of the ingredients.

4.4 Special warnings and precautions for use

For external use only and should not be allowed to come into contact with the eyes and the mucous membranes.

4.5 Interaction with other medicinal products and other forms of interaction

None known.

4.6 Pregnancy and lactation

There are no known contraindications.

4.7 Effects on ability to drive and use machines

Not applicable.

4.8 Undesirable effects

Side effects include local hypersensitivity occasionally.

4.9 Overdose

No cases of overdose has been reported. If large amounts are swallowed accidentally, this may cause vomitting, diarrhoea, CNS stimulation and convulsions. Symptomatic treatment should be provided.

5. Pharmacological properties
5.1 Pharmacodynamic properties


Zinc oxide

a dermatological agent with astringent, soothing and protective properties.

Benzyl alcohol

a local anaesthetic with disinfectant properties.

Benzyl benzoate

an acaricide and has been used as a pediculicide, insect repellent and pharmaceutical solubilising agent. It is a constituent of many natural balsams and is one of the principal esters of Peru Balsam.

Benzyl cinnamate

this is the other principal ester of Peru Balsal BPC 1973. It is synthetised from benzyl alcohol and cinnamic acid which has antibacterial and antifungal properties. Peru Balsam is categorised as having a mild antiseptic action because of cinnamic acid and its derivatives present.


resembles the sebaceous secretions of human skin. The grade (hypoallergenic) used is manufactured so as to exclude many sensitising substances present in the lanolin.

5.2 Pharmacokinetic properties

Not applicable.

5.3 Preclinical safety data

Not applicable.

6. Pharmaceutical particulars
6.1 List of excipients

Purified Water, EP

Sodium Benzoate, BP

Paraffin wax

Microcrystalline wax

Heavy Liquid Paraffin, BP

Synthetic Beeswax

Sorbitan sesquioleate

Propylene glycol, BP

Antioxidant (Formulation consisting of Butylated hydroxyanisole (BHA), citric acid and Propylene Glycol)

Linalyl acetate


6.2 Incompatibilities

None known.

6.3 Shelf life

Not exceeding 5 years from date of manufacture.

6.4 Special precautions for storage

No special precautions for storage.

6.5 Nature and contents of container


Pack size

(a) polypropylene jars with polyethylene tamper-evident caps











(b) polypropylene jar with propylene cap





(c) COEX HDPE:LDPE 70:30 plastic tube with flip top cap covered with a clear tamper evident plastic sleeve



6.6 Special precautions for disposal and other handling

Not applicable.

7. Marketing authorisation holder

Forest Tosara Limited

Unit 146 Baldoyle Industrial Estate


Dublin 13

Republic of Ireland

8. Marketing authorisation number(s)

PL 06166/0003

9. Date of first authorisation/renewal of the authorisation

5 March 2004

10. Date of revision of the text


Company contact details

Forest Laboratories UK Limited (a subsidiary of Actavis PLC)

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Whiddon Valley, Barnstaple, Devon, EX32 8NS, UK


+44 (0)1271 346106

Medical Information e-mail

+44 (0)1271 311 200

Medical Information Direct Line

+44(0)1271 385 257

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Active ingredients

benzyl alcohol, benzyl benzoate, benzyl cinnamate, lanolin, zinc oxide

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