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Bazuka Extra Strength Gel

PACKAGE LEAFLET: INFORMATION FOR THE USER

bazuka™ EXTRA STRENGTH Gel

26.0% w/w gel, salicylic acid

Please read all of this leaflet carefully before you start using this product.

Keep this leaflet. You may need to read it again.

Ask your doctor or pharmacist if you need more information or advice.

In this leaflet:

1. What Bazuka Extra Strength Gel is and what it is used for
2. Before you use Bazuka Extra Strength Gel
3. How to use Bazuka Extra Strength Gel
4. Possible side effects
5. How to store Bazuka Extra Strength Gel
6. Further information

1. WHAT BAZUKA EXTRA STRENGTH GEL IS AND WHAT IT IS USED FOR

  • Bazuka Extra Strength Gel is a treatment for warts, verrucas, corns and calluses.
    • Warts and verrucas are small excessive growths of skin caused by a type of virus. Warts often occur on the fingers, or on the back of the hands. You can recognise the common wart by the rough “cauliflower-like” appearance of the surface. Verrucas occur only on the sole of the foot. They can be painful, and often look like a small white ring of skin with a black dot in the centre. The virus is very infectious. This means that warts and verrucas can grow and spread, particularly if left untreated. The virus can also be transferred from one person to another.
    • Corns and calluses are hard, thick pads of skin caused by pressure and friction. They usually occur on the feet due to poorly fitting shoes. They can also occur on the hands.
  • Bazuka Extra Strength Gel is suitable for use by adults, children and the elderly.
  • The active ingredient in this product is salicylic acid.
  • The active ingredient works by:
    • softening the hard skin growth, making it easier to remove with a pumice stone or emery board;
    • helping to kill the virus that causes warts and verrucas.

2. BEFORE YOU USE BAZUKA EXTRA STRENGTH GEL

Do not use Bazuka Extra Strength Gel if you are allergic (hypersensitive) to salicylic acid or any of the other ingredients of Bazuka Extra Strength Gel listed in Section 6.

  • Do not use the gel anywhere on or near your face, armpits, breasts, bottom or genital (sex) area.
  • Do not use the gel on birthmarks, moles, warts with hairs growing from them, or any other spots.
  • Do not use the gel if you are diabetic or suffer from poor blood circulation to your hands or feet.

Take special care when using this product:

  • If you are unsure whether you have a wart, verruca, corn or callus that is suitable for treatment with Bazuka Extra Strength Gel, ask your doctor or pharmacist before starting treatment.
  • Apply the gel carefully, to the wart, verruca, corn or callus only, by squeezing the tube very gently:
    • take care not to apply the gel to surrounding healthy skin, especially on young children’s delicate skin, because this may cause irritation;
    • do not apply excessive amounts of gel.
  • Keep the gel away from your eyes, nose, and mouth, and from broken skin, cuts and grazes.
  • Avoid spilling as this may cause damage to you, your clothing and your possessions (see Section 4):
    • do not fold the tube because this may damage it and make it leak.
  • The product is volatile and highly flammable. Do not use it near flames or ignition sources (eg burning cigarettes or anything else that might ignite it).
  • Avoid inhaling the vapour from the gel.

Using other medicines

This product is not known to affect, or to be affected by any other medicines.

Pregnancy and breast-feeding

This product can be used during pregnancy and while breast-feeding. The ingredients have been in widespread use in this and similar preparations for many years, without reports of problems. However, safety trials have not been conducted.

Driving and using machinery

Using this product is not known to affect your ability to drive or use machinery.

3. HOW TO USE BAZUKA EXTRA STRENGTH GEL

Only use on warts, verrucas, corns and calluses on sites for which it is recommended.

Before you use this tube of gel for the first time, open it as follows:

  • Find a suitable surface, in case of accidental spillage.
  • Hold the tube upright, with the cap uppermost and the base resting on a suitable surface.
  • Unscrew and remove the combined white and yellow nozzle/cap assembly from the tube.
  • Remove the red collar and dispose of it safely.
  • Keep the tube upright for 30 seconds.
  • Then, without squeezing or over-gripping the tube, and with it still held upright and away from your face:
    • replace the white and yellow nozzle/cap assembly onto the screw thread of the tube (take care to avoid “cross-threading”);
    • tighten the nozzle/cap assembly firmly to pierce the top of the tube;
    • briefly loosen the yellow cap (to release any slight pressure in the tube) and then retighten.
  • Please note that once in place, a small gap will remain between the base of the nozzle/cap and the top of the tube.

To use the gel (adults, children and the elderly):

Follow these steps once every day, usually in the evening. Carry on using the gel in this way until the wart, verruca, corn or callus disappears:

A. Soak the affected area in warm water for 2 to 3 minutes.

B. Dry the area thoroughly, using your own towel if you have a wart or verruca (this will help stop the infection spreading to other people).

C. Taking care to avoid squeezing the tube, remove the protective yellow cap, leaving the white nozzle attached to the tube.

D. Carefully apply a thin coating (one or two drops) of the gel to the top of the wart, verruca, corn or callus only:

  • avoid the gel spreading to the surrounding healthy skin;
  • allow the gel to dry for a few minutes to form a small white patch that sticks to the treated area and is water resistant;
  • there is no need to cover the treated area with a sticking plaster;
  • always replace the protective yellow cap after use.

E. The next evening, carefully peel or pick off the white patch of dried gel from the wart, verruca, corn or callus:

  • apply fresh gel as described in steps A to D above;
  • if removal of the white patch is difficult, carefully re-apply the gel directly over it and leave it to dry. This will thicken the white patch and make it easier to remove.

F. Once every week, before applying fresh gel, gently rub the wart, verruca, corn or callus with the emery board provided, or a pumice stone:

  • if you are treating a wart or verruca, do not let anyone else use the emery board or pumice stone as the infection may spread to them.

G. The length of treatment will vary depending on the size and resistance of the wart, verruca, corn or callus:

  • some may go in a relatively short time;
  • some warts and verrucas can require up to 12 weeks treatment before they disappear;
  • it is important that you do not give up on the treatment until the wart, verruca, corn or callus has disappeared (unless irritation occurs, see section 4 below);
  • if the wart, verruca, corn or callus has not disappeared after twelve weeks of treatment ask your doctor or pharmacist for advice.

H. At the end of treatment, if the white patch is difficult to remove, you can leave it because it will eventually fall off by itself.

If the gel accidentally gets onto normal skin, wipe it off straight away with a tissue, and, if necessary, wash the area.

If the gel accidentally gets into the eyes or mouth, it may cause damage. Rinse the eyes or mouth with plenty of water. If rinsing one eye, take care to avoid washing product into the other eye. Then seek urgent hospital attention.

If you inhale a lot of the vapour from the gel it may make you feel light-headed. If this happens, get plenty of fresh air.

If you forget to use Bazuka Extra Strength Gel

Do not worry if you occasionally forget to use this product, just carry on using it when you remember. If you have any further questions on the use of this product, ask your doctor or pharmacist.

4. POSSIBLE SIDE EFFECTS

Like all medicines, Bazuka Extra Strength Gel can cause side effects although not everybody gets them:

  • While the gel is working you may feel a slight tingling sensation and/or some mild tenderness at the treated area. This is usually temporary, and in rare cases may appear as a temporary blemish on the skin.
  • If you mistakenly allow the gel to spread onto and remain in contact with areas of normal skin (see precautions in section 2), it may cause irritation.
  • If you spill the product on your clothes, fabrics, jewellery or metal and polished surfaces it may damage them permanently.
  • Stop using this product and tell your doctor or pharmacist if:
    • you experience unacceptable discomfort or if irritation persists, or
    • any of the side effects get serious, or you notice any other side effects not mentioned in this leaflet.

Reporting of side effects

If you get any side effects, talk to your doctor, pharmacist or nurse. This includes any possible side effects not listed in this leaflet. You can also report side effects directly via the Yellow Card Scheme at www.mhra.gov.uk/yellowcard. By reporting side effects you can help provide more information on the safety of this medicine.

5. HOW TO STORE BAZUKA EXTRA STRENGTH GEL

  • Keep out of the reach and sight of children.
  • Do not use Bazuka Extra Strength Gel after the expiry date shown on the fold of the tube and on the carton. The expiry date refers to the last day of that month.
  • Do not store above 25°C.
  • Always replace the cap tightly after use.
  • The product is highly flammable. Keep it away from flames or ignition sources.
  • Medicines should not be disposed of via wastewater or household waste. Ask your pharmacist how to dispose of medicines no longer required. These measures will help to protect the environment.

6. FURTHER INFORMATION ABOUT BAZUKA EXTRA STRENGTH GEL

What Bazuka Extra Strength Gel contains:

The active ingredient is salicylic acid 26.0% w/w.

The other ingredients are camphor, povidone, pyroxylin, ethanol, acetone and isopropyl alcohol.

What Bazuka Extra Strength Gel looks like and contents of the pack

The product is a clear colourless gel.

The product is available in a tube containing 5 g of gel. The tube has a special applicator nozzle.

Each pack also includes an emery board.

The Marketing Authorisation holder is

Diomed Developments Ltd
Tatmore Place
Gosmore
Hitchin
Hertfordshire
SG4 7QR
UK

The Manufacturer is

Aeropak
Viking Road
Great Yarmouth
Norfolk
NR31 0NU
UK

The Distributor is

DDD Limited
94 Rickmansworth Road
Watford
Herts
WD18 7JJ
UK

This leaflet was last revised in January 2015.

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