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Benzydamine 0.15%w/v Oromucosal Spray

Package leaflet: Information for the user

Benzydamine 0.15% w/v Oromucosal Spray

Benzydamine Hydrochloride

Read all of this leaflet carefully before you start using this medicine because it contains important information for you.

This medicine is available without prescription. Always use this medicine exactly as described in this leaflet or as your doctor or pharmacist has told you.

  • Keep this leaflet. You may need to read it again.
  • Ask your pharmacist if you need more information or advice.
  • If you get any side effects, talk to your doctor or pharmacist. This includes any possible side effects not listed in this leaflet. See section 4.
  • You must talk to a doctor if you do not feel better or if you feel worse after 7 days.

What is in this leaflet

1. What Benzydamine Spray is and what it is used for
2. What you need to know before you use Benzydamine Spray
3. How to use Benzydamine Spray
4. Possible side effects
5. How to store Benzydamine Spray
6. Contents of the pack and other information

1. What Benzydamine Spray is and what it is used for

Benzydamine Spray is used for treating pain and inflammation (redness, swelling and a feeling of heat) in the throat or mouth. Benzydamine Spray contains benzydamine hydrochloride, one of a group of medicines called non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs).

What this medicine does

Benzydamine Spray is used to treat many painful conditions affecting the throat or mouth including:

  • Sore throat
  • Sore tongue or gums
  • Mouth ulcers
  • Discomfort caused by dentures
  • Pain after dental surgery.

Benzydamine Spray works in the throat or mouth to help stop pain and inflammation (redness, swelling and a feeling of heat). It does this by stopping the formation of prostaglandins.

Prostaglandins are natural substances made by the body when it is injured or has an infection. They cause an increase in the blood supply to the area of injury or infection. This results in pain, redness, swelling and a feeling of heat in that area. Stopping the formation of prostaglandins reduces these effects.

2. What you need to know before you use Benzydamine Spray

Do not use Benzydamine Spray

If you are allergic to benzydamine or any of the other ingredients of this medicine (listed in section 6).

Warnings and precautions

Talk to your doctor or pharmacist before using Benzydamine Spray.

Do not use this spray near your eyes. If you get it in your eyes accidentally, wash them immediately with cold water.

Other medicines and Benzydamine Spray

Tell your doctor, dentist or pharmacist if you are taking, have recently taken or might take any other medicines, including medicines obtained without a prescription.

Pregnancy, breast-feeding and fertility

If you are pregnant or breast-feeding, think you may be pregnant or are planning to have a baby, ask your doctor or pharmacist for advice before using this medicine.

Driving and using machines

Benzydamine Spray has negligible influence on the ability to drive and use machines.

Benzydamine Spray contains methyl parahydroxybenzoate and propylene glycol

Some of the non-active ingredients in your medicine may cause side effects:

  • Methyl parahydroxybenzoate - this may cause allergic reactions (possibly delayed).
  • Propylene glycol - this may cause skin irritation.

3. How to use Benzydamine Spray

Always use this medicine exactly as described in this leaflet or as your doctor or pharmacist has told you. Check with your doctor, dentist or pharmacist if you are not sure.

Benzydamine Spray is for use in the throat or mouth. It should be sprayed onto the sore area of the mouth or throat according to the following instructions:

The recommended dose is:

Adults including the elderly

  • Use 4 to 8 sprays every 11/2 to 3 hours.

Use in children and adolescents

Children aged 6 to 12 years

  • Use 4 sprays every 11/2 to 3 hours.
  • Children over 12 should use the adult dose.

Children under 6 years of age

  • The dose is based on how much the child weighs.
  • Do not use more than 4 sprays at any one time.
  • Use one spray for each 4 kilograms that the child weighs but do not use more than 4 sprays at any one time.
  • This dose should be used every 11/2 to 3 hours.

How to use the spray

1. Always use the spray in the upright position.

2. Turn the spray arm, in either direction, until it is at right angles (90 degrees) to the body of the spray container as shown in picture 1. Do not use the spray arm in any other position, as the medicine may not come out properly.

3. The first time you use the spray, point the spray arm away from you and anyone else. Then press the white plunger down firmly several times until a fine spray appears out of the end of the spray arm as shown in picture 2. Your spray is now ready to use.

4. Point the spray arm at the sore part of your throat or mouth and press the white plunger down firmly. One press releases one spray of medicine.

5. Apply the correct number of sprays according to the instructions above. Then wipe the end of the spray arm with a clean tissue. This helps to prevent your spray blocking.

6. Turn the spray arm down into the closed position as shown in picture 3. This stops any more sprays of your medicine being released accidentally.

7. If your spray blocks or stops working properly, return it to your pharmacist. Do not push anything into the end of the spray arm to try to clear a blockage.

If you use more Benzydamine Spray than you should

If you use too many sprays of Benzydamine Spray, contact your doctor, dentist or pharmacist for advice.

If you forget to use Benzydamine Spray

  • If you forget to use your spray, do not worry. Apply the correct number of sprays as soon as you remember and then carry on using the spray every 11/2 to 3 hours as before.
  • Do not use double the amount of sprays to make up for a forgotten dose.

If you have any further questions on the use of this medicine, ask your doctor, dentist or pharmacist.

4. Possible side effects

Like all medicines, this medicine can cause side effects, although not everybody gets them. Side effects are generally minor.

If you have any of the following side effects while taking your medicine tell your doctor immediately or go to hospital straight away:

Very rare (may affect up to 1 in 10,000 people):

  • Itchy rash, sometimes with pale, raised areas of skin with red edges (urticaria).
  • Your skin becoming more sensitive to sunlight than normal causing an itchy, red, scaly rash, sometimes with blisters.
  • Tightening of the throat or chest making it difficult to breathe.

Uncommon (may affect up to 1 in 100 people):

  • A feeling of numbness in your mouth.
  • A stinging feeling in your mouth:
    • this stinging usually disappears as you continue to use the spray.
    • if the stinging does not go away stop using the spray and talk to your doctor, dentist or pharmacist.

Not known (frequency cannot be estimated from the available data):

  • Allergic reaction (Hypersensitivity)
    Serious allergic reaction (anaphylactic shock), signs of which may include difficulty breathing, chest pain or chest tightness, and/or feeling dizzy/faint, severe itching of the skin or raised lumps on the skin, swelling of the face, lips, tongue and /or throat, and which may be potentially life-threatening.
  • Severe allergic reaction which may include a red and lumpy skin rash, difficulty breathing, swelling of face, mouth, lips or eyelids, unexplained high temperature (fever) and feeling faint. If the swelling affects your throat and makes breathing and swallowing difficult, go to hospital straight away.

See section 2 (Benzydamine Spray contains methyl parahydroxybenzoate and propylene glycol) for side effects that may be caused by some of the non-active ingredients in your medicine.

Reporting of side effects

If you get any side effects, talk to your doctor, dentist or pharmacist. 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 Benzydamine Spray

Keep this medicine out of the sight and reach of children.

Do not use this medicine after the expiry date which is stated on the carton and the base of the can. The expiry date refers to the last day of that month.

Do not store above 25°C. Keep the spray in the outer carton.

Once you have started using the spray, do not keep it for more than 6 months.

Do not use if you notice any damage to the spray container or spray arm. Return it to your pharmacist.

Do not throw away any medicines via wastewater or household waste. Ask your pharmacist how to throw away medicines you no longer use. These measures will help protect the environment.

6. Contents of the pack and other information

What Benzydamine Spray contains

  • The active substance is benzydamine hydrochloride. Each spray from the spray arm contains 262.5 micrograms of benzydamine hydrochloride.
  • The other ingredients are glycerol, polysorbate 20, saccharin sodium, ethanol 96%, methyl parahydroxybenzoate, aniseed flavour (contains ethanol 95%), peppermint flavour (contains propylene glycol), water. (See section 2 Benzydamine Spray contains methyl parahydroxybenzoate and propylene glycol.)

What Benzydamine Spray looks like and contents of the pack

Benzydamine Spray is an oromucosal spray (a spray for use in the throat or mouth). It is a clear solution with a smell of peppermint. It is contained in a spray container fitted with a metering pump (a pump that delivers a measured amount of medicine) and nozzle (spray arm).

Each spray container holds 30ml of medicine.

Marketing Authorisation Holder

Focus Pharmaceuticals Limited
Capital House
85 King William Street
London
EC4N 7BL
UK

Manufacturer

PPF Hasco-Lek S.A
ul. Eugeniusza Kwiatkowskiego 9
55-011 Siechnice
Poland

This leaflet was last revised in December 2016.

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