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Dermol 500 Lotion
Information for the user
Dermol® 500 LOTION
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1. What Dermol 500 Lotion is and what it is used for
2. Before you use Dermol 500 Lotion
3. How to use Dermol 500 Lotion
4. Possible side effects
5. How to store Dermol 500 Lotion
6. Further information
7. General advice on looking after dry skin conditions
Do not use Dermol 500 Lotion if you are allergic (hypersensitive) to benzalkonium chloride, chlorhexidine dihydrochloride, liquid paraffin, isopropyl myristate, or any of the other ingredients of Dermol 500 Lotion listed in Section 6.
As with any product, severe generalised allergic reactions (see Section 4) are possible. Very rare reports of such reactions in susceptible individuals, leading to a drop in blood pressure and even to unconsciousness, have been associated with products containing chlorhexidine.
You must not use Dermol 500 Lotion if you have had problems with chlorhexidine-containing products in the past.
Do not smoke or go near naked flames – risk of severe burns. Fabric (clothing, bedding, dressings etc) that has been in contact with this product burns more easily and is a serious fire hazard. Washing clothing and bedding may reduce product build-up but not totally remove it.
Take care when using this product:
This product is not known to affect, or to be affected by, other medicines.
This product can be used during pregnancy and whilst breast-feeding. However, when breast-feeding, if use on the nipples is necessary, apply sparingly and after feeds. Gently wipe away any remaining product before feeding your baby. 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.
Cetostearyl alcohol may cause local skin reactions (e.g. contact dermatitis).
If you have previously experienced local skin reactions (e.g. contact dermatitis) to any of the ingredients, please talk to your doctor before using this product.
Use it only on the skin. For maximum benefit you should use this product on a regular basis and as often as required.
Before using the 500 ml bottle, turn the top of the pump dispenser anti-clockwise to unlock it.
After unlocking, you will need to press down the pump dispenser several times to prime the pump before any product is dispensed.
The same instructions apply for all age groups:-
Do not worry if you occasionally forget to use it, just carry on using the product as described the next time you require it.
The product may cause irritation if it gets into the eyes. Rinse the eyes with plenty of water.
If rinsing one eye, take care to avoid washing product into the other eye. If irritation persists, seek medical advice.
Like all medicines, Dermol 500 Lotion can cause side effects, although not everybody gets them.
If you experience any of the following reactions stop using Dermol 500 Lotion and get urgent medical help: swelling of the face, lips, tongue or throat; a sudden uncharacteristic red itchy skin rash (hives) away from the site of application; wheezing or breathing difficulty; feeling faint or dizzy; a strange metallic taste in the mouth; or collapse. You may be having a serious allergic reaction.
This product has been specially designed for use on dry or problem skin areas anywhere on the body. Rarely, Dermol 500 Lotion can cause skin reactions on treated areas (involving redness, irritation and/or itching). These very rare skin reactions may become more significant where associated with excessive use as a leave-on application in areas of folded skin such as the groin or in the nappy area.
Stop using this lotion and tell your doctor or pharmacist:
If you accidentally swallow the product and you then feel unwell, seek medical attention.
Do not attempt to cause vomiting.
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 or search for MHRA Yellow Card in the Google Play or Apple App Store. By reporting side effects you can provide more information on the safety of this medicine.
The active ingredients in this product are benzalkonium chloride (0.1% w/w), chlorhexidine dihydrochloride (0.1% w/w), liquid paraffin (2.5% w/w) and isopropyl myristate (2.5% w/w).
The other ingredients are cetostearyl alcohol, macrogol cetostearyl ether (cetomacrogol 1000), phenoxyethanol and purified water.
This leaflet was last revised in July 2021.
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