This information is intended for use by health professionals
WASH CUTANEOUS EMULSION
Liquid Paraffin 2.5% w/w; Isopropyl Myristate 2.5% w/w; Benzalkonium Chloride 0.1% w/w; Chlorhexidine Dihydrochloride 0.1% w/w.
Excipient: Cetostearyl Alcohol 5.0% w/w
For full list of excipients see section List of excipients.
White, non-greasy cutaneous emulsion.
An antimicrobial emollient for the management of dry and pruritic skin conditions, especially eczema and dermatitis. Dermol Wash Cutaneous Emulsion is suitable for direct application and for use as a soap substitute.
For adults, children and the elderly. For cutaneous use only.
For use as a soap substitute
Use as a cleanser at the sink or to wash with in the bath or shower, instead of ordinary soap or shower gel. Pat the skin dry using a soft towel (avoid rubbing as this can irritate the skin). The product may also be used in a similar way for frequent hand washing.
For application to the skin (e.g. after washing)
Apply to the affected areas as required.
Do not use in cases of known sensitivity (especially generalised allergic reaction) to any of the ingredients (see sections 4.4 and 4.8).
Avoid contact with the eyes. Local skin irritations (e.g. contact dermatitis) to any of the ingredients, in particular cetostearyl alcohol, are rare but possible in sensitive people. There are literature reports of chlorhexidine compounds inducing hypersensitivity, including anaphylactic shock. The prevalence of this is not known, but is likely to be very rare. Dermol Wash Cutaneous Emulsion should not be administered to anyone with a possible history of allergic reaction to a chlorhexidine compound (see sections 4.3 and 4.8).
Although the lotion has been specially formulated for use on dry or problem skin, in the unlikely event of a reaction discontinue treatment.
Local skin reactions
These reactions are very rare (<1/10,000, based on spontaneous reporting) and may be irritant or allergic in nature. Reactions have been observed occasionally when used excessively as a leave-on application in areas of folded skin such as the anogenital area.
Serious generalised allergic reactions
Very rarely, hypersensitivity including anaphylactic reaction (see sections 4.3 and 4.4) is possible (based on literature for chlorhexidine-containing products).
Reporting of suspected adverse reactions
Reporting suspected adverse reactions after authorisation of the medicinal product is important. It allows continued monitoring of the benefit/risk balance of the medicinal product. Healthcare professionals are asked to report any suspected adverse reactions via the Yellow Card Scheme at: www.mhra.gov.uk/yellowcard
ATC code: D02 AX, emollients and protectives.
Bacteria (especially Staphylococcus aureus
) are implicated in the pathogenesis of inflammatory dry skin conditions such as atopic eczema and dermatitis.
Dermol Wash contains 5% of emollient oils in a non-greasy aqueous system which also contains the well-known and effective antiseptics benzalkonium chloride and chlorhexidine dihydrochloride. Its antimicrobial properties assist in overcoming infection, whether from Staph aureus
, the pathogen which often complicates eczema and associated pruritus, or secondary infection caused by scratching.
Massaged into the skin, the emollients, liquid paraffin and isopropyl myristate, permit rehydration of dry skin by forming an occlusive barrier within the skin surface, thus reducing drying from evaporation of water that diffuses from the underlying layers.
The active ingredients are presented in an aqueous emulsion system and so are readily absorbed into the stratum corneum when the product is gently massaged over the areas of dry skin. The antiseptic ingredients are in intimate contact with the skin, and as they are in solution, their availability is optimal.
There are no preclinical data of relevance to the prescriber, which are additional to those already included in other sections of the SPC.
Macrogol Cetostearyl Ether (Cetomacrogol 1000); Cetostearyl Alcohol; Phenoxyethanol; Purified Water.
200 ml plastic bottle with pump dispenser.
Tatmore Place, Gosmore
Hitchin, Herts SG4 7QR, UK.