- liquid paraffin
- benzalkonium chloride
- isopropyl myristate
- chlorhexidine dihydrochloride
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Dermol Wash Cutaneous Emulsion
Information for the user
Please read all of this leaflet carefully before you start using this medicine.
Keep this leaflet. You may need to read it again.
Ask your doctor, nurse or pharmacist if you need more information or advice.
In this leaflet:
1. What Dermol Wash is and what it is used for
2. Before you use Dermol Wash
3. How to use Dermol Wash
4. Possible side effects
5. How to store Dermol Wash
6. Further information
7. General advice on looking after dry skin conditions
1. WHAT DERMOL WASH IS AND WHAT IT IS USED FOR
2. BEFORE YOU USE DERMOL WASH
Do not use Dermol Wash if you are allergic (hypersensitive) to isopropyl myristate, liquid paraffin, benzalkonium chloride and chlorhexidine dihydrochloride or any of the other ingredients of Dermol Wash listed in Section 6.
Special warnings and precautions
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 Wash if you have had problems with chlorhexidine-containing products in the past.
Take care when using this product:
Using other medicines
This product is not known to affect, or to be affected by, other medicines.
Pregnancy and breast-feeding
This product can be used during pregnancy and whilst 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.
Information about the ingredients of Dermol Wash
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. Problems of this sort are possible with any ingredient, and a small number of people are known to be sensitive to cetostearyl alcohol in particular.
Important Safety Information (when used as a leave-on emollient)
Paraffin is a common, important and very effective ingredient in emollient products applied to the skin. However, care should be taken as emollients which soak into medical dressings or fabrics (clothing, pyjamas, bed linen, etc.) can increase the flammability of these items. Patients using emollients (and their parents/carers) should take particular care to avoid these materials coming into contact with naked flames or lit cigarettes, etc. As a precaution, dressings and clothing, etc., should be changed frequently and laundered thoroughly.
3. HOW TO USE DERMOL WASH
This product is only for application to the skin. Use this product as part of your normal washing routine, instead of your ordinary soap (bar or liquid) or cleanser. For maximum benefit you should use it whenever you wash (including routine hand washing).
Before using this product, 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.
Dermol Wash can be used for intensive and frequent hand-washing (e.g. for healthcare professionals in a clinical setting).
If you forget to use Dermol Wash
Do not worry if you occasionally forget to use it, just carry on using the product as described the next time you wash.
If the product gets into the eyes
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.
4. POSSIBLE SIDE EFFECTS
Like all medicines, Dermol Wash can cause side effects, although not everybody gets them.
If you experience any of the following reactions stop using Dermol Wash 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 Wash 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 product and tell your doctor, nurse or pharmacist:
If you swallow Dermol Wash
If you accidentally swallow the product and you then feel unwell, seek medical attention.
Do not attempt to cause vomiting.
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 provide more information on the safety of this medicine.
5. HOW TO STORE DERMOL WASH
6. FURTHER INFORMATION
What Dermol Wash Cutaneous Emulsion contains:
The active ingredients in this product are isopropyl myristate (2.5% w/w), liquid paraffin (2.5% w/w), benzalkonium chloride (0.1% w/w) and chlorhexidine dihydrochloride (0.1% w/w). The other ingredients are cetostearyl alcohol, macrogol cetostearyl ether (cetomacrogol 1000), phenoxyethanol and purified water.
What Dermol Wash looks like and contents of the pack
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This leaflet was last revised in April 2017.
7. GENERAL ADVICE ON LOOKING AFTER DRY SKIN CONDITIONS
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