What is a Patient Information Leaflet and why is it useful?

The Patient Information Leaflet (PIL) is the leaflet included in the pack with a medicine. It is written for patients and gives information about taking or using a medicine. It is possible that the leaflet in your medicine pack may differ from this version because it may have been updated since your medicine was packaged.

Below is a text only representation of the Patient Information Leaflet. The original can be viewed in PDF format using the link above.

The text only version may be available from RNIB in large print, Braille or audio CD. For further information call RNIB Medicine Leaflet Line on 0800 198 5000. The product code(s) for this leaflet is: PL 00240/0342.

Algesal

PACKAGE LEAFLET:INFORMATION FOR THE USER

Algesal

(diethylamine salicylate 10% w/w)

Important information about Algesal

  • This medicine relieves symptoms of various rheumatic and muscular pains when applied to the skin.
  • It can be used on adults and children over 6 years.

Do not use….

  • On broken skin.
  • On children under 6 years or any child with a history of fits.
  • If allergic to aspirin. See section 2.

Talk to your doctor….

  • If taking medicines used to prevent blood clotting such as warfarin. See section 2.

Now read the rest of the leaflet before you use this medicine. It includes other information which might be especially important for you.

  • Keep this leaflet. You may need to read it again.
  • Ask your pharmacist if you need any more information or advice.
  • If any of the side effects gets serious, or if you notice any side effects not listed in this leaflet, please tell your doctor or pharmacist.

1. What the medicine is for

Algesal is a cream which contains diethylamine salicylate, a local analgesic to relieve the pain of rheumatic and minor muscular conditions including lumbago, fibrositis, sciatica, bruises and strains.

2. Before you use this medicine

Do not use the medicine if ….

  • You are allergic to any of the ingredients listed in section 6.
  • You are allergic to aspirin or medicines like aspirin.
  • The surface of the skin is broken.
  • A child is under 6 years old or has a history of convulsions (fits).

Talk to your doctor or pharmacist if you are….

  • Asthmatic.
  • Elderly, as using too much could cause agitation and confusion.

Talk to your doctor or pharmacist if you are taking ….

  • Medicines used to prevent blood clotting such as warfarin, as the anti-clotting effects could be increased by using Algesal.
  • Methotrexate used to treat severe rheumatoid arthritis or certain cancers, as using Algesal could lead to toxic levels of methotrexate in the blood.
  • Any other medicines including those bought without prescription.

Pregnant or breastfeeding….

Ask your doctor or pharmacist for advice before using this medicine if you are pregnant, might be pregnant or are breastfeeding. Algesal should not be used in pregnancy or breastfeeding unless the doctor has told you to do so.

3. How to use this medicine

Apply it to the skin.

Adults, the elderly and children over 6

  • Apply a small amount to the affected area and massage until the cream is fully absorbed.
  • Always try Algesal on a small area of skin first.
  • Always use sparingly.
  • Avoid contact with eyes and sensitive areas of the skin.
  • Apply 3 times a day to the affected area.
  • Wash hands well after use.

Children under 6 years

Not recommended.

If your symptoms worsen or have not improved after 7 days of treatment, you should ask your doctor for advice.

If you use too much or swallow some

If you accidentally apply Algesal to a large area of skin and you feel unwell see a doctor straight away.

Use on large areas of the skin may cause too much to be absorbed and make you feel agitated and confused.

Also see a doctor if you accidentally swallow some. Take the pack with you to show which medicine you have swallowed.

4. Possible side effects

Like all medicines, Algesal can have side effects, which are usually mild, although these don’t affect everyone.

  • Temporary skin reactions such as redness, a burning sensation and rashes may occur.
  • You may experience discomfort if used in hot weather or after a hot bath or if you have sensitive skin.

If you notice excessive skin irritation or any other side effect not included above, stop use and tell your doctor or pharmacist. They will tell you what to do.

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. Storing this medicine

  • Keep it out of the sight and reach of children.
  • Do not store above 25°C.
  • Do not use after the expiry date shown on the carton. The expiry date refers to the last day of that month.
  • Medicine should not be disposed of via wastewater or household waste. Ask your pharmacist how to dispose of any unused medicine. These measures will help to protect the environment.

6. Further information

What is in this medicine

The active ingredient is: diethylamine salicylate 10% w/w.

The other ingredients are: ethylene glycol stearate, glycerol monostearate, stearic acid, triethanolamine, petrolatum, light liquid paraffin, microcrystalline wax, lavandin composition, purified water.

What the medicine looks like

Algesal is an off-white cream which has a lavender scent.

It is supplied in 50g and 100g tubes.

Marketing authorisation holder and manufacturer

Thornton and Ross Ltd.
Huddersfield
HD7 5QH
UK

This leaflet was last revised in November 2014

Algesal is a registered trade mark of Thornton and Ross Ltd.

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