- diethylamine salicylate
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PATIENT INFORMATION LEAFLET
(diethylamine salicylate 10% w/w)
Important information about Algesal
Do not use….
Talk to your doctor….
Now read the rest of the leaflet before you use this medicine. It includes other information which might be especially important for you.
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 ….
Talk to your doctor or pharmacist if you are….
Warnings and Precautions
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.
Talk to your doctor or pharmacist if you are taking ….
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
Children under 6 years
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.
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 or search for ‘MHRA Yellow Card’ in the Google Play or Apple App Store.
By reporting side effects you can help provide more information on the safety of this medicine.
5. Storing this medicine
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
This leaflet was last revised in September 2019
Algesal is a registered trade mark of Thornton and Ross Ltd.