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 00014/0622.

The 50:50 Ointment


The 50:50 Ointment

Liquid Paraffin, White Soft Paraffin

An emollient ointment for the symptomatic relief of dry skin conditions

500 g e

Read all of this label for full instructions.

Before you use this medicine

Do not use:

If you are allergic to any of the ingredients

You can use this medicine if you are pregnant or breastfeeding.

This ointment is greasy, and so if you apply it to your hands, be careful if you drive or use machines.

How to use this medicine

Adults and children: Apply a thin layer of ointment to the affected area. Apply in the direction of hair growth to help prevent irritation of hair follicles.

Apply when you need to, at least twice a day or ideally three or four times a day.

If you are an adult treating a large area of your body you may use up to one tub a week.

For use on the skin only.

If anyone accidentally swallows some: Talk to a pharmacist or doctor.

Possible side effects

Most people will not have problems, but some may get some of these:

Rarely, allergic reactions (e.g. skin rash, red or itchy skin)

Irritation of hair follicles if used for a long period of time

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 on this label. 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.

How to store this medicine

Do not store above 25°C.

Store in the original container.

Stir well if the ointment starts to separate.

Keep all medicines out of the sight and reach of children.

Use by the date on the base of the tub.

Active ingredients

This ointment for cutaneous use contains Liquid Paraffin 50% w/w, White Soft Paraffin 50% w/w.

PL 00014/0622 [P]

Text prepared 4/15

Manufactured for BCM Specials by

NG90 2PR

The Marketing Authorisation holder is

The Boots Company PLC

If you need more advice ask your pharmacist.