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Movelat Cream

Active Ingredient:
salicylic acid, mucopolysaccharide polysulfate
Thornton & Ross Ltd See contact details
ATC code: 
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Last updated on emc: 28 Nov 2023
1. Name of the medicinal product

Movelat Cream

Movelat Relief Cream

2. Qualitative and quantitative composition

Mucopolysaccharide polysulphate (MPS)

Salicylic acid

0.2% w/w

2.0% w/w

Excipients with known effect:

Cetostearyl alcohol

Eucerin Anhydrous (containing Lanolin)

2.25% w/w

8.25% w/w

For the full list of excipients, see section 6.1.

3. Pharmaceutical form

Topical Cream.

4. Clinical particulars
4.1 Therapeutic indications

Movelat/Movelat Relief is a mild to moderate anti-inflammatory and analgesic topical preparation for the symptomatic relief of muscular pain and stiffness, sprains and strains and pain due to rheumatic and non-serious arthritic conditions.

4.2 Posology and method of administration

Adults, the elderly and children over 12 years of age:

Two to six inches (5 -15 cm) to be massaged to the affected area up to four times a day.


The use of Movelat/Movelat Relief is contra-indicated in children under 12 years of age.

4.3 Contraindications

Keep away from the eyes. Not to be used on large areas of skin, broken or sensitive skin, infected skin, eczema or on mucous membranes.

Not to be used on children under 12 years of age.

Hypersensitivity to the active substance(s) or to any of the excipients listed in section 6.1.

Hypersensitivity to aspirin or other non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (including when taken by mouth) especially where associated with a history of asthma.

Not to be used on the breast area during lactation (see section 4.6).

4.4 Special warnings and precautions for use

For external use only. The stated dose should not be exceeded. If the condition persists or worsens, consult a doctor or pharmacist. Although systemic absorption of topical salicylate is much less than for oral dosage forms, the side effects of salicylates are theoretically possible.

Consult a doctor or pharmacist before use if pregnant, breast-feeding, asthmatic have pre-existing renal damage or on any prescribed medicines.

Some people may experience discomfort, particularly those with sensitive skin or if used in hot weather or after a bath. Wash hands immediately after use.

Discontinue use if excessive irritation or other unwanted effects occur.

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.

Ingredients with specified warnings

This medicine contains cetostearyl alcohol and lanolin which may cause local skin reactions (e.g. contact dermatitis).

4.5 Interaction with other medicinal products and other forms of interaction

Although no adequately controlled interaction studies have been undertaken, it is possible that excessive use of topical salicylates may increase the effect of coumarin anticoagulants. It is therefore advisable that caution be exercised with patients who are taking coumarin anticoagulants.

Salicylic acid may increase skin permeability for other topically applied medications (see section 5.1).

4.6 Fertility, pregnancy and lactation

As with most medicines, patients must seek the doctor's or pharmacist's advice before using if they are pregnant or breast feeding.


Do not use during the first trimester or during late pregnancy.


Not to be used on the breast area during lactation.

4.7 Effects on ability to drive and use machines


4.8 Undesirable effects

In this section, frequencies of undesirable effects are defined as follows: Very common (≥ 1/10); common (≥ 1/100 to < 1/10); uncommon (≥ 1/1,000 to < 1/100); rare (≥ 1/10,000 to < 1/1,000); very rare (< 1/10,000).

Skin and subcutaneous tissue disorders

Uncommon: Local skin reactions/irritations (e.g. redness, burning sensation or rashes).

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 or search for 'MHRA Yellow Card' in the Google Play or Apple App Store

4.9 Overdose

Overdose associated with localised/topical application is unlikely.

Following accidental ingestion of Movelat/Movelat Relief, individuals may present with the symptoms of salicylate poisoning (hyperventilation, tinnitus, deafness, vasodilation, sweating). The stomach should be emptied and plasma salicylate, plasma pH and electrolytes should be monitored. Forced alkaline diuresis may be required if the plasma salicylate levels are in excess of 500 mg/litre (3.6 mmol/litre) in adults or 300 mg/litre (2.2 mmol/litre) in children.

5. Pharmacological properties
5.1 Pharmacodynamic properties

Pharmacotherapeutic group: topical agent used in the treatment of myalgia and arthralgia.

ATC code: M02AC (Topical Products for Joint and Muscular Pain – Preparations with salicylic acid derivatives).

Mucopolysaccharide polysulphate is a non-steroidal drug recognised as having:

• Anti-inflammatory activity: through a weak inhibitory effect of PGE2 synthesis and an indirect effect on LTB4 production based on in vitro studies.

• Anti-coagulant activity: as a heparinoid.

• Thrombolytic activity: through potentiation of urokinase activity.

• Anti-exudatory activity: through inhibition of hyaluronidase.

Salicylic acid, a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug, is employed in the formulation for its keratolytic activity; and also has anti-inflammatory and analgesic properties.

Due to the route of administration and topical nature of the product, the effects of mucopolysaccharide and salicylic acid are topical/localised only.

5.2 Pharmacokinetic properties

Radiochemical studies of absorption following cutaneous application of mucopolysaccharide polysulphate have shown that between 0.3 and 4% of the mucopolysaccharide administered is absorbed by tissues other than at the site of application within the first eight hours. Typically between 1.7% and 4.6% will be absorbed within two to four days. Animal studies have also shown that mucopolysaccharide is bound intracellularly within the subcutis. Peak serum concentrations following cutaneous application are below the threshold of physiological relevance for coagulation.

Mucopolysaccharide is excreted in the urine partly unchanged and partly as depolymerized, shorter chain length molecules.

The plasma level of salicylic acid following cutaneous application of Movelat/Movelat Relief has been shown to remain constant at approximately 0.2 μ g/ml even after repeated dosing. The total excretion of salicylate reaches a constant figure of approximately 12 mg/day. Over a seven-day period, approximately 6.9% of the administered dose is excreted renally, primarily as salicylic acid.

5.3 Preclinical safety data

None stated.

6. Pharmaceutical particulars
6.1 List of excipients

Glycerol 85%

Stearic acid

Anhydrous eucerine (Containing Lanolin)

Myristyl alcohol

Emulsifying cetostearyl alcohol



Isopropyl alcohol

Purified water

6.2 Incompatibilities


6.3 Shelf life

5 years.

6.4 Special precautions for storage

Store below 25° C.

6.5 Nature and contents of container

Lacquered aluminium tubes.

Pack sizes: 14, 40, 50, 80, 100, 125 g

6.6 Special precautions for disposal and other handling

Not applicable.

7. Marketing authorisation holder

Thornton & Ross Ltd.





8. Marketing authorisation number(s)

PL 00240/0552

9. Date of first authorisation/renewal of the authorisation


10. Date of revision of the text


Thornton & Ross Ltd
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