This information is intended for use by health professionals
White Soft Paraffin BP
Liquid Paraffin BP
This product contains sodium lauryl sulfate, cetostearyl alcohol and chlorocresol, see section 4.4.
For a full list of excipients, section 6.1.
For topical application to the skin:
As an emollient for the symptomatic relief of dry skin conditions.
As a soap-substitute for skin washing
Adults, children and elderly:
To be applied to the skin as required.
Hypersensitivity to any of the ingredients.
For external use only.
Aqueous cream contains sodium lauryl sulfate which may cause local skin reactions (e.g. stinging and contact dermatitis), particularly in children with atopic eczema.
An audit of children attending a paediatric dermatology clinic recorded the proportion of immediate cutaneous reactions to emollients (defined as one or more of burning, stinging, itching and redness developing within 20 minutes of application). Aqueous cream was the emollient used by most (71%), which was associated with an immediate cutaneous reaction in 56% of exposures, compared with 18% with other emollients used (details of the other emollients were not reported; n
The package leaflet/label should include the following information:
Contains sodium lauryl sulfate and cetostearyl alcohol which may cause local skin reactions (e.g. stinging and contact dermatitis)
Contains chlorocresol which may cause allergic reactions
Keep all medicines out of the sight and reach of children.
No clinically significant drug interactions known.
The safety of aqueous cream during pregnancy and lactation has not been established but is not considered to constitute a hazard during these periods.
No adverse effects known.
Occasional allergic reactions.
Aqueous cream may be associated with immediate cutaneous reactions when used as a leave-on emollient, such as stinging, burning, itching and redness. See section 4.4.
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 www.mhra.gov.uk/yellowcard
Symptoms of accidental oral ingestion may include gastrointestinal symptoms, particularly diarrhoea. Treatment need only be symptomatic.
White soft paraffin and liquid paraffin have emollient properties.
There are no pre-clinical data of relevance to the prescriber which are additional to that already included in other sections of the SPC.
Emulsifying wax (contains cetostearyl alcohol and sodium lauryl sulfate)
|| Store in a cool place.
Polypropylene jar with an unlined polypropylene cap.
Pack size 500g.
or Polypropylene securitub with a white pilfer-proof polythene cap.
Pack size: 500g
or Pigmented LDPE/HDPE tube fitted with a polypropylene screw cap.
Pack sizes: 60g, 100g
or Laminate tube fitted with a polypropylene screw cap.
Pack sizes: 60g, 100g
The Boots Company PLC
Trading as: BCM
First Authorisation: 16 December 1986
Renewal: 16 December 1991