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 leaflet can be viewed using the link above.

The text only version may be available in large print, Braille or audio CD. For further information call emc accessibility on 0800 198 5000. The product code(s) for this leaflet is: PL 01175/0397 .

BootsBruise Relief Arnica Cream

Information for the user

Boots Pharmaceuticals Bruise Relief Arnica Cream

Arnica Montana

Read all of this leaflet carefully because it contains important information for you.

This medicine is available without prescription to treat minor conditions. However, you still need to use it carefully to get the best results from it.

  • Keep this leaflet, you may need to read it again
  • Ask your pharmacist if you need more information or advice

What this medicine is for

This medicine is a traditional herbal medicinal product containing Arnica montana used for the symptomatic relief of bruises, based on traditional use only.

Before you use this medicine

This medicine can be used by adults and children. However, some people should not use this medicine or should seek the advice of their pharmacist or doctor first.

Do not use:

  • If you are allergic to any of the ingredients or to plants of the Asteraceae (Compositae) family (such as daisies, marigolds or artichokes)
  • If the skin is broken or irritated
  • If you are pregnant or breastfeeding

Talk to your pharmacist or doctor:

  • If you are taking any other medicines, including medicines prescribed by your doctor and any medicine you have bought for yourself, including herbal and homeopathic remedies

Other important information

Information about some of the ingredients: Cetostearyl alcohol may cause skin reactions (e.g. contact dermatitis).

Methyl parahydroxybenzoate (E218) and propyl parahydroxybenzoate (E216) in this medicine may cause allergic reactions (possibly delayed).

How to use this medicine

Check the tube seal is not broken before first use. If it is, do not use the cream.

For adults, the elderly and children:

  • Apply gently to bruised areas four times a day, as needed.

Avoid contact with the eyes and mucous membranes, such as the mouth and nose. For use on the skin only.

Wash hands before and after use.

Do not use more than the amount recommended in the table.

Stop using this product if skin becomes red, dry or irritated. If symptoms worsen or do not go away after using the product for 2 weeks, talk to your doctor or qualified healthcare practitioner.

If you use too much or if anyone accidentally swallows some of the medicine: Talk to a pharmacist or doctor. Take your medicine and this leaflet with you.

Possible side effects

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

  • Frequency unknown, hypersensitivity reactions (itching skin, rash or contact dermatitis e.g. skin becomes inflamed, red or itchy)

If you notice any side effect, please tell your pharmacist or doctor.

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.

How to store this medicine

Do not store above 25°C.

Store in original container.

Keep this medicine in a safe place out of the sight and reach of children, preferably in a locked cupboard.

Use by the date on the end flap of the carton.

What is in this medicine

Each gram of cream contains: 9.0 mg tincture of Arnica Whole Plant (Arnica Montana L.) (1:10) equivalent to 0.9 mg Arnica Whole Plant Extraction solvent Ethanol 57% v/v.

Also contains purified water, glycerol monostearate & macrogol stearate, apricot kernel oil, theobroma oil, glycerol, cetostearyl alcohol & PEG-20 stearate, cetostearyl alcohol, cetyl palmitate, glycerol monocaprylate, methyl parahydroxybenzoate (E218), propyl parahydroxybenzoate (E216).

The pack contains 25g, 30g or 50g of cream.

Not all pack sizes may be marketed.

Boots Pharmaceutical Bruise Relief Arnica Cream is a smooth white to off white cream.

Who makes this medicine

Manufactured for

The Boots Company PLC

by the Traditional Herbal Registration holder

A Nelson & Co Limited
5-9 Endeavour Way
SW19 8UH

Leaflet prepared October 2017.

If you would like any further information about this medicine, please contact

The Boots Company PLC

Other formats

To request a copy of this leaflet in Braille, large print or audio please call, free of charge:

0800 198 5000 (UK only)

Please be ready to give the following information:

Product name: Boots Bruise Relief Arnica Cream

Reference number: THR 01175/0397

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