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Sudocrem Antiseptic Healing Cream

Active Ingredient:
zinc oxide, lanolin, benzyl alcohol, benzyl benzoate, benzyl cinnamate
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Last updated on emc: 05 Jan 2022
1. Name of the medicinal product

Sudocrem Antiseptic Healing Cream

2. Qualitative and quantitative composition

% w/w

Zinc oxide


Benzyl alcohol


Benzyl benzoate


Benzyl cinnamate


Lanolin (hypoallergenic)


Excipient(s) with known effect

Sodium benzoate

0.48% w/w

For the full list of excipients, see section 6.1.

3. Pharmaceutical form

Emulsified water in oil cream

4. Clinical particulars
4.1 Therapeutic indications

In the treatment of:

1. Napkin rash

2. Eczema

3. Bedsores

4. Acne

5. Minor burns

6. Surface wounds

7. Sunburn

8. Chilblains

4.2 Posology and method of administration

Apply a thin layer with suitable covering where necessary. Renew application as required. No distinction is required between indications or between adults, children and the elderly.

Topical cream for external use only.

4.3 Contraindications

Hypersensitivity to any of the ingredients.

4.4 Special warnings and precautions for use

For external use only and should not be allowed to come into contact with the eyes and the mucous membranes.

Instruct patients not to 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.


Sodium benzoate may cause local irritation and may increase jaundice (yellowing of the skin and eyes) in newborn babies (up to 4 weeks old).

4.5 Interaction with other medicinal products and other forms of interaction

None known.

4.6 Fertility, pregnancy and lactation

There are no known contraindications.

4.7 Effects on ability to drive and use machines

Not applicable.

4.8 Undesirable effects

Side effects include local hypersensitivity occasionally.

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

No case of overdose has been reported. If large amounts are swallowed accidentally, this may cause vomiting, diarrhoea, CNS stimulation and convulsions. Symptomatic treatment should be provided.

5. Pharmacological properties
5.1 Pharmacodynamic properties

Zinc oxide

a dermatological agent with astringent, soothing and protective properties.

Benzyl alcohol

a local anaesthetic with disinfectant properties.

Benzyl benzoate

an acaricide and has been used as a pediculicide, insect repellent and pharmaceutical solubilising agent. It is a constituent of many natural balsams and is one of the principal esters of Peru Balsam.

Benzyl cinnamate

this is the other principal ester of Peru Balsal BPC 1973. It is synthetised from benzyl alcohol and cinnamic acid which has antibacterial and antifungal properties. Peru Balsam is categorised as having a mild antiseptic action because of cinnamic acid and its derivatives present.


resembles the sebaceous secretions of human skin. The grade (hypoallergenic) used is manufactured so as to exclude many sensitising substances present in the lanolin.

5.2 Pharmacokinetic properties

Not applicable.

5.3 Preclinical safety data

Not applicable.

6. Pharmaceutical particulars
6.1 List of excipients

Purified Water

Sodium Benzoate

Paraffin wax

Microcrystalline wax

Heavy Liquid Paraffin

Synthetic Beeswax

Sorbitan sesquioleate

Propylene glycol

Antioxidant (Formulation consisting of Butylated hydroxyanisole (BHA), Citric acid and Propylene Glycol)

Linalyl acetate


6.2 Incompatibilities

None known.

6.3 Shelf life

Not exceeding 3 years from date of manufacture.

6.4 Special precautions for storage

No special precautions for storage.

6.5 Nature and contents of container

Pack size

(a) polypropylene jars with polyethylene tamper-evident caps











(b) polypropylene jar with propylene cap





(c) COEX HDPE:LDPE 70:30 plastic tube with flip top cap covered with a clear tamper evident plastic sleeve



6.6 Special precautions for disposal and other handling

Not applicable.

7. Marketing authorisation holder

Teva UK Limited,

Ridings Point,

Whistler Drive,


WF10 5HX,

United Kingdom.

8. Marketing authorisation number(s)

PL 00289/2299

9. Date of first authorisation/renewal of the authorisation

5 March 2004

10. Date of revision of the text


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