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EMULSIFYING OINTMENT

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Warnings
Uses
Side Effects
Precautions
Interactions
Overdose

EMULSIFYING OINTMENT WARNINGS

Emulsifying ointment should be used with caution in:

  • None known.

It should not be used in:

  • Allergy (hypersensitivity) to any of the ingredients.

Also see list of precautions and interactions.

STORAGE

Store emulsifying ointment below 25°C with the lid tightly closed to protect it from moisture.

EMULSIFYING OINTMENT USES

What is it used for?

  • Emulsifying ointment is used to treat dry skin conditions, such as eczema and dermatitis. It can be used as an ointment or instead of soap.
  • It is a type of emulsifying ointment, sometimes known as an emollient or moisturiser.
  • It is used to relieve the symptoms of dry skin conditions, such as cracked, scaly and itchy skin. The emulsifying ointment leaves a thin layer of oil on the skin's surface that stops water evaporating. This results in a soothing, softening and moisturising effect.
  • In general this drug is used to moisturise and soften dry skin.

Listed below are the typical uses of emulsifying ointment:

On occasion your doctor may prescribe this medicine to treat a condition not on the above list.

HOW TO USE/TAKE

Emulsifying ointment can be used as often as required.

Use this medication regularly in order to get the most benefit from it.

Do I need to avoid anything?

  • The emulsifying ointment can be a fire hazard. Therefore, keep it away from potential sources of fire, such as lit cigarettes, or gas or electric fires as it can catch on fire. In addition, regularly change clothing or bedding that may be impregnated with the ointment and keep it away from potential sources of fire. Consult your doctor or pharmacist for more details.

When can I stop?

  • Emulsifying ointment can be used for as long as required. Please consult the patient information leaflet, your doctor or pharmacist for further information.

EMULSIFYING OINTMENT SIDE EFFECTS

No side effects have been reported.

If you have any side effects that you feel may have been caused by the emulsifying ointment, stop applying it and inform your doctor or pharmacist.

Tell your doctor immediately if you develop any of the following symptoms:

  • None known

Remember that many people using this medication do not have serious side effects.

A serious allergic reaction to this drug is unlikely, but seek immediate medical attention if it occurs. Symptoms of a serious allergic reaction include: rash, itching/swelling (especially of the face/tongue/throat), dizziness, trouble breathing.

This is not a complete list of possible side effects. If you notice other effects not listed above, contact your doctor or pharmacist.

The Yellow Card Scheme allows you to report suspected side effects from any type of medicine (which includes vaccines, herbals and over the counter medicines) that you are taking. It is run by the medicines safety watchdog called the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory agency (MHRA). Please report any suspected side effect on the Yellow Card Scheme website.

EMULSIFYING OINTMENT PRECAUTIONS

Before using emulsifying ointment, tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are allergic to it; or to other emollients; or if you have any other allergies.

This medication should not be used if you have certain medical conditions. Before using this medicine, consult your doctor or pharmacist if you have:

  • Allergy (hypersensitivity) to any of the ingredients

Before using this medication, tell your doctor or pharmacist your medical history, especially any of the following:

  • None known

Before having surgery, tell your doctor or dentist that you are taking this medication.

Does alcohol intake affect this drug?

  • Alcohol does not affect this drug.

Pregnancy and breastfeeding - please ensure you read the detailed information below

PREGNANCY

Emulsifying ointment is suitable to take during pregnancy. Ask your doctor or pharmacist if you have any doubts or questions about this.

It is sensible to limit use of medication during pregnancy whenever possible. However, your doctor may decide that the benefits outweigh the risks in individual circumstances and after a careful assessment of your specific health situation.

If you have any doubts or concerns you are advised to discuss the medicine with your doctor or pharmacist.

BREAST FEEDING

Emulsifying ointment is suitable to take if you are breastfeeding

It is sensible to limit use of medication during breastfeeding whenever possible. However, your doctor may decide that the benefits outweigh the risks in individual circumstances and after a careful assessment of your specific health situation.

If you have any doubts or concerns you are advised to discuss the medicine with your doctor or pharmacist.

EMULSIFYING OINTMENT INTERACTIONS

Emulsifying ointment is not known to interact with any drugs.

If you are currently using any of these medications, tell your doctor or pharmacist before starting emulsifying ointment:

  • Any other medicines that are applied to the skin as their effectiveness may be affected by emulsifying ointment.

This information does not contain all possible interactions. Therefore, before using emulsifying ointment tell your doctor or pharmacist of all the products you use.

EMULSIFYING OINTMENT OVERDOSE

Emulsifying ointment can be applied liberally. There have been no cases of overdose.

If you think you, or someone you care for, might have accidentally taken more than the recommended dose of emulsifying ointment or intentional overdose is suspected, contact your local hospital, GP or if in England call 111. In Scotland call NHS 24. In Wales, call NHS Direct Wales. In the case of medical emergencies, always dial 999.

MISSED DOSE

If you forget to use emulsifying ointment, then just apply the ointment when you remember and continue to use as normal.

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