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WHITE SOFT PARAFFIN

Brand Name(s) : Dermamist, QV
Warnings
Uses
Side Effects
Precautions
Interactions
Overdose

WHITE SOFT PARAFFIN WARNINGS

White soft paraffin should be used with caution in: none known

It should not be used in: patients who are allergic to white soft paraffin or any of the ingredients in the product.

Also see list of precautions and interactions.

STORAGE

Do not store above 25°C.

WHITE SOFT PARAFFIN USES

What is it used for?

  • White soft paraffin is used as a barrier cream by providing a layer of oil on the surface of the skin to prevent water evaporating from the skin surface.
  • It is an emollient, sometimes known as skin lubricant.
  • It is used to soothe, smooth and hydrate the skin.
  • In general this drug is used to soften, hydrate and protect the skin and soothe any irritation, especially in patients with dry skin conditions.
  • Benefits of being on this drug can include restoring the skin's smoothness, softness and flexibility by helping the skin retain its moisture.

Listed below are the typical uses of white soft paraffin.

  • For the relief of dry skin conditions such as flaking, chapped skin, ichthyosis (abnormality in skin growth that results in drying and scaling), pruritus (severe itching), dermatitis (inflammation of the skin), the dry stage of eczema, psoriasis
  • Treatment of the symptoms of pruritus in the elderly (itching and dryness associated with ageing skin)

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

HOW TO USE/TAKE

How often do I take it?

  • Apply to the affected area as often as required or as directed by your doctor. Consult the patient information leaflet for detailed instructions.
  • Use this medication regularly in order to get the most benefit from it.
  • Remember to use it at the same time each day - unless specifically told not to by your doctor.
  • It may take some weeks before the full benefit of this drug takes effect.
  • Certain medical conditions may require different dosage instructions as directed by your doctor.

What dose?

  • Dosage is based on your age, gender, medical condition, response to therapy, and use of certain interacting medicines.

Do I need to avoid anything?

  • None known

When can I stop?

  • Continue to use the medication as required. However, with some conditions, such as eczema, using the moisturiser regularly even once the skin has improved, can help prevent flare-ups of this condition. If the condition does not improve, talk to your doctor or pharmacist.

WHITE SOFT PARAFFIN SIDE EFFECTS

  • Irritation
  • Itch
  • Rash

If any of these persist or you consider them severe then inform your doctor or pharmacist.

Tell your doctor immediately if you develop any of the following symptoms: None known

Remember that your doctor has prescribed this medication because he or she has judged that the benefit to you is greater than the risk of side effects. 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.

WHITE SOFT PARAFFIN PRECAUTIONS

Before using white soft paraffin, 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 in case of: previous allergic reaction to white soft paraffin or any of the ingredients in the product.

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.

Patients being dispensed or treated with large quantities (more than 100g) of any paraffin based product should be advised to regularly change clothing or bedding impregnated with the product and keep away from naked flames as there is a fire hazard.

Does alcohol intake affect this drug?

  • None known

The elderly: white soft paraffin is safe to use in the elderly.

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

PREGNANCY

White soft paraffin is suitable to use 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

White soft paraffin is suitable to use during breastfeeding. Ask your doctor or pharmacist if you have any doubts or questions about this.

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.

WHITE SOFT PARAFFIN INTERACTIONS

Before using this medicine, tell your prescriber of all the medicines you are taking including prescription medicines and medicines you have bought over the counter without a prescription. Tell your prescriber if you are taking vitamins or complementary remedies such as herbal products, as these can also interact with medicines.

There are no known significant interactions between white soft paraffin and other medicines. If you experience any unusual symptoms while using this medicine with other medicines, tell your prescriber.

If you have a question or want to discuss anything about your medicine, speak to your local pharmacist.

WHITE SOFT PARAFFIN OVERDOSE

The effects of topical overdose with white soft paraffin should cause no untoward effects other than greasy skin. Accidental ingestion may cause nausea, vomiting and diarrhoea.

If you think you, or someone you care for, might have accidentally taken more than the recommended dose of white soft paraffin 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

Apply the product as and when required. If you miss an application, reapply it as soon as you remember or as per the instructions on the packaging.

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