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Active substance: CETRIMIDE

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Patient Information Leaflet

Cetrimide Antiseptic First Aid Cream
Read all of this leaflet carefully before you start
using this medicine because it contains important
information for you.
• Keep this leaflet. You may need to read it again.
• If you need more information or advice, please ask
your doctor or pharmacist.
• You must contact a doctor if your symptoms get
worse or do not improve.
• If any side effect gets serious, or if you notice
any side effects not listed in this leaflet, please tell
your doctor or pharmacist.
In this leaflet:
1. What this medicine is and what it is used for
2. Before you use this medicine
3. How to use this medicine
4. Possible side effects
5. How to store this medicine
6. Further information

1. What this medicine is and what it is
used for
This medicine contains the active ingredient cetrimide.
Cetrimide is an antiseptic which helps prevent infection
in cuts, grazes, small wounds, nappy rash & chapped

2. Before you use this medicine
Some people must not use this medicine.
Do not use this medicine if you are allergic to
cetrimide or any of the other ingredients (these are all
listed in section 6)
Other special warnings
This medicine contains cetostearyl alcohol which may
cause local skin reactions (e.g. contact dermatitis) and
E214, E216 and E218 which may cause allergic reactions
(possibly delayed).
Prolonged and repeated use is not advisable, as
hypersensitivity (an allergic reaction) is more likely to
occur. If your symptoms persist consult your doctor.

3. How to use this medicine
For external use only.
Avoid contact with the eyes.
For all ages:
For general use, clean the surrounding skin and apply the
cream directly, or use a piece of clean lint or gauze to
apply the cream.

If you accidentally swallow this medicine
You should contact your doctor or go to your nearest
hospital casualty department immediately.
Take the pack with you so that the doctor knows what you
have swallowed.

4. Possible side effects
Cetrimide is usually well tolerated, however, like all
medicines it may sometimes cause side effects.
Occasionally in some people it may cause a
hypersensitivity reaction (an allergic reaction). If a skin
rash or itching occurs stop using the cream and tell your
doctor or pharmacist.
If you notice any other unwanted effects, please go and
see your doctor or pharmacist.

5. How to store this medicine
Keep out of the reach and sight of children.
Do not use after the expiry date shown on the carton
or tube.

6. Further information
This cream contains the active ingredient cetrimide
0.5% w/w. The other ingredients are cetostearyl alcohol,
liquid paraffin, phenoxyethanol,
1-butyl 4-hydroxybenzoate, butyl parahydroxybenzoate,
ethyl parahydroxybenzoate (E214), propyl
parahydroxybenzoate (E216), methyl
parahydroxybenzoate (E218) & purified water.
What the medicine looks like
The medicine is a smooth white cream. It is available in
packs containing 15g, 30g, 45g, 50g or 60g. Not all pack
sizes may be available.
Product licence holder and manufacturer
The product licence holder is OTC Concepts Ltd., 2 Park
Street, Woburn, Bedfordshire, MK17 9PG, UK.
Manufactured by Thorpe Laboratories Ltd., Golf Road
Industrial Estate, Mablethorpe, Lincolnshire, LN12 1NB,
Product Licence Number:
PL 20338/0002
Date of leaflet preparation: March 2008.
If you would like this leaflet in a different format, please
contact the licence holder at the above address.

This is the end of the leaflet.

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Source: Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency

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