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Active substance(s): FLURANDRENOLONE

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Read all of this leaflet carefully before you start using this medicine.
Keep this leaflet. You may need to read it again. If you have any further
questions, ask your doctor or pharmacist. This medicine has been
prescribed for you. Do not pass it on to others. It may harm them, even if
their symptoms are the same as yours. If any of the side effects gets
serious, or if you notice any side effects not listed in this leaflet, please
tell your doctor or pharmacist.
In this leaflet:
What Haelan Tape is and what it is used for
Before you use Haelan Tape
How to use Haelan Tape
Possible side effects
How to store Haelan Tape
Further information
Haelan Tape is a thin plastic surgical tape. Each square centimetre contains 4
micrograms of the steroid fludroxycortide. The tape is used on difficult to treat
skin conditions, especially when the skin is dry and scaly.
Do not use Haelan Tape for
• chicken pox
• skin reactions to smallpox vaccination
• tuberculosis of the skin
• rosacea of the face
• acne
• dermatitis around the mouth
• itchiness of the genitals or anus
• skin conditions in babies including eczema or napkin rash
• bacterial skin infections such as impetigo
• viral skin infections such as cold sores
• fungal skin infections such as atheletes foot
Do not use Haelan Tape if you are allergic (hypersensitive) to fludroxycortide
or to surgical plastic tape.
Take special care with Haelan Tape:
• If you have ever had an allergic reaction to Haelan Tape (an allergic
reaction may include a rash, itching, swelling or breathing difficulties) tell
your doctor.
• If you have a skin infection or think you have skin infection tell your
• If you are using the tape on your face, you should only use the tape for 5
•Do not use Haelan Tape on children's skin for more than five days and do
not cover it up tightly. This is because children may absorb more steroid
medicine into their bodies than adults. If this happened for a long time it
might stop them from growing or developing properly.
• Follow your doctor’s instructions.
Taking other medicines
Please tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are taking or have recently taken
any other medicines, including medicines obtained without a prescription.
Pregnancy and breast-feeding
Do not use Haelan Tape if you are pregnant, think you could be pregnant, are
planning to become pregnant or are breast-feeding. Ask your doctor or
pharmacist for advice before taking any medicine.
Always use Haelan Tape exactly as your doctor has told you. You should
check with your doctor or pharmacist if you are not sure.
Usual doses
Check the label for how to use your medicine and how often to use it. Only put
the tape on the parts of your skin your doctor wants to treat.
Only use Haelan Tape on your skin. Do not put it in your mouth
or over your eyes.
Haelan Tape is easy to use.
Please follow these instructions.
Cleaning the skin
Before you apply Haelan Tape, make sure the affected skin is
clean and dry. If you need to shave the skin around the affected
area, your doctor or nurse will tell you how to do it.
Haelan Tape is waterproof so, once it is in place, you can wash,
bathe, shower or even swim. Its matt surface means that you can
apply make-up over it.
Cutting the tape
You cannot tear Haelan Tape. Always cut it with clean scissors.
Make sure that the piece you cut is big enough just to cover the
affected area and about 0.5cm of unaffected skin all around. Your
doctor will tell you which area to treat. Round off the corners of
the patch to stop it curling or catching on your clothes.
• Applying Haelan Tape
Once you have removed the paper backing, throw it away and
apply the adhesive side of the clear tape to your skin. Take care the tape does

not stick to itself as you take off the paper.
The tape will stick better if you stroke the back of it gently from the middle
If you need to cover an area of skin which is longer than 7 cm, do not take all
the paper backing off when you cut the tape. Peel back a bit at a time as you
stick the tape onto your skin.
• Haelan Tape is flexible
If the affected area is likely to be moving constantly, for example, because it is
on your hands, fingers, feet, knees or elbows, apply the tape while the skin is
flexed. Segments can be cut from the tape to allow you to mould the tape into
shape over the affected area. If you are applying it to the outer surface of a
knee or elbow, stick it on while the joint is bent. Then you should be able to
bend the joint without disturbing the dressing.
• 'Awkward' areas
You may need someone to help you put Haelan Tape on areas which are
difficult to reach.
Your doctor will tell you how long to use the tape for, this is usually 12 hours
per day but can be longer.
Do not use Haelan Tape for long periods of time without speaking to your
Do not cover the tape with other dressings or tightly fitting clothes.
Some steroids are known to affect certain hormones. If your doctor thinks you
need to be treated for longer periods of time, they may arrange for you to
have hormone tests. If the tape is affecting your hormones, your doctor may
tell you to stop using it. Then your hormones should return to normal
If you have any further questions on the use of this product, ask your doctor
or pharmacist.
Like all medicines, Haelan Tape can cause side effects, although not
everybody gets them.
A few patients may have one or more of the following side effects in the area
where they apply Haelan Tape
• Burning, itching, irritated or dry skin.
• Excessive hair growth.
• Acne pimples.
• Pale skin.
• Limp, flabby or thin skin where the tape was.
• Inflammation at the bottom of skin hairs.
• Red spots or lines on the skin.
• Dermatitis around the mouth or contact dermatitis.
• The amount of sugar in your blood and urine may change or your
hormones may be affected, causing weight gain, menstrual irregularities
and hair growth. These effects are rare.
• Skin infections may get worse if they are not treated with an antibiotic or
other medicine.
• Wounds may take longer to heal.
• Children treated with topical steroids have rarely had high fluid pressure
in their skulls. This has caused headaches and swelling.
If any of the side effects gets serious, or if you notice any side effects not
listed in this leaflet, please tell your doctor or pharmacist.
Keep out of the reach and sight of children.
Do not use Haelan Tape after the expiry date that is stated on the carton after
EXP. The expiry date refers to the last day of the month.
Store in a dry place, below 25°C.
If your doctor tells you to stop using Haelan Tape, take any remaining tape
back to the pharmacist for safe disposal. Medicines should not be disposed of
via household waste. These measures will help to protect the environment.
What Haelan Tape contains
- The active substance is fludroxycortide (4 micrograms/cm2).
- The other ingredient is Blenderm surgical tape coated with synthetic
What Haelan Tape looks like and contents of the pack
Haelan Tape is a translucent, polythene adhesive film, 7.5cm wide, protected
by a removable paper liner.
It is available as a 50cm or 200cm roll or as individually wrapped 10cm pieces
in packs of 5, 10 or 20.
Marketing Authorisation Holder:
Typharm Limited, 14D Wendover Road, Rackheath Industrial Estate,
Norwich, NR13 6LH
Packpharm Limited, 14D Wendover Road, Rackheath Industrial Estate,
Norwich, NR13 6LH.
Date of Leaflet Preparation: March 2011.


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Source: Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency

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