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2. BEFORE YOU USE CUPLEX GEL
Read all of this leaflet carefully before you
start using this medicine.
• This medicine is available without
prescription. However, you still need to
use it carefully to get the best results
• Keep this leaflet. You may need to ead it
• If you have any further questions, ask
your doctor or pharmacist.
• If any of the side effects get serious, or if
you notice any side effects not listed in
this leaflet, please tell your doctor or
In this leaflet:
1. What Cuplex Gel is and what it is used for.
2. Before you use Cuplex Gel.
3. How to use Cuplex Gel.
4. Possible side effects.
5. How to store Cuplex Gel.
6. Further information.
1. WHAT CUPLEX GEL IS AND
WHAT IT IS USED FOR
Cuplex Gel is a treatment for calluses, corns,
verrucas and warts.
Warts and verrucas are small excessive
growths of skin caused by a type of virus.
Warts often occur on the fingers, or on the
back of the hands. You can recognise the
common wart by the rough ‘cauliflower-like’
appearance of the surface. Verrucas occur
only on the sole of the foot. They can be
painful, and often look like a small white ring
of skin with black dots in the centre. The virus
is very infectious. This means that warts and
verrucas can grow and spread, particularly
if left untreated. The virus can also be
transferred from one person to another.
Corns and calluses are hard, thick pads of
skin caused by pressure and friction. They
usually occur on the feet due to poorly fitting
shoes. They can also occur on the hands.
Cuplex Gel is suitable for use by adults, the
elderly and children aged over 2 years. Children
under 12 should be treated under supervision
and treatment of infants under 2 years is not
The active ingredients in this product are salicylic
acid and lactic acid, they work by softening the
hard skin growth, making it easier to remove
with a pumice stone or emery board and help to
kill the virus that causes warts and verrucas.
Do not use Cuplex Gel
• if you are allergic (hypersensitive) to salicylic
acid, lactic acid or to any of the other
ingredients of Cuplex Gel. (See Section 6)
• if you are diabetic or suffer from poor blood
circulation to your hands or feet
• anywhere on or near your face, armpits,
breasts, bottom or genital (sex) area.
• on birthmarks, moles (especially pigmented
moles), warts with hairs growing from them,
facial warts or any other spots.
If you are unsure whether you have a callus,
corn, verruca or wart that is suitable for
treatment with Cuplex Gel, ask your doctor or
pharmacist before starting treatment.
Take special care when using Cuplex Gel
Apply Cuplex Gel carefully to the callus, corn,
verruca or wart only by squeezing the tube very
it is important that the gel is only put onto the
callus, corn, verruca or wart and not on to the
surrounding healthy skin. If Cuplex Gel is in
contact with normal healthy skin for any
length of time it can cause irritation or pain.
do not apply excessive amounts of gel.
keep the gel away from your eyes, nose and
mouth and from broken skin, cuts and grazes.
avoid spillage as this may cause damage to you,
your clothing and your possessions (see
do not fold the tube because this may damage
it and make it leak.
the gel is volatile and highly flammable. Do
not use it near flames or ignition sources.
avoid inhaling the vapour from the gel.
Taking other medicines
This product is not known to affect, or to be
affected by, any other medicines.
Pregnancy and breast-feeding
Ask your doctor or pharmacist for advice before
using this medicine.
Driving and using machinery
Using this product is not known to affect your
ability to drive or use machinery.
3. HOW TO USE CUPLEX GEL
Cuplex Gel is for external use only and must not
be taken by mouth.
Use Cuplex Gel only on calluses, corns, verrucas
or warts on sites that it is recommended for use.
Cuplex Gel is suitable for use in all ages, except
in infants (under 2 years of age).
To use the gel
Follow these steps once every day, usually in the
evening. Carry on using the gel in this way until
the callus, corn, verruca or wart disappears.
The top of the tube is sealed to prevent it being
tampered with. Use the spike in the top of the
cap to pierce this seal when you first use it.
Soak the callus, corn, verruca or wart in
warm water for 2-3 minutes.
Dry the area thoroughly with your own
towel; this towel should be used only by
you for the affected site(s) only.
Carefully apply one or two drops of
Cuplex Gel to the callus, corn, verruca or
wart only and allow to dry over the
surface. It will form a water resistant
clear brown film over the affected site.
Take care to avoid spreading on to
surrounding normal healthy skin. If you
use too much gel, wipe off any excess with
a tissue, if necessary wash the area. No
sticking plaster is required.
The next evening remove the clear brown
film and re-apply. Repeat steps 1 to 3 to
re-apply the gel.
If removal of the clear brown film is
difficult, carefully re-apply directly over it
and leave it to dry.
Once every week, rub away the callus, corn,
verruca or wart surface carefully with an
emery board or pumice stone. Do not let
anyone else use the emery board or pumice
stone as this may spread the infection to them.
Replace the cap on the tube tightly and wash
your hands thoroughly after using the gel.
It is important that you use Cuplex Gel regularly
and correctly every night. The length of
treatment will depend on the size and resistance
of the callus, corn, verruca or wart.
• Be patient, it will take between 6 and 12 weeks
for most calluses, corns, verrucas or warts to
• It is important you do not give up on the
treatment until the callus, corn, verruca or
wart has disappeared (unless
irritation occurs, see Section 4).
• At the end of treatment, if the clear brown film
is difficult to remove, you can leave it and it
will eventually fall off.
If the callus, corn, verruca or wart gets worse
or has not disappeared after about 12 weeks of
treatment ask your doctor for advice.
If Cuplex Gel
• gets in to your eyes or mouth it may cause
harm. Rinse the eyes or mouth with plenty
of water. If rinsing one eye take care to avoid
rinsing product into the other eye. Do not
attempt to induce vomiting. Contact your
doctor or local hospital for further advice.
• is inhaled, it may make you feel light headed.
If this happens get plenty of fresh air.
If you forget to use Cuplex Gel do not worry, use
it when you remember.
If you have any further questions on the use of
this product, ask your doctor or pharmacist.
4. POSSIBLE SIDE EFFECTS
Like all medicines, Cuplex Gel can cause side
effects although not everybody gets them:
• while the gel is working you may feel a
slight tingling sensation and/or some mild
tenderness at the treated area. This is usually
temporary, and in rare cases may appear as a
temporary blemish on the skin.
• If you mistakenly allow the gel to spread onto
and remain in contact with areas of normal
skin (see precautions in
Section 2), it may cause irritation.
• If you spill the product on your clothes,
fabrics, jewellery or metal and polished
surfaces it may damage them permanently.
Stop using this product and tell your doctor
or pharmacist if you experience unacceptable
discomfort or if irritation continues, or if any of
the side effects get serious, or you notice any
other side effects not mentioned in this leaflet.
5. HOW TO STORE CUPLEX GEL
Keep Cuplex Gel out of the reach and sight of
Do not use Cuplex Gel after the expiry date
which is stated on the tube and carton after the
abbreviation used for expiry date (EXP). The
expiry date refers to the last day of that month.
Do not store above 25ºC. Do not allow it to freeze.
Always replace cap tightly after use.
This product is highly flammable. Keep it away
from naked flames or ignition sources.
Medicines should not be disposed of via
wastewater or household waste. Ask your
pharmacist how to dispose of medicines no
longer required. These measures will help to
protect the environment.
6. FURTHER INFORMATION
What Cuplex Gel contains
The name of your medicine is Cuplex Gel and
it contains 11% w/w Salicylic acid and 4% w/w
Lactic acid as the active ingredients. The other
ingredients are venice turpentine, colophony,
collodion and ethanol (96%).
What Cuplex Gel looks like and contents of the pack
Cuplex Gel is a clear, yellowish brown gel.
Cuplex Gel is available in 5g tubes.
Marketing Authorisation Holder:
Crawford Healthcare Ltd, Unit 1, Adams Court,
Adams Hill, Knutsford, Cheshire, WA16 6BA.
Nycomed Pharma AS, Elverum Plant,
Solbaerveien 5, 2409 Elverum, Norway.
This leaflet was last approved in: January 2013
To listen to an audio version of this
leaflet, or request a copy in large
print, please call 01565 654920
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• Date: 03 January 2013
• Issue: 10
• Origination date: 19 March 2012 - (as Issue 01)
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