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DIFFLAM 3% P CREAM

Active substance(s): BENZYDAMINE HYDROCHLORIDE

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Package leaflet: Information for the patient

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Difflam-P 3% Cream or
Difflam 3% Cream
Benzydamine hydrochloride

Read all of this leaflet carefully before you
start taking this medicine because it contains
important information for you.
Always use this medicine exactly as d
­ escribed in
this leaflet or as your doctor, pharmacist or nurse
have told you.
• 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 read it
again.
• Ask your doctor or pharmacist if you need
more information or advice.
• You must contact a doctor if your symptoms
worsen or do not improve.
• If you get any side effects, talk to your doctor,
pharmacist or nurse. This includes any
possible side effects not listed in this leaflet.
See section 4.
What is in this leaflet:
1. What Difflam-P 3 % Cream or Difflam 3 %
Cream is and what it is used for
2. What you need to know before you use
Difflam-P 3 % Cream or Difflam 3 % Cream
3. How to use Difflam-P 3 % Cream or Difflam
3 % Cream
4. Possible side effects
5. How to store Difflam-P 3 % Cream or
Difflam 3 % Cream
6. Contents of the pack and other information.
1. What Difflam-P 3 % Cream or
Difflam 3 % Cream is and what
it is used for
Difflam-P 3 % Cream or Difflam 3 % Cream
contains the active substance benzydamine
hydrochloride and belongs to a group of
medicines called nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory
drugs or NSAIDS.
Difflam-P 3 % Cream or Difflam
3 % Cream works by stopping pain and swelling
(inflammation). When rubbed into the skin of
the affected area it is used to treat aches and
pains including:
• Sprains
• Strains
• Bruises
• Sore muscles
• Stiff joints.
2. What you need to know before
you use Difflam-P 3 % Cream or
Difflam 3 % Cream
Do not use Difflam-P 3 % Cream or Difflam
3 % Cream if
you are allergic to benzydamine hydrochloride
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you are allergic to any of the other ingredients
of Difflam-P 3 % Cream or Difflam 3 %
Cream (see section 6).
Warnings and precautions:
Talk to your doctor, pharmacist or nurse before
using Difflam-P 3% Cream or Difflam 3% Cream:
• If you have a history of asthma
• If you are allergic to acetylsalicylic acid or
other non-steroidal anti-inflammatory
(NSAID) drugs
If any of these apply to you, talk to your doctor,
dentist or pharmacist.
Other medicines and Difflam-P 3 % Cream or
Difflam 3 % Cream
Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are taking,
have recently taken or might take any other
medicines
Pregnancy, breast feeding and fertility.
If you are pregnant or breast-feeding, think
you may be pregnant or are planning to have a
baby, ask your doctor or pharmacist for advice
before taking this medicine.
Difflam Cream contains
• Cetyl alcohol which may cause local skin
reactions (e.g. contact dermatitis)
• Propylene glycol which may cause skin
irritation
3. How to use Difflam-P 3 % Cream
or Difflam 3 % Cream
Important:
Always use Difflam-P 3 % Cream or Difflam
3 % Cream exactly as your pharmacist has
told you. You should check with your doctor or
pharmacist if you are not sure.
If you get Difflam-P 3 % Cream or Difflam 3 %
Cream in your eyes, mouth, nose or around
your genitals or anus.
Do not use Difflam-P 3 % Cream or Difflam
3 % Cream in or near your eyes, mouth, nose
or around your genitals or anus. If any cream
does get in or onto these parts of your
body, wash them immediately with cold
water.
How much Difflam-P 3 % Cream or Difflam 3 %
Cream to use
The amount of cream used will depend on the
size of the area to be treated.
The normal length of cream to be squeezed out
of the tube is between a half and a full finger
length (35-85 mm).
How to use the cream
Rub the cream gently into the affected area
until it seems to disappear.

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The cream should be used three times each
day for no more than 10 days. Your doctor
may tell you to use it more often.
Please wash your hands after applying the
cream (unless your hands are being treated).
Contact your doctor if your symptoms worsen
or they do not improve.
If you use more Difflam-P 3 % Cream or
Difflam 3 % Cream than you should
It should not cause you any problems if if you
use more of your medicine than you should.
If you have any concerns, contact your doctor
or pharmacist.
If you forget to use Difflam-P 3 % Cream or
Difflam 3 % Cream
Do not apply a double dose to make up for a
missed dose. Simply apply the next dose as
planned.
If you accidentally swallow Difflam-P 3% Cream
or Difflam 3% Cream
It should not cause you any problems if you
accidentally swallow some of your medicine.
If you have any concerns, contact your doctor
or pharmacist.
If you have any further questions about the use
of this medicine, ask your doctor or pharmacist.
4. Possible side effects
Like all medicines Difflam-P 3 % Cream or
Difflam 3 % Cream can cause side effects,
although not everybody gets them.
Some side effects could be serious. If you
have any of the side effects listed below, seek
immediate medical help:
• 
severe allergic reaction (anaphylaxis) seen as
swelling of throat and mouth, difficulty in swallowing or speaking, alterations in heart rate,
severe asthma, collapse and unconsciousness
Other side effects include the following, if
they get serious, please tell your doctor:
The frequency of these side effects cannot
be estimated from the available data:
• Increased sensitivity to sunlight
• Itching
• Skin rash
• Skin redness or swelling
• Difficulty breathing and wheezing
Some people may react after using the product
with a severe allergic reaction experiencing
symptoms as described above (a so called
anaphylactic reaction) which may be potentially
life-threatening. In this case you should seek
immediate medical assistance.
Some people become more sensitive to the
effects of sunlight after using this Cream.
This means that the skin may become red
and painful after only a few minutes in the sun.
The increased sensitivity to sunlight should
disappear if you stop using the cream.

Reporting of side effects
If you get any side effects, talk to your doctor,
pharmacist or nurse. This includes any possible
side effects not listed in this leaflet. You can
also report side effects directly via the Yellow
Card Scheme at: www.mhra.gov.uk/yellowcard
By reporting side effects you can help provide
more information on the safety of this medicine.
5. How to store Difflam-P 3 % Cream or
Difflam 3 % Cream
Keep out of the sight and reach of children.
Do not use Difflam-P 3 % Cream or Difflam 3 %
Cream after the expiry date on the tube. The
expiry date refers to the last day of that month.
Do not store above 30 °C. Do not store in the
refrigerator or freezer.
Medicines should not be disposed of via
wastewater or household waste.
Return any medicine you no longer need to
your pharmacist.
6. C
 ontents of the pack and
other information
What Difflam-P 3 % Cream or Difflam 3 %
Cream contains
The active substance is 3 % w/w benzydamine
hydrochloride.
The other ingredients are glycerol monostearate
40 – 55, cetyl alcohol, decyl oleate, eumulgin B1,
propylene glycol, perfume, methyl hydroxy­
benzoate, propyl hydroxybenzoate and purified
water.
For advice on what to do if you are allergic to
any of these ingredients see section 2.
What Difflam-P 3 % Cream or Difflam 3 %
Cream looks like
Difflam-P 3 % Cream or Difflam 3 % Cream
is a white cream. It comes in a 35 g, 50 g or
100 g tube. Not all pack sizes may be marketed.
Marketing Authorisation Holder
Meda Pharmaceuticals Ltd
Skyway House
Parsonage Road
Takeley
Bishop‘s Stortford
CM22 6PU
Manufacturer
3M Health Care Limited
3M House
Morley Street
Loughborough
Leicestershire
LE11 1EP
This leaflet was last revised in May 2016.

If this leaflet is difficult to see or read or
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please contact Meda Pharmaceuticals
Ltd, Skyway House, Parsonage Road,
Takeley, Bishop‘s Stortford, CM22 6PU

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