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DOUBLEBASE GEL

Active substance(s): ISOPROPYL MYRISTATE / LIQUID PARAFFIN

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PAC K AGE L E AFLET
Information for the user

Doublebase Gel
TM

isopropyl myristate 15% w/w, liquid paraffin 15% w/w

Please read all of this leaflet carefully before you start using this medicine.
Keep this leaflet. You may need to read it again.
Ask your doctor, nurse or pharmacist if you need more information or advice.
In this leaflet:
1. What Doublebase Gel is and what it is used for
2. Before you use Doublebase Gel
3. How to use Doublebase Gel
4. Possible side effects
5. How to store Doublebase Gel
6. Further information
7. General advice on looking after dry skin conditions

1. WHAT DOUBLEBASE GEL IS AND WHAT IT IS USED FOR
• Doublebase Gel is a treatment for application to your skin.
• It helps treat dry or chapped skin conditions that may also be itchy, red and sore.
Common examples include:
– p
 soriasis (scaly, pink patches of skin), elderly pruritus (itchy skin due to ageing),
ichthyosis (abnormal scaly skin), various forms of eczema, dermatitis and other dry
skin disorders.
• All age groups can use Doublebase Gel, including babies.
• The active ingredients in this product are isopropyl myristate and liquid paraffin.
These are known as emollients. The product helps to:
– s often, moisturise and protect your skin by trapping moisture in the skin and restoring
the normal protective function of the skin.
– 
prevent the skin-drying and irritant effects that can be caused by washing and bathing
and by the soaps, foaming additives and fragrances used in ordinary cleansing
products.
• This product can be used in addition to any other emollients or treatments your doctor,
pharmacist or nurse may have given or prescribed for you to treat your dry skin condition.




2. BEFORE YOU USE DOUBLEBASE GEL
Do not use Doublebase Gel if you are allergic (hypersensitive) to isopropyl myristate,
liquid paraffin or any of the other ingredients of Doublebase Gel listed in Section 6.
Using other medicines
This product is not known to affect, or to be affected by, other medicines.
Pregnancy and breast feeding
This product can be used during pregnancy and while breast feeding. The ingredients have
been in widespread use in this and similar preparations for many years, without reports of
problems. However, safety trials have not been conducted.

3. HOW TO USE DOUBLEBASE GEL

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IP18/16/1 201420

This product is only for application to the skin.
For maximum benefit you should apply the gel on a regular basis and as often as required.
• Before using the 500 g bottle, turn the top of the pump dispenser anti-clockwise
to unlock it. After unlocking, you will need to press down the pump dispenser several
times to prime the pump before any product is dispensed.
• Apply Doublebase Gel to the affected areas of the skin on a regular basis and as often
as required.
• Use a few gentle strokes to smooth the gel across the skin in the same direction as hair
growth (like stroking a cat or dog). If necessary, allow time for any excess to soak in.
Do not rub the skin vigorously.
• This product can also be used before and after washing, showering or having a bath
to help condition your skin and stop it from drying further.
• If you are applying another treatment to the same areas of skin as Doublebase Gel,
try to avoid mixing the two products. This can be achieved by applying the treatments
alternately, leaving sufficient time to allow the previous application to soak in.
If you forget to use Doublebase Gel
Do not worry if you occasionally forget to use it, just carry on using the gel as described the
next time you require it.

4. POSSIBLE SIDE EFFECTS
Like all medicines, Doublebase Gel can cause side effects, although not everybody gets them.
This product has been specially designed for use on dry or problem skin. However, in rare
cases it can cause skin irritation (mild rashes) or allergic skin reactions on extremely sensitive
skin. These rare effects tend to occur during or soon after the first few uses.
Stop using this gel and tell your doctor, nurse or pharmacist:
• if your skin condition seems to look or feel worse.
• if any of the side effects get serious, or you notice any other side effects not mentioned
in this leaflet.
If this product is accidentally swallowed, its oily ingredients may cause diarrhoea.
If this happens:
• treat the symptoms as you would deal with any case of diarrhoea.
• drink plenty of water.
• do not attempt to cause vomiting.
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 THIS PRODUCT







• Keep out of the reach and sight of children.
• Do not use Doublebase Gel after the expiry date shown on the container.
The expiry date refers to the last day of that month.
• Do not store above 25°C.
• Do not freeze the product.
• After using the 500 g bottle, it is advisable to turn the top of the pump clockwise
to lock it. In the case of the tube, replace the cap after use.
• Occasionally, in the 500 g bottle a small pocket of air may form around the bottom end
of the pump’s dip tube, making it harder to pump the gel out. This may be resolved by
tapping the base of the bottle firmly on a hard surface two or three times, so the gel can
settle at the bottom around the end of the dip tube. The pump should then be pumped
SLOWLY.

6. FURTHER INFORMATION
What Doublebase Gel contains:
The active ingredients are isopropyl myristate (15% w/w) and liquid paraffin (15% w/w).
The other ingredients are glycerol, carbomer, sorbitan laurate, trolamine, phenoxyethanol
and purified water.
What Doublebase Gel looks like and contents of the pack
• The gel is available in a plastic tube containing 100 g or a plastic pump bottle containing
500 g. (25 g packs are also available to the medical and allied professions.)
• The product has the appearance of a white gel. It contains no dye or fragrance.
The Marketing Authorisation holder is Dermal Laboratories, Hitchin, Herts, SG4 7QR, UK.
The Manufacturer is Aeropak, Viking Road, Great Yarmouth, NR31 0NU, UK.
This leaflet was last revised in August 2016.

7. GENERAL ADVICE ON LOOKING AFTER DRY SKIN CONDITIONS


• Emollients help soften, moisturise and protect the skin. They play a central role in the
treatment and management of dry skin conditions. For maximum effect, they should be
applied regularly and as often as needed.



• When bathing, try to use warm, not hot, water and avoid staying in the bath for long
periods. This could make dry skin conditions worse.



• Try to avoid using normal soaps or bath additives (even those labelled “moisturising”).
This is because they tend to dry and irritate the skin. Avoid using products containing
fragrances, as these can also cause skin problems. You should try to use a fragrance-free
emollient “soap substitute” instead. This type of product will not foam or lather but will be
better for your dry skin condition.

To listen to or request a copy of this leaflet in Braille, large print or
audio, please call free of charge: 0800 198 5000 (UK only).
Please be ready to give the following information:
Doublebase Gel, 00173/0183.
This is a service provided by the Royal National Institute of Blind People.

IP18/16/1 201420

­Breaking the itch-scratch cycle
­Some dry skin conditions like eczema and dermatitis are itchy, and can be quite sore.
Although scratching relieves the itching for a short while, it further damages the skin.
Badly scratched skin easily gets infected. This makes it itchier and the urge to scratch
becomes even greater. It is better if scratching can be avoided by reducing the itching.
The regular use of emollients or moisturisers can help with this.

PAC K AGE LE A F LET
Information for the user

Doublebase Gel
TM

isopropyl myristate 15% w/w, liquid paraffin 15% w/w

Please read all of this leaflet carefully before you start using this medicine.
Keep this leaflet. You may need to read it again.
Ask your doctor, nurse or pharmacist if you need more information or advice.
In this leaflet:
1. What Doublebase Gel is and what it is used for
2. Before you use Doublebase Gel
3. How to use Doublebase Gel
4. Possible side effects
5. How to store Doublebase Gel
6. Further information
7. General advice on looking after dry skin conditions

1. WHAT DOUBLEBASE GEL IS AND WHAT IT IS USED FOR
• Doublebase Gel is a treatment for application to your skin.
• It helps treat dry or chapped skin conditions that may also be itchy, red and sore. Common
examples include:
– psoriasis (scaly, pink patches of skin), elderly pruritus (itchy skin due to ageing), ichthyosis
(abnormal scaly skin), various forms of eczema, dermatitis and other dry skin disorders.
• All
age
groups can use Doublebase Gel, including babies.

• The
active
ingredients in this product are isopropyl myristate and liquid paraffin.

These are known as emollients. The product helps to:
– soften, moisturise and protect your skin by trapping moisture in the skin and restoring the
normal protective function of the skin.
– prevent the skin-drying and irritant effects that can be caused by washing and bathing and
by the soaps, foaming additives and fragrances used in ordinary cleansing products.
• 
T
his
product can be used in addition to any other emollients or treatments your doctor,

pharmacist or nurse may have given or prescribed for you to treat your dry skin condition.



2. BEFORE YOU USE DOUBLEBASE GEL
Do not use Doublebase Gel if you are allergic (hypersensitive) to isopropyl myristate,
liquid paraffin or any of the other ingredients of Doublebase Gel listed in Section 6.
Using other medicines
This product is not known to affect, or to be affected by, other medicines.
Pregnancy and breast feeding
This product can be used during pregnancy and while breast feeding. The ingredients have been
in widespread use in this and similar preparations for many years, without reports of problems.
However, safety trials have not been conducted.

3. HOW TO USE DOUBLEBASE GEL

continued…

IP13/16/1 201418

This product is only for application to the skin.
For maximum benefit you should apply the gel on a regular basis and as often as required.
• Before using the 500 g bottle, turn the top of the pump dispenser anti-clockwise
to unlock it. After unlocking, you will need to press down the pump dispenser several times to
prime the pump before any product is dispensed.
• Apply Doublebase Gel to the affected areas of the skin on a regular basis and as often
as required.
• 
U
se a few gentle strokes to smooth the gel across the skin in the same direction as hair growth

(like stroking a cat or dog). If necessary, allow time for any excess to soak in.
Do not rub the skin vigorously.
• This product can also be used before and after washing, showering or having a bath
to help condition your skin and stop it from drying further.
• If
you are applying another treatment to the same areas of skin as Doublebase Gel,

try to avoid mixing the two products. This can be achieved by applying the treatments
alternately, leaving sufficient time to allow the previous application to soak in.
If you forget to use Doublebase Gel
Do not worry if you occasionally forget to use it, just carry on using the gel as described the next time
you require it.

4. POSSIBLE SIDE EFFECTS
Like all medicines, Doublebase Gel can cause side effects, although not everybody gets them.
This product has been specially designed for use on dry or problem skin. However, in rare cases
it can cause skin irritation (mild rashes) or allergic skin reactions on extremely sensitive skin.
These rare effects tend to occur during or soon after the first few uses.
Stop using this gel and tell your doctor, nurse or pharmacist:
• if your skin condition seems to look or feel worse.
• if any of the side effects get serious, or you notice any other side effects not mentioned
in this leaflet.
If this product is accidentally swallowed, its oily ingredients may cause diarrhoea.
If this happens:
• treat the symptoms as you would deal with any case of diarrhoea.
• drink plenty of water.
• do not attempt to cause vomiting.
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 THIS PRODUCT







• Keep out of the reach and sight of children.
• Do not use Doublebase Gel after the expiry date shown on the container.
The expiry date refers to the last day of that month.
• Do not store above 25°C.
• Do not freeze the product.
• After using the 500 g bottle, it is advisable to turn the top of the pump clockwise
to lock it. In the case of the tube, replace the cap after use.
• Occasionally, in the 500 g bottle a small pocket of air may form around the bottom end
of the pump’s dip tube, making it harder to pump the gel out. This may be resolved by tapping
the base of the bottle firmly on a hard surface two or three times, so the gel can settle at the
bottom around the end of the dip tube. The pump should then be pumped SLOWLY.

6. FURTHER INFORMATION
What Doublebase Gel contains:
The active ingredients are isopropyl myristate (15% w/w) and liquid paraffin (15% w/w).
The other ingredients are glycerol, carbomer, sorbitan laurate, trolamine, phenoxyethanol
and purified water.
What Doublebase Gel looks like and contents of the pack
• The gel is available in a plastic tube containing 100 g or a plastic pump bottle containing
500 g. (25 g packs are also available to the medical and allied professions.)
• The product has the appearance of a white gel. It contains no dye or fragrance.
The Marketing Authorisation holder is Dermal Laboratories, Hitchin, Herts, SG4 7QR, UK.
The Manufacturer is Fleet Laboratories Ltd, 94 Rickmansworth Road, Watford, Herts,
WD18 7JJ, UK.
This leaflet was last revised in August 2016.

7. GENERAL ADVICE ON LOOKING AFTER DRY SKIN CONDITIONS


• Emollients help soften, moisturise and protect the skin. They play a central role in the
treatment and management of dry skin conditions. For maximum effect, they should be
applied regularly and as often as needed.


When bathing, try to use warm, not hot, water and avoid staying in the bath for long periods.
This could make dry skin conditions worse.


• Try to avoid using normal soaps or bath additives (even those labelled “moisturising”).
This is because they tend to dry and irritate the skin. Avoid using products containing
fragrances, as these can also cause skin problems. You should try to use a fragrance-free
emollient “soap substitute” instead. This type of product will not foam or lather but will be
better for your dry skin condition.

To listen to or request a copy of this leaflet in Braille, large print or
audio, please call free of charge: 0800 198 5000 (UK only).
Please be ready to give the following information:
Doublebase Gel, 00173/0183.
This is a service provided by the Royal National Institute of Blind People.

IP13/16/1 201418

­Breaking the itch-scratch cycle
­Some dry skin conditions like eczema and dermatitis are itchy, and can be quite sore.
Although scratching relieves the itching for a short while, it further damages the skin.
Badly scratched skin easily gets infected. This makes it itchier and the urge to scratch
becomes even greater. It is better if scratching can be avoided by reducing the itching.
The regular use of emollients or moisturisers can help with this.

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