Skip to Content

The originating document has been archived. We cannot confirm the completeness, accuracy and currency of the content.


PDF options:  View Fullscreen   Download PDF

PDF Transcript


(erythromycin and zinc acetate)
Your medicine is available using one of the above names, but will
be referred to as Zineryt throughout this leaflet.

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
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

In this leaflet:

What Zineryt is and what it is used for
Before you use Zineryt
How to use Zineryt
Possible side effects
How to store Zineryt
Further information

1. What Zineryt is and what it is used for
The active substance of Zineryt belongs to the group of antibiotics
for treatment of acne, often referred to as pimples or spots.
These medicines are used to reduce the growth of bacteria which
cause acne.

2. Before you use Zineryt
Do not use Zineryt

if you are allergic (hypersensitive) to erythromycin, or zinc
or to any of the other ingredients of Zineryt (see list in
section 6 ‘Further information’). Your doctor may decide to
give you another medicine instead.
if you are allergic to antibiotics of the macrolide group. Your
doctor or pharmacist will be able to tell you if that is the

Take special care with Zineryt

Avoid contact with the eyes and mucous membranes of the
nose and mouth. However, if this occurs, then rinse the
affected area immediately with cold or lukewarm water for
several minutes. Contact your doctor for further advice.

Using other medicines

If you use more Zineryt than you should

Please tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are taking or have
recently taken any other medicines, including medicines obtained
without a prescription.

If you have applied too much Zineryt, blot it off with some toilet
Swallowing the entire contents of a single pack of Zineryt would
mainly lead to symptoms associated with alcohol intake. You should
contact your doctor or pharmacist if you or somebody else
accidentally swallows this medicine.

Pregnancy and breast-feeding
Ask your doctor or pharmacist for advice before taking any
You may use Zineryt if you are pregnant.
You may breast feed during treatment with Zineryt but do not
use this medicine on the area of your chest.

If you forget to use Zineryt

Driving and using machines

Try not to forget to use Zineryt, as missing an application will slow
down the healing process. If you have missed an application, use
Zineryt when you remember, but leave about three hours before
you use it again.

It is not likely that Zineryt affects your ability to drive or use

If you stop using Zineryt

3. How to use Zineryt

If you stop using Zineryt, the original symptoms may come back.
Always contact your doctor if you want to stop using Zineryt.

Instructions for proper use
Wash the affected area first before using Zineryt.
If you want to apply make-up, use the medicine first and let it
Zineryt comes to you in a special bottle with a special applicator
pad protected by a cap which you should remove just before use
and replace firmly after each use. The pad makes it easy to apply
the solution to the whole of the affected area of the skin to be
To use Zineryt unscrew the protective cap, hold the bottle upside
down, place the pad against the skin, and spread the solution
over the whole of the affected area (including the surrounding
skin). The flow of solution can be increased by pressing the pad a
little more firmly against the skin.
If you use the applicator properly, just the right quantity should
be applied. But if you do put too much on, blot it off with some
toilet tissue, and make sure it does not run into the eyes, nose or
mouth. If it does, wash well with plenty of water (see also
‘Take special care with Zineryt’ under section 2. Before you use
Always use Zineryt exactly as your doctor has told you. You
should check with your doctor or pharmacist if you are not sure.

Frequency of administration
Usually, Zineryt should be applied all over the affected area and
the surrounding skin twice a day.

Duration of treatment
Successful treatment of acne may take several weeks or even
months. The normal treatment time is 10 to 12 weeks.
Consult your doctor if you still have acne at the end of the
prescribed course of treatment.

Page 1 of 2

If you have any further questions on the use of this product, ask
your doctor or pharmacist.

4. Possible side effects
Like all medicines, Zineryt can cause side effects, although not
everybody gets them.
Zineryt may very rarely cause allergic reactions. Symptoms may
include rash, itching, swelling of the mouth, face and lips or tongue
and difficulty breathing.
Please contact your doctor immediately if you experience any of
these side effects.
Zineryt may cause the following rare side effects (likely to affect
more than 1 in 10,000 and less than 1 in 1000 patients):

Temporary stinging or slight redness of the skin.
If you get a very painful rash or burning feeling after using Zineryt
which does not go away in a few hours, or gets worse each time
you use it, stop using it and tell your doctor as soon as possible.
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

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:
By reporting side effects, you can help provide more information on
the safety of this medicine.

5. How to store Zineryt

Keep out of the sight and reach of children.
Do not use after the Expiry date (Exp), which is printed on
the carton and bottle label.
Do not store above 25°C.
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.
If you have any solution left over at the end of treatment,
take it back to your pharmacist for safe disposal.
If your medicine appears to be discoloured or shows any
other signs of deterioration, please return to your pharmacist
who will advise you further.

6. Further information
What Zineryt contains
Zineryt contains: Erythromycin-zinc complex containing the
equivalent of 40 mg/ml erythromycin and 12 mg/ml zinc acetate
(as the complex) on constitution. The application also contains
di-isopropyl sebacate and ethanol.

What Zineryt looks like and contents of the pack
This medicine is made available as a dry, white powder and clear,
colourless solvent for cutaneous solution. The powder and solvent
are provided in separate bottles and will be mixed together by your
pharmacist to form a solution. Your pharmacist will then fit a
special applicator top to the bottle containing the mixed solution.
Zineryt is available in packs which, when made up, will contain
30ml of the solution.

Your medicine is manufactured by: Astellas Pharma Europe B.V.,
Leiderdorp, Holland.
Procured from within the EU and repackaged by: Doncaster
Pharmaceuticals Group Ltd., Kirk Sandall, Doncaster, DN3 1QR.
Product Licence holder: Doncaster Pharmaceuticals Group Ltd.,
Kirk Sandall, Doncaster, DN3 1QR.
PLPI No: 04423/0371


Leaflet revision and issue date (Ref): 01.12.14
Zineryt® is a registered trademark of Astellas Pharma Europe B.V.

Page 2 of 2

+ Expand Transcript

Source: Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency

Disclaimer: Every effort has been made to ensure that the information provided here is accurate, up-to-date and complete, but no guarantee is made to that effect. Drug information contained herein may be time sensitive. This information has been compiled for use by healthcare practitioners and consumers in the United States. The absence of a warning for a given drug or combination thereof in no way should be construed to indicate that the drug or combination is safe, effective or appropriate for any given patient. If you have questions about the substances you are taking, check with your doctor, nurse or pharmacist.