QUINODERM 5 5% W/W / 0.5% W/W TOPICAL CREAM
Active substance(s): BENZOYL PEROXIDE / POTASSIUM HYDROXYQUINOLINE SULPHATE
Benzoyl Peroxide, hydrous /
Potassium Hydroxyquinoline Sulfate
Read all of this leaflet carefully before you start
using this medicine because it contains important
information for you.
Always use this medicine exactly as described in this
leaflet or as your doctor or pharmacist has told you.
• Keep this leaflet. You may need to read it again.
• Ask your pharmacist if you need more information
• If you get any side effects, talk to your doctor or
pharmacist. This includes any possible side effects
not listed in this leaflet See Section 4.
What is in this leaflet
1. What Quinoderm Cream is and what it is used for
2. What you need to know before you use
3. How to use Quinoderm Cream
4. Possible side effects
5. How to store Quinoderm Cream
6. Contents of the pack and other information
1. WHAT QUINODERM CREAM IS AND WHAT IT IS
Quinoderm Cream belongs to a group of medicines called
peroxides. It contains two active ingredients; benzoyl peroxide,
which provides a peeling action, and potassium
hydroxyquinoline sulfate, which has antimicrobial and
Quinoderm Cream is used for the treatment of acne vulgaris
(common acne), acneform eruptions (an acne like rash) and
folliculitis (a mild infection of the hair follicles).
2. WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW BEFORE YOU USE
Do not use Quinoderm Cream if:
• you are allergic to benzoyl peroxide or potassium
hydroxyquinoline sulfate or any of the other ingredients of
this medicine (listed in section 6)
• you have acne rosacea, a skin condition of the face where
the nose and cheeks are usually red.
3. HOW TO USE QUINODERM CREAM
Always use this medicine exactly as described in this leaflet or as
your doctor or pharmacist has told you. Check with your doctor
or pharmacist if you are not sure.
The recommended dose is: apply two or three times daily.
For external use only.
If you have not used Quinoderm Cream before, perform the
following test. Select a small area of skin behind the ear, apply
the cream and leave for 12 hours. If severe irritation or
pronounced redness occurs, do not proceed with the
treatment and tell your doctor or pharmacist.
Application – adults, children and the elderly:
• Spread thinly over all the affected areas and gently
massage until no trace of the cream remains.
• Take care not to apply too much cream. Applying too much,
or applying it more often than advised, will not help your
skin condition clear up more quickly and may cause skin
• It is important that the whole area is treated, not just
individual spots or blemishes.
• After application, wash your hands thoroughly.
If you accidentally swallow Quinoderm Cream
If you accidentally swallow Quinoderm Cream it may cause
nausea, sickness and diarrhoea. If you, or someone else
swallows Quinoderm Cream contact your doctor or pharmacist
4. POSSIBLE SIDE EFFECTS
Like all medicines, this medicine can cause side effects,
although not everybody gets them.
• hypersensitivity (allergic reaction) including local irritation or
• swollen face
• dry skin
• redness of skin
It is common for some slight redness of the skin to occur
during the early weeks of treatment. This should gradually
disappear as your skin becomes accustomed to the
Stop using the medicine and tell your doctor or pharmacist if
the original condition worsens.
Reporting of side effects
If you get any side effects, talk to your doctor or pharmacist.
This includes any possible side effects not listed in this
leaflet. You can also report side effects directly via the
internet at www.mhra.gov.uk/yellowcard. By reporting side
effects you can help provide more information on the safety
of this medicine.
Warnings and precautions:
• Avoid contact with eyes, mouth and mucous membranes
(such as nose or throat).
• Caution is required when applying to the neck and other
• May bleach hair or dyed fabrics. If accidental contact
occurs, rinse thoroughly with warm water.
• Quinoderm Cream can make your skin more sensitive to
the harmful effects of the sun. Avoid the use of
sunbeds/lamps and minimise the time spent in the sun.
Use a sunscreen and wear protective clothing while using
In a few isolated cases an over-reaction to Quinoderm
Cream may occur. If you have not used this medicine
before, perform the sensitivity test described in section 3. If
you experience mild irritation or inflammation, use
Quinoderm Cream less often, for example once a day or
every few days. If severe irritation or pronounced redness
occurs, stop treatment and tell your doctor or pharmacist.
Fair skinned individuals are likely to be particularly sensitive
to irritation. Quinoderm Cream should not be used in
patients with fair or sensitive skin if there is extensive
exposure to sunlight or ultraviolet light.
Other medicines and Quinoderm Cream:
Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are taking/using, have
recently taken/used or might take/use any other medicines.
Quinoderm Cream should not be used at the same time as
any other skin preparation that would react with benzoyl
peroxide, which is an oxidising agent.
Zinc oxide inhibits the antibacterial and antifungal effects of
hydroxyquinoline. The use of zinc oxide at the same time is
The use of oral isotretinoin should be avoided at the same
time as Quinoderm Cream.
If combination topical treatment with tretinoin, isotretinoin or
tazarotene is required the products should be applied at
different times of the day (e.g. one in the morning and the
other in the evening) to minimise irritation and to provide
Pregnancy and breast-feeding:
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 using this medicine. If you use
Quinoderm Cream whilst you are breast-feeding ensure
that the infant's skin does not come into direct contact with
the areas of skin that have been treated.
Quinoderm Cream contains cetostearyl alcohol:
Quinoderm Cream contains cetostearyl alcohol, which may
cause local skin reactions (e.g. contact dermatitis).
5. HOW TO STORE QUINODERM CREAM
• Keep this medicine out of the reach and sight of children.
• Do not use this medicine after the expiry date which is
stated on the carton and the tube after EXP. The expiry
date refers to the last day of that month.
• Do not store above 25ºC. Do not refrigerate.
• Do not throw away any medicines via household waste.
Ask your pharmacist how to throw away medicines you no
longer use. These measures will help protect the
6. CONTENTS OF THE PACK AND OTHER INFORMATION
What Quinoderm Cream contains:
• The active substances are benzoyl peroxide, hydrous 5%
w/w and potassium hydroxyquinoline sulfate 0.5% w/w.
• The other ingredients are lactic acid, white soft paraffin,
edetic acid, sodium dihydrogen phosphate dihydrate,
maize starch, cetostearyl alcohol, sodium cetostearyl
sulfate, macrogol 40 castor oil and purified water.
What Quinoderm Cream looks like and contents of
Quinoderm Cream is a creamy white vanishing cream. It is
presented in a printed carton containing a printed tube with a
cap, and an information leaflet. Each tube contains either 25g
or 50g of product.
Not all pack sizes may be marketed.
Marketing Authorisation Holder:
Alliance Pharmaceuticals Limited, Avonbridge House,
Bath Road, Chippenham, Wiltshire, SN15 2BB, UK.
Manufacturer: Ecolab Ltd.,
Lotherton Way, Garforth, Leeds, LS25 2JY, UK.
This leaflet was last revised in June 2014.
Quinoderm, Alliance and associated devices are registered
trademarks of Alliance Pharmaceuticals Limited.
© Alliance Pharmaceuticals Limited 2014.