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WILKO BITES AND STINGS RELIEF 1% W/W CREAM

Active substance(s): HYDROCORTISONE

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PATIENT INFORMATION LEAFLET
BITES & STINGS RELIEF 1% W/W CREAM
1% Hydrocortisone BP
Read all of this leaflet because it contains important information for you.
This medicine is available without a prescription. However you still need to use this product carefully to get the best results
from it.

Keep this leaflet. You may need to read it again

Ask your pharmacist if you need more information or advice

You must contact a doctor if your symptoms worsen or do not improve after 3 days

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 pharmacist.
In this leaflet:
1.
What Bites & Stings Relief 1% w/w Cream is and what it is used for
2.
Before you use Bites & Stings Relief 1% w/w Cream
3.
How to use Bites & Stings Relief 1% w/w Cream
4.
Possible side effects
5.
How to store Bites & Stings Relief 1% w/w Cream
6.
Further information.
1.

WHAT BITES & STINGS RELIEF 1% W/W CREAM IS AND WHAT IT IS USED FOR

Bites & Stings Relief 1% w/w Cream is a smooth white cream for application to the skin only. It contains hydrocortisone
which belongs to a group of medicines called corticosteroids. Bites & Stings Relief 1% w/w Cream is used to treat insect
bite and sting reactions.
Hydrocortisone should not be confused with anabolic steroids, used by some body builders and taken as tablets or injections.
2.

BEFORE YOU USE BITES & STINGS RELIEF 1% W/W CREAM

Do not use Bites & Stings Relief 1% w/w Cream:

if you are allergic to hydrocortisone or to any of the other ingredients of Bites & Stings Relief 1% w/w Cream
(see Section 6 and end of Section 2)

if you have a bacterial infection (e.g. impetigo), viral infection (e.g. cold sores ‘herpes simplex’, chicken pox) or
fungal infection (e.g. tinea, also called ‘athletes foot’, ringworm or thrush) of the skin

on your face or near your eyes, on your anal or genital region, or on broken skin including acne

for bites and stings which are not from insects, or for other skin conditions.
Take special care with Bites & Stings Relief 1% w/w Cream
Bites & Stings Relief 1% w/w Cream is not suitable for use in the following :

allergic skin reactions including temporary red or raised areas on your skin (short lived ‘wheal and flare’ reactions)

conditions involving the deeper skin layers, such as granulomas

psoriasis (long term scaly skin condition); only use this product on medical advice and with careful supervision by
your doctor.
Do not cover the area with a plaster or dressing of any kind after application of Bites and Stings Relief 1% w/w Cream.
Taking other medicines
Please tell your doctor if you are taking or have recently taken any other medicines, including medicines obtained without a
prescription.
Pregnancy and breast-feeding
As with all medicines, ask your doctor for advice before using Bites & Stings Relief 1% w/w Cream if you are pregnant
or breast-feeding.
Important information about some of the ingredients
Bites & Stings Relief 1% w/w Cream contains:

chlorocresol - may cause allergic reactions

cetomacrogol emulsifying wax - contains cetostearyl alcohol which may cause local skin reactions
(e.g. contact dermatitis).
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3.

HOW TO USE BITES & STINGS RELIEF 1% W/W CREAM

FOR EXTERNAL USE ONLY
Always use Bites & Stings Relief 1% w/w Cream exactly as instructed in this leaflet. If you are unsure, ask your doctor or
pharmacist.
Do not exceed the stated dose.
Not for use by children under 10 years of age without medical advice.
For adults and children aged 10 years and over, apply to the surface of the skin only:
1.
Wash your hands thoroughly before use
2.
Apply the cream sparingly to a small area, once or twice a day for a maximum of 2-3 days. Massage the cream
gently into the affected area to help absorption into the skin
3.
Once applied, do not cover the area with a dressing or plaster.
If the condition has not improved after 2-3 days, or worsens, consult your doctor.
If you use more Bites & Stings Relief 1% w/w Cream than you should
If you or a child accidentally swallow the cream, contact your doctor or nearest hospital immediately. Take the packet with
you to help identification.
If you forget to use Bites & Stings Relief 1% w/w Cream
If you miss a treatment, apply the cream as soon as you remember, and apply the remaining dose for that day at an evenly
spaced interval.
If you have any further questions on the use of this product, ask your doctor or pharmacist.
4.

POSSIBLE SIDE EFFECTS

Like all medicines, Bites & Stings Relief 1% w/w Cream can cause side effects, although not everybody gets them.
You may notice the following:

rash, itchy skin, swelling of the lips, eyes, tongue, or difficulty in breathing may be signs of an allergic reaction.
Stop using Bites & Stings Relief 1% w/w Cream immediately

‘stretch marks’ may appear, especially where skin is in folds such as the groin or armpits.
If any of the side effects become severe, or if you notice any side effects not listed in this leaflet, please tell your
doctor or pharmacist.
5.

HOW TO STORE BITES & STINGS RELIEF 1% W/W CREAM

Keep out of the reach and sight of children. Do not store above 25˚C. Store in the original package and keep the tube in the
outer carton. Do not use Bites & Stings Relief 1% w/w Cream after the expiry date which is stated on the tube/carton.
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 Bites & Stings Relief 1% w/w Cream contains:

The active substance is hydrocortisone and the cream contains 10 mg in every 1 g (1%)

The other ingredients are Cetomacrogol Emulsifying Wax, chlorocresol, liquid paraffin, Macrogol 300, white soft
paraffin and purified water (see end of Section 2 for further information).
What Bites & Stings Relief 1% w/w Cream looks like and contents of the pack
The product is a smooth white cream and is available in aluminium tubes containing 10 g.
Marketing Authorisation Holder and Manufacturer
Pinewood Laboratories Ltd., Ballymacarbry, Clonmel, Co. Tipperary, Ireland.
PL 04917/0062
This leaflet was last updated in 04/2013
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Source: Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency

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