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Zipzoc dressings PIL
(UK - for MHRA approval)


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circulation in arteries rather than veins). Consult your doctor if you
are unsure what kind of ulcer you have
Take special care with ZIPZOC
If the outer bandage is inappropriate or the stocking is not changed
often enough it can cause the stocking to dry out.



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

20% Zinc Oxide
Impregnated Dressing (Stocking)
Read all of this leaflet carefully before you start using this

Pregnancy and breast-feeding
There is no evidence to suggest that ZIPZOC should not be used
during pregnancy or breast-feeding.

• Keep this leaflet. You may need to read it again
• If you have any further questions, please 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 get serious, or if you notice any side
effects not listed in this leaflet, please tell your doctor,
pharmacist or nurse


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

1 What Zipzoc is and what it is used for
ZIPZOC is a sterile rayon stocking impregnated with an ointment
containing 20% w/w Zinc Oxide. Zinc Oxide has a soothing and
protective effect.
ZIPZOC is used:
• as an aid in the treatment of chronic leg ulcers
• if you have poor circulation in your veins (causing poor return of
circulating blood from the feet and legs to the heart, known as
chronic venous insufficiency), as a primary contact layer under
compression bandaging or hosiery
2 Before you use ZIPZOC
DO NOT use ZIPZOC if you:
• are allergic to zinc oxide or any of the other ingredients of
• have used ZIPZOC before and suffered a reaction to it
• suffer from arterial leg ulcers (ulcers caused by poor

Driving and using machines
ZIPZOC is unlikely to affect driving or the use of machines.
3 How to use ZIPZOC

N O P R I N T A R E A 4 x 2 10 m m

In this leaflet

Ask your doctor, pharmacist or nurse for advice before taking any

Always use ZIPZOC exactly as your doctor, pharmacist or nurse has
told you. You should check with your doctor, pharmacist or nurse if you
are not sure. The length of time you will need to use ZIPZOC for and
the number of times you will need to change it will depend on your
circumstances. Your doctor, pharmacist or nurse will advise you.
Wash your hands thoroughly before applying the stocking.
• slip your foot into the stocking and draw it up on the lower part of
the leg from the base of the toes to the knee
• smooth out any folds or wrinkles
• fold any excess stocking below the knee
• if you have a larger than normal calf size you must take care to apply
the stocking without constricting the lower leg
• an outer bandage may be applied by the nurse to compress the leg
if you have poor circulation and/or to prevent soiling of clothes
• change the dressing at least once a week to avoid the risk of
infection and also to avoid the stocking drying out
4 Possible side effects
Like all medicines, ZIPZOC can cause side effects, although not
everybody gets them.
Very rare (affect less than 1 person in 10 000)
• pain at the site of the ulcer
• local skin reactions such as rash, reddening and itching
• further deterioration of the wound
If you experience any of these or other side effects please inform your
doctor, pharmacist or nurse.

If any of the side effects gets serious, or if you notice any side
effects not listed in this leaflet, please tell your doctor, pharmacist
or nurse.
5 How to store your ZIPZOC
Keep out of the reach and sight of children.
Do not use after the expiry date, which is shown on the pouch or
the outer carton. The expiry date refers to the last day of that
Do not store above 30 °C.
Medicines should not be disposed of via wastewater or household
waste. If after finishing the course you have any ZIPZOC left you
can return it to your pharmacist or nurse. These measures will help
to protect the environment.
6 Further information
What ZIPZOC contains
• the active substance is zinc oxide 20% w/w
• each stocking also contains white soft paraffin and liquid
What ZIPZOC looks like and the contents of the pack
• ZIPZOC is a sterile rayon stocking, length 80cm
• Each medicated stocking is wrapped in a polyethylene foil
laminated pouch in a printed carton
• ZIPZOC is supplied in outer cartons which may contain 4 or
10 pouches
Marketing Authorisation Holder (UK):
Smith & Nephew Healthcare Limited,
Healthcare House, 101 Hessle Road, Hull HU3 2BN UK.
Product Authorisation Holder (Eire):
Smith & Nephew Pharmaceuticals Limited,
P.O. Box 81, Hessle Road, Hull HU3 2BN UK.
Perstorp Specialty Chemicals AB,
Perstorp Pharma, SE-284 80 Perstorp, Sweden.
Marketing Authorisation Numbers:
PL 14038/0010 (UK)
PA 710/4/1 (Eire)
™Trade Mark of Smith & Nephew
Date of preparation: March 2011



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