Aqueous cream

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Aqueous Cream BP is a light, hydrocarbon-based emulsion, which is officially registered in the British Pharmacopoeia and categorised by the British National Formulary as a non-proprietary emollient preparation.[1] It is used as a topical, external medicine, emollient moisturiser and general-purpose substitute for toiletries such as soap, shower gel, shaving cream and lip salve.

Aqueous cream B.P


Ingredients[edit]

The common ingredients are:

Indications[edit]

It is commonly prescribed in the United Kingdom for conditions such as eczema, aquagenic pruritus or atopic dermatitis.[2] Whilst undergoing radiotherapy, patients are advised to use aqueous cream as part of a skin care regime to remedy the erythema that is caused by such treatment.

Contraindications[edit]

British researchers found evidence that using the cream to moisturise areas affected by eczema may actually aggravate the condition.[3] They suggested this was due to skin-thinning effects of a detergent sodium lauryl sulfate. The National Eczema Society recommends alternatives such as white soft paraffin wax or other types of emollient without such a high content of sodium lauryl sulfate.[4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ BNF index 
  2. ^ Emollients, NHS Direct 
  3. ^ http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-11564662 BBC News – Aqueous cream 'aggravates eczema' (Oct 2010)
  4. ^ "Aqueous Cream". National Eczema Society.