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Paraffin

Last updated on 03/08/2021.

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GENERIC NAME: Paraffin

ALTERNATIVE NAME: Liquid paraffin + White soft paraffin

CHINESE NAME: 石蠟

BRAND NAME(S) IN HONG KONG: Unicare

DRUG CLASS: Emollients

SUB CLASS: Mineral oil

USED FOR: Prevent or relieve dry skin condition

AVAILABLE DOSAGE FORMS:
– 50%/50% (ointment)

What is Paraffin for?

As a medication, Paraffin usually means the combination of liquid paraffin and white soft paraffin. It can moisturise the skin to prevent and relieve the symptoms of dry skin conditions, such as redness or itching, as well as to reduce water loss from the skin. It is used as a leave-on emollient.

How to use it?

Paraffin can be applied to skin. Apply a thin layer of ointment to skin as often as needed (usually 3-5 times daily), or use as directed by doctors.

What are the side effects of Paraffin?

Common side effects of Paraffin include skin irritation and folliculitis.

Who should not take Paraffin?

People who are allergic to Liquid paraffin, White soft paraffin, or any component of the formulation.

Pharmacist Tips:

Avoid smoking and keep away from flame, as clothing contacting with the ointment is more easily ignited. 

Common dosing schedule:
Paraffin can be used at any time of the day.

This schedule is for reference only, adjustments may be made according to individual needs.

Some common medications Paraffin may interact with:
No known significant interactions.

Please notify your doctor or pharmacist if you are taking the above medication, dosage adjustments might be needed.

Where to buy Paraffin in Hong Kong?

In Hong Kong, Paraffin is an over-the-counter medicine and can be purchased without a prescription from any retail outlet in Hong Kong. This includes grocery stores, convenience stores, medicine shops, and pharmacies. It can also be obtained from doctors. To find a pharmacy near you, refer to the list of pharmacies (“Authorized Sellers of Poisons”) from the Hong Kong Department of Health.

For more information about drug names and ingredients, you can visit Hong Kong’s Drug Office at https://www.drugoffice.gov.hk

Need more information?

For detailed information about the use of Paraffin in children, pregnancy and breastfeeding, and for questions about drug interactions, please check with your pharmacist or doctor.

Disclaimer: our goal is to provide you with the most relevant drug information and common dosage for Hong Kong. This information does not constitute medical advice. For specific treatment recommendations and advice, always discuss with your doctor or pharmacist, and follow the instructions included with your specific medicine.