How does it work?
Difflam cream and Difflam P cream both contain the active ingredient benzydamine hydrochloride, which is a type of medicine called a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID). Benzydamine hydrochloride is a painkilling medicine used to relieve mild to moderate pain and inflammation in a particular area. It is most effective if applied directly to the area affected.
Benzydamine works by preventing the formation of prostaglandins.
Prostaglandins are produced in response to injury and certain diseases and conditions, and cause pain, swelling and inflammation. Benzydamine blocks the production of these prostaglandins and is therefore effective at reducing inflammation and pain.
Benzydamine also acts as a local anaesthetic, causing numbness and so pain relief at the site of application.
Difflam cream and Difflam P cream can be used to relieve the pain of muscular and joint conditions such as sprains, strains, backache and rheumatism. They should be massaged gently into the affected area.
What is it used for?
- Muscle pain (myalgia).
- Rheumatic pain.
- Sprains, strains and sports injuries.
- This medicine is for external use only.
- Do not apply to broken skin. Avoid contact with the eyes and the moist membranes lining the inside of certain parts of the body, eg mouth, nasal passages (mucous membranes). Rinse with cold water if accidental contact occurs.
- This medicine should not be used for more than 10 days unless otherwise advised by your doctor.
- Seek medical advice from your doctor or pharmacist if your symptoms persist or worsen despite treatment.
- If you experience any side effects when using this medicine, in particular a rash, stop using it and seek medical advice.
Not to be used in
This medicine should not be used if you are sensitive or allergic to any of its ingredients. Please inform your doctor or pharmacist if you have previously experienced such an allergy.
If you feel you have experienced an allergic reaction, stop using this medicine and inform your doctor or pharmacist immediately.
Pregnancy and breastfeeding
Certain medicines should not be used during pregnancy or breastfeeding. However, other medicines may be safely used in pregnancy or breastfeeding providing the benefits to the mother outweigh the risks to the unborn baby. Always inform your doctor if you are pregnant or planning a pregnancy, before using any medicine.
- There is no safety information available on the use of this medicine in human pregnancy and breastfeeding. However, it has been widely used for many years bu pregnant and breastfeeding women without ill consequence. Seek medical advice from your doctor.
Medicines and their possible side effects can affect individual people in different ways. The following are some of the side effects that are known to be associated with this medicine. Just because a side effect is stated here, it does not mean that all people using this medicine will experience that or any side effect.
- Abnormal reaction of the skin to light, usually a rash (photosensitivity).
- Skin reactions such as rash and itch.
The side effects listed above may not include all of the side effects reported by the medicine's manufacturer.
For more information about any other possible risks associated with this medicine, please read the information provided with the medicine or consult your doctor or pharmacist.
How can this medicine affect other medicines?
This medicine is not known to affect other medicines.