Diprobase

Diprobase is an over-the-counter dermatological emollient. It contains the following excipients: chlorocresol, macrogol cetostearyl ether (Cetomacrogol), cetostearyl alcohol, liquid paraffin, white soft paraffin, phosphoric acid, sodium dihydrogen phosphate, sodium hydroxide and purified water. More information

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What is Diprobase? 

Diprobase is an over-the-counter dermatological emollient. It contains the following excipients: chlorocresol, macrogol cetostearyl ether (Cetomacrogol), cetostearyl alcohol, liquid paraffin, white soft paraffin, phosphoric acid, sodium dihydrogen phosphate, sodium hydroxide and purified water.  

What is Diprobase used for? 

Diprobase has several uses:  

  • To treat damaged, dry, chapped or red inflamed skin;  
  • To protect raw skin;  
  • As a pre-bathing emollient for dry skin or eczema to alleviate dryness;  
  • As a topical steroid diluent or follow-up treatment with topical steroids.  

Diprobase works by creating a protective barrier over the skin. It is available in a variety of formulations including lotion, cream or ointment.  

How to use Diprobase? 

Diprobase emollient should be gently applied to dry skin and rubbed in thoroughly. It should be stored below 25C and not be used after the expiry date. Diprobase should be used with caution as it contains paraffin, which is flammable.  
 
Diprobase cream is packaged in either aluminium tubes or a polypropylene jar with a pump dispenser mechanism. Diprobase can be used to soothe skin or as a protective barrier before exposure to water.  
 
Diprobase lotion is a light formulation containing less oil than the cream, meaning it can be used as a cleanser, as well as a daily moisturiser to prevent eczema flare ups. Diprobase cream is suitable for dry skin and eczema and can be applied before showering to protect the skin, or afterwards to hydrate. Diprobase ointment has a very high oil content and is suitable for use on damaged, red, inflamed or chapped extra dry skin and eczema. It is particularly suited for night-time use or as protection before swimming.  

Side effects 

Some people may experience the following common side effects after applying Diprobase cream:  
 

  • Pruritus;  
  • Rash;  
  • Erythema (redness);  
  • Skin exfoliation;  
  • Burning sensation;  
  • Hypersensitivity;  
  • Pain;  
  • Dry skin;  
  • Bullous dermatitis.  

See the package leaflet for more information on side effects.  

Who should not use Diprobase? 

Diprobase is not suitable for anyone who is hypersensitive to any of the ingredients/excipients.  

Pregnancy / driving ability / alcohol 

Diprobase is suitable for women who are pregnant or breastfeeding.  

Diprobase does not affect driving ability or machinery use.  
 
Diprobase does not interact with alcohol.