What is Ichtholan 10%, 20%, 50% Ointment and when is it used?
Ichtholan Ointment contains Ichthammolum (ammonium bituminosulfonate) as an active ingredient and has an antibacterial, anti-inflammatory and antipruritic effect. In purulent skin processes, in the advanced stage of the inflammation, it accelerates the melting of the focus of the disease and the breakthrough of the pus to the outside.
Ichtholan Ointment is used in different concentrations to treat various inflammatory diseases of the skin:
- Ichtholan 10% traction Ointment for superficial inflammatory diseases of the skin
- Ichtholan 20% traction Ointment for inflammatory skin diseases of a deeper nature, such as abscesses, nail bed inflammation, sweat gland inflammation and sweat gland abscesses.
- Ichtholan 50% traction Ointment for the maturation of boils
When should Ichtholan 10%, 20%, 50% Ointment not be used?
Known hypersensitivity to Ichthammolum (ammonium bituminosulfonate), or to any of the excipients in the composition. The use and safety of Ichtholan Ointment in children under the age of 12 has not yet been tested.
When is caution required when using Ichtholan 10%, 20%, 50% Ointment?
In the case of purulent skin inflammation, especially boils, there is a risk that the inflammation will be passed on by smear infection and possibly a furunculosis (the repeated appearance of boils) that is difficult to influence. Careful bandaging technique is therefore necessary (see «How do you use Ichtholan Zugsalbe?»).
If a local deterioration occurs or if there is no healing within 2-3 weeks, a doctor or pharmacist should be consulted. If the general condition deteriorates (e.g. fever), a doctor must be consulted immediately.
During treatment with Ichtholan Ointment in the genital and anal area, the fats and emulsifiers contained as auxiliary substances and the simultaneous use of latex condoms can lead to a reduction in the tear strength and thus to an impairment of the safety of the condoms.
The use of other ointments or creams can impair the effect of Ichtholan Ointment. Ichtholan can increase the solubility of other active ingredients and thus enhance their absorption into the skin.
Ichtholan contains butylated hydroxytoluene and wool wax, which can cause local skin reactions (eg contact dermatitis). Butylated hydroxytoluene can also cause irritation of the eyes and mucous membranes.
Tell your doctor, pharmacist or druggist if you
- suffer from other diseases
- have allergies or
- take other medicines (including those you bought yourself!) or use them externally!
Can Ichtholan 10%, 20%, 50% Ointment be used during pregnancy or while breastfeeding?
There are insufficient data on the use of Ichtholan Ointment during pregnancy. If you are pregnant or would like to become pregnant, only use Ichtholan Ointment on the prescription of your doctor.
From a large-scale application during pregnancy
It is not known whether the active substance in Ichtholan is excreted in human milk. Breastfeeding women should only use Ichtholan Zugsalbe if prescribed by their doctor. Ichtholan Ointment should not be used on the breasts while breastfeeding.
How do you use Ichtholan 10%, 20%, 50% Ointment?
Ichtholan 10% Ointment
Unless otherwise prescribed by the doctor, Ichtholan 10% Ointment is applied thinly to the inflamed skin regions once a day and distributed well. The treatment can be carried out until the inflammation of the skin has subsided.
Ichtholan 20% Ointment
Unless otherwise prescribed by the doctor, Ichtholan 20% traction ointment is applied thickly to the skin regions to be treated and covered over a large area with a bandage. For this purpose, a cotton swab can be placed on the applied ointment and this can be covered over a large area with a plaster. The dressing is changed daily.
Every time the dressing is changed, the ointment residues on the skin must be washed off with warm water and soap before you start treating again with Ichtholan 20% Zugointment.
The duration of treatment depends on the response.
Ichtholan 50% Ointment
Unless otherwise prescribed by the doctor, Ichtholan 50% Zugsalbe is applied to the skin region to be treated as thick as a knife and covered over a large area with a bandage. The bandage should be changed after 3 days at the latest.
The duration of use depends on the success of the treatment. Whenever the bandage is changed, the ointment residue should be washed off with lukewarm water and soap before treating again with 50% Zugointment.
In the case of purulent skin inflammation, especially boils, there is a risk that the inflammation will be passed on by smear infection and possibly a furunculosis (the repeated appearance of boils) that is difficult to influence. Therefore, a careful bandaging technique is necessary:
- Scrupulously clean, cleaning and disinfecting the surrounding healthy skin
- Apply a well-covering, non-slipping and non-chafing bandage
- possibly bathing with disinfectant additives.
The use and safety of Ichtholan Zugsalbe in children under the age of 12 has not yet been tested.
Follow the dosage given in the package leaflet or prescribed by your doctor. If you think the medicine is too weak or too strong, talk to your doctor, pharmacist or druggist.
What side effects can Ichtholan Ointment 10%, 20%, 50% have?
The following side effects can occur when using Ichtholan Ointment :
Rare (affects 1 to 10 users in 10,000)
Intolerance reactions of the skin occur, which manifest themselves in itching, burning or reddening of the skin; allergic skin reactions (contact dermatitis).
Very rare (affects less than 1 in 10,000 users)
more severe skin reactions, eg blistering (under an airtight bandage). If these symptoms occur, a doctor should be consulted.
If you notice side effects, contact your doctor, pharmacist or druggist. This also applies in particular to side effects that are not listed in this leaflet.
What should also be noted?
The medicinal product may only be used up to the date marked “EXP” on the container. Tubes should be closed well after opening.
Any ointment stains can be easily removed from the laundry by first using an organic solvent (e.g. petrol) and then washing with a detergent.
Medicines should be kept out of the reach of children.
Store at room temperature (15-25 °C) and dry.
Your doctor, pharmacist or druggist can provide you with further information. These people have the detailed information for specialists.
What is in Ichtholan 10%, 20%, 50% train ointment?
10% and 20%: 1 g of ointment contains: Ichthammolum (ammonium bituminosulphonate) 100 mg/200 mg.
50%: 1 g of ointment contains: Ichthammolum (ammonium bituminosulfonate) 500 mg.
10%: wool wax, butylated hydroxytoluene (E321), yellow petroleum jelly, purified water.
20%: wool wax, butylated hydroxytoluene (E321), yellow petroleum jelly, purified water.
50%: wool wax, butylated hydroxytoluene (E321), yellow petroleum jelly, microcrystalline wax, purified water.
Where can you get Ichtholan 10%, 20%, 50% Zugsalve? What packs are available?
In pharmacies and drugstores, without medical prescription.
Tubes of 40 g ointment.
Marketing Authorization Holder
Merz Pharma (Switzerland) AG, 4123 Allschwil
Ichthyol Society Cordes, Hermanni & Co. (GmbH & Co.) KG, Hamburg, Germany