By Medically reviewed by hellodoktor

Generic Name: Parafin Brand Name(s): Generics only. No brands available.


What is paraffin used for?

Paraffin is commonly used to soften, hydrate and protect the skin and soothe any irritation, especially in patients with dry skin conditions.

How should I take paraffin?

Apply to the affected area as often as required or as directed by your doctor, massaging gently and thoroughly into the skin.

Use this medication regularly in order to get the most benefit from it.

Remember to use it at the same time each day – unless specifically told not to by your doctor.

Certain medical conditions may require different dosage instructions as directed by your doctor.

How do I store paraffin?

Keep out of the reach and sight of children.

Pressurized container, extremely flammable. Protect from sunlight. Do not puncture, burn or expose to temperatures over 50ºC even when empty. Do not spray on a naked flame or anything which is very hot.

Do not store above 25°C. Do not use after the expiry date printed on the base. The expiry date refers to the last day of that month after EXP.

Precautions & warnings

What should I know before using paraffin?

Before using paraffin, tell your doctor if you have:

  • Allergic reaction: to paraffin, excipients using for dosage form containing paraffin. The information is detailed in the leaflet.
  • Allergic reaction to any other medicines, foods, dyes, preservatives, or animals.
  • Pediatric.
  • Geriatric.
  • Used any other health conditions, drugs that have a risk of interaction with paraffin.

Is it safe during pregnancy or breastfeeding?

Paraffin is suitable to use during pregnancy or breastfeeding. Ask your doctor or pharmacist if you have any doubts or questions about this.

It is sensible to limit the use of medication during pregnancy or breastfeeding whenever possible. However, your doctor may decide that the benefits outweigh the risks in individual circumstances and after a careful assessment of your specific health situation.

If you have any doubts or concern you are advised to discuss the medicine with your doctor or pharmacist.

Side effects

What side effects can occur from paraffin?

As taking others medicines, taking paraffin can cause some side effects. Most of them are rarely occurring and do not need any supplementary treatment. However, it is always important for you to consult your doctor if you have any problem after taking this medicine.

Some of the side effects are listed below:

  • Itching;
  • Rash;
  • Redness;
  • Burning;
  • Pain;
  • Dermatitis (skin inflammation);
  • Temporary blurring of vision (eye preparations).

Not everyone experiences these side effects. There may be some side effects not listed above. If you have any concerns about a side-effect, please consult your doctor or pharmacist.


What drugs may interact with paraffin?

Paraffin may interact with other drugs that you are currently taking, which can change how your drug works or increase your risk for serious side effects. To avoid any potential drug interactions, you should keep a list of all the drugs you are using (including prescription drugs, nonprescription drugs, and herbal products) and share it with your doctor and pharmacist. For your safety, do not start, stop, or change the dosage of any drugs without your doctor’s approval.

Does food or alcohol interact with paraffin?

Paraffin may interact with food or alcohol by altering the way the drug works or increase the risk for serious side effects. Please discuss with your doctor or pharmacist any potential food or alcohol interactions before using this drug.

What health conditions may interact with paraffin?

Paraffin may interact with your health condition. This interaction may worsen your health condition or alter the way the drug works. It is important to always let your doctor and pharmacist know all the health conditions you currently have.

Do not use paraffin on broken skin, such as cuts and lesions from which blood, fluid or pus is oozing.


The information provided is not a substitute for any medical advice. You should ALWAYS consult with your doctor or pharmacist before using paraffin.

What is the dose of paraffin for an adult?

Consult your doctor for information about the dose of paraffin hydrochloride.

Dosage is based on your age, gender, medical condition, response to therapy, and use of certain interacting medicines.

What is the dose of paraffin for a child?

The dosage has not been established in pediatric patients. It may be unsafe for your child. It is always important to fully understand the safety of the drug before using. Please consult with your doctor or pharmacist for more information.

How is paraffin available?

Paraffin is available in the following dosage forms and strengths:

  • Cream;
  • Lotion.

What should I do in case of an emergency or overdose?

In case of an emergency or an overdose, call your local emergency services (115) or go to your nearest emergency room.

What should I do if I miss a dose?

If you miss a dose of paraffin, take it as soon as possible. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and take your regular dose as scheduled. Do not take a double dose.

Hello Health Group does not provide medical advice, diagnosis or treatment.

Review Date: October 14, 2016 | Last Modified: September 12, 2019

You might also like