Dermovate Cream is a strong and rapidly effective treatment for inflamed skin conditions such as eczema, psoriasis and dermatitis.
What Dermovate Cream is and What it is Used For
Dermovate contains a medicine called clobetasol propionate. It belongs to a group of medicines called steroids. It helps to reduce swelling and irritation. Dermovate is used to help reduce the redness and itchiness of certain skin problems.
These skin problems include:
- Frequently relapsing eczema psoriasis (thickened patches of inflamed, red skin, often covered by silvery scales), excluding widespread plaque psoriasis.
- Lichen planus, a skin disease that causes itchy, reddish-purple, flat-topped bumps on the wrists, forearms or lower legs).
- Discoid lupus erythematosus (a disease of the skin most often affecting the face, ears and scalp causing scarring and increased sensitivity of the affected skin to sunlight).
- Dermatitis and other skin conditions that have not responded to milder steroid creams or intents.
Warning and precautions
Take more precautionary steps if:
- You have previously had an allergic reaction with another steroid.
- You are applying the cream under an airtight dressing, including a child’s nappy. These dressings make it easier for the active ingredient to pass through the skin. It is possible to accidentally end up using too much cream.
- Make sure that the skin is cleansed before a fresh dressing is applied to prevent infections.
- You are applying the cream on broken or damaged skin or within skin folds.
- If you are applying to a large surface area.
- You have psoriasis, your doctor will want to see you more often.
- If you are using for a chronic leg ulcer as you may be at increased risk of local allergic reaction or infection.
- You are applying near eyes or on eyelids, as cataracts or glaucoma may result if the cream repeatedly enters the eye.
- You are applying to thin skin such as the face, as Dermovate may cause skin thinning. Use on the face should be limited to 5 days. Dressings or bandages should not be used on the face where the cream is applied.
- Do not use this medicine in children under 1 year of age.
- Avoid continuous treatment for a long period of time in infants and children over 1 year of age, as their skin is thinner than adults and as a result may absorb larger amounts.
- Use on children should not exceed 5 days and reviewed weekly.
- Dressings or bandages should not be used on children where the cream is applied.
Other medicines and Dermovate
- Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are taking, have recently taken or might take any other medicine, especially if you are taking ritonavir and itraconazole medications.
Pregnancy, breast-feeding and fertility
- If you are pregnant or breast-feeding. think you may be pregnant or are planning to have baby, ask your doctor or pharmacist for advice before taking this medicine.
- If you do use Dermovate when breast-feeding, do not use it on your breast area to ensure that the baby does not accidentally get Dermovate in their mouth.
Dermovate Cream contains propylene glycol, Cetostearyl alcohol and Chlorocres
- Propylene glycol may cause skin irritation.
- Cetostearyl alcohol may cause local skin reactions (eg. contact dermatitis).
- Chlorocresol may cause allergic reactions.
How to Use Dermovate Cream
- You usually apply a thin layer of Dermovate once or twice a day. You can reduce it as your skin begins to get better, or stop when better.
- If you are also using an emollient (moisturizer), allow time for Dermovate to be absorbed into your skin before applying the emollient.
- This cream is for use on your skin only.
- Do not use for more than 4 weeks without talking to your doctor. If you need treatment for a long time, your doctor may decide you need to use a milder cream or ointment.
- If your skin problem worsens or does not improve within 2 to 4 weeks, talk to your doctor.
- Consider the germs that cause infections like the warm and moist conditions under dressings. If you will cover the treated area with a dressing, always clean the skin before putting on a fresh dressing to help prevent infection of the skin beneath the dressing.
- If you are applying the cream on someone else, make sure you wash your hands after use or wear disposable plastic gloves.
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