Patient Information Leaflet

Dermovate Cream

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What you should know about Dermovate Cream

Dermovate Cream is a strong and rapidly effective treatment for inflamed skin conditions such as eczema, psoriasis and dermatitis.

IT IS IMPORTANT TO READ THIS CAREFULLY BEFORE STARTING TREATMENT

Following this advice gives the cream a chance to work safely and effectively.

Dermovate Cream is one of a group of medicines called topical steroids. "Topical" means they are put on the skin. Topical steroids reduce the redness and itchiness of certain skin problems. (They should not be confused with "anabolic" steroids misused by some body builders and taken as tablets or injections).

Ingredients of the cream include:

The active ingredient - clobetasol propionate 0.05%

a preservative - chlorocresol

in a base containing cetostearyl alcohol, glyceryl monostearate, polyoxyethylene stearate, beeswax substitute and propylene glycol.

The cream does not contain any lanolin, parabens or colouring agents

This cream has been prescribed to treat the skin problem that you showed to your doctor.

DO NOT put it on any other skin problems as it could make them worse,

especially:

acne

skin infections such as cold sores, herpes, impetigo, athletes foot, chicken pox,

ringworm, thrush

itchiness of anus (back passage)

itchiness of genitals (private parts)

conditions called rosacea and perioral dermatitis.

Did you tell your doctor at the last visit or an earlier visit?

IF YOU DID NOT TELL YOUR DOCTOR THEN YOU SHOULD DO SO BEFORE STARTING THE TREATMENT

Even so, your doctor may still want you to use the cream.

Face

YOU SHOULD NOT normally use on the face where the skin thins easily - BUT if your doctor has advised you to use it on the face then, if possible, the course of treatment should not last more than five days. It is important that you DO NOT let the cream get in your eyes.

Children –

DO NOT use on a child under one year of age, or under the napkin, or airtight dressing of an infant older than one year. (These make it easier for the active ingredient to pass through the skin). In children older than one year try, if possible, to use it for no more than five days at a time.

If your doctor has told you in detail HOW MUCH to use and HOW OFTEN then keep to this advice. If you are not sure then follow the advice on the back of this leaflet.

Unless told by your doctor:

Overuse like this may:

If your skin problem does not improve in two to four weeks tell your doctor.

If your doctor has prescribed the cream for psoriasis you should let your doctor review your progress at regular intervals, as such treatment needs careful supervision. continued

Most people find using this cream causes no problems when used in the right amount for the correct length of time (See above as well as guidance on back of this leaflet).

IF you find your condition gets worse during treatment you may be allergic to the cream or have a skin infection.

STOP USING THE CREAM AND TELL YOUR DOCTOR AS SOON AS POSSIBLE

Repeated courses of topical steroids over a long period of time may sometimes cause changes in hair growth and skin colour.

If your doctor has told you in detail how to use the cream then keep to that advice otherwise:-

One or two times a day, after washing your hands, gently rub the correct amount of cream into the skin until it has all disappeared.

For an adult:

You should find that

two fingertips of cream will treat both hands or one foot

three fingertips of cream will treat one arm

six fingertips of cream will treat one leg

fourteen fingertips of cream will treat the front and back of one trunk

Fingertip Units

 

 

Do not worry if you find you need a little more or a little less than this - it is only a rough guide.

Wash your hands before using the cream. Gently rub the correct amount into the skin until it has all disappeared. Unless used for treating the hands wash them again after using the cream. Anyone who helps to rub in the cream should also do the same or wear disposable plastic gloves.

For a child:

It should not be used in children under one year of age.

The smaller the child the less you use.

A child of 4 years needs about a third of the adult amount.

A course of treatment for a child should not normally last more than five days unless your doctor has told you to use it for longer.

Dermovate Ointment

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Dermovate Ointment is one of a group of medicines called topical steroids. "Topical" means they are put on the skin. Topical steroids reduce the redness and itchiness of certain skin problems. (They should not be confused with "anabolic" steroids misused by some body builders and taken as tablets or injections).

Ingredients of the ointment include:

The active ingredient - clobetasol propionate 0.05%

in a base containing propylene glycol sorbitan sesquioleate and white soft paraffin.

The ointment does not contain any lanolin, parabens or colouring agents.