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Last Updated 22 Nov 2013

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Fucibet cream

Fucibet (Few-sib-et) is a medicine which is used in inflammatory skin conditions where bacterial infection is also present. Fucibet contains betamethasone valerate/fusidic acid. It is supplied by LEO Laboratories Limited.

The information in this Medicine Guide for Fucibet varies according to the condition being treated and the particular preparation used.

There are 2 preparations of Fucibet available. If Fucibet cream is not the preparation you are looking for, please select from the drop down list below.

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Fucibet cream

Information specific to Fucibet cream when used in inflammatory skin conditions where bacterial infection is also present

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Your medicine

Fucibet contains two different medicines - fusidic acid and betamethasone valerate. Fucibet is used to treat eczema when infection is also present. Fusidic acid is an antibacterial which can help to treat certain types of skin infections. Betamethasone valerate reduces inflammation and can help to relieve the symptoms of inflammatory skin problems.

Other information about Fucibet:

  • Fucibet should usually not be used for longer than two weeks. If there is no improvement within one week of starting to use Fucibet contact your prescriber

Do not share your medicine with other people. It may not be suitable for them and may harm them.

The pharmacy label on your medicine tells you how much medicine you should use. It also tells you how often you should use your medicine. This is the dose that you and your prescriber have agreed you should use. You should not change the dose of your medicine unless you are told to do so by your prescriber.

If you feel that the medicine is making you unwell or you do not think it is working, then talk to your prescriber.

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When to take your medicine

Some medicines work best if they are taken at a specific time of day. Getting the most from your medicine can also be affected by the times at which you take other medicines.

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How to take your medicine

Some medicines have specific instructions about how to take them. This is because they work better when taken correctly. These instructions can include getting the right dose and special instructions for preparing the medicine.

In the case of Fucibet:

  • apply a small amount of Fucibet to the affected area of skin
  • take care not to get Fucibet in your eyes

If you are having problems taking this form of Fucibet, you should talk to your prescriber or pharmacist. They may be able to give you advice on other ways to take your medicine or other preparations that are easier for you to take.

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Taking too much of your medicine

Taking extra doses of some medicines can be harmful. In some cases even one extra dose can cause you problems. If you take extra doses of your medicine, you must get medical advice immediately. This is because the effects of taking too much medicine are very complex so it is very important that you seek medical advice.

Contact your prescriber, pharmacist, specialist clinic or NHS Direct on 0845 46 47 for advice.

Make sure you take all of your medicine containers with you if you are advised to go to hospital.

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Stopping your medicine

If you are not having any problems with this medicine, do not stop using it unless you have completed the course or you are advised to stop using it by your prescriber.

If you are in any doubt, contact your prescriber, pharmacist, specialist clinic or NHS Direct on 0845 46 47.

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Looking after your medicine

The instructions on how you should keep your medicine are on the pharmacy label. You should keep your medicine in the original container. This will help to keep your medicine in the best condition and also allow you to check the instructions. Do not take the medicine if the packaging appears to have been tampered with or if the medicine shows any signs of damage. Make sure that the medicine is out of the sight and reach of children.

In the case of Fucibet:

  • do not store in temperatures above 30°C

You must not take the medicine after the expiry date shown on the packaging. If you have any unused medicine, return it to your pharmacist who will dispose of it safely.

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Whether this medicine is suitable for you

Fucibet is not suitable for everyone and some people should never use it. Other people should only use it with special care. It is important that the person prescribing this medicine knows your full medical history.

Your prescriber may only prescribe this medicine with special care or may not prescribe it at all if you:

Furthermore the prescriber may only prescribe this medicine with special care or may not prescribe it at all for an infant or child.

Over time it is possible that Fucibet can become unsuitable for some people, or they may become unsuitable for it. If at any time it appears that Fucibet has become unsuitable, it is important that the prescriber is contacted immediately.

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Side-effects

A medicine is only made available to the public if the clinical trials have shown that the benefits of taking the medicine outweigh the risks.

Once a medicine has been licensed, information on the medicine's effects, both intended and unintended, is continuously recorded and updated.

Some side-effects may be serious while others may only be a mild inconvenience.

Everyone's reaction to a medicine is different. It is difficult to predict which side-effects you will have from taking a particular medicine, or whether you will have any side-effects at all. The important thing is to tell your prescriber or pharmacist if you are having problems with your medicine.

Uncommon: More than 1 in 1000 people who use Fucibet:

Rare: More than 1 in 10,000 people who use Fucibet:

The frequency of these side-effects is unknown:

  • allergic reactions
  • eye or eyesight problems if Fucibet gets into the eye
  • failure of Fucibet to achieve the intended medical effect
  • hiding symptoms of infection and hypersensitivity reactions
  • if Fucibet is used in large amounts or for a long period of time other side-effects may occur. These may include: thinning of the skin, dilation of superficial blood vessels, striae, skin infections, dermatitis, hair overgrowth, skin colour changes or adrenal problems. Absorption of the active ingredients in Fucibet will increase if the treated area of skin is tightly covered or sealed. This increases the chances of these side effects happening
  • skin rash or rashes
  • worsening of the problem that Fucibet is being used to treat

If you feel unwell or if you have concerns about a side-effect, you will need to seek advice. If you feel very ill, get medical help straight away. Contact your prescriber, pharmacist, nurse or call NHS Direct on 0845 46 47.

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Taking other medicines

There are no known important interactions between Fucibet and other medicines. If you experience any unusual symptoms while using Fucibet and other medicines you should tell your prescriber.

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Complementary preparations and vitamins

Medicines can interact with complementary preparations and vitamins. In general, there is not much information available about interactions between medicines and complementary preparations or vitamins.

If you are planning to take or are already taking any complementary preparations and vitamins you should ask your prescriber whether there are any known interactions with Fucibet.

Your prescriber can advise whether it is appropriate for you to take combinations that are known to interact. They can also discuss with you the possible effect that the complementary preparations and vitamins may have on your condition.

If you experience any unusual effects while taking this medicine in combination with complementary preparations and vitamins, you should tell your prescriber.

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Driving and operating machinery

When taking any medicine you should be aware that it might interfere with your ability to drive or operate machinery safely.

Like all medicines Fucibet can cause side effects. You should see how this medicine affects you and then judge if you are safe to drive or operate machinery. If you are in any doubt, talk to your prescriber.

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Diet

Medicines can interact with certain foods. In some cases, this may be harmful and your prescriber may advise you to avoid certain foods.

In the case of Fucibet:

  • there are no specific foods that you must exclude from your diet when using Fucibet
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Alcohol

Alcohol can interact with certain medicines.

In the case of Fucibet:

  • there are no known interactions between alcohol and Fucibet
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Family planning and pregnancy

Most medicines, in some way, can affect the development of a baby in the womb. The effect on the baby differs between medicines and also depends on the stage of pregnancy that you have reached when you take the medicine.

In the case of Fucibet:

  • you should only use this medicine during pregnancy if your doctor thinks that you need it

You need to discuss your specific circumstances with your doctor to weigh up the overall risks and benefits of taking this medicine. You and your doctor can make a decision about whether you are going to take this medicine during pregnancy.

If the decision is that you should not have Fucibet, then you should discuss whether there is an alternative medicine that you could take during pregnancy.

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Breast-feeding

Certain medicines can pass into breast milk and may reach your baby through breast-feeding.

In the case of Fucibet:

  • this medicine may be used by women who are breast-feeding but must not be used on the breast

For information about Fucibet and breast-feeding, contact your prescriber.

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Ingredients of your medicine

Medicines contain active ingredients. They may also contain other, additional ingredients that help ensure the stability, safety and effectiveness of the medicine. They are also added to improve the medicine's appearance and to make it easier to use. Some may be used to prolong the life of the medicine.

Fucibet contains:

If you are not able to take any of the ingredients in your medicine, talk to your prescriber or pharmacist to see if they can suggest an alternative medicine. If you have reacted badly to Fucibet before, do not use Fucibet. Talk to your prescriber, pharmacist or nurse as soon as possible.

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Fucibet, Version 8, last updated 22 Nov 2013