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Etrivex 500 micrograms/g Shampoo
500 micrograms/g shampoo
Etrivex 500 micrograms/g shampoo
What is in this leaflet
1. What Etrivex 500 micrograms/g shampoo is and what it is used for
2. What you need to know before you use Etrivex 500 micrograms/g shampoo
3. How to use Etrivex 500 micrograms/g shampoo
4. Possible side effects
5. How to store Etrivex 500 micrograms/g shampoo
6. Contents of the pack and other information
Etrivex shampoo contains the active substance called clobetasol propionate; it belongs to a group of medicines called topical corticosteroids (or steroids). Topical corticosteroids are further classified into groups depending on their strength; clobetasol propionate is a very strong corticosteroid. “Topical“ means that it should only be applied to the surface of the skin. Topical steroids reduce the redness, itchiness and inflammation associated with skin conditions.
Scalp psoriasis is caused by the skin cells of your scalp being produced too quickly. Etrivex shampoo is used to treat scalp psoriasis of moderate intensity in adults.
Talk to your doctor or pharmacist before using Etrivex 500 micrograms/g shampoo if:
Take special care with Etrivex 500 micrograms/g shampoo
Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are taking or have recently taken other medicines, including medicines obtained without a prescription.
If you are pregnant or breastfeeding, or think you may be pregnant or are planning to have a baby, ask your doctor or pharmacist for advice before taking any medicine.
Etrivex shampoo has no or very little influence on the ability to drive and use machines.
This medicine contains 100 mg alcohol (ethanol) in each gram which is equivalent to 10% w/w.
It may cause burning sensation on damaged skin.
Always use Etrivex Shampoo exactly as your doctor has told you. You should check with your doctor or pharmacist if you are not sure. The usual daily dose per application is an amount equivalent to around a half tablespoon (around 7.5 ml) sufficient to cover the entire scalp.
Unless your doctor has instructed otherwise, wash your hands and apply Etrivex Shampoo directly to your dry scalp once daily taking care to well cover and massage the affected areas. Avoid using large amounts of Etrivex Shampoo, only use enough to cover your scalp when dry. Wash your hands carefully after application. Leave the product to work for 15 minutes without covering, and then add water, rinse and dry your hair as usual. Your regular shampoo can be used if more shampoo is required to wash your hair. Do not add more of Etrivex shampoo to your hair.
Your doctor will tell you how long you need to use Etrivex shampoo to control your scalp psoriasis. Treatment should not continue for more than 4 weeks.
However, if your scalp psoriasis is significantly improved before the end of treatment, please see your doctor. On the contrary, if no improvement is seen by the end of the treatment, please tell your doctor. This treatment needs careful supervision; you should let your doctor review your progress at regular intervals. Do not use Etrivex shampoo for longer than your doctor tells you.
Nonetheless, your doctor may ask you to use Etrivex shampoo again in the future following a period of no use.
If this product has been prescribed for children or adolescents between the ages of 2 and 18 years, the instructions given by your doctor must be followed. You must check with the doctor every week before continuing treatment.
If you have used Etrivex shampoo for much longer than you should, please see your doctor. This product is for use on the scalp only. Do not swallow it. If you accidentally do so, small amounts are not harmful. If you are not sure, seek immediate medical advice.
If you forget to use Etrivex shampoo, do not use a double dose on the next application to make up for a forgotten dose. Go back to your regular schedule. If you miss several doses, tell your doctor.
If you stop using Etrivex shampoo, please see your doctor. It may be that worsening of the disease occurs when treatment with Etrivex shampoo is stopped, especially if it has been used for a long time. Tell your doctor if you observe such a worsening of your scalp psoriasis conditions.
If you have any further questions on the use of this product, ask your doctor or pharmacist.
Like all medicines, this medicine can cause side effects, although not everybody gets them.
Etrivex shampoo may cause the following side effects
Common side effect (may affect up to 1 in 10 people):
Uncommon side effects (may affect up to 1 in 100 people):
Not known (frequency cannot be estimated from the available data)
Irritation, itching, urticaria, visible small vessels or thinning skin around the treated areas are generally of a mild to moderate nature.
If you get any side effects, talk to your doctor or pharmacist. This includes any possible side effects not listed in this leaflet. You can also report side effects directly (see details below). By reporting side effects you can help provide more information on the safety of this medicine.
or search for MHRA Yellow Card in the Google Play or Apple App Store.
Keep this medicine out of the sight and reach of children.
Do not use Etrivex Shampoo after the expiry date which is stated on the bottle and the carton. The expiry date refers to the last day of that month.
Store in the original plastic bottle in order to protect from light.
Discard the bottle 6 months after first opening.
Do not throw away any medicines via wastewater or household waste. Ask your pharmacist how to throw away medicines you no longer use.
These measures will help to protect the environment.
Etrivex Shampoo is a thick, semi transparent liquid shampoo with an alcoholic smell that is colourless to pale yellow in appearance.
Etrivex shampoo is available on prescription from your doctor in white high density polyethylene (HDPE) plastic bottles of 60 ml or 125 ml fitted with polypropylene snap closure. The HDPE bottle of 30 ml is fitted with polypropylene screw closure. Bottles contains 30 ml, 60 ml or 125 ml of shampoo (not all pack sizes may be marketed).
Marketing Authorisation Holder:
This medicinal product is authorised in the Member States under the following names:
United Kingdom (Northern Ireland), Italy, Ireland and Portugal: Etrivex 500 micrograms/g shampoo France, Germany, Belgium, Poland, Spain, Hungary, The Netherlands, Sweden, Denmark, Austria, Luxembourg, Iceland, Czech Republic, Norway, Greece, Slovakia and Finland: Clobex 500 micrograms/g shampoo
This leaflet was last revised in August 2022.