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Diprosone® 0.05 % w/w Ointment
betamethasone (as dipropionate 0.064 %)
1. What Diprosone Ointment is and what it is used for
2. What you need to know before you use Diprosone Ointment
3. How to use Diprosone Ointment
4. Possible side effects
5. How to store Diprosone Ointment
6. Contents of the pack and other information
Diprosone Ointment contains the active ingredient 0.064% w/w betamethasone dipropionate (equivalent to 0.05% w/w betamethasone).
Betamethasone dipropionate belongs to a group of medicines called topical corticosteroids which are used on the surface of the skin to reduce the redness and itchiness caused by certain skin problems.
In adults and children, Diprosone Ointment is used to treat skin problems, including eczema, all types of dermatitis and psoriasis of the scalp, hands and feet.
Eczema is a common skin disease, which causes the skin to become red and itchy. Dermatitis is inflammation of the skin. Psoriasis is a skin disease in which itchy, scaly, pink patches develop on the elbows, knees, scalp and other parts of the body.
If you have:
If you have psoriasis, your doctor may want to review your treatment regularly. Contact your doctor if your psoriasis gets worse or you get raised bumps filled with pus under your skin.
Contact your doctor if you or your child experience blurred vision or other visual disturbances.
This medicine should not be used under bandages or plasters.
Side effects that may happen with oral or injectable corticosteroids may also occur with corticosteroids used on the skin, especially in infants and children.
If you use more than the correct amount of ointment and/or use it for longer than is recommended, it can affect the levels of certain hormones in the body, particularly in infants and children.
In adults the changes in hormone levels may lead rarely to puffiness or rounding of the face, weakness, tiredness, and dizziness when standing or sitting down.
Do not smoke or go near naked flames – risk of severe burns. Fabric (clothing, bedding, dressings etc) that has been in contact with this product burns more easily and is a serious fire hazard. Washing clothing and bedding may reduce product build-up but not totally remove it.
If there is a worsening of your condition during use consult your prescriber – you may be experiencing an allergic reaction, have an infection or your condition requires a different treatment.
If you experience a recurrence of your condition shortly after stopping treatment, within 2 weeks, do not restart using the ointment without consulting your prescriber unless your prescriber has previously advised you to do so. If your condition has resolved and on recurrence the redness extends beyond the initial treatment area and you experience a burning sensation, please seek medical advice before restarting treatment.
If you use more than the correct amount of ointment and/or use it for longer than is recommended, it can affect your child’s hormones. Rarely this may lead to:
If Diprosone Ointment is used in children, it should not be used on any part of their body for more than 5 days.
Do not put the ointment under your child’s nappy, as this makes it easier for the active ingredient of the medicine to pass through the skin and possibly cause some unwanted effects.
If you are pregnant or breast-feeding, think you may be pregnant or are planning to have a baby, ask your doctor or pharmacist for advice before taking this medicine.
Always use Diprosone Ointment exactly as your doctor or pharmacist has told you. Check with your doctor or pharmacist if you are not sure.
Usually for adults and children, a thin layer of Diprosone Ointment should be rubbed into the affected area of skin twice a day.
You should always follow these instructions when using Diprosone Ointment:
Use in children
If you (or somebody else) accidentally swallow the ointment, it should not cause any problems. However, if you are worried, you should see your doctor.
If you use the ointment more often than you should, or on large areas of your body, it can affect some of your hormones. In children this may affect their growth and development. If you have not used the ointment as you were told to do and have used it too often and/or for a long time, you should tell your doctor.
If you forget to use your ointment at the right time, use it as soon as you remember, then carry on as before.
If you have been using the ointment for a long time and your skin problem seems to have got better, you should not suddenly stop using the ointment. If you do, you may find that your skin becomes red and you may notice stinging or burning. To avoid this, you should speak to your doctor who will gradually reduce how often you need to use the ointment until you stop treatment altogether.
If you have any further questions on the use of this medicine, ask your doctor or pharmacist.
Like all medicines, Diprosone Ointment can cause side effects, although not everybody gets them.
Most people find that when the ointment is used correctly, it does not cause any problems. However, if you use the ointment more than you should, particularly on your face, it can cause redness, stinging, blistering, peeling, swelling, itching, burning, skin rash, dryness of the skin, inflammation of the hair follicles; excessive hair growth, reduced skin pigmentation; allergic skin reactions; dermatitis (skin inflammation); other skin infections, thinning of the skin, red marks and blurred vision.
Steroid withdrawal reaction:
If used continuously for prolonged periods a withdrawal reaction may occur on stopping treatment with some or all of the following features: redness of the skin which can extend beyond the initial area treated, a burning or stinging sensation, intense itching, peeling of the skin, oozing open sores.
This can happen more easily in infants and children. If you are worried by these or any other effects, you should tell your doctor or pharmacist.
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 via the Yellow Card Scheme at: www.mhra.gov.uk/yellowcard or search for MHRA Yellow Card in the Google Play or Apple App Store. By reporting side effects, you can help provide more information on the safety of this medicine.
Keep this medicine out of the sight and reach of children.
Do not use this medicine after the expiry date which is stated on the label and carton after ‘EXP’. The expiry date refers to the last day of the month.
Do not store the ointment above 25°C.
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 protect the environment.
Diprosone Ointment is a smooth, opaque (not clear) ointment. It is available in tubes containing 30g or 100g. Not all pack sizes may be marketed.
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This leaflet was last revised in May 2023.
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