- clobetasol propionate
POM: Prescription only medicine
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Package Leaflet: Information for the user
Read all of this leaflet carefully before you start using this medicine because it contains important information for you.
What is in this leaflet:
1 What Dermovate is and what it is used for
2 What you need to know before you use Dermovate
3 How to use Dermovate
4 Possible side effects
5 How to store Dermovate
6 Contents of the pack and other information
1. What Dermovate 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:
2. What you need to know before you use Dermovate
Do not use Dermovate:
Do not use if any of the above apply to you. If you are not sure, talk to your doctor or pharmacist before using Dermovate.
Warning and precautions
Talk to your doctor or pharmacist before using Dermovate if:
Contact your doctor if you experience blurred vision or other visual disturbances.
If an infection develops during the use of this medicine, talk to your doctor or pharmacist.
If you are not sure if any of the above apply to you, talk to your doctor or pharmacist before using this medicine.
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 a 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 chlorocresol
Propylene glycol may cause skin irritation. Cetostearyl alcohol may cause local skin reactions (eg. contact dermatitis). Chlorocresol may cause allergic reactions.
3. How to use Dermovate
Always use this medicine exactly as your doctor has told you. Check with your doctor or pharmacist if you are not sure.
Using this medicine
Guidance on how to apply the cream
1 Wash your hands.
2 Apply a thin layer to the affected area(s) and gently rub into the skin until it has all disappeared. You can measure how much Dermovate to use with your fingertip. For children you will need to use less cream but still use an adult finger to measure out the fingertip unit. The picture in the printed leaflet shows one finger tip unit
[Pictogram of 1 fingertip unit]
3 Unless you are meant to apply the cream to your hands as a part of the treatment, wash them again after using the cream.
For an adult
[Pictogram of an adult with fingertip units to be used as per text below with arrows pointing to relevant body part]
Face and neck:
2 ½ fingertip units.
Back: 7 fingertip units.
Front: 7 fingertip units.
One arm (not including the hand):
3 fingertip units.
Both sides of one hand:
1 fingertip unit.
One leg (not including the foot):
6 fingertip units
2 fingertip units.
Do not worry if you find you need a little more or less than this. It is only a rough guide.
For a child aged 1 – 10
Number of fingertip units needed
Child’s age – 1-2 years
Face and neck – 1 ½
Arm and hand – 1 ½
Leg and foot - 2
Front – 2
Back including buttocks – 3
Child’s age – 3-5 years
Face and neck – 1 ½
Arm and hand – 2
Leg and foot - 3
Front – 3
Back including buttocks - 3 ½
Child’s age – 6-10 years
Face and neck – 2
Arm and hand – 2 ½
Leg and foot – 4 ½
Front – 3 ½
Back including buttocks - 5
Use in children
If you have psoriasis
If you have thick patches of psoriasis on your elbows or knees, your doctor may suggest applying the cream under an airtight dressing. It will only be at night to help the cream to start working. After a short period of time you will then apply the cream as normal.
If you apply Dermovate to your face
You should only apply the cream to your face if your doctor tells you to. It should be limited to only 5 days as the skin on your face thins easily. Dressings or bandages should not be used on the face where the cream is applied. Do not let the cream get into your eyes. If it does, wash it out with plenty of water.
If you use more Dermovate than you should
If you apply too much or if accidentally swallowed, it could make you ill. Talk to your doctor or go to hospital as soon as possible.
If you forget to use Dermovate
If you forget to apply your cream, apply it as soon as you remember. If it is close to the time you are next meant to apply it, wait until this time.
Do not apply extra Dermovate to make up for a missed dose.
If you stop using Dermovate
If you use Dermovate regularly make sure you talk to your doctor before you stop using it as your condition may get worse if stopped suddenly.
If you have any further questions on the use of this medicine, ask your doctor or pharmacist.
4. Possible side effects
Like all medicines, this medicine can cause side effects, although not everybody gets them.
Stop using Dermovate and tell your doctor immediately if:
Other side effects you may notice when using Dermovate include:
Common (may affect up to 1 in 10 people)
Uncommon (may affect up to 1 in 100 people)
Very Rare (may affect up to 1 in 10,000 people)
Use of Dermovate for a long period of time, or use under an airtight dressing, may cause the following symptoms:
Other very rare skin reactions that may occur are:
In children, also look out for the following symptoms:
Very rare side effects that may show up in blood tests or when your doctor gives you a medical examination:
Not Known (frequency cannot be estimated from the available data)
Reporting of side effects
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.
5. How to store Dermovate
6. Contents of the pack and other information
What Dermovate contains
What Dermovate looks like and contents of the pack
Within each carton is a tube with a plastic screw cap, which contains either 30 or 100 g of cream.
Marketing Authorisation Holder and Manufacturer
Marketing Authorisation Holder:
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This leaflet was last revised in September 2017.
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