Dermovate contains the active substance clobetasol propionate which belongs to a group of medicines called corticosteroids. It helps to reduce redness, swelling and irritation of the skin. (These should not be confused with “anabolic” steroids misused by some body builders and athletes and taken as tablets or injections).
Dermovate is used to help reduce the redness and itchiness of certain skin problems in adults, the elderly and children over the age of 1 year.
These skin problems include:
- frequently relapsing eczema
- psoriasis (thickened patches of inflamed, red skin, often covered by silvery scales), excluding widespread plaque psoriasis.
- lichen planus (a skin disease that causes itchy, reddish-purple, flat-topped bumps on wrists, forearms or lower legs)
- discoid lupus erythematosus (a disease of the skin most often affecting the face, ears and scalp causing scarring and increased sensitivity of the affected skin to sunlight).
- conditions that have not responded to milder steroid creams or ointments.
For children over the age of 1 year, Dermovate is used for dermatitis that has not responded to milder steroid creams or ointments.
Using this medicine
You usually apply a thin layer of Dermovate once or twice a day. This may be reduced as your skin begins to get better, or stopped when it is better. Your doctor may prescribe a weaker steroid for you to use instead.
This ointment is for use on your skin only.
If you are also using an emollient (moisturising) preparation, allow time for Dermovate to soak into your skin before applying the emollient.
Do not use for more than 4 weeks without talking to your doctor. If you need treatment for a long time, your doctor may decide you need to use a milder cream or ointment.
If directed to cover the treated area with a dressing always clean the skin before putting on a fresh dressing, to help prevent infection of the skin beneath the dressing.
If you are applying the ointment on someone else make sure you wash your hands after use or wear disposable plastic gloves.
If your skin problem does not improve in 2 to 4 weeks, talk to your doctor.
What Dermovate Contains
- The active substance is clobetasol propionate. Each 1 g contains 0.5 mg of clobetasol propionate (0.05% w/w).
- The other ingredients are: propylene glycol , sorbitan sesquioleate and white soft paraffin.
What you need to know before you use Dermovate
Do not use Dermovate:
if you are allergic (hypersensitive) to clobetasol propionate or any of the other ingredients of this medicine, on a child under the age of 1 year.
To Treat Any Of The Following Skin Problems, It Could Make Them Worse:
- rosacea (severe flushing of skin on and around your nose, cheeks, chin, forehead or entire face with or without tiny visible blood vessels, bumps (papules) or pus-filled bumps (pustules))
- spotty red rash around your mouth (perioral dermatitis)ز
- itching around the anus or genitals (penis and vagina)
- infected skin (unless the infection is being treated with an anti-infective medicine at the same time)
- itchy skin which is not inflamed
- widespread plaque psoriasis, except single lesions
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.
Warnings And Precautions
Talk to your doctor or pharmacist before using Dermovate if:
you have previously had an allergic reaction with another steroid.
your doctor has directed you to use an airtight dressing, as dressings make it easier for the active ingredient to pass through the skin. It is possible to accidentally end up using too much ointment and the following symptoms may occur; increased weight, moon face/rounding of the face, skin thinning, changes to the colour of your skin, increased body hair, worsening of condition, pustular psoriasis (if you have psoriasis you may get raised bumps with pus under the skin).
you are applying the cream under an airtight dressing, including a child’s nappy, make sure that the skin is cleansed before a fresh dressing is applied to prevent infections.
you are applying to a large surface area. you are applying the cream on broken or damaged skin or within skin folds.
you have psoriasis, your doctor will want to see you more often.
you have eczema around a leg ulcer, use of a topical corticosteroid may increase the risk of an allergic reaction or an infection around the ulcer.
you are applying to thin skin such as the face, as Dermovate may cause skin thinning. Use on the face should be limited to only a few days.
you are applying near eyes or eyelids, as cataract (clouding of the eye’s lens) or glaucoma may result if the cream repeatedly enters the eye.
an infection develops during the use of this medicine talk to your doctor or pharmacist.
you experience newly developed bone pain or worsening of previous bone symptoms during a treatment with Dermovate especially if you have been using Dermovate for a prolonged time or repeatedly.
you use other oral/topical medication containing corticosteroids or medication intended to control your immune system (e.g. for autoimmune disease or after a transplantation). Combining Dermovate with these medicines may result in serious infections.
Only use Dermovate for as long as your doctor recommends. If your condition does not improve within 2 to 4 weeks of treatment, speak to your doctor.
Contact your doctor if you experience blurred vision or other visual disturbances.
If you are not sure if any of the above apply to you, talk to your doctor or pharmacist before using this medicine.
- Do not use this medicine on children under the age of 1 year.
- Avoid continuous treatment for a long period of time in infants and children over the age of 1 year with or without an occlusive dressing or nappy as adrenocortical suppression (where the body produces lower levels of the hormone cortisol than normal) and growth retardation may occur.
- Use on children should be limited to a few days and reviewed weekly.
Possible Side Effects
Like all medicines, this medicine can cause side effects, although not everybody gets them.
Stop using Dermovate and tell your doctor as soon as possible if:
you find that your skin problem gets worse, becomes swollen during treatment or you have the following very rare symptoms at the site of application:
- pale red raised bumps (hives)
- skin burning
- contact dermatitis
You may be allergic to the ointment, have an infection or need other treatment.
Other side effects you may notice when using Dermovate include:
Common: may affect up to 1 in 10 people:
- itchy skin
- local skin burning or pain