Dermovate Ointment 0.05%, 5 gram - 1 tube


Brand Name: Dermovate Ointment
Generic Name: Clobetasol Propionate

Manufactured by GlaxoSmithKline. This medicine is a corticosteroid used to reduce itching, redness, and swelling associated with many skin conditions.

Why is Dermovate prescribed?
Dermovate and Cormax relieve the itching and inflammation of moderate to severe skin conditions. The scalp application is used for short-term treatment of scalp conditions; the cream, ointment, emollient cream, and gel are used for short-term treatment of skin conditions on the body. The products contain a steroid medication for external use only.

How should you use Dermovate?
Use Dermovate exactly as directed. Do not use it more often or for a longer time than ordered. Remember to avoid covering or bandaging the affected area. Dermovate is for use only on the skin. Be careful to keep it out of your eyes. If the scalp application gets into your eyes, flush your eyes with a lot of water. A thin layer of cream, ointment, or gel should be gently rubbed into the affected area. Do not use the scalp application near an open flame. --If you miss a dose...Apply it as soon as you remember. If it is almost time for the next dose, skip the one you missed and go back to your regular schedule.

Storage instructions
Store at room temperature. Do not refrigerate the creams, gel, or scalp application.

What side effects may occur with Dermovate?
Side effects cannot be anticipated. If any develop or change in intensity, inform your doctor as soon as possible. Only your doctor can determine if it is safe for you to continue using Dermovate. This medication is generally well tolerated when used for 2 weeks. However, some side effects have been reported at the affected area.

Side effects are infrequent but may include:
Burning, cracking/fissuring, irritation, itching, numbness of fingers, patches, reddened skin, shrinking of the skin, stinging

More frequent side effects may include:
Burning, stinging

Less frequent side effects may include:
Eye irritation, hair loss, headache, inflammation, itching, tenderness and/or tightness of the scalp

These additional side effects have been known to result from use of topical steroids andmay be particularly apt to occur with airtight dressings or higher strength steroids: Acne, allergic skin inflammation, dryness, excessive hair growth, infection, inflammation around the mouth, loss of skin color, prickly heat, skin softening, streaking.

Special warnings about Dermovate
Dermovate is a strong corticosteroid that can be absorbed into the bloodstream. It has caused Cushing's syndrome (a disorder characterized by a moon-shaped face, emotional disturbances, high blood pressure, weight gain, and, in women, abnormal growth of facial and body hair) and changes in blood sugar. This medication should not be used for any condition other than the one for which it was prescribed. If your skin becomes irritated, stop using the medication and call your doctor. Dermovate should not be used by children under 12 years of age.

Treatment should not last for more than 2 weeks.

Possible food and drug interactions when using Dermovate
No interactions have been reported.

Special information if you are pregnant or breastfeeding when using Dermovate
Although Dermovate is applied to the skin, there is no way of knowing how much medication is absorbed into the bloodstream. Strong corticosteroids have caused birth defects in animals. Dermovate, a strong corticosteroid, should be used only if the potential benefits outweigh the potential risks to the unborn baby; limit use to small amounts, on a limited area, for a short period of time. It is not known whether topical steroids are absorbed in sufficient amounts to appear in breast milk. If Dermovate is essential to your health, your doctor may advise you to stop breastfeeding until your treatment with the medication is finished.

Recommended Dermovate dosage
Apply the medication to the affected area 2 times a day, once in the morning and once at night. Treatment should not last for more than 2 consecutive weeks, and the affected area should not be covered with a bandage. No more than 50 grams or 50 milliliters per week (approximately one large tube or bottle) should be used.

Dermovate Overdosage
When absorbed into the bloodstream over a prolonged period, Dermovate can cause disorders such as Cushing's syndrome. If you suspect an overdose of Dermovate, seek medical attention immediately.

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