What is Dermovate?
Dermovate is a hormone preparation that comes in ointment, cream and lotion formulas for use on the skin. Dermovate ointment, cream and lotion all contain the active ingredient clobetasol, which is a type of medicine called a corticosteroid (a class of steroid hormones produced in the adrenal cortex). This medicine is used to treat inflammatory skin disorders with symptoms such as scaling, swelling, redness and itching. Dermovate is a prescription-only medicine.
What is Dermovate used for?
Dermovate cream, lotion and ointment are used in short courses to treat specific inflammatory skin disorders such as:
- Psoriasis, a chronic skin disease which presents as a red, itchy, crusty rash with silver coloured scales;
- Certain types of eczema;
- Lupus erythematosus, a skin disorder characterised by red patches and an increased sensitivity of the skin to UV light.
Dermovate does not cure these skin disorders, but reduces swelling, redness and itching by calming the skin.
How to use Dermovate
Dermovate is available as an ointment, cream and lotion. The doctor will recommend the right variant for you depending on your symptoms. Dermovate cream or ointment should be applied thinly to the affected areas of the skin. Consult the package leaflet to see how much to use. Wash your hands after applying this medicine and avoid contact with the eyes. Dermovate lotion is for external use on the scalp only. Apply the lotion thinly to the affected areas of the scalp and never on wet hair. Dermovate lotion contains flammable alcohol. Do not use it near naked flames or lit objects, such as gas and electric fires and lit cigarettes, or near other sources of heat such as hairdryers.
Unless otherwise advised by a doctor, the usual dose is:
- Adults and children aged one and above: a thin layer applied to the affected areas, once or twice daily.
As soon as the condition starts to improve, you should use it less frequently as directed by your doctor. This medicine is used in short courses. Do not use this medicine more often or for longer than advised by your doctor, and preferably not for longer than a few days at a time. This medicine should only be used on advice of a doctor in young children. Read the package leaflet before use.
Dermovate ointment, cream and lotion may cause side effects, including:
- Thinning of the skin where the product has been applied;
- Groupings of fine blood vessels becoming prominent under the skin (telangiectasia);
- Growth problems in children.
Continuous, long-term use of this medicine should be avoided wherever possible, as this increases the chance of serious side effects. Consult a doctor if the side effects are severe. For a complete list of possible side effects, see the package leaflet.
When not to use Dermovate
This medicine should not be used to treat conditions that it is not approved for (e.g. acne, rosacea, fungal skin conditions, itchy rash without inflammation). Dermovate can make these skin conditions worse. This medicine should not be used if you are allergic to clobetasol or any other ingredient.
Do not use this medicine without consulting your doctor if you are pregnant or breastfeeding.
Dermovate does not interact with alcohol or impair your ability to drive safely.