What is Elocon?
Elocon cream and ointment both contain the active ingredient mometasone, which is a type of medicine known as a topical corticosteroid. Elocon is a powerful skin medicine that reduces inflammation and accompanying symptoms such as scaling, itching, pain, redness and swelling. Elocon is a prescription-only medicine.
What is Elocon used for?
Elocon is used to treat various skin conditions, including:
- Eczema (red, itchy skin rash);
- Psoriasis (skin disease with red, scaly and swollen patches);
- Systemic lupus erythematosus (auto-immune disease in which red, raised patches develop on the skin).
Elocon reduces inflammation and thus itching, redness and scaling, allowing the skin to become supple and calm.
How to use Elocon
Elocon is available as a cream or ointment. Apply the product thinly to the affected areas to minimise the chances of local side effects. Wash hands thoroughly after applying this medicine, and avoid contact with the eyes and mucous membranes. Do not get the treated areas wet within half an hour of application because the medicine will rinse off.
Continuous, long-term use of Elocon should be avoided. If your symptoms fail to improve within a few weeks, you should talk to your doctor. If this medicine does have the desired effect, continue to use a maintenance dose (e.g. twice weekly instead of daily).
Unless otherwise advised, the usual dose in adults and children is:
- A thin layer applied to the affected areas once a day. Do not use more than 30 to 60 grams of cream or ointment a week.
The duration of treatment should be determined by a doctor. Read the package leaflet before use.
Elocon is generally well tolerated, but in some cases it may cause side effects such as:
- Thinning of the skin at the application site;
- Striae (stripe-like stretch marks) on the treated skin;
- Hypersensitivity reactions;
- A decrease in the production of natural hormones by the adrenal glands (only if used long term).
If Elocon cream or ointment is used under airtight dressings (e.g. plasters, bandages or nappies) the medicine is absorbed into the body more. This increases the risk of local side effects. Always consult your doctor if the side effects are severe. For more information, see the package leaflet.
When not to use Elocon
Elocon cream or ointment is not suitable for everyone and should not be used if:
- You are allergic to mometasone or any other ingredient in this medicine.
This medicine should not be used for treating viral skin infections such as chicken pox or cold cores, bacterial skin infections such as acne or impetigo, fungal skin infections or rosacea, and it should not be applied to wounds or ulcerated areas of skin. Consult a doctor before using Elocon if you are already using a topical skin medication to make sure the combination is safe.
Elocon should not be used by pregnant or breastfeeding women without consulting a doctor first.
This medicine does not interact with alcohol or affect your ability to drive safely.