What is Eumovate?
Eumovate cream and ointment both contain the active ingredient clobetasone butyrate, which is a type of medicine known as a topical corticosteroid (adrenal cortex hormone). Corticosteroids are medicines used for reducing inflammation of the skin and reduce itching, swelling and flaking.
What is Eumovate used for?
Eumovate is used to treat itchy skin and skin conditions such as eczema and psoriasis. It is also prescribed for dry and irritated skin, and skin inflammation due to allergy. If you have used a stronger medicine to treat your symptoms, Eumovate can also be used as aftercare or maintenance treatment.
How to use Eumovate
Eumovate cream or ointment should be used as directed by your doctor. In most cases, the product should be applied thinly to the affected area(s) of skin once or twice a day. It is important to apply the right amount of cream or ointment. Over-use can result in side effects. If applied too thinly, it may not be sufficiently effective.
Wash your hands thoroughly after applying this medicine. Apply to the affected areas only and avoid getting the cream or ointment in the eyes. Rinse thoroughly with water should this occur. Do not stop using this medicine without consulting a doctor. Seek medical advice if your symptoms have not cleared up within two to four weeks.
Eumovate is a prescription-only medicine and comes in tubes of 30 g. One gram of cream or ointment contains 0.5 mg clobetasone butyrate. Apply thinly and evenly to the affected area(s) once or twice a day, as directed by your doctor.
Like all medicines, Eumovate can cause side effects. Side effects that are known to be associated with this medicine include:
- Hypersensitivity reactions such as itching, burning, redness and rash. Stop using this medicine and consult your doctor if you think you are having an allergic reaction.
- Reduced skin pigmentation, thinning of the skin, widening of blood vessels in the skin, acne or excessive hair growth.
For a complete list of side effects, see the package leaflet.
Contact your doctor or pharmacist if you have any questions or experience side effects.
When not to use Eumovate
Eumovate cream or ointment should not be used if:
- you are hypersensitive to clobetasone butyrate or any other ingredient in this medicine. For a list of all the ingredients in Eumovate, see the package leaflet;
- you have acne;
- you have a viral skin infection;
- you have a fungal skin infection;
- you have a bacterial skin infection.
Do not apply Eumovate cream or ointment to broken skin and sores.
If in doubt, consult your doctor before you start to use this medicine.
Eumovate cream or ointment should not be used without consulting a doctor if you are pregnant. If it is prescribed by your doctor it should not be used on large areas of skin or for prolonged periods of time. It is advisable to remove this product from nipples before breastfeeding.
Eumovate does not affect your ability to drive safely.