What is Fucibet?
Fucibet is an anti-inflammatory cream. It contains two active ingredients:
- fusidic acid, an antibiotic for topical use on the skin, and
- betamethasone, a powerful topical corticosteroid.
Fucibet reduces inflammation and accompanying symptoms such as itching, scaling, redness and swelling. Fucibet is a prescription-only medicine.
What is Fucibet used for?
Fucibet is used to treat skin conditions such as eczema that are also infected with bacteria. The betamethasone reduces the inflammation, itching, redness and swelling, while the fusidic acid treats the infection by leaving the bacteria unable to increase in numbers. As a result, the skin becomes smoother and suppler.
How to use Fucibet
Fucibet is available as a cream or ointment and should be applied thinly to the affected areas. Only use a dressing with this medicine if the doctor has advised you to do so. Avoid getting the product in the eyes. Do not apply to the eyelids or the skin around the eyes. Wash your hands thoroughly after applying the product. If your symptoms have not improved after seven days, you should consult a doctor.
Unless otherwise advised, the usual dose in adults and children is:
- a thin layer applied to the affected areas twice daily.
Do not use this medicine continuously for more than two weeks without consulting a doctor. Do not exceed the prescribed dose and read the package leaflet before use.
All medicines can cause side effects, although some people may not experience any. Side effects that are known to be associated with Fucibet include:
- Skin irritation at the application site;
- Thinning of the treated skin;
- Striae (stripe-like skin marks).
Consult a doctor if the side effects are severe or if you experience side effects that are not listed on the leaflet.
When not to use Fucibet
Fucibet is not suitable for everyone and should not be used if:
- You are allergic to fusidic acid, betamethasone or any other ingredient in this medicine;
- The affected areas are also affected by acne or if the skin condition is caused by a virus or fungal infection;
- You have a skin disorder called ichthyosis vulgaris.
Consult a doctor on the use of Fucibet if you are already using a skin medicine. For more information on contraindications, see the package leaflet.
Consult a doctor on the use of this product if you are pregnant or breastfeeding.
This medicine does not interact with alcohol or affect your ability to drive safely.