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Diprosalic ointment is a treatment that helps to suppress inflammation and other negative reactions in the skin. This medication contains two active ingredients: Betamethasone dipropionate and the commonly used acne treatment, salicylic acid. More information

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Diprosalic ointment is a treatment prescribed to treat scaly skin conditions like eczema or psoriasis. This medication contains a combination of salicylic acid and betamethasone. Together, the two substances work to soften the top layer of the skin and reduce discomfort, redness and itching. Diprosalic ointment is prescribed to treat inflammatory and scaly skin disorders, such as eczema and psoriasis. It softens the scaly top layer of skin and reduces the redness and itching. 

What is Diprosalic ointment? 

Diprosalic ointment is a treatment that helps to suppress inflammation and other negative reactions in the skin. This medication contains two active ingredients: Betamethasone dipropionate and the commonly used acne treatment, salicylic acid. The Betamethasone in this medication belongs to a family of drugs called topical corticosteroids. They work by helping to prevent the skin cells from releasing inflammatory substances that cause the skin to become swollen and itchy.  

The Salicylic acid in Diprosalic ointment is a keratolytic. This kind of medication works by breaking down the keratin in the structure of the skin. In chronic cases of eczema and psoriasis, excessive keratin in the skin can cause the cells to feel scaly and thick. This makes it harder for other medications like corticosteroids to penetrate into the epidermis and reduce inflammation. When Salicylic acid breaks down the keratin in the skin, it gets rid of some of the extra dead skin from the top of the epidermis, allowing the betamethasone to work more effectively. This makes Diprosalic ointment more effective than betamethasone applied on its own.  

When is Diprosalic ointment used? 

Doctors will prescribe Diprosalic ointment for conditions that are often accompanied by inflammation, scaly skin, redness, itching, and other skin discomfort. The substance may be prescribed for chronic eczema or psoriasis, as well as conditions like scalp psoriasis which may be unresponsive to other corticosteroids. Diprosalic ointment can also be suitable for certain forms of rosacea or red spots on the skin. The active substances in this medication will reduce a number of side effects associated with common skin conditions, including flaking, itching, pain, thickening, and discomfort. It may also help skin to appear less red and sore over time.  

How do you use Diprosalic ointment? 

Diprosalic ointment is only available in ointment form, and therefore should not be taken orally. Your doctor will instruct you how much of this substance to apply to your skin. However, commonly, you will only need to use a very thin layer of Diprosalic ointment to get the right results. Do not use this substance on your face or close to your eyes unless your doctor instructs you to do otherwise. It is important not to apply Diprosalic ointment on broken skin, or around the genitals, and take care to avoid getting this substance into your nose, mouth or eyes. If you get the ointment into any of those areas, rinse with water thoroughly.  

Before applying Diprosalic ointment, wash your hands and the area to be treated thoroughly, and pat dry. Wash your hands after using the medication too. Do not cover the area treated with any bandages or dressings and try to avoid placing clothing over the area for at least a few minutes. Avoid using more than 60 grams of this ointment per week and remember not to use the medication more or less often than your doctor recommends.  Continue to use this treatment for as long as your doctor recommends, even if you feel as though your condition is beginning to improve. If you are concerned that the area of skin is infected, stop using Diprosalic ointment and contact your doctor.  

What dosages are available? 

Your doctor will choose the dosage of Diprosalic ointment that is suitable for you based on your condition. If you are using the basic ointment, then you will often be advised to use this medication once or twice per day. A thin film should be applied to the affected area, leaving plenty of time for the medication to soak in before it's covered with clothing.

For some patients, you may be able to maintain the results of using this medication by gradually reducing the frequency of your application. However, your doctor will determine how long you should continue to use Diprosalic for. Dosage for children should often be limited to no more than five days at a time.  

What are the side effects of Diprosalic ointment? 

Unfortunately, any medication can cause side effects. Being aware of the side effects that Diprosalic ointment may cause can help you to protect yourself and put your mind at ease. Remember that many of the most common side effects of Diprosalic ointment are very mild and will disappear on their own over time as your body gets used to the medication. Common symptoms include: 

  • Irritation on the skin, including rash, redness, burning, or itching after the ointment is applied 
  • Allergic inflammation caused by a bad reaction to Diprosalic ointment, make sure that you stop taking this substance and see your doctor if this happens 
  • Dry skin: If your skin dries out or becomes very irritated, contact your doctor and stop using Diprosalic ointment  
  • Thinning of the skin in the treated area 
  • Reduced pigmentation or changed color in the skin 
  • Stretch marks or scars on the treated area 
  • Excessive hair growth in unusual areas 
  • The presence of fine blood vessels underneath the skin 
  • Flaking or redness of the skin around the affected area 

Side effects are often more common if you are applying too much Diprosalic ointment at once. If you are using this substance regularly, for longer than two weeks, speak to your doctor about whether you should continue your treatment.  

There are rare occasions in which topical corticosteroids may absorb into the skin and have other side effects on the body. For instance, you may notice a decrease in the natural production of hormones in the adrenal glands that leads to odd symptoms like blurred vision. Read the leaflet that comes with this medication and speak to your doctor if you're concerned that any of your side effects may be severe.  

When shouldn't you use Diprosalic ointment? 

Most adults and children will be able to take Diprosalic ointment without getting any negative reactions to the medication. However, if you are using this substance on a child, it is important to follow the instructions provided by your doctor carefully. Children are more likely to get side effects when taking this medication.  

You will need to discuss your full medical history with your doctor before using Diprosalic ointment to make sure that it is suitable for you. Ensure that you tell your doctor about all of your symptoms and previous history with steroidal treatments for skin conditions. Do not use Diprosalic ointment to treat the skin condition if you have not shown the condition to your doctor first. Make sure that stay away from this medication if you know that you are allergic to any of the ingredients used in it.  

Avoid using Diprosalic ointment on any area of skin that is affected by bacterial or fungal skin infections. Do not use it on an area of skin that has been exposed to a viral skin infections, lesions caused by tuberculosis, acne, or skin conditions that have caused rashes or discomfort. If you are using Diprosalic ointment and your doctor wants to keep a close eye on your psoriasis, then he or she may schedule regular interactions with you to make sure that you are getting the full benefit of the medication. Make sure that you follow your doctor's instruction and attend all of your appointments. Most doctors will not give Diprosalic ointment to anyone who is pregnant or considering getting pregnant. This substance should not generally be used by pregnant women. This will help to reduce the risk of absorbing too much of the steroid into your system. Make sure you talk to your doctor if you're concerned about nursing when using Diprosalic ointment.  

Does Diprosalic ointment interact with any other medications? 

This treatment may interact with other medications. Make sure that your doctor is aware of any other substances that you are taking before you begin to use this medication. Tell your doctor about all medications, including recreational drugs, herbal remedies, supplements, and over-the-counter medicines. Your doctor will assess whether it is suitable to combine this treatment with other drugs. You should also not begin using other medications while using Diprosalic ointment without your doctor's approval.  

Make sure that you ask your doctor for instructions if you need to use other topical medications in the same area that you are using this ointment. You will usually need to leave several minutes before applying each layer to ensure that the substances have enough time to be absorbed into the skin. If you use a moisturizer to help with your condition, apply it at least 30 minutes before you continue with your treatment. This will help to soften the skin and improve the chances of the ointment being absorbed naturally. If you apply a moisturizer after treatment, then this could dilute the effects of the medication and make it less effective.  

Where can you buy Diprosalic ointment? 

You will be able to purchase Diprosalic ointment at your own pharmacy or have us arrange a pickup for your medication in your name at a registered pharmacy in the EU. We can also arrange a consultation with a registered doctor to make sure that this is the right treatment for you.  

Can you get Diprosalic ointment without a prescription?  

Diprosalic ointment usually requires a prescription. This is because your doctor will need to ensure that you are getting the right treatment for your condition. Your medical professional may suggest a different treatment if Diprosalic ointment isn't suitable for you.  




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Assessed by:

Dr Imran Malik, General practitioner
Registration number: GMC: 4741365

Dr Imran Malik studied undergraduate medicine at King's College University in Central London and clinical studies at the prestigious King's College Hospital. He graduated with a MBBS degree in 2000 and went on to gain postgraduate memberships with the Royal Society of Medicine and also General Practice in 2006.