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What is Diprosalic?
Diprosalic is a topical corticosteroid that is used for reducing skin inflammation. It contains two active ingredients:
- Betamethasone, a powerful topical corticosteroid, and
- Salicylic acid, a medicine that softens the epidermis.
Diprosalic is a prescription-only medicine.
What is Diprosalic used for?
Diprosalic is used to treat various inflammatory skin disorders such as:
- Psoriasis (skin disease with raised, scaly patches);
- Eczema (red, itchy skin rash, often with pustules);
- Certain forms of Lichen planus (skin condition that produces a red rash).
The betamethasone reduces the inflammation and accompanying symptoms such as redness, swelling, pain, itching and scaling. The salicylic acid helps improve the penetration of the betamethasone into the skin by softening the epidermis, making it more effective.
How to use Diprosalic
Diprosalic is available as lotion and scalp application. Apply sparingly to the affected areas and wash your hands directly afterwards. Do not use this medicine on the face or the genitals, unless the doctor tells you otherwise. Avoid contact with the eyes, eyelids and mucous membranes. Corticosteroids are not suitable for long-term use. As soon as the condition starts to improve, you should use Diprosalic less frequently (for instance every other day, then every other two days and so on). Do not use more than 30 to 60 grams a week.
Diprosalic scalp application is for external use on the scalp only.
Unless otherwise instructed by a doctor, the usual dose in adults and children is:
- a thin layer applied to the affected area(s) of skin or scalp once or twice a day.
The duration of treatment should be determined by a doctor. Read the package leaflet before use.
Like all medicines, Diprosalic may cause side effects. Side effects that are known to be associated with this medicine include:
- Thinning of the treated skin;
- Red patches and scaling around the mouth;
- Striae (stripe-like skin marks) on the treated skin;
- A decrease in the production of natural hormones by the adrenal glands (only if used long term).
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 Diprosalic
Diprosalic is not suitable for everyone and should not be used if:
- You are allergic to betamethasone, salicylic acid or any other ingredient in this medicine;
- You have a skin disorder called ichthyosis vulgaris;
- You have very thin skin.
Diprosalic should not be used to treat conditions that it is not approved for, such as acne, rosacea, fungal skin conditions, viral skin infections, bacterial skin infections or open wounds.
Diprosalic should not be used by pregnant or breastfeeding women without consulting a doctor first.
This medicine does not affect your reaction time or impair your ability to drive safely.
There are no dietary restrictions with Diprosalic.