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What is Diprosone?
Diprosone is used to treat skin infections. It contains the active ingredient betamethasone, which is a type of medicine called a topical corticosteroid. Corticosteroids work by reducing inflammation and provide relief from accompanying symptoms. Diprosone is available as an ointment, cream and lotion.
What is Diprosone used for?
Diprosone is used to treat a variety of inflammatory, allergic or itchy skin disorders such as those listed below:
- Psoriasis (skin disease with raised, scaly patches);
- Eczema (red, itchy skin rash, often with pustules);
- Systemic lupus erythematosus (auto-immune disease in which red, raised patches develop on the skin);
- Itching caused by inflamed skin.
Diprosone reduces symptoms such as redness, swelling, pain, itching, scaling and itching.
How to use Diprosone
Diprosone is available as an ointment, cream and lotion. Diprosone lotion is thinner and easier to apply to areas of the skin with hair, such as the scalp. Apply the medicine thinly to the inflamed skin. Wash your hands directly after use and do not apply the lotion to the eyelids or the skin around the eyes. Topical corticosteroids should not be used long term. As soon as the condition starts to improve, you should use the lotion less frequently (for instance every other day, then every other two days and so on). Do not use this medicine continuously for more than two weeks without consulting a doctor.
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 once or twice a day. Reduce frequency as soon as results are seen.
The duration of treatment should be determined by a doctor. Read the package leaflet before use.
Treatment with Diprosone may cause side effects. The following are some of the side effects that are known to be associated with this medicine:
- Red patches and scaling around the mouth;
- Thinning of the treated skin;
- 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).
For a complete list of possible side effects, see the package leaflet. Consult a doctor if the side effects are severe or persistent.
When not to use Diprosone
Diprosone is not suitable for everyone and should not be used if:
- You are allergic to betamethasone or any other ingredient in this medicine.
This medicine should not be used to treat conditions that it is not approved for, such as acne, rosacea, fungal skin conditions, viral skin infections and bacterial skin infections. Avoid applying Diprosone ointment, cream and lotion to broken skin or sores. Consult a doctor on the use of Diprosone if you are already using a skin medicine, to make sure the combination is safe.
Diprosone should not be used by pregnant or breastfeeding women without consulting a doctor first. This medicine does not affect your ability to drive. This means it is safe to drive while taking it. This medicine does not interact with alcohol.