About alclometasone cream
|Type of medicine||Moderately potent topical corticosteroid|
|Used for||Inflammatory skin conditions such as eczema and dermatitis|
|Also called||Modrasone® (contains alclometasone dipropionate)|
Alclometasone is a moderately potent topical corticosteroid (also referred to as a topical steroid). Topical steroids are used in addition to emollients (moisturisers) for treating inflammatory skin conditions such as eczema and dermatitis. A topical steroid is used when one or more patches of eczema or dermatitis flare up. Alclometasone relieves the symptoms of a flare-up by reducing inflammation, itching and redness.
Before using alclometasone cream
To make sure this is the right treatment for you, before you start using alclometasone cream it is important that your doctor or pharmacist knows:
- If you have any areas of infected skin.
- If you have rosacea or acne.
- If you are pregnant or breast-feeding.
- If you have ever had an allergic reaction to a skin preparation.
How to use alclometasone cream
- Before you start using this cream, read the manufacturer's printed information leaflet from inside your pack. The leaflet will give you more information about topical steroids and a full list of side-effects that you may experience from using them.
- Apply a small amount on to the areas of skin which are inflamed. Then gently rub it into the skin until it has disappeared. Do not use alclometasone on any broken or infected areas of skin.
- The amount of topical steroid that you should apply is commonly measured by fingertip units (FTUs). One FTU is the amount of cream that is squeezed out along an adult's fingertip (that is, from the very end of the finger to the first crease in the finger). As a guide, one FTU is enough to cover an area twice the size of an adult hand. Your doctor will give you an idea of how many FTUs you will need to cover the area of your skin which is affected.
- Your doctor will tell you how often to apply alclometasone. It must not be applied more than twice a day, and once a day is often sufficient.
- If you are using more than one topical corticosteroid, make sure you know when and where to use each one. If you are unsure, check with your doctor or ask your pharmacist for further advice.
- After you have applied alclometasone cream, wash your hands (unless your hands are the treated area).
- If you are using alclometasone for psoriasis, make sure you follow your doctor's instructions carefully. It should not be used for large areas of psoriasis, as this can cause your symptoms to flare up afterwards.
- Alclometasone should not be used in children except on the advice of a doctor.
Getting the most from your treatment
- If you are using an emollient along with alclometasone, apply the emollient first. Then wait 10-15 minutes before applying alclometasone cream. This allows time for the emollient to be absorbed before alclometasone is applied. (Your skin should be moist but not slippery when you apply the alclometasone cream).
- Do not use alclometasone cream on your face unless your doctor has said you should. If you have been told to use it on your face, be careful not to get any cream near your eyes and do not use it for longer periods of time than you have been advised.
- Unless advised to do so by your doctor, do not apply a bandage or dressing to the area being treated, as this will increase absorption of the preparation and increase the risk of side-effects.
- Continue to use alclometasone cream until the flare-up has completely gone and then stop it. A course of treatment for 7-14 days is often sufficient. If your symptoms have not improved after this time (or if they get worse), speak again with your pharmacist or doctor for further advice. Topical corticosteroids like alclometasone should not be used for long periods of time or on large areas of the body, especially in children.
- After you finish using alclometasone cream, continue to use your emollients every day. This will help to prevent a further flare-up.
Can alclometasone cream cause problems?
Short courses (less than four weeks) of topical steroids like alclometasone are usually safe and do not cause problems. If used for long periods, your skin may develop permanent striae (like stretch marks), bruising, discolouration, or thin spidery blood vessels.
Speak with your doctor or pharmacist if you experience these or any other side-effects which you think may be due to alclometasone.
How to store alclometasone
- Keep all medicines out of the reach and sight of children.
- Store in a cool, dry place, away from direct heat and light.
Important information about all medicines
Further reading & references
- British National Formulary; 62nd Edition (Sep 2011) British Medical Association and Royal Pharmaceutical Society of Great Britain, London
|Original Author: Helen Allen||Current Version: Helen Allen||Peer Reviewer: Dr John Cox|
|Last Checked: 18/04/2012||Document ID: 4119 Version: 23||© EMIS|
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