Dermovate 0.05% Cream (also called clobetasol propionate) is used to treat skin disorders that have not responded well to other corticosteroids. There is a range of potencies of corticosteroids and clobetasol propionate is classed as a “very potent” one.
These conditions include eczematous dermatitis, lichen planus, lupus erythematosus, and psoriasis. Dermovate Cream works by reducing redness, itching, and swelling.
Each gram of Dermovate Cream, a trademark of GlaxoSmithKline, Inc., contains clobetasol 17-propionate 0.5 mg. Other ingredients include cetyl alcohol, cholrocresol, citric acid, blyceryl monosterarate, glyceryl sterate/PEG 100 stearate, propylene glycol, purified water, stearyl alcohol, sodium citrate, and white wax.
Dermovate Mechanism of Action
Dermovate Cream is a very potent corticosteroid used for severer inflammatory skin conditions. It works by suppressing components of the inflammatory reaction and relieving inflammation and itching. It is important to note that Dermovate Cream is indicated for control and relief of symptoms and is not curative.
How to Use Dermovate Cream
Apply this medication sparingly to cover the affected area and rub gently into the skin 2 or 3 times daily. Your total dose should not be more than 50 grams in a week. Take caution and care when using around the eyes or skin lesions.
Many things can alter the dose of Dermovate Cream that a person needs, including body weight, medical conditions, and other medications. Use the medication as prescribed and directed by your doctor for best results.
This medication should not be used for prolonged periods of time or under dressings that do not breathe. It is possible that Dermovate Cream could absorb into the bloodstream leading to unwanted side effects. It is advisable that you use Dermovate Cream only for brief periods and stop using it as soon as the problem clears.
Dermovate Cream Side Effects
You should notify your doctor if the following side effects persist or worsen:
- Burning, irritation, itching, dryness, or redness of the skin
- Eye pain
- Skin infection
- Skin color changes
- Thinning of the skin with bruising
- Softening or tearing of the skin
- Increased redness or scaling of skin sores
- Striae (stretchmarks)
- Hypertrichosis (excessive hair growth)
Dermovate Cream Precautions
If you have not noticed any improvement in your skin condition after 5 to 7 days, stop using the medication and contact your doctor.
It is important that you use Dermovate Cream exactly as prescribed by your doctor. Do not miss doses and if you do, apply the cream as soon as possible and continue with your regular schedule. Do not, however, apply a double dose to make up for a missed one.
Protect this medication from light and store it at room temperature.
Do not use Dermovate Cream for infected, bacterial, fungal, or viral skin lesions. These include acne vulgaris, rosacea, chickenpox, and herpes simplex.
If allergic to other corticosteroids, notify your doctor.
There is a range of potencies of corticosteroids and clobetasol propionate is classed as a “very potent” one.
If you are using moisturizers or other medications on the same area of skin, it is recommended that you wait several minutes between the application of that product and Dermovate Cream. This will allow for better absorption and results.