Eumovate Cream 30g
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What EUMOVATE is used for
EUMOVATE is used to treat eczema and dermatitis. It can help you to control patches of dry, red, itchy, flaky or inflamed skin caused by eczema and dermatitis.
EUMOVATE contains clobetasone butyrate. Clobetasone butyrate is a topical corticosteroid. It is used to control inflammation on the skin.
EUMOVATE works to stop the skin’s over-reaction to the triggers that cause skin flare ups. It suppresses the inflammation that causes eczema or dermatitis. EUMOVATE cream base also has moisturising properties
Before using EUMOVATE
When you must not use EUMOVATE
Do not use if you have an allergy to EUMOVATE or any of the ingredients listed at the end of this leaflet.
Do not use the cream on the wrong skin conditions. It could make it worse.
If you are not sure what is causing your skin problem, ask your pharmacist or doctor.
Do not use this cream (or any other corticosteroid) on:
- Cut or open wounds
- Itchy skin which is not red or inflamed unless advised by your doctor
- Infected skin: like cold sores, herpes, chicken pox, impetigo, ringworm, athlete’s foot or thrush unless advised by your doctor.
- Rosacea: a facial skin condition where the nose, cheeks, chin, forehead or entire face are unusually red, with or without tiny visible blood vessels, bumps (papules) or pus-filled bumps (pustules) unless advised by your doctor
- Psoriasis: unless recommended by your doctor.
- Acne: spots or pimples
- Seborrhoeic dermatitis: this involves areas of skin where this cream should not be used unless advised by your doctor.
- Ulcerated skin, or if you suffer from poor circulation in the area of skin to be treated.
- In or near the eyes
- For more than 7 days unless a doctor has told you to
- Under waterproof bandages unless advised by your doctor
If you have any of these conditions, ask your doctor or pharmacist for advice. Do not use other corticosteroids (like hydrocortisone) on the skin while you are using this cream. You would be doubling the dose.
Do not give EUMOVATE to anyone else, even if they have similar symptoms to you.
Do not use EUMOVATE:
- if you are pregnant or may be pregnant
- if you are breastfeeding
- to treat any other conditions other than eczema and dermatitis unless advised by your doctor
Do not use EUMOVATE after the expiry date printed on the pack or if the packaging is torn or shows signs of tampering. If it has expired or is damaged, return it to your pharmacist for disposal.
If you are not sure whether you should start using this medicine, talk to your doctor or pharmacist.
Before you start to use EUMOVATE
Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you have allergies to:
- any medicines
- any substances, such as foods, preservatives or dyes
Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are pregnant or intend to become pregnant or are breastfeeding.
Your doctor or pharmacist will discuss the possible risks and benefits of using EUMOVATE during pregnancy or breastfeeding.
Do not use EUMOVATE on certain areas of the body.
Don’t use the cream:
- on your face (but it’s OK on the neck and ears)
- on the groin and genital area
- between your toes
- be especially careful that you don’t get cream in your eyes.
Use the cream:
- on other parts of the body
- on patches of red, dry, itchy or flaky skin caused by eczema and dermatitis
Taking other medicines
Tell your doctor or pharmacist about any other medicines you are taking including medicines that you buy without a prescription, in a pharmacy, supermarket or health food shop. These include:
- other corticosteroid medicines which may include some eczema creams, asthma inhalers, tablets, injections, nasal sprays, and eye or nose drops.
- Ritonavir and itraconazole
These medicines may affect the way EUMOVATE works.
How to Use EUMOVATE
Follow all directions given to you by your doctor or pharmacist carefully They may differ from the information contained in this leaflet.
If you do not understand the instructions on the carton or in this leaflet, ask your doctor or pharmacist for help.
How to use EUMOVATE
Adults or children over 12 years of age:
Use the cream twice a day for up to 7 days.
- Wash your hands and dry them
- Squeeze out the correct amount of cream to cover the affected area onto your index finger. The picture below gives you an idea of how much to use.
- Gently rub cream onto the patch of skin you are treating.
- Wash your hands again (unless it is your hands you are treating).
Use in children under 12 years of age only on the advice of a doctor.
How much to use
- Squeeze out the cream along the top of your index finger (see picture).
- From the crease in the finger, squeeze the cream halfway to your fingertip. This will cover a patch of skin the same size as the palm of your hand.
- Use the fingertip unit as a guide. For smaller areas, use a smaller amount. This cream is not meant to treat large areas.
- Don’t cover the treated patch of skin with anything (bandages, dressings, gloves or plastic wrap). It can cause more of the medicine to pass through the skin.
If you forget to use EUMOVATE
If you forget to use EUMOVATE or miss an application, use it when you remember. If you have any questions about this, ask your doctor or pharmacist.
Do not try to make up for missed applications by using the cream more often as this may increase the chance of you getting a side effect.
If you have trouble remembering when to use your medicine, ask your doctor or pharmacist for some hints.
If you use too much (overdose)
If you use a bit too much of the cream by mistake, don’t worry but try to keep to the fingertip unit. Using corticosteroids on the skin continuously over many weeks or months can cause skin thinning and permanent skin damage.
If you or anyone swallow EUMOVATE;
Immediately telephone your doctor or Poisons Information Centre for advice (in Australia telephone 13 11 26, in New Zealand telephone 0800 764 766) or go to Accident & Emergency at your nearest hospital, even if there are no signs of discomfort or poisoning. You may need urgent medical attention.
While you are using EUMOVATE
Things you must do
Inform any other doctor or pharmacists who are treating you that you are using EUMOVATE.
If you start on any new medicine, tell your doctor or pharmacist that you are using EUMOVATE.
If your rash/irritation gets better but then comes back. Don’t treat the same patch more than twice without taking advice from your doctor.
It is possible that you are treating the wrong skin condition or that your skin may still be reacting to something that it is coming in contact with. Some of the common triggers are:
- Ear rings or studs – especially gold-plated ear rings
- Other jewellery
- Watch buckles, metal straps or the metal back of a watch
- Metal studs or fastenings on jeans, bras or underwear
All of these may have a metal in them called nickel that is a very common trigger. If you react badly to nickel, all of the triggers in the list could be a problem.
Other common triggers include rubber and pine tree sap, which are used in things we touch every day. You might find triggers:
- In the home: such as plasters, furniture polish, varnishes, rubber gloves or elastic in clothes.
- In substances you use at work: like glues, oils, lubricants or cement.
- In the garden: certain plants and weeds, gardening gloves.
Even if it is not practical to avoid triggers, there are often practical steps you can take to minimise possible irritation.
EUMOVATE is meant to control skin conditions that improve within a week of treating yourself. If you think you need further treatment after that, see a doctor for advice. Do not keep on using it.
If your skin gets worse or it does not improve within a week, stop using the cream and see your doctor.
If your skin condition clears up in less than a week, stop using the cream. Think about emollient (moisturising) products to help stop it coming back.
Skin specialists often advise people with eczema or dermatitis to use emollient (or moisturising) skin products, including creams and bath oils, to keep moisture in the skin. This can make your skin more resistant to FlareUps. Avoid using soap and heavily scented products. Ask your doctor or pharmacist for further information.
If you are about to be started on any new medicine, remind your doctor and pharmacist that you are using Eumovate.
Tell any other doctors, dentists, and pharmacists who treat you that you are using Eumovate.
Tell your doctor or pharmacist as soon as possible if you do not feel well while you are using EUMOVATE.
EUMOVATE, like all medicines, may cause unwanted side effects in some people.
This cream is very unlikely to cause any problems as long as you follow the advice in this leaflet.
If your skin gets worse during treatment, you may have a skin infection or a trigger you have not recognised or even an allergy to the cream.
Stop using the cream and see your doctor as soon as possible.
Side effects reported by some people using EUMOVATE include: rash, stinging, local irritation, skin thinning, skin bleaching or increased skin pigmentation and hair disorders. Exacerbation of eczema or dermatitis symptoms has also been reported.
Using more than the correct amount of cream may cause changes to your skin e.g. thinning or allow the active ingredient to pass through the skin and affect other parts of the body. This is not a problem if you use the right amount of cream and for the correct period of time.
After using EUMOVATE
Keep your medicine in a cool dry place where the temperature stays below 25°C.
Do not store EUMOVATE or any other medicine in the bathroom or near a sink.
Do not leave the medicine in the car on hot days or on a window sill.
Keep EUMOVATE out of reach of children.
Do not use the medicine after the expiry date on the tube end or carton.
If your doctor or pharmacist tells you to stop using EUMOVATE or the medicine has passed the expiry date, dispose of it safely.
What EUMOVATE looks like
Eumovate is a smooth white cream.
EUMOVATE is available in tubes containing 15 g* and 30 g of cream.
* This pack size is marketed in New Zealand only.
The active ingredient in EUMOVATE is clobetasone butyrate. It is present at a concentration of 0.05%w/w.
The inactive ingredients are:
- Glyceryl monostearate
- Cetostearyl alcohol
- Beeswax substitute 6621
- Arlacel 165
- Dimethicone 20
- Sodium citrate
- Citric acid monohydrate
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