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Elocon cream

Pronunciation

Generic Name: mometasone (moe-MET-a-sone)
Brand Name: Elocon

Elocon cream is used for:

Treating itching, redness, and swelling of many skin conditions.

Elocon cream is a topical corticosteroid. It works by reducing inflammatory reactions and modifying immune reactions in the body.

Do NOT use Elocon cream if:

  • you are allergic to any ingredient in Elocon cream

Contact your doctor or health care provider right away if any of these apply to you.

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Before using Elocon cream:

Some medical conditions may interact with Elocon cream. Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you have any medical conditions, especially if any of the following apply to you:

  • if you are pregnant, planning to become pregnant, or are breast-feeding
  • if you are taking any prescription or nonprescription medicine, herbal preparation, or dietary supplement
  • if you have allergies to medicines, foods, or other substances
  • if you have chickenpox, shingles, measles, or tuberculosis (TB), or have had a positive TB skin test or a recent vaccination
  • if you have had a skin infection, thinning of the skin (atrophy), or a certain type of severe acne (rosacea)
  • if you are taking an oral corticosteroid (eg, prednisone)

Some MEDICINES MAY INTERACT with Elocon cream. Because little, if any, of Elocon cream is absorbed into the blood, the risk of it interacting with another medicine is low.

This may not be a complete list of all interactions that may occur. Ask your health care provider if Elocon cream may interact with other medicines that you take. Check with your health care provider before you start, stop, or change the dose of any medicine.

How to use Elocon cream:

Use Elocon cream as directed by your doctor. Check the label on the medicine for exact dosing instructions.

  • Apply a small amount of Elocon cream to the affected area once a day. Gently rub the medicine in until it is evenly distributed. Wash your hands after applying Elocon cream, unless your hands are part of the treated area.
  • Do not bandage or wrap the affected area unless directed otherwise by your doctor.
  • If you miss a dose of Elocon cream, use it as soon as possible. If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and go back to your regular dosing schedule. Do not use 2 doses at once.

Ask your health care provider any questions you may have about how to use Elocon cream.

Important safety information:

  • Elocon cream is for external use only. Do not get it in your eyes, nose, or mouth. If you get it in any of these areas, rinse at once with cool water.
  • Do not use Elocon cream on the face, underarms, or groin area unless advised to do so by your health care provider.
  • Do not use Elocon cream to treat the diaper area of a child.
  • Use Elocon cream only for the skin problem for which it is intended.
  • Do NOT use more than the recommended dose, use for longer than prescribed, or use over a large area of the body without checking with your doctor.
  • Stop using Elocon cream when the skin area returns to normal. Contact your health care provider if improvement is not seen within 2 weeks.
  • Elocon cream has a corticosteroid in it. Before you start any new medicine, check the label to see if it has a corticosteroid in it too. If it does or if you are not sure, check with your doctor or pharmacist.
  • Caution is advised when using Elocon cream in CHILDREN; they may be more sensitive to its effects.
  • Elocon cream should not be used in CHILDREN younger than 2 years old; safety and effectiveness in these children have not been confirmed.
  • Corticosteroids may affect growth rate in CHILDREN and teenagers in some cases. They may need regular growth checks while they use Elocon cream.
  • PREGNANCY and BREAST-FEEDING: If you become pregnant, contact your doctor. You will need to discuss the benefits and risks of using Elocon cream while you are pregnant. It is not known if Elocon cream is found in breast milk. If you are or will be breast-feeding while you use Elocon cream, check with your doctor. Discuss any possible risks to your baby.

Possible side effects of Elocon cream:

All medicines may cause side effects, but many people have no, or minor, side effects. Check with your doctor if any of these most COMMON side effects persist or become bothersome:

Mild burning, dryness, or stinging at the application site.

Seek medical attention right away if any of these SEVERE side effects occur:

Severe allergic reactions (rash; hives; itching; difficulty breathing; tightness in the chest; swelling of the mouth, face, lips, or tongue); acne-like rash; burning, cracking, irritation, or peeling not present before you began using Elocon cream; excessive hair growth; inflamed hair follicles; inflammation around the mouth; thinning, softening, or discoloration of the skin.

This is not a complete list of all side effects that may occur. If you have questions about side effects, contact your health care provider. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. To report side effects to the appropriate agency, please read the Guide to Reporting Problems to FDA.

If OVERDOSE is suspected:

Contact 1-800-222-1222 (the American Association of Poison Control Centers), your local poison control center, or emergency room immediately.

Proper storage of Elocon cream:

Store Elocon cream at room temperature, between 59 and 86 degrees F (15 and 30 degrees C). Store away from heat, moisture, and light. Do not store in the bathroom. Keep Elocon cream out of the reach of children and away from pets.

General information:

  • If you have any questions about Elocon cream, please talk with your doctor, pharmacist, or other health care provider.
  • Elocon cream is to be used only by the patient for whom it is prescribed. Do not share it with other people.
  • If your symptoms do not improve or if they become worse, check with your doctor.
  • Check with your pharmacist about how to dispose of unused medicine.

This information should not be used to decide whether or not to take Elocon cream or any other medicine. Only your health care provider has the knowledge and training to decide which medicines are right for you. This information does not endorse any medicine as safe, effective, or approved for treating any patient or health condition. This is only a brief summary of general information about Elocon cream. It does NOT include all information about the possible uses, directions, warnings, precautions, interactions, adverse effects, or risks that may apply to Elocon cream. This information is not specific medical advice and does not replace information you receive from your health care provider. You must talk with your healthcare provider for complete information about the risks and benefits of using Elocon cream.

Issue Date: September 3, 2014
Database Edition 14.3.1.003
Copyright © 2014 Wolters Kluwer Health, Inc.

Disclaimer: This information should not be used to decide whether or not to take this medicine or any other medicine. Only your health care provider has the knowledge and training to decide which medicines are right for you. This information does not endorse any medicine as safe, effective, or approved for treating any patient or health condition. This is only a brief summary of general information about this medicine. It does NOT include all information about the possible uses, directions, warnings, precautions, interactions, adverse effects, or risks that may apply to this medicine. This information is not specific medical advice and does not replace information you receive from your health care provider. You must talk with your healthcare provider for complete information about the risks and benefits of using this medicine.

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