DERMOVATE 0.05% W/V SCALP APPLICATION

Active substance: CLOBETASOL PROPIONATE

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Package Leaflet: Information for the User

Pregnancy and breast-feeding

Dermovate® 0.05% w/v
Scalp Application

Talk to your doctor or pharmacist before using this medicine if
you are pregnant, might become pregnant or are breast-feeding.

(clobetasol propionate)

3 How to use Dermovate

The name of your medicine is Dermovate 0.05%w/v scalp
application but will be referred to as Dermovate throughout this
leaflet.

Always use Dermovate exactly as your doctor has told you. You
should check with your doctor or pharmacist if you are not sure.

Read all of this leaflet carefully before you start using
this medicine.

Using this medicine
•

You usually put Dermovate on your scalp in the morning
and at night. This may be reduced as your scalp problem
begins to get better, or stopped when it is better.

•

For use on your skin of your scalp only.

•

Do not use it more often than prescribed or use it for a long
time (such as every day for many weeks or months). If you
need treatment for a long time, your doctor may decide you
need to use a milder treatment.

•

The germs that cause infections like warm and moist
conditions under dressings so always clean the skin before
a fresh dressing is put on.

•

Be very careful not to get the liquid in your eyes. Do not
touch your eyes until you have washed your hands.

•

If you wash or shampoo your hair it should be dried before
applying the liquid.

•

If you are applying the scalp application on someone else
make sure you wash your hands after use or wear
disposable plastic gloves.

•

The liquid is flammable, you should keep it away from
fire.

•

Do not dry your hair with a hairdryer or be near a fire.

• Keep this leaflet. You may need to read it again.
• If you have any further questions, ask your doctor or
pharmacist.
• This medicine has been prescribed for you. Do not pass
it on to others. It may harm them, even if their symptoms
are the same as yours.
• If any of the side effects gets serious, or if you notice any side
effects not listed in this leaflet, please tell your doctor or
pharmacist.

In this leaflet:
1 What Dermovate is and what it is used for
2 Before you use Dermovate
3 How to use Dermovate
4 Possible side effects
5 How to store Dermovate
6 Further information

1 What Dermovate is and what it is used for
Dermovate Scalp Application (called ‘Dermovate’ in this leaflet)
contains a medicine called clobetasol propionate. It belongs to a
group of medicines called steroids. It helps to reduce swelling
and irritation.

Guidance on how to apply the liquid
1

Wash your hands.

Dermovate is used to help reduce the redness and itchiness of
certain scalp problems. These include eczema and psoriasis
that have not responded to milder steroid creams, ointments,
lotions or scalp applications.

2

Unscrew the bottle cap and place the nozzle directly on
the scalp that needs treating.

3

Gently squeeze the bottle to cover the area with a thin
and even layer of liquid.

2 Before you use Dermovate

4

You can rub this liquid in, but you don’t have to.

5

Your scalp will feel cool until the liquid has dried.

6

Wash your hands again.

Do not use Dermovate:
• if you are allergic (hypersensitive) to clobetasol propionate or
any of the other ingredients of Dermovate (listed in
Section 6)
• if you have a skin infection on your scalp
• on a child under 1 year
Do not use if any of the above apply to you. If you are not sure,
talk to your doctor or pharmacist before using Dermovate.

Take special care with Dermovate
Check with your doctor or pharmacist before using your
medicine if:
•

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you are applying the liquid under an airtight dressing.
These dressings make it easier for the active ingredient to
pass through the skin. It is possible to accidentally end up
using too much.
you have psoriasis, your doctor will want to see you more
often.

If you are not sure if any of the above apply to you, talk to your
doctor or pharmacist before using this medicine.

If you use more Dermovate than you should
If, by mistake on a few occasions you use more than you
should, do not worry. If you apply a lot or if a lot is accidentally
swallowed, it could make you ill. Talk to your doctor or go to
hospital as soon as possible.

If you forget to use Dermovate
If you forget to apply your scalp application, apply it as soon as
you remember. If it is close to the time you are next meant to
apply it, wait until this time.

If you stop using Dermovate
If you use Dermovate regularly make sure you talk to your
doctor before you stop using it. If you have any further questions
on the use of this product, ask your doctor or pharmacist.

4 Possible side effects

More Information

Like all medicines, Dermovate can cause side effects, although
not everybody gets them.
Stop using Dermovate and tell your doctor as soon as
possible if:

If you have any questions or are not sure about anything, ask
your doctor or pharmacist who will advise you. Other sources of
information are:

• you find that your scalp problem gets worse or becomes
swollen during treatment. You may be allergic to the scalp
application, have an infection or need other treatment.

Other side effects you may notice when using
Dermovate include:
• A feeling of burning, irritation or itching where the scalp
application is applied.
• If you have psoriasis you may get raised bumps with pus
under the skin. This can happen during or after the treatment
and is known as pustular psoriasis.
Side effects if you use Dermovate for a long time, or you use a
lot each time you apply it, or you apply it under an airtight
dressing:
• Thinning of your skin that may also damage more easily.
• Weight gain, rounding of the face and high blood pressure.
These are more likely to happen in infants and children.
If any of the side effects gets serious, or if you notice any side
effects not listed in this leaflet, please tell your doctor or
pharmacist.

5 How to store Dermovate
• Keep out of the sight and reach of children.
• Do not use Dermovate after the expiry date on the bottle label
or carton (Exp). The expiry date refers to the last day of that
month.
• Keep away from naked flames, fires or artificial heat as the
liquid is flammable.
• Medicines should not be disposed of via wastewater or
household waste. Ask your pharmacist how to dispose of
medicines no longer required. These measures will help to
protect the environment.

6 Further information
What Dermovate contains


One millilitre of this topical solution contains 0.5 mg of
clobetasol propionate as the active ingredient.



Also includes carbomer, isopropyl alcohol, sodium
hydroxide and purified water.

What Dermovate looks like and contents of the pack
The scalp application is contained in a 50ml polyethylene
squeeze bottle with a polyethylene nozzle and a tamper evident
cap.
Each bottle of scalp application contains 50ml of solution
Manufacturer: Aspen Bad Oldesloe GmbH, Germany.
Procured from within the EU and repackaged by the
Product Licence holder: B&S Healthcare, Unit 4, Bradfield
Road, Ruislip, Middlesex, HA4 0NU
Dermovate 0.05%w/v Scalp Application
PL No: 18799/1453

POM

Leaflet date: 26.05.2014
Dermovate is a registered trademark of GlaxoSmithKline group
of companies

National Eczema Society, Hill House, Highgate Hill, London N19
5NA
The Psoriasis Association, 2 Queensbridge, Northampton, NN4
7BF
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Source: Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency

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