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Package Leaflet: Information for the user

Dermovate® Ointment
(clobetasol propionate)
Read all of this leaflet carefully before you start using this medicine
because it contains important information for you.
 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 only. Do not pass it on to
others. It may harm them, even if their signs of illness are the same as
yours.
 If you get any side effects, talk to your doctor or pharmacist. This
includes any possible side effects not listed in this leaflet. See
section 4.
 Your medicine is called Dermovate® Ointment but will be referred to as
Dermovate throughout this leaflet.

Other medicines and Dermovate
Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are taking, have recently taken or
might take any other medicine, especially if you are taking ritonavir and
itraconazole medications.

What is in this leaflet:
1. What Dermovate is and what it is used for
2. What you need to know before you use Dermovate
3. How to use Dermovate
4. Possible side effects
5. How to store Dermovate
6. Contents of the pack and other information

Dermovate Ointment contains propylene glycol
Propylene glycol may cause skin irritation.

1. What Dermovate is and what it is used for
Dermovate contains a medicine called clobetasol propionate. It belongs
to a group of medicines called steroids. It helps to reduce swelling and
irritation.
Dermovate is used to help reduce the redness and itchiness of certain
skin problems. These skin problems include:
 frequently relapsing eczema
 psoriasis (thickened patches of inflamed, red skin, often covered by
silvery scales), excluding widespread plaque psoriasis
 lichen planus (a skin disease that causes itchy, reddish-purple,
flat-topped bumps on the wrists, forearms or lower legs)
 discoid lupus erythematosus (a disease of the skin most often affecting
the face, ears and scalp causing scarring and increased sensitivity of
the affected skin to sunlight)
 dermatitis and other skin conditions that have not responded to milder
steroid creams or ointments.

2

Pregnancy, breast-feeding and fertility
If you are pregnant or breast-feeding, think you may be pregnant or
planning to have a baby, ask your doctor or pharmacist for advice before
taking this medicine.
If you do use Dermovate when breast-feeding, do not use it on
your breast area to ensure that the baby does not accidentally get
Dermovate in their mouth.

3. How to use Dermovate
Always use this medicine exactly as your doctor has told you.
Check with your doctor or pharmacist if you are not sure.
Using this medicine
 You usually apply a thin layer of Dermovate once or twice a day. This
may be reduced as your skin begins to get better, or stopped when it is
better. Your doctor may prescribe a weaker steroid for you to use
instead.
 If you are also using an emollient (moisturiser), allow time for
Dermovate to be absorbed into your skin before applying the emollient.
 This ointment is for use on your skin only.
 Do not use for more than 4 weeks without talking to your doctor. If you
need treatment for a long time, your doctor may decide you need to
use a milder cream or ointment.
 If your skin problem worsens or does not improve within 2 to 4 weeks,
talk to your doctor.
 The germs that cause infections like the warm and moist conditions
under dressings. If directed to cover the treated area with a dressing,
always clean the skin before a fresh dressing is put on to help prevent
infection of the skin beneath the dressing.
 If you are applying the ointment on someone else make sure you wash
your hands after use or wear disposable plastic gloves.

2. What you need to know before you use Dermovate
Do not use Dermovate:
 if you are allergic (hypersensitive) to clobetasol propionate or any of
the other ingredients of this medicine (listed in Section 6)
 on a child under 1 year of age
 to treat any of the following skin problems, it could make them worse:
- acne
- severe flushing of skin on and around your nose (rosacea)
- spotty red rash around your mouth (perioral dermatitis)
- itching around your anus or genitals (penis or vagina)
- infected skin (unless the infection is being treated with an
anti-infective medicine at the same time)
- itchy skin which is not inflamed
- widespread plaque psoriasis, except single lesions.
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.
Warnings and precautions
Talk to your doctor or pharmacist before using Dermovate if:
 you have previously had an allergic reaction with another steroid.
 you are applying the ointment under an airtight dressing, including a
child’s nappy. These dressings make it easier for the active ingredient
to pass through the skin. It is possible to accidentally end up using too
much ointment.
 make sure that the skin is cleansed before a fresh dressing is applied
to prevent infections.
 you are applying the ointment on broken or damaged skin or within the
skin folds.
 you are applying to a large surface area.
 you have psoriasis, your doctor will want to see you more often.
 you are using for a chronic leg ulcer as you may be at increased risk of
local allergic reaction or infection.
 you are applying near eyes or on eyelids, as cataracts or glaucoma
may result if the ointment repeatedly enters the eye.
 you are applying to thin skin such as the face, as Dermovate may
cause skin thinning. Use on the face should be limited to 5 days.
Dressings or bandages should not be used on the face where the
ointment is applied.
If an infection develops during the use of this medicine, talk to your
doctor or pharmacist.
If you are not sure if any of the above apply to you, talk to your doctor or
pharmacist before using this medicine.
Children
 Do not use this medicine in children under 1 year of age.
 Avoid continuous treatment for a long period of time in infants and
children over 1 year of age, as their skin is thinner than adults and as a
result may absorb larger amounts.
 Use on children should be limited to 5 days and reviewed weekly.
 Dressings or bandages should not be used on children where the
ointment is applied.

Guidance on how to apply the ointment
1. Wash your hands.
2. Apply a thin layer to the affected area(s) and gently rub into the skin
until it has all disappeared. You can measure how much Dermovate to
use with your fingertip. For children you will need to use less ointment
but still use an adult finger to measure out the fingertip unit. This
picture shows one fingertip unit.

3. Unless you are meant to apply the ointment to your hands as a part of
the treatment, wash them again after using the ointment.
For an adult

Do not worry if you find you need a little more or less than this. It is only a
rough guide.

For a child aged 1 – 10

Child’s
age
1-2 years
3-5 years
6-10 years

Number of fingertip units needed
Face
Arm
Leg
Front
and
and
and
neck
hand
foot


2
2

2
3
3
2




In children, also look out for the following symptoms:
 delayed weight gain
 slow growth
Back
including
buttocks
3

5

Use in children
 Do not use this medicine on children under 1 year of age.
 It is especially important in children not to exceed the prescribed
amount.
 A course of treatment for a child should not normally last more than
5 days unless your doctor has told you to use it for longer. Your doctor
may want to see the child every week, whilst using the ointment.
 Dressings or bandages should not be used on children where the
ointment is applied.
If you have psoriasis
If you have thick patches of psoriasis on your elbows or knees, your
doctor may suggest applying the ointment under an airtight dressing. It
will only be at night to help the ointment to start working. After a short
period of time you will then apply the ointment as normal.
If you apply Dermovate to your face
You should only apply the ointment to your face if your doctor tells you to.
It should be limited to 5 days, as the skin on your face thins easily.
Dressings or bandages should not be used on the face where the
ointment is applied. Do not let the ointment get into your eyes. If it
does, wash it out with plenty of water.
If you use more Dermovate than you should
If you apply too much or if 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 ointment, 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.
Do not apply extra Dermovate to make up for a missed dose.

Very rare side effects that may show up in blood tests or when your
doctor gives you a medical examination:
 a decrease in the level of the hormone cortisol in your blood
 increased levels of sugar in your blood or urine
 high blood pressure
 cloudy lens in the eye (cataract)
 increased pressure in the eye (glaucoma)
 weakening of the bones through gradual loss of mineral
(osteoporosis); additional tests may be needed after your medical
examination to confirm if you have this condition
Reporting of side effects
If you get any side effects, talk to your doctor or pharmacist. This
includes any possible side effects not listed in this leaflet. You can also
report side effects directly via the Yellow Card Scheme at:
www.mhra.gov.uk/yellowcard.
By reporting side effects you can help provide more information on the
safety of this medicine.
5. How to store Dermovate
 Keep out of the sight and reach of children.
 Do not store above 30oC. Store in the original package.
 Do not use this medicine after the expiry date which is stated on the
label and carton after (EXP). The expiry date refers to the last day of
that month.
 If your medicine becomes discoloured or shows any sign of
deterioration, return it to your pharmacist.
 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. Contents of the pack and other information
What Dermovate contains
Each 1g of ointment contains 0.5mg of clobetasol propionate
(0.05% w/w).

If you stop using Dermovate
If you use Dermovate regularly make sure you talk to your doctor before
you stop using it as your condition may get worse if stopped suddenly.

Also contains: propylene glycol, sorbitan sesquioleate and white soft
paraffin.

If you have any further questions on the use of this medicine, ask your
doctor or pharmacist.

What Dermovate looks like and the contents of the pack
Dermovate is a translucent, white to off-white homogenous ointment.

4. Possible side effects
Like all medicines, this medicine can cause side effects, although not
everybody gets them.
Stop using Dermovate and tell your doctor immediately if:
 you find that your skin problem gets worse, you develop a generalised
rash or your skin becomes swollen during treatment. You may be
allergic to the ointment, have an infection or need other treatment.
 you have psoriasis and get raised bumps with pus under the skin. This
can happen during or after the treatment and is known as pustular
psoriasis.

Dermovate comes in cartons containing 1 or 4 tubes of ointment.
Each tube contains 25g of ointment.
Manufactured by
GlaxoSmithKline Pharmaceuticals SA, ul. Grunwaldzka 189,
60-322 Poznan, Poland.
Procured from within the EU by the Product Licence Holder:
MPT Pharma Ltd., Westgate Business Park, Unit 5-7 Tintagel Way,
Aldridge, Walsall WS9 8ER.
Repackaged by MPT Pharma Ltd.
PL: 33532/0765

Other side effects you may notice when using Dermovate include:
Common (may affect up to 1 in 10 people)
 a feeling of burning, pain, irritation or itching where the ointment is
applied.
Uncommon (may affect up to 1 in 100 people)
 skin thinning, stretch marks may develop.
 blood vessels under the surface of your skin may become more
noticeable.
Very Rare (may affect up to 1 in 10,000 people)
Use of Dermovate for a long period of time, or use under an airtight
dressing, may cause the following symptoms:
 increased weight
 moon face, rounding of the face
 obesity
 skin thinning
 skin wrinkling
 skin dryness
 changes to the colour of your skin
 increased body hair
 hair loss/lack of hair growth/damaged looking hair
Other very rare skin reactions that may occur are:
 allergic reaction at the site of application
 worsening of condition
 application site irritation/pain
 redness
 rash or hives
 if you have psoriasis you may get raised bumps with pus under the
skin. This can happen very rarely during or after treatment and is
known as pustular psoriasis
 skin infection
 acne

POM
Leaflet dated 12th December 2016
Leaflet coded xxxxxxxxxxxx
Dermovate® is a registered trademark of the GlaxoSmithKline group of
companies.
More Information
If you have any questions or are not sure about anything, ask your doctor
or pharmacist who will advise you.
You may be able to find out more information from books in public
libraries.

To request a copy of this leaflet in Braille, large print
or audio please call 01922 745645 and ask for the
Regulatory Department.

Package Leaflet: Information for the user

Clobetasol Propionate 0.05% w/w Ointment
Read all of this leaflet carefully before you start using this medicine
because it contains important information for you.
 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 only. Do not pass it on to
others. It may harm them, even if their signs of illness are the same as
yours.
 If you get any side effects, talk to your doctor or pharmacist. This
includes any possible side effects not listed in this leaflet. See
section 4.
 Your medicine is called Clobetasol Propionate 0.05% w/w Ointment
but will be referred to as Clobetasol Propionate throughout this leaflet.
What is in this leaflet:
1. What Clobetasol Propionate is and what it is used for
2. What you need to know before you use Clobetasol Propionate
3. How to use Clobetasol Propionate
4. Possible side effects
5. How to store Clobetasol Propionate
6. Contents of the pack and other information

Other medicines and Clobetasol Propionate
Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are taking, have recently taken or
might take any other medicine, especially if you are taking ritonavir and
itraconazole medications.
Pregnancy, breast-feeding and fertility
If you are pregnant or breast-feeding, think you may be pregnant or
planning to have a baby, ask your doctor or pharmacist for advice before
taking this medicine.
If you do use Clobetasol Propionate when breast-feeding, do not use it
on
your breast area to ensure that the baby does not accidentally get
Clobetasol Propionate in their mouth.
Clobetasol Propionate Ointment contains propylene glycol
Propylene glycol may cause skin irritation.
3. How to use Clobetasol Propionate
Always use this medicine exactly as your doctor has told you.
Check with your doctor or pharmacist if you are not sure.

1. What Clobetasol Propionate is and what it is used for
Clobetasol Propionate contains a medicine called clobetasol propionate.
It belongs to a group of medicines called steroids. It helps to reduce
swelling and irritation.
Clobetasol Propionate is used to help reduce the redness and itchiness
of certain skin problems. These skin problems include:
 frequently relapsing eczema
 psoriasis (thickened patches of inflamed, red skin, often covered by
silvery scales), excluding widespread plaque psoriasis
 lichen planus (a skin disease that causes itchy, reddish-purple,
flat-topped bumps on the wrists, forearms or lower legs)
 discoid lupus erythematosus (a disease of the skin most often affecting
the face, ears and scalp causing scarring and increased sensitivity of
the affected skin to sunlight)
 dermatitis and other skin conditions that have not responded to milder
steroid creams or ointments.

2
2. What you need to know before you use Clobetasol Propionate
Do not use Clobetasol Propionate:
 if you are allergic (hypersensitive) to clobetasol propionate or any of
the other ingredients of this medicine (listed in Section 6)
 on a child under 1 year of age
 to treat any of the following skin problems, it could make them worse:
- acne
- severe flushing of skin on and around your nose (rosacea)
- spotty red rash around your mouth (perioral dermatitis)
- itching around your anus or genitals (penis or vagina)
- infected skin (unless the infection is being treated with an
anti-infective medicine at the same time)
- itchy skin which is not inflamed
- widespread plaque psoriasis, except single lesions.

Using this medicine
 You usually apply a thin layer of Clobetasol Propionate once or twice a
day. This may be reduced as your skin begins to get better, or stopped
when it is better. Your doctor may prescribe a weaker steroid for you to
use instead.
 If you are also using an emollient (moisturiser), allow time for
Clobetasol Propionate to be absorbed into your skin before applying
the emollient.
 This ointment is for use on your skin only.
 Do not use for more than 4 weeks without talking to your doctor. If you
need treatment for a long time, your doctor may decide you need to
use a milder cream or ointment.
 If your skin problem worsens or does not improve within 2 to 4 weeks,
talk to your doctor.
 The germs that cause infections like the warm and moist conditions
under dressings. If directed to cover the treated area with a dressing,
always clean the skin before a fresh dressing is put on to help prevent
infection of the skin beneath the dressing.
 If you are applying the ointment on someone else make sure you wash
your hands after use or wear disposable plastic gloves.
Guidance on how to apply the ointment
1. Wash your hands.
2. Apply a thin layer to the affected area(s) and gently rub into the skin
until it has all disappeared. You can measure how much Clobetasol
Propionate to use with your fingertip. For children you will need to use
less ointment but still use an adult finger to measure out the fingertip
unit. This picture shows one fingertip unit.

Do not use if any of the above apply to you. If you are not sure,
talk to your doctor or pharmacist before using Clobetasol Propionate.
Warnings and precautions
Talk to your doctor or pharmacist before using Clobetasol Propionate if:
 you have previously had an allergic reaction with another steroid.
 you are applying the ointment under an airtight dressing, including a
child’s nappy. These dressings make it easier for the active ingredient
to pass through the skin. It is possible to accidentally end up using too
much ointment.
 make sure that the skin is cleansed before a fresh dressing is applied
to prevent infections.
 you are applying the ointment on broken or damaged skin or within the
skin folds.
 you are applying to a large surface area.
 you have psoriasis, your doctor will want to see you more often.
 you are using for a chronic leg ulcer as you may be at increased risk of
local allergic reaction or infection.
 you are applying near eyes or on eyelids, as cataracts or glaucoma
may result if the ointment repeatedly enters the eye.
 you are applying to thin skin such as the face, as Clobetasol
Propionate may cause skin thinning. Use on the face should be limited
to 5 days. Dressings or bandages should not be used on the face
where the ointment is applied.
If an infection develops during the use of this medicine, talk to your
doctor or pharmacist.
If you are not sure if any of the above apply to you, talk to your doctor or
pharmacist before using this medicine.
Children
 Do not use this medicine in children under 1 year of age.
 Avoid continuous treatment for a long period of time in infants and
children over 1 year of age, as their skin is thinner than adults and as a
result may absorb larger amounts.
 Use on children should be limited to 5 days and reviewed weekly.
 Dressings or bandages should not be used on children where the
ointment is applied.

3. Unless you are meant to apply the ointment to your hands as a part of
the treatment, wash them again after using the ointment.
For an adult

Do not worry if you find you need a little more or less than this. It is only a
rough guide.

For a child aged 1 – 10

Child’s
age
1-2 years
3-5 years
6-10 years

Number of fingertip units needed
Face
Arm
Leg
Front
and
and
and
neck
hand
foot


2
2

2
3
3
2




In children, also look out for the following symptoms:
 delayed weight gain
 slow growth
Back
including
buttocks
3

5

Use in children
 Do not use this medicine on children under 1 year of age.
 It is especially important in children not to exceed the prescribed
amount.
 A course of treatment for a child should not normally last more than
5 days unless your doctor has told you to use it for longer. Your doctor
may want to see the child every week, whilst using the ointment.
 Dressings or bandages should not be used on children where the
ointment is applied.
If you have psoriasis
If you have thick patches of psoriasis on your elbows or knees, your
doctor may suggest applying the ointment under an airtight dressing. It
will only be at night to help the ointment to start working. After a short
period of time you will then apply the ointment as normal.
If you apply Clobetasol Propionate to your face
You should only apply the ointment to your face if your doctor tells you to.
It should be limited to 5 days, as the skin on your face thins easily.
Dressings or bandages should not be used on the face where the
ointment is applied. Do not let the ointment get into your eyes. If it
does, wash it out with plenty of water.
If you use more Clobetasol Propionate than you should
If you apply too much or if accidentally swallowed, it could make you ill.
Talk to your doctor or go to hospital as soon as possible.
If you forget to use Clobetasol Propionate
If you forget to apply your ointment, 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.
Do not apply extra Clobetasol Propionate to make up for a missed dose.
If you stop using Clobetasol Propionate
If you use Clobetasol Propionate regularly make sure you talk to your
doctor before you stop using it as your condition may get worse if
stopped suddenly.
If you have any further questions on the use of this medicine, ask your
doctor or pharmacist.
4. Possible side effects
Like all medicines, this medicine can cause side effects, although not
everybody gets them.
Stop using Clobetasol Propionate and tell your doctor immediately
if:
 you find that your skin problem gets worse, you develop a generalised
rash or your skin becomes swollen during treatment. You may be
allergic to the ointment, have an infection or need other treatment.
 you have psoriasis and get raised bumps with pus under the skin. This
can happen during or after the treatment and is known as pustular
psoriasis.

Very rare side effects that may show up in blood tests or when your
doctor gives you a medical examination:
 a decrease in the level of the hormone cortisol in your blood
 increased levels of sugar in your blood or urine
 high blood pressure
 cloudy lens in the eye (cataract)
 increased pressure in the eye (glaucoma)
 weakening of the bones through gradual loss of mineral
(osteoporosis); additional tests may be needed after your medical
examination to confirm if you have this condition
Reporting of side effects
If you get any side effects, talk to your doctor or pharmacist. This
includes any possible side effects not listed in this leaflet. You can also
report side effects directly via the Yellow Card Scheme at:
www.mhra.gov.uk/yellowcard.
By reporting side effects you can help provide more information on the
safety of this medicine.
5. How to store Clobetasol Propionate
 Keep out of the sight and reach of children.
 Do not store above 30oC. Store in the original package.
 Do not use this medicine after the expiry date which is stated on the
label and carton after (EXP). The expiry date refers to the last day of
that month.
 If your medicine becomes discoloured or shows any sign of
deterioration, return it to your pharmacist.
 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. Contents of the pack and other information
What Clobetasol Propionate contains
Each 1g of ointment contains 0.5mg of clobetasol propionate
(0.05% w/w).
Also contains: propylene glycol, sorbitan sesquioleate and white soft
paraffin.
What Clobetasol Propionate looks like and the contents of the pack
Clobetasol Propionate is a translucent, white to off-white homogenous
ointment.
Clobetasol Propionate comes in cartons containing 1 or 4 tubes of
ointment. Each tube contains 25g of ointment.
Manufactured by
GlaxoSmithKline Pharmaceuticals SA, ul. Grunwaldzka 189,
60-322 Poznan, Poland.
Procured from within the EU by the Product Licence Holder:
MPT Pharma Ltd., Westgate Business Park, Unit 5-7 Tintagel Way,
Aldridge, Walsall WS9 8ER.
Repackaged by MPT Pharma Ltd.
PL: 33532/0765
POM

Other side effects you may notice when using Clobetasol
Propionate include:

Leaflet dated 12th December 2016
Leaflet coded xxxxxxxxxxxx

Common (may affect up to 1 in 10 people)
 a feeling of burning, pain, irritation or itching where the ointment is
applied.

More Information
If you have any questions or are not sure about anything, ask your doctor
or pharmacist who will advise you.

Uncommon (may affect up to 1 in 100 people)
 skin thinning, stretch marks may develop.
 blood vessels under the surface of your skin may become more
noticeable.

You may be able to find out more information from books in public
libraries.

Very Rare (may affect up to 1 in 10,000 people)
Use of Clobetasol Propionate for a long period of time, or use under an
airtight dressing, may cause the following symptoms:
 increased weight
 moon face, rounding of the face
 obesity
 skin thinning
 skin wrinkling
 skin dryness
 changes to the colour of your skin
 increased body hair
 hair loss/lack of hair growth/damaged looking hair
Other very rare skin reactions that may occur are:
 allergic reaction at the site of application
 worsening of condition
 application site irritation/pain
 redness
 rash or hives
 if you have psoriasis you may get raised bumps with pus under the
skin. This can happen very rarely during or after treatment and is
known as pustular psoriasis
 skin infection
 acne

To request a copy of this leaflet in Braille, large print
or audio please call 01922 745645 and ask for the
Regulatory Department.

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