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DIPROSALIC 0.05% W/W / 3% W/W OINTMENT

Active substance(s): BETAMETHASONE / BETAMETHASONE DIPROPIONATE / SALICYLIC ACID

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Package leaflet: Information for the user

Diprosalic® 0.05% w/w / 3% w/w Ointment

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Betamethasone dipropionate/salicylic acid
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.
What is in this leaflet:
1. What diprosalic ointment is and what it is used for
2. What you need to know before you use diprosalic ointment
3. How to use diprosalic ointment
4. Possible side effects
5. How to store diprosalic ointment
6. Contents of the pack and other information
1. What diprosalic ointment is and what it is used for
Diprosalic ointment contains two active ingredients, betamethasone dipropionate and salicylic acid.
Betamethasone dipropionate is one of a group of medicines called topical corticosteroids. It is classified
as a “potent corticosteroid”. These medicines are put on the surface of the skin to reduce the redness and
itchiness caused by certain skin problems. Salicylic acid softens the top layer of scales on the surface of
the skin, which are caused by your skin problem. This allows the betamethasone dipropionate to reach
the diseased skin underneath to help heal it.
In adults and children, diprosalic ointment is used to treat skin conditions where the outer surface of
the skin is covered by a layer of scales. Your ointment will remove the layer of scales and reduce the
redness and itchiness caused by your skin problem.
2. What you need to know before you use diprosalic ointment
Do not use diprosalic ointment
• if you are allergic to betamethasone dipropionate, salicylic acid or any of the other ingredients in
this medicine (listed in section 6).
• on any other skin problem as it could make it worse especially rosacea (a skin condition affecting
the face), acne, dermatitis (skin inflammation) around the mouth, genital itching, nappy rash, cold
sores, chickenpox or other skin conditions.
Warnings and precautions
Talk to your doctor or pharmacist before using diprosalic ointment.
This medicine should not be used under bandages or plasters.
Side effects that may happen with inhaled or oral corticosteroids may also occur with corticosteroids
used on the skin, especially in infants and children.
Children
If the ointment is used more often than it should, or more than prescribed, it can affect some of your
child’s hormones. This may affect their growth and development.
Pregnancy, breast-feeding and fertility
If you are pregnant or breast-feeding, think you may be pregnant or are planning to have a baby, ask
your doctor or pharmacist for advice before taking this medicine.
3. How to use diprosalic ointment
Always use this medicine exactly as your doctor or pharmacist has told you. Check with your doctor or
pharmacist if you are not sure.
Recommended dose
Usually for adults and children, a thin layer of diprosalic ointment should be gently rubbed into the
affected area of skin twice a day.
You should always follow these instructions when using diprosalic ointment:
• Do not use the ointment on your face for more than 5 days.
• Do not use a large amount of ointment on large areas of the body for a long time (for example every
day for many weeks or months).
• Avoid getting the ointment in your eyes.
Use in children
Use as stated above. Do not use this ointment on any part of your child’s body for more than 5 days.
Do not put the ointment under your child’s nappy, as this makes it easier for the active ingredients of
the medicine to pass through the skin and possibly cause some unwanted effects.
If you use more diprosalic ointment than you should
If you (or somebody else) accidentally swallow the ointment, it should not cause any problems.
However, if you are worried, you should see your doctor. If you use the ointment more often than you
should, or on large areas of your body, it can affect some of your hormones. In children this may affect
their growth and development. It also may cause you to feel and/or be sick and to hear ringing in your
ears. If you have not used the ointment as you were told to do and have used it too often and/or for a
long time, you should tell your doctor or pharmacist.
If you forget to use diprosalic ointment
If you forget to use your ointment at the right time, use it as soon as you remember, then carry on as
before.
If you stop using diprosalic ointment
If you have been using the ointment for a long time and your skin problem seems to have got better,
you should not suddenly stop using the ointment. If you do, you may find that your skin becomes
red and you may notice stinging or burning. To avoid this, you should speak to your doctor who will
gradually reduce how often you need to use the ointment until you stop treatment altogether.
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.
Most people find that when the ointment is used correctly, it does not cause any problems. However,
if you use the ointment more often than you should, it can cause the following:
• Thinning of the skin, stinging, blistering, peeling, swelling, itching, burning, skin rash, dryness of the
skin and you may notice red marks. This can happen more easily in infants and children.
• Inflammation of the hair follicles, excessive hair growth, reduced skin pigmentation and allergic skin
reactions.
• Dermatitis (skin inflammation), a condition brought on by the skin reacting to outside agent e.g.
detergents, causing the skin to become red and itchy.
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 diprosalic ointment
Keep this medicine out of the sight and reach of children.
Do not use this medicine after the expiry date which is stated on the tube and carton after ‘EXP’.
The expiry date refers to the last day of that month.
Do not store above 25°C.
Do not throw away any medicines via wastewater or household waste. Ask your pharmacist how to
throw away medicines you no longer use. These measures will help protect the environment.
6. Contents of the pack and other information
What diprosalic ointment contains
• The active substances are betamethasone dipropionate 0.064 % w/w (equivalent to 0.05 % w/w
betamethasone) and salicylic acid 3.0 % w/w.
• The other ingredients are liquid paraffin and white soft paraffin.
What Diprosalic Ointment looks like and contents of the pack
Diprosalic ointment is a smooth, off-white ointment. It is available in tubes containing 30 g or 100 g.
Marketing Authorisation Holder and Manufacturer
The holder of the Marketing Authorisation is:
Merck Sharp & Dohme Limited,
Hertford Road, Hoddesdon,
Hertfordshire, EN11 9BU, UK.
This leaflet was last revised in January 2015.
© Merck Sharp & Dohme Limited 2014. All rights reserved.
PIL.DSO.14.UK.4455.Var-031

The manufacturer is:
Schering-Plough Labo NV,
Heist-op-den Berg, Belgium.

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Source: Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency

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