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The name of your medicine is ELOCON Ointment but will be
referred to as ELOCON throughout the remainder of this leaflet.
Read all of this leaflet carefully before you start using this
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
If any of the side effects get serious, or if you notice any side effects
not listed in this leaflet, please tell your doctor or pharmacist.
In this leaflet:
1. What ELOCON is and what it is used for
2. Before you use ELOCON
3. How to use ELOCON
4. Possible side effects
5. How to store ELOCON
6. Further information
1. WHAT ELOCON IS AND WHAT IT IS USED FOR
ELOCON Ointment 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.
In adults and children, ELOCON Ointment is used to reduce redness
and itchiness caused by certain skin problems called psoriasis or
Psoriasis is a skin disease in which itchy, scaly, pink patches develop
on the elbows, knees, scalp and other parts of the body. Dermatitis is a
condition brought on by the skin reacting to outside agents e.g.
detergents, causing the skin to become red and itchy.
2. BEFORE YOU USE ELOCON
Do not use ELOCON
if you are allergic (hypersensitive) to mometasone furoate, any of
the other ingredients of ELOCON or to similar medicines.
on any other skin problems as it could make them worse especially
rosacea (a skin condition affecting the face)
skin atrophy (thinning of the skin)
dermatitis around the mouth
other skin infections.
Ask your doctor or pharmacist if you are not sure.
Take special care with ELOCON
if your skin becomes irritated or sensitive after using ELOCON, you
should stop using it and tell your doctor
Pregnancy and breast-feeding
You should tell your doctor if you are pregnant or breast-feeding,
before you start using ELOCON.
Important information about some of the ingredients of
ELOCON contains propylene glycolstearate, which can cause skin
3. HOW TO USE ELOCON
Always use ELOCON exactly as your doctor has told you. You should
check with your doctor or pharmacist if you are not sure. ELOCON is
not recommended for children under the age of 2. Usually for adults
and children, a thin layer of ELOCON should be gently rubbed into the
affected area of skin once a day.
You should always follow these instructions when using ELOCON:
Do not use the ointment on your face for more than 5 days
Do not apply the ointment to children, on any part of their body, for
more than 5 days.
Do not put the ointment under your child’s nappy, as this makes it
easier for the active drug to pass through the skin and possibly
cause some unwanted effects.
You should check with your doctor before covering the treated areas
with a bandage or plaster. Treated areas on the face or in children
should not be covered with a bandage or plaster.
You should 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
Do not use in or around your eyes, including eye-lids
If you use more ELOCON than you should
If you (or somebody else) accidentally swallows the ointment, it should
not produce 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 the body, it can affect some of your hormones. In children, this may
affect their growth and development.
If you have not used the cream as you were told to do and have used it
too often and/or for a long time, you should tell your doctor.
If you forget to use ELOCON
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 ELOCON
If you have been using ELOCON 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 as he will gradually reduce how often you need to use the
ointment until you stop treatment altogether.
4. POSSIBLE SIDE EFFECTS
Like all medicines, ELOCON can cause side effects, although not
everybody gets them.
A few people may find that they suffer from some of the following side
effects after using ELOCON:
allergic skin reactions
bacterial and secondary skin infections
inflammation and/ or infection of the hair follicles
thinning of the skin
red marks with associated prickly heat
loss of skin colour
excessive hair growth
softening of the skin and stretch marks
Other side effects that may occur with topical corticosteriods are dry
skin, skin irritation, dermatitis, dermatitis around the mouth, and small
dilated blood vessels.
Reporting of side effects
If you get any side effects, talk to your doctor, pharmacist or nurse.
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 ELOCON
Keep out of the sight and reach of children.
Do not use ELOCON after the expiry date which is stamped on the
Do not store above 25°C.
If your ointment becomes discoloured or show any signs of
deterioration, you should seek the advice of 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. FURTHER INFORMATION
What ELOCON contains:
The active substance in ELOCON is mometasone furoate 0.1%w/w.
The other ingredients are: hexylene glycol, propylene glycol stearate,
white beeswax, white soft paraffin, phosphoric acid and purified water;
What ELOCON looks like and contents of the pack
White, opaque ointment.
The ointment is available in a tube containing 30g.
Schering-Plough Labo N.V.
Procured from within the EU and repackaged by:
Amimed Direct Ltd, Hendon London, NW9 6AQ.
Product Licence holder: Sam Pharma Ltd, Unit 20 Garrick
Industrial Estate, Irving Way, Hendon, London, NW9 6AQ.
PL No: 33902/0432
This Leaflet was last approved in: 05/12/2014
ELOCON® is a registered trademark of Merck Sharp & Dohme Corp.
Source: Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency
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