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Locoid Lipocream

Package leaflet: Information for the user

Locoid® Lipocream
Hydrocortisone butyrate 0.1% w/w


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, pharmacist or nurse.
• This medicine has been prescribed for you. 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, pharmacist or nurse. This includes
any possible side effects not listed in this leaflet. See section 4.
What is in this leaflet:
1. What Locoid Lipocream is and what it is used for
2. What you need to know before you use Locoid Lipocream
3. How to use Locoid Lipocream
4. Possible side effects
5. How to store Locoid Lipocream
6. Contents of the pack and other information

1. What Locoid Lipocream is and what it is used for
Locoid Lipocream contains the active substance hydrocortisone butyrate. This is a
corticosteroid which when made up as a cream is for use on the skin. This is known
as topical application. Topical corticosteroids are ranked as mildly potent,
moderately potent, potent and very potent; Locoid Lipocream is classed as potent.
Topical corticosteroids are able to reduce the inflammation caused by a variety of
skin conditions, and so allow it to get better. They can also affect the cause of the
condition, which can lead to its healing.
Locoid Lipocream is indicated in adults, children and infants. It is used to treat a
variety of skin conditions that respond to topical corticosteroids. Among these are
eczema and dermatitis (itching) of all types including atopic (childhood) eczema,
photodermatitis (itching caused by exposure to light) and dermatitis caused by skin
irritants and allergies.

It can also be used in the treatment of psoriasis, a condition resulting in thickening
of areas of the skin. It is important that you follow your doctor’s instructions
particularly in psoriasis, and use it only on small areas on the scalp, hands or feet.
Because Locoid Lipocream contains such a high percentage of fats and oils (see
section 6 “Contents of the pack and other information”), and because these are
dispersed as small droplets in the water in the cream, it is suitable for use on both
dry, scaly lesions and moist, weeping lesions. The original symptoms may return if
you stop using Locoid Lipocream prematurely.

2. What you need to know before you use Locoid Lipocream
Do not use Locoid Lipocream:
• if you are allergic to hydrocortisone butyrate or any of the other ingredients of
this medicine (listed in section 6), and see also the end of this section for some
important information on some of the ingredients.
• if your skin disorder is caused by an untreated bacterial, viral (e.g. cold sores,
herpes, chicken pox), fungal (e.g. athlete’s foot), yeast or parasitic (e.g.
ringworm) infection. Locoid Lipocream may worsen or hide these disorders.
Your doctor will check these.
• if you have skin problems associated with syphilis (a sexually transmitted
disease) or tuberculosis.
• if the skin around your mouth is inflamed (perioral dermatitis). It might be
the result of previous treatment with corticosteroids.
• if you have pimples or spots (acne).
• if you have redness of the facial skin.

Warnings and precautions
Talk to your doctor before using Locoid Lipocream. This is especially important if
you intend to:
• treat facial skin, thin skin (e.g. skin of your genitals). These areas of your skin are
particularly sensitive to corticosteroids. You should not apply to your eyes or your
• use Locoid Lipocream at skin folds, under an airtight dressing or on large areas
of your skin. If you are using Locoid Lipocream under bandages, it should only
be on small areas for a short time, and only on the advice of your doctor.
Bandages and dressings should not be used on babies or children.
• treat your child (see further information below).
• use it for psoriasis. Topical corticosteroids can be effective in psoriasis in the
short term. The condition may relapse or significantly worsen on stopping
treatment and there is a risk of widespread pustular psoriasis. This is a condition
where the psoriasis spreads and becomes very inflamed. In order to minimise
side effects Locoid Lipocream should only be used on small areas of psoriasis
(e.g. scalp, hands and feet). If your doctor has prescribed Locoid Lipocream to
treat psoriasis, you should let your doctor review your progress regularly as such
treatment needs careful supervision.

Children and adolescents
Long term treatment of children should be avoided where possible. In infants
treatment should be limited if possible to a maximum of seven days.

Other medicines and Locoid Lipocream
Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are using, have recently used or might use any
other medicines.
Pregnancy and breast-feeding
You should not use Locoid Lipocream if you are pregnant or breast-feeding unless
clearly necessary. There may be a small risk of harm to your baby if you use any
corticosteroid cream whilst pregnant, so if your doctor does prescribe it for you
knowing you are pregnant, you should not use it in large amounts for a long time.

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 using this medicine.
Driving and using machines
Locoid Lipocream is unlikely to affect your ability to drive or use machines.

Great Britain
LFT 118 x 298 mm
VTB 4999
Eq. to: N/A



Locoid Lipocream contains cetostearyl alcohol and propyl
parahydroxybenzoate (E216)
Locoid Lipocream contains cetostearyl alcohol that may cause local skin reactions
(e.g. contact dermatitis) and propyl parahydroxybenzoate (E216) that may cause
allergic reactions (possibly delayed).
3. How to use Locoid Lipocream
Always use this medicine exactly as your doctor has told you. Check with your
doctor, pharmacist or nurse if you are not sure. If your skin problem does not
improve, you should go back to your doctor.

The recommended dose of Locoid Lipocream is no more than twice daily.
Thickened areas of psoriasis on elbows and knees may be treated with Locoid
Lipocream under a dressing, but only if your doctor has told you so.

This medicine is for cutaneous use. Apply a thin layer of Locoid Lipocream to the
affected skin. Gently massage the cream into the affected area.

On advice of your doctor you may have to apply Locoid Lipocream under an airtight
dressing in order to obtain a better result.
If you use more Locoid Lipocream than you should
If you have used too much Locoid Lipocream the side effects (as described in
Section 4) can occur. Contact your doctor, pharmacist or nurse immediately.
If you forget to use Locoid Lipocream
Do not use a double dose to make up for a forgotten dose.

If you stop using Locoid Lipocream
The original symptoms may return if you stop using Locoid Lipocream prematurely.
If you have any further questions on the use of this product, ask your doctor,
pharmacist or nurse.

4. Possible side effects
Like all medicines, this medicine can cause side effects, although not everybody
gets them.

A small number of people may be hypersensitive (allergic) to the constituents of
Locoid Lipocream. If your skin condition seems to get worse, the skin becomes red,
itchy or irritated, tell your doctor, pharmacist or nurse if this becomes troublesome.
If Locoid Lipocream is used in moist skin areas (e.g. skin folds) the skin may
become thin and damaged. Tell your doctor if this happens.
Locoid Lipocream may cause the following:

Rare side effects (may affect up to 1 in 1,000 people)
• Thinning of the skin, redness of the skin, bruising and stretch marks.
• Facial spots, redness of the skin around the mouth.
• Worsening of the skin condition after treatment has stopped.
• Discolouration of skin.
Very rare side effects (may affect up to 1 in 10,000 people)
• Suppression of the release of the stress hormones.

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:
By reporting side effects you can help provide more information on the safety of
this medicine.
5. How to store Locoid Lipocream
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 (EXP).
The expiry date refers to the last day of that month.

Do not store above 25°C. Store in the original packaging. Do not refrigerate or

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 to protect the environment.
6. Contents of the pack and other information
What Locoid Lipocream contains
• The active substance is hydrocortisone butyrate. Locoid Lipocream contains
0.1% hydrocortisone butyrate.
• The other ingredients are cetostearyl alcohol, macrogol 25 cetostearyl ether,
liquid paraffin, white soft paraffin, propyl parahydroxybenzoate (E216), benzyl
alcohol, citric acid (E330), sodium citrate (E331) and purified water.

What Locoid Lipocream looks like and contents of the pack
Locoid Lipocream is a white cream with a high percentage (about 70%) of fats and
oils and is available in 15 g, 30 g, 50 g or 100 g tubes with white polyethylene screw
caps. Not all pack sizes may be marketed.
Marketing Authorisation Holder and Manufacturer

Marketing authorisation holder:
Astellas Pharma Ltd.,
2000 Hillswood Drive, Chertsey, Surrey, KT16 0RS, UK.
Temmler Italia S.r.l.,
Via Delle Industrie 2, 20061, Carugate (MI), Italy

Further support and information for skin conditions such as eczema can be gained
National Eczema Society
11 Murray Street, London, NW1 9RE, UK.
Helpline Tel: 0800 089 1122
This leaflet was last revised in July 2015.


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Source: Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency

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