Diprosalic

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What is Diprosalic

Diprosalic is a potent steroid containing betamethasone and salicylic acid for the treatment of severe inflammatory skin disorders such as scalp psoriasis which is unresponsive to less potent corticosteroids. It belongs to the group of medicines for application to the skin called topical corticosteroids which should not be confused with anabolic steroid tablets or injections which can be misused by some athletes. Topical corticosteroids have been shown to reduce the itching, redness and inflammation of certain skin problems

How does it work?

Topical Corticosteroids suppress the inflammatory reaction during use; they are not curative and on discontinuation a rebound exacerbation of the condition may occur. They are generally used to relieve symptoms and suppress signs of the disorder when other measures such as emollients are ineffective.

Who can get it?

Available on prescription for adults and children. It is available as an ointment and scalp solution.

How is it used?

Ointment.

Adults :
Once to twice daily. In most cases a thin film should be applied to cover the affected area twice daily.
For some patients adequate maintenance therapy may be achieved with less frequent application.
It is recommended that Diprosalic preparations are prescribed for two weeks, and that treatment is reviewed at that time. The maximum weekly dose should not exceed 60g.
Children :
Dosage in children should be limited to 5 days.

Scalp Solution.

Adults :
Once to twice daily. In most cases a thin film should be applied to the affected areas twice daily and massaged gently and thoroughly into the skin.
For some patients adequate maintenance therapy may be achieved with less frequent application.
It is recommended that Diprosalic preparations are prescribed for two weeks, and that treatment is reviewed at that time. The maximum weekly dose should not exceed 60g.
Children :
Dosage in children should be limited to 5 days.

What are the side effects?

A few people may find that they suffer from some of the following side effects after using Diprosalic: burning and stinging; rash; swelling infectionsburning, itching, irritation, dryness, folliculitis, hypertrichosis, acneiform eruptions, hypopigmentation, perioral dermatitis and allergic contact dermatitis.

Diprosalic skin preparations are generally well tolerated and side-effects are rare.

Continuous application without interruption may result in local atrophy of the skin, striae and superficial vascular dilation, particularly on the face.
In addition, prolonged use of salicylic acid preparations may cause dermatitis.

Manufactured by

Diprosalic is available on prescription and is manufactured in the UK by Schering-Plough Ltd.