Eumovate

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What is Eumovate

Eumovate is a moderately potent steroid containing clobetasone butyrate and is for the short-term treatment only of severe resistant inflammatory skin disorders such as psoriasis 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.

Topical corticosteroids are often prescribed as first-line treatment because they are so easy to use.

Who can get it?

Available on prescription as a cream or ointment suitable for adults and children. Eumovate cream is also available to purchase from pharmacies.

How is it used?

Apply up to 4 times daily. The frequency of dosing can be reduced.
• two fingertips of cream will treat both hands or one foot
• three fingertips of cream will treat one arm
• six fingertips of cream will treat one leg
• fourteen fingertips of cream will treat the front and back of one trunk

What are the side effects?

In the unlikely event of signs of hypersensitivity appearing, application should stop immediately. When large areas of the body are being treated with Eumovate, it is possible that some patients will absorb sufficient steroid to cause transient adrenal suppression despite the low degree of systemic activity associated with clobetasone butyrate. Local atrophic changes could possibly occur in situations where moisture increases absorption of clobetasone butyrate, but only after prolonged use.
There are reports of pigmentation changes and hypertrichosis with topical steroids.
Exacerbation of symptoms may occur.

IF you find your condition gets worse during treatment you may be allergic to the cream or have a skin infection.
STOP USING THE CREAM AND TELL YOUR DOCTOR AS SOON AS POSSIBLE
Using more than the correct amount may:
- thin the skin so that it damages easily
- allow the active ingredient to pass through the skin and affect other parts of the body, especially in infants and children, and during pregnancy.
Rarely, when used on psoriasis it may make the condition worse e.g. a pustular form of the disease may occur. That is why, if used in this condition, your doctor will want to see you regularly.
In very rare cases, a change in the colour of the skin or increased growth of hair in areas where the cream is used has been reported.
If you feel unwell or have any unusual discomfort you do not understand, tell your doctor as soon as possible

Manufactured by

Eumovate is manufactured in the UK by GlaxoSmithKline.