Eumovate Eczema & Dermatitis Cream - 15g
Eumovate Eczema & Dermatitis Cream directly tackles the effects of flare-up, helping to relieve the discomfort of itchy, red, dry skin
Eczema and dermatitis
GlaxoSmithKline Consumer Healthcare
How does it work?
Eumovate eczema and dermatitis cream contains the active ingredient clobetasone butyrate, which is a type of medicine called a topical corticosteroid.
Corticosteroids are medicines used for reducing inflammation. Inflammation of the skin happens as a result of allergy or irritation of the skin, and is caused by the release of various substances that are important in the immune system. These substances cause blood vessels to widen and result in the irritated area becoming red, swollen, itchy and painful, such as is seen in dermatitis or eczema.
When clobetasone is applied to the skin it works by acting inside the skin cells to decrease the release of these inflammatory substances. This reduces inflammation, redness and itch.
There is a range of potencies of corticosteroids that can be applied to the skin. Clobetasone butyrate is classed as a moderately potent corticosteroid. It can be bought from pharmacies for the short-term treatment of eczema and dermatitis. Larger tubes are also available on prescription - see the Eumovate cream/ointment factsheet linked at the end of this page for more information.
What is it used for?
Eumovate eczema and dermatitis cream can be bought from pharmacies for the short-term treatment (up to seven days) of patches of eczema and dermatitis, including those listed below.
- Atopic eczema.
- Skin inflammation due to allergies or irritants (allergic contact dermatitis or irritant contact dermatitis).
- This cream should only be used to treat eczema or dermatitis. If you are unsure what your skin problem is you should seek advice from your pharmacist or doctor before using this medicine.
- This cream is for external use on the skin only.
- The cream should be applied thinly and evenly to the affected area(s) twice a day for up to seven days.
- Wash your hands after applying the cream, unless the hands are the area being treated.
- You should not cover the area being treated with airtight dressings such as bandages or other dressings unless directed by a doctor, as these will enhance the absorption of the medicine into the body and may increase the risk of side effects.
- Consult your doctor if your symptoms don't improve, or get worse in the first seven days of treatment. Do not use this medicine for longer than seven days without consulting your doctor.
- Avoid getting the cream in contact with the eyes, or the inside of the mouth or nose. Rinse with cold water if accidental contact occurs.
- Do not use this cream on the face, as it may cause spots resembling acne or dermatitis around the mouth.
- If you think the area of skin you are treating has become infected you should stop using this medicine and consult your doctor.
- This medicine should not be used to treat the same patch of skin more than twice, unless you have confirmed the diagnosis with your doctor.
Not to be used in
- Children under 12 years of age, unless on the advice of a doctor.
- Broken skin or open wounds.
- Areas of skin affected by acne vulgaris.
- Areas of skin infected with viruses (eg herpes simplex, chickenpox), fungi (eg thrush, ringworm, athlete's foot) or bacteria (eg impetigo). You should not use this cream on the skin of the groin, genitals or between the toes unless directed by your doctor, as these are common sites of fungal infections.
- Areas of skin affected by psoriasis or seborrhoeic dermatitis, as these conditions require advice and care from a doctor.
This medicine should not be used if you are allergic to one or any of its ingredients. Please inform your doctor or pharmacist if you have previously experienced such an allergy.
If you feel you have experienced an allergic reaction, stop using this medicine and inform your doctor or pharmacist immediately.
Pregnancy and breastfeeding
Certain medicines should not be used during pregnancy or breastfeeding. However, other medicines may be safely used in pregnancy or breastfeeding providing the benefits to the mother outweigh the risks to the unborn baby. Always inform your doctor if you are pregnant or planning a pregnancy, before using any medicine.
- If you are pregnant or breastfeeding you should seek medical advice from your doctor before using this medicine. This medicine should only be used during pregnancy or breastfeeding if considered essential by your doctor.
Medicines and their possible side effects can affect individual people in different ways. The following are some of the side effects that are known to be associated with this medicine. Just because a side effect is stated here does not mean that all people using this medicine will experience that or any side effect. The following are side effects that may be associated with short-term (up to seven days) use of this medicine.
- Allergic skin reactions which are rare, but the medicine should be discontinued if this occurs.
- Worsening of symptoms.
The side effects listed above may not include all of the side effects reported by the medicine's manufacturer.
For more information about any other possible risks associated with this medicine, please read the information provided with the medicine or consult your doctor or pharmacist.
How can this medicine affect other medicines?
This medicine is not known to affect other medicines. However, you should not use other corticosteroid creams or ointments, eg hydrocortisone, either prescribed or bought over-the-counter, while using this medicine, as this may increase the risk of unwanted effects.
As with all medicines, it is important to tell your doctor or pharmacist what medicines you are already using, including those bought without a prescription and herbal medicines, before you start treatment with this medicine. Similarly, check with your doctor or pharmacist before using any new medicines while using this one, to ensure that the combination is safe.