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Brand Name: Diprosone
Generic Name: Betamethasone dipropionate
Please Read This Information Carefully
This information will tell you about Diprosone, a medicine your doctor has prescribed. It should give you all the
information you need, but if there is anything you do not understand, please ask your doctor or pharmacist.
What is Diprosone?
The cream contains betamethasone dipropionate Ph. Eur 0.064% w/w (equivalent to 0.05% w/w betamethasone) as
well as the following inactive ingredients : chlorocresol; sodium dihydrogen phosphate monohydrate; phosphoric
acid Ph. Eur; white soft paraffin Ph. Eur; liquid paraffin Ph. Eur; cetomacrogol 1000; cetostearyl alcohol; purified water
What Type of Medicine is Diprosone?
Diprosone Cream is one of a group of medicines called topical corticosteroids. It is classified as “potent”. These
medicines are put on the surface of the skin to reduce the redness and itchiness caused by certain skin problems.
Who Makes it?
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What is Diprosone for?
In adults and children, Diprosone Cream is used to reduce redness and itchiness caused by certain skin problems,
including eczema, and all types of dermatitis. It may also be used for treating psoriasis of the scalp, hands and feet.
Is there any reason why you should not use Diprosone?
• If you, or your child, have ever had an allergic reaction to Diprosone or any of its active or inactive ingredients,
you should not use it. You should tell your doctor so that he can give you, or your child, another medicine.
• Do not put it on any other skin problems as it could make them worse especially rosacea (a skin condition
affecting the face), acne, dermatitis around the mouth, genital itching, nappy rash, cold sores, chickenpox, shingles
or other skin infections. Ask your doctor or pharmacist if you are not sure.
• If you are pregnant or breast-feeding, you should tell your doctor before you start using Diprosone.
What is the Dose?
Usually for adults and children, a thin layer of Diprosone Cream should be rubbed into the affected area of skin
twice a day.
Your doctor may tell you to use the cream in a different way. If so, follow your doctors instructions exactly about how
and when to use your medicine.
You should always follow these instructions when using Diprosone :
• Do not use the cream on your face for more than 5 days.
• Do not apply the cream to children, on any part of their body, for more than 5 days.
• Do not put the cream under your child’s nappy, as this makes it easier for the active drug to pass through the skin
and possibly cause some undesirable effects.
• You should not use a large amount of cream on large areas of the body for a long time (for example every day for
many weeks or months).
• Avoid getting the cream in your eyes.
What to do if you forget to use your cream
If you forget to use your cream at the right time, use it as soon as you remember, then carry on as before.
What you should do in the case of an overdose
If you (or somebody else) accidentally swallows the cream, it should not produce any undesirable effects. However, if
you are worried, you should see your doctor.
If you use the cream more often than you should, or on large areas of your body, it can effect some of your
hormones. If you have not followed the dosage instructions, or your doctor’s advice and have used the cream too
frequently and/or for a long time, you should tell your doctor.
Does Diprosone have any undesirable effects ?
Most people find that when the cream is used correctly, it does not cause any problems.
However, if you use the cream more than you should, particularly on your face, it can cause thinning of the skin and
red marks. This can happen more easily in infants and children.
If you are worried by these or any other effects, you should tell your doctor or pharmacist.
Do not use after the date which is stamped on the pack.
Where to keep your medicine
The cream should be stored below 25°C. As with all medicines, it should be kept out of the reach of children.