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Eumovate cream and ointment for prescription psoriasis treatment

What is Eumovate?

Eumovate preparations contain the active ingredient clobetasone butyrate 0.05%, which is an anti-inflammatory steroid. It is classed as a ‘moderately potent’ steroid and is prescribed for the treatment of skin conditions, including eczema, dermatitis, and psoriasis. It is not quite as strong as ‘potent’ steroid creams and ointments, such as Betnovate or Diprosone, and can be used to ‘step down’ your treatment if those stronger preparations are no longer necessary.

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Eumovate Ointment 100g Eumovate Ointment 100g £0.07 per gram Prescription only Start questionnaire
Eumovate Cream 30g Eumovate Cream 30g £0.08 per gram Prescription only Start questionnaire
Eumovate Ointment 30g Eumovate Ointment 30g £0.08 per gram Prescription only Start questionnaire

How do I use Eumovate?

It’s important to read the enclosed leaflet carefully before using any of the Eumovate preparations.

The cream or ointment should be applied to the affected area(s) of skin, once or twice a day. Only a thin layer should be used. Wash your hands after applying the cream, unless the symptoms are on the hands. After the cream has been absorbed, an emollient (moisturising) cream such as Diprobase or Cetraben can be applied to the same area if necessary.

Because Eumovate is a moderately potent preparation, you should start to use it less often as your symptoms start to improve, and continue to use an emollient cream to maintain the benefits in the longer term. Ideally, you shouldn’t use it on a daily basis for longer than 4 weeks. If your symptoms are still not responding after this time, talk to your doctor. If you stop using it suddenly, without gradually tailing off, your skin condition may relapse.

The choice between Eumovate Cream or Ointment is a personal one; the cream is cosmetically more acceptable, being easier to rub in and absorb than the greasier ointment, and is easier to spread over a larger area. However, the ointment stays on the skin for longer and may, therefore, be slightly more effective for smaller areas of skin.

Is Eumovate suitable for me?

There are some situations where Eumovate preparations, like all medicines, should be used with caution or would not be recommended, for example if you have a skin infection, have reacted to other steroid preparations before, if you have liver or kidney problems, or if the area to be treated is on the face or around the anal or genital areas; and if you have an allergy to any of the active or inactive ingredients.

During your consultation, it is important to tell us if you are taking any other medicines, including other creams or eczema treatments you are using, either from your doctor or purchased from a pharmacy without a prescription.

You should not use Eumovate preparations if you are pregnant or think you might be pregnant, or are breast-feeding or planning to breast-feed, unless you have been specifically advised to do so by your doctor.

If it doesn’t work for you, tell the doctor who may be able to to prescribe an alternative treatment.

It’s very important to give a full picture of your general health in the consultation, to make sure the doctor has all the information required to assess the suitability of Eumovate for you.

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What are the side effects of Eumovate?

Like all medicines, Eumovate can cause side effects, although not everybody will experience them.

Side effects are generally rare but can include a rash on the affected area or other parts of the body, itching, hair growth, a worsening of the original symptoms, or thinning of the skin with prolonged use. If you experience any side effects which are persistent or troublesome you should stop using Eumovate and talk to your doctor.

For a full list of potential side effects and other important information, please read the patient information leaflet provided in the pack before starting any course of treatment. The leaflets can also be viewed online here:


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