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Eumovate Cream (30g)

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Eumovate eczema and dermatitis cream is a moderate strength steroid cream (or ointment) designed to improve and relieve inflamed skin and itching related to conditions like eczema, dermatitis, psoriasis, and insect bites. It may also be used as a preventative measure in some circumstances to stop eczema from flaring up again. 

Its active ingredient, clobetasone, reduces redness, itching and swelling, and is ideal for treating patches of dry, scaly skin. A short-term eczema remedy with very few side effects, this prescription dermatitis cream is available to buy from The Independent Pharmacy following an online consultation. Get same-day dispatch if you order before 4pm, with next-day delivery available on checkout.

Eumovate Cream & Ointment Information

  • Age: 18 years +

    Maximum per order: N/A

  • Pregnancy: Not suitable

    Breastfeeding: Not suitable

Eumovate cream/ointment uses

Eumovate cream and ointment are easy to apply, and can be used to treat inflamed skin and skin rash arising from several conditions, including eczema, dermatitis and psoriasis. Its active ingredient is clobetasone butyrate, a moderately potent corticosteroid.

Corticosteroids are strong anti-inflammatory medicines. Skin becomes inflamed when the body releases inflammatory chemicals in response to an allergen or irritation. These chemicals make blood vessels widen, causing the skin to swell and become itchy and painful. Corticosteroids prevent this by inhibiting cells from releasing large amounts of these substances.

Note: Eumovate cream should not be used on:

  • Broken skin
  • Open wounds
  • Insect bites
  • Acne, spots or rosacea
  • Bacterial infections (impetigo)
  • Fungal infections (thrush)

If Eumovate is applied to excess for a long period of time, or to spots where the skin is thinner (such as the face, eyelids, lips and scalp), this can make the user more susceptible to side effects like skin thinning, stretch marks or hair growth. For the most part, these side effects are still quite rare. Creams like Eumovate wouldn't be recommended for conditions like alopecia. Consult the leaflet for full details.


Eumovate vs. Betnovate

It's important to be aware that not all steroid creams are the same - their potency can vary considerably from brand to brand. Betnovate cream is five times more potent than Eumovate - and being stronger, is more likely to produce side effects. Betnovate is too strong to use on the face and neck where the skin is more sensitive, whereas Eumovate may be more appropriate.

As to which option is 'best', it's different for everyone. Your doctor will decide which is the best option for you when you are first diagnosed with your skin condition. Betnovate may be prescribed if your condition is more severe and other steroid creams haven't been effective. However, as your condition improves, you might be advised to switch to a more mild alternative, such as Eumovate or hydrocortisone cream.


Eumovate cream for eczema

Eumovate cream contains clobetasone butyrate - a moderately potent anti-inflammatory steroid. The active ingredient works by preventing the release of inflammatory substances inside the skin cells, reducing dryness, redness, and itchiness. Eumovate cream also has moisturising properties to help keep skin smooth and flake-free. 

However, it is a short-term solution, as using corticosteroids on the skin continuously for more than a few weeks can cause skin thinning and even permanent damage. It's advised to use Eumovate for eczema for no more than 7 days, at around the same time every day. In addition, we also advise people with eczema or dermatitis to use emollient skin products, such as Dermol Shower Emollient, to help improve the condition on a longer term basis.


Eumovate benefits

With the use of any medicine or topical cream, there are always risks and benefits involved. Luckily, Eumovate cream is generally very well tolerated, and side effects are rare. Patients are able to relieve the itching and redness associated with eczema in a relatively short amount of time. When the cream is prescribed, our pharmacists will consider the risks and weigh them against the benefits - if you are pregnant then this would be a factor, for example.

Eumovate can be applied in conjunction with other moisturisers, though it's best to wait around half an hour between applications to let the Eumovate cream sink in. Always use the minimum quantity prescribed, for the minimum duration advised by your doctor.


Eumovate and pregnancy

Eumovate ointment shouldn't be used while pregnant or breastfeeding to treat eczema, unless discussed and approved by your doctor. Even so, it shouldn’t be used on large areas of skin or for a long period. Some studies suggest that corticosteroids applied to the skin during pregnancy may cause birth defects. 

Non-prescription eczema treatment alternatives

  • Moisturisers and emollients
  • Bath and shower gels
  • Cotton gloves (to keep from scratching)
  • Antihistamine tablets (to ease the itching)

Eumovate Cream Patient Information Leaflet: https://www.medicines.org.uk/emc/product/3807/pil

Eumovate Ointment Patient Information Leaflet: https://www.medicines.org.uk/emc/product/3808/pil

*Prescription medicines are supplied subject to a medical consultation at the discretion of a doctor.

Apply a thin, even layer of Eumovate to the affected skin. You will be advised to do this either once or twice each day. Always follow your prescription exactly.

If you have been using airtight dressings on the inflamed skin, clean the affected area before using the ointment, and apply a new dressing. Remember to wash your hands after each application.

You may be using other topical medicines or moisturisers alongside Eumovate. If this is the case, you are advised to wait at least 30 minutes between applications. This will prevent either medicine from becoming diluted.

Common side effects of Eumovate can include:

  • itching or burning sensation
  • increased hair growth
  • discoloured skin
  • weight gain
  • bone weakness
  • cataract or glaucoma
  • elevated blood sugar levels
  • increased blood pressure

If you are concerned about these effects or if the product affects you in any other way, stop using it immediately and talk to your doctor or pharmacist.

The active ingredient in Eumovate is:

  • clobetasone butyrate

Eumovate Cream also contains:

  • glycerol
  • glycerol monostearate
  • cetostearyl alcohol
  • beeswax substitute 6621
  • arlacel 165
  • dimethicone 20
  • Chlorocresol
  • sodium citrate
  • citric acid
  • purified water

Eumovate Ointment also contains:

  • liquid paraffin
  • white soft paraffin

Reading the following warnings carefully will help to ensure you are selecting an appropriate product.

This medicine is unsuitable for you if you are allergic to any of the Eumovate's ingredients.

Eumovate can cause the following conditions to worsen:

  • Acne
  • Infected skin
  • Rosacea (a flushing of the skin around the nose)
  • Skin which is itchy but not inflamed.

Do not use this medicine for inflamed skin around the genitals or anus unless specifically advised to do so.

Consult your GP if you:

  • Have a history of allergic reactions to steroid medicines
  • Are applying Eumovate under an airtight dressing
  • Are using Eumovate on the face, especially near the eyes
  • Are applying Eumovate to broken skin or skin folds
  • Have psoriasis
  • Are using Eumovate on a chronic leg ulcer.

Inform your GP or pharmacist if you are currently taking itraconazole or ritonavir.

Please read all packaging and the Product Information Leaflet before taking any new medicine and inform your doctor of medicines you are taking or intend to take.

Delivery & Shipping Information

Please note that due to the current situation with COVID-19, Royal Mail are experiencing some delays. This may mean that your order takes longer to arrive than you would normally expect. We are working hard to ensure that, where possible, all orders placed before 15:00 are still dispatched the same working day.


UK Orders

We offer FREE standard tracked delivery on orders over £40.

The following delivery options are available:

  • Standard Tracked Delivery - 2 - 3 day delivery - £2.95
  • Express Tracked Delivery - 1 - 2 day delivery - £4.45
  • DPD Next Day - 1 - 2 working days - £6.95
  • Special Delivery (Guaranteed before 21:00) - £8.95
  • Saturday Guaranteed before 21:00 - £10.45

Important Delivery Information

All our orders are sent out using Royal Mail (unless stated). We always aim to dispatch all Royal Mail & DPD orders received before 15:00 the same working day. Any orders received after 15:00 or over the weekend will be dispatched the next working day. Orders will not be dispatched on weekends or bank holidays.

All orders are subject to approval by our team of doctors and pharmacists. Your delivery date in the checkout is subject to your consultation being approved by our healthcare team.

All orders can be fully tracked from your dispatch email, in your online account and from any notifications from your courier.

We ensure all parcels are in plain packaging for discreet delivery of your medicines and pharmacy goods. Where possible, we will attempt to size all parcels to fit through your letterbox in tamper-proof packaging. By placing an order on our website, you confirm that it is safe and appropriate for a package containing medicines to be posted through your letterbox, if the carrier is able to do so. You should notify our customer support team if it is not safe for the package to be posted through the letterbox, for example due to animals or small children.

Deliveries containing pharmacy-only or prescription medicines may require a signature on receipt. 

Delivery is free for all NHS prescriptions.


Royal Mail


  • Fully tracked delivery
  • SMS & email notifications
  • Four-hour delivery window
  • Change delivery date directly with Royal Mail
  • Update delivery location - add a Safeplace, preferred neighbour, or update your delivery location to a local Post Office or Royal Mail Customer Service Point.

Royal Mail are the most widely recognised mail delivery company in the UK. Being on the UK’s 29 million doorsteps six days a week means they offer unparalleled price and convenience. The Independent Pharmacy uses Royal Mail’s Tracked 48, Tracked 24, and Special Delivery Guaranteed parcel services to offer reliable, fully-tracked delivery at very competitive prices. Your Royal Mail parcel will arrive with your normal daily delivery of post.

Please note: Royal Mail do not deliver on Sundays or Bank Holidays - this should be taken into account when ordering. 

If you are not home to accept your delivery, a card should be left by the Royal Mail representative. This card will provide details of where you can collect the order or how to arrange re-delivery.

Should you be unable to collect your missed delivery or arrange for your medication to be redelivered by Royal Mail, the pharmacy can resend your medication to the same, or a different address provided it has been returned to us and this happens within a 30 day window.

Once a package has been shipped with Royal Mail we advise that you are bound to the terms and conditions of their use together with the terms and conditions contained herein.

You have the right to cancel your order up to the point when your treatment is dispatched. The pharmacist must destroy any medication within 30 days of it being returned, even un-opened boxes, so we are not able to offer refunds once your treatment has been dispatched.




  • Fully tracked delivery
  • SMS & email notifications
  • One-hour delivery window
  • Change delivery date directly with DPD
  • Update delivery location - add a Safeplace, preferred neighbour, or update your delivery location to a local collection point.

DPD Local is the most innovative parcel carrier around. Thanks to their industry-leading Predict service, they provide parcel recipients with a one hour delivery window, notified by email, so you don't have to wait in all day. What's more, it enables receivers to watch the progress of their delivery on a real-time map, all the way down to a final 15 minute time-slot. 

As well as keeping customers informed at every stage of the journey, DPD believe in maximising choice and convenience. That's why DPD provide access to a suite of options both on the day of delivery and the night before, allowing customers to take delivery of their goods in a way that suits. If you wish to reschedule, you can:

  • Select an alternative delivery date
  • Opt for delivery to a nominated neighbour
  • Have the parcel left in a specified safe place
  • Collect the parcel from your local DPD Pickup Shop
  • Upgrade delivery to By 12

Please note: DPD do not deliver on Saturdays, Sundays or Bank Holidays - this should be taken into account when ordering. 

Once a package has been shipped with DPD we advise that you are bound to the terms and conditions of their use together with the terms and conditions contained herein.

You have the right to cancel your order up to the point when your treatment is dispatched. The pharmacist must destroy any medication within 30 days of it being returned, even un-opened boxes, so we are not able to offer refunds once your treatment has been dispatched.


Forwarding houses

We are unable to ship orders to mailing or forwarding houses for onwards shipping to locations outside of the UK.


BFPO Postcodes

Unfortunately we are unable to deliver medicines to BFPO postcodes.


Remote Areas

Please be aware that Royal Mail Guaranteed services are not available to all customers in the UK, especially those that live in remote postcodes. Royal Mail advise customers of the following:

We deliver by 17:30 the next working day in the following postcode areas:
AB30 - 39, 41 - 45, 51 - 56
GY9 Alderney (Channel Islands)
HS1, 3 - 9
IV21 - 28, 40 - 49, 51 - 56
KA27, 28
KW1 - 3, 5 - 15
KW16 Stromness Town only
PA20 (0&9)
PA28 - 38, 41 - 49, 76, 77
PH15, 17 - 26, 31 - 40, 49, 50


We deliver within two working days by 17:30 to the following postcodes areas:
GY1 Herm (Channel Islands)
GY9 Sark (Channel Islands)
PA60 - 75, 78
ZE2, 3


We deliver within three working days by 17:30 to the following postcode areas:
KW16 - non-Town
PH30, 41 - 44


Please note: This applies to our 'Special Delivery' and 'Saturday Guaranteed' services.


International Orders

We are currently unable to ship orders outside of the UK.

We are unable to ship orders to mailing or forwarding houses for onwards shipping to locations outside of the UK.

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Frequently Asked Questions

  • Which conditions is Eumovate used for?

    As well as eczema, Eumovate can be used to treat the following skin conditions:

    Seborrheic dermatitis, prurigo nodularis, allergic reaction, intertrigo (a rash between folds of skin), photodermatitis (inflammation caused by exposure to ultraviolet light)

  • How does this medicine work?

    Skin becomes inflamed when the body releases inflammatory chemicals in response to an allergen or irritation. These chemicals make blood vessels widen, causing the skin to swell and become itchy and painful. Corticosteroids such as clobetasone butyrate prevent this by inhibiting cells from releasing large amounts of these substances.

  • When should I apply Eumovate?

    This medicine will be most effective if applied following a bath.

  • How much should I apply?

    Apply a thin layer to all red skin. Quantities of topical cream or ointment are often measured using a ‘fingertip unit’. This is the amount of medicine that is squeezed onto the first segment of the finger. One of these units corresponds to an area of skin the size of two adult hands.

  • Where should I apply Eumovate cream?

    Eumovate cream should be applied thinly and evenly. Long-term use on the face, lips and eyelids should be avoided. Do not allow the cream to come into contact with the eyes. Eumovate cream should not be used to treat acne or other inflammatory disorders, such as rosacea or insect bites.

    Eumovate cream is sometimes prescribed for men who suffer from a tight foreskin. Consult your doctor before using it for this purpose.

  • How frequently should I apply Eumovate?

    You will be advised to use this cream either once or twice per day. Do not exceed your prescription, as this will make you more susceptible to side effects without providing any extra benefit.  

  • Should I use the cream or ointment?

    Ointment has a greasier consistency than cream. Eumovate ointment is best suited to skin which is dry or scaly. The cream should be used on moist or weepy skin. Both types of Eumovate contain identical active ingredients.

  • Does Eumovate contain a strong steroid?

    Clobetasone butyrate is a moderately potent steroid. It is stronger than hydrocortisone, a popular non-prescription steroid. Strong corticosteroids include Eumovate and Diprosone – these are used for more serious conditions, but come with a higher risk of side effects.

  • Is this cream suitable for my skin condition?

    Eumovate is unsuitable or you if you are allergic to any of its ingredients, if your skin is infected, or if you have kidney or liver problems. Eumovate should not be used on the face or on skin near the anus or genitals.

  • Does Eumovate begin working immediately?

    You should notice improvements to your symptoms within five days of using Eumovate.

  • Which company produces Eumovate?

    Eumovate ointment and cream are made by GlaxoSmithKline.

  • Does Eumovate cream lighten skin?

    In the rare cases in which Eumovate causes skin to become slightly lighter or darker, the skin will return to its normal colour once you stop using the medicine. However, you may notice a change to your skin colour if you have severe or persistent eczema. This is because pigments can change in response to skin inflammation. This usually reverts to normal after a few months.

  • Will Eumovate cause unwanted hair growth?

    This is a reported but rare side effect of Eumovate. The unwanted hair growth will be confined to the site of application.

  • Will there be long-term effects on my Eczema?

    It is a myth that corticosteroids can worsen or prolong eczema. If this occurs, it is instead likely due to an allergic response to the medicine.

  • Can I just use more moisturiser instead?

    Moisturisers are very important to maintain healthy skin, but will only be effective at treating very mild eczema. Further treatment is usually required once the skin has become inflamed. Topical corticosteroids are just one such treatment.

  • Can Eumovate cream be used on babies or while breastfeeding?

    At The Independent Pharmacy we do not prescribe medicines for children or babies. This medicine should not be used during pregnancy unless advised by your doctor. If so, it should not be used on large areas of skin, underneath airtight dressings, or for long periods of time. The same goes for breastfeeding.

  • Eumovate vs. Betnovate, Dermovate & Temovate: which is stronger?

    Here is a summary of the four different treatments:

    Eumovate: Eumovate cream contains the active ingredient clobetasone butyrate. It is a topical corticosteroid used primarily for skin irritation or inflammation, such as eczema.

    Betnovate: Betnovate is a cream/ointment that contains the active ingredient betamethasone – also a topical corticosteroid. It is used for much the same purpose as Eumovate.

    Dermovate: Dermovate cream contains the active ingredient clobetasol, a steroid that is used to reduce inflammation. It is used only in short courses, as it is strong, and tends to be used when the mild corticosteroids have not been effective.

    Temovate: Temovate cream is another form of clobetasol – Temovate is just the brand name. Temovate is available in the US. It’s used to reduce itching, redness and swelling by deactivating certain immune responses. No more than 50 grams of Temovate should be used per week.

  • Can Eumovate cream be used on broken skin?

    No, Eumovate should not be used on broken skin or any open wounds. You should also avoid using it on the face, or applying it to the same patch of skin more than once. 

  • Does Eumovate work for psoriasis or heat rash?

    Eumovate cream is sometimes prescribed for psoriasis, but you should check with your doctor before using it as it may not necessarily be the best treatment for you. One of the possible side effects of Eumovate can be a slight rash, so it is likely not the best option for a heat rash either. To treat heat rash, try Canesten Hydrocortisone Cream

  • Is Eumovate available over the counter or at Boots?

    It is available in 15g packs over the counter and limited to one per customer when buying from places like Boots. So if you need larger amounts or use regularly it would need to be from your GP or an online pharmacy. 

  • Do people review Eumovate well?

    Chronic skin conditions can be tough to treat. In general yes, dermatologists and patients see good results from Eumovate.

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Dr Donald Grant

MB ChB DRCOG MRCGP Dip.orth.med

Published on: 10-01-2017

Last modified on: 10-01-2019

Dr Don Grant is a GP with over 30 years experience and is the Clinical Advisor at The Independent Pharmacy

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Leanne Sinclair


Reviewed on: 10-01-2019

Next review date: 10-01-2021

Leanne is a clinical pharmacist with years of experience working in pharmacy.

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