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Eumovate Cream (30g)

Eumovate Cream & Ointment

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

Corticosteroids are 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.

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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.

Eumovate can be used on children’s eczema, but should not be used for a stretch of more than 7 days.

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. 

Not everyone will experience side effects when they take Eumovate, however if you do they may include:

An itching or burning sensation on the affected area, 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 and talk to your doctor or pharmacist.

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 Eumoavte'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.

The active ingredient contained in Eumovate is clobetasone butyrate.

Eumovate Cream also contains the following inactive ingredients to make up the complete product:

Glycerol, glycerol monostearate, cetostearyl alcohol, beeswax substitute 6621, arlacel 165, dimeticone 20, chlorocresol, sodium citrate, citric acid, purified water

Eumovate Ointment also contains the following inactive ingredients to make up the complete product:

Liquid paraffin, white soft paraffin.

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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.

  • 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 Disprosone – 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.

  • Will Eumovate discolour my 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.


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