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Diprosone Cream, Ointment, and Lotion

What is Diprosone?

Diprosone preparations contain the active ingredient betamethasone dipropionate, which is an anti-inflammatory steroid. It is classed as a ‘potent’ steroid, and is prescribed for the treatment of skin conditions, including eczema, dermatitis, and psoriasis. The Lotion is also intended for the treatment of scalp psoriasis.

All three formulations (Diprosone Cream, Ointment, and Lotion) contain 0.1% betamethasone dipropionate.

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DiproSone Cream DiproSone Cream £0.08 per gram Prescription only Start questionnaire
DiproSone Ointment DiproSone Ointment £0.08 per gram Prescription only Start questionnaire
Diprosone Lotion Diprosone Lotion £0.10 per ml Prescription only Start questionnaire

How do I use Diprosone?

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

The cream, ointment, or lotion should be applied to the affected area(s) of skin, once or twice a day. Only a thin layer should be used. After the product has been absorbed, an emollient (moisturising) cream such as Diprobase or Cetraben can be applied to the same area if necessary.

Because Diprosone is a strong 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 four weeks. If you are using it on your face, don’t use it for any more than five days. 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 Diprosone Cream, Ointment or Lotion 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. The Lotion is easy to apply and particularly suitable for symptoms on the scalp.

Is Diprosone suitable for me?

There are some situations where Diprosone 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, 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 the doctor 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 Diprosone 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 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 Diprosone for you.

What are the side effects of Diprosone?

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

Side effects are generally rare, but can include burning, itching, irritation, dryness, skin discolouration, or allergic contact dermatitis. If you experience any side effects which are persistent or troublesome you should stop using Diprosone 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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