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Fucibet Cream

What is Fucibet cream?

Fucibet Cream contains the active ingredients betamethasone valerate 0.1%, which is an anti-inflammatory steroid, and fusidic acid 2%, which treats most common bacterial infections of the skin. It is not active against fungal skin infections.

Fucibet Cream also contains cetostearyl alcohol and chlorocresol, which may cause allergic skin reactions in some people.

Betamethasone is classed as a ‘potent’ steroid, and is prescribed for the treatment of skin conditions, including eczema, dermatitis, and psoriasis. This cream, also containing fusidic acid, is used in those cases where a steroid cream would be helpful but where the skin is infected as well, or is likely to become infected. It should not be used on areas of skin which are infected but do not have an element of dermatitis too (for example, simple cases of thrush, nappy rash, or impetigo, or viral infections such as herpes), or on areas of rosacea.

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How do I use Fucibet Cream?

It’s important to read the enclosed leaflet carefully before using this cream.

The cream should be applied to the affected area(s) of skin, once or twice a day. Only a thin layer should be used.

Because betamethasone is a strong steroid, 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. You shouldn’t normally use it on a daily basis for longer than 2 weeks. If your symptoms are not showing any signs of improvement after 7 days, talk to your doctor, because a course of oral antibiotics may be needed to clear any infection, and continuing to use the cream might make things worse.

Is Fucibet Cream suitable for me?

There are some situations where Fucibet Cream, like all medicines, should be used with caution or would not be recommended, for example if you have reacted to other steroid creams before, or if you have an allergy to any of the active or inactive ingredients. It should not be used on the symptoms of rosacea, on viral infections (e.g. herpes simplex or chickenpox), or on the face for any longer than necessary.

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 Fucibet Cream if you are pregnant or think you might be pregnant, or are breast-feeding or planning to breast-feed, unless this is specifically recommended by your doctor.

If it doesn’t work for you, tell the doctor because a different treatment might be better.

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 Fucibet Cream for you.

What are the side effects of Fucibet Cream?

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

The most common side effect that has been reported is an irritation on the skin where the cream is applied. Other side effects are uncommon but can include itching, aggravation of the original condition, or skin dryness. If you experience any side effects which are persistent or troublesome you should stop using Fucibet Cream 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 leaflet can also be viewed online here.

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