How does Trimovate cream work?
Clobetasone butyrate is classed as a ‘moderately potent’ steroid, and is prescribed for the treatment of skin conditions, including eczema, dermatitis, and psoriasis. Oxytetracycline is an antibacterial medicine, and nystatin is an antifungal medication. This combination of three medicines in one cream treats skin that requires a steroid and is infected, or that is likely to become infected, with either a bacterial or a fungal infection.
It should not be used on areas of skin that are infected but do not have an element of dermatitis too, or where there is a viral infection present (such as herpes simplex, or chickenpox).
How to use Trimovate cream
Please read the enclosed leaflet carefully before using this cream.
The cream should be applied to the affected area(s) of skin as a thin layer, once or twice a day. Special care should be used if it’s applied to the face – keep it away from the eyes, and do not use it for prolonged periods.
Because Trimovate cream contains a moderately potent steroid, you should start to use it less often as your symptoms start to improve. You shouldn’t use it on a daily basis for longer than seven days. If your symptoms have still not improved after a week, talk to your doctor. Continuing to use it might make the infection worse, and a course of antibiotics may be needed.
Is Trimovate cream suitable for me?
Trimovate cream may not be suitable for you, depending on your circumstances. If you have previously reacted to steroid creams before, or if you have an allergy to any of the active or inactive ingredients, Trimovate is not recommended.
Be sure to inform us if you are taking any other medicines, including other creams or eczema treatments, either from your doctor or purchased from a pharmacy without a prescription.
You should not use Trimovate cream if you are/think you might be pregnant or are breastfeeding or planning to breastfeed.
If it doesn’t work for you, please let the doctor know as a different treatment might be better suited to your needs.
Provide as many details about your health as possible in the consultation, so the doctor has all the information required to assess the suitability of Trimovate cream for you.
What are the side effects of Trimovate cream?
Trimovate cream can cause side effects, although not everybody gets them.
Side effects that have been reported include skin irritation or allergy, which can look like a worsening of the symptoms being treated. If this happens you should stop using Trimovate cream and talk to your doctor. Less often, hair growth or skin discolouration have been reported as side effects.
Read the patient information leaflet provided for full details before starting any course of treatment. The leaflet can also be viewed online here.