Elyvate cream

ELYVATE (Betamethasone)

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ELYVATE (Betamethasone)

Elyvate is a topical corticosteroid with anti-inflammatory, antipruritic and antiallergic properties. The cream is water-miscible and suitable for application to moist lesions and to the face while the ointment is suitable for dry or scaly lesions.

Elyvate cream

Indications

Elyvate cream and ointment are indicated for topical treatment of corticosteroid responsive dermatoses such as atopic eczema, contact dermatitis, anogenital pruritus, seborrhoeic dermatitis, neurodermatitis and psoriasis.

Dosage and administration

Apply a thin layer of the cream or ointment to the affected parts 2-4 times daily. In cases of recurrent lesions and other chronic or deep-seated dermatoses the penetration of the preparation into the skin can be increased by using occlusive dressings. Apply a thin layer of the cream or ointment and cover with a light gauze dressing. The dressing should be left for up to three days and then changed up to four times

Side effects

Elyvate, when sparingly applied to the skin and used for short periods of time, is devoid of systemic side effects as it is not significantly absorbed. Topical application may however lead to loss of skin collagen and hypopigmentation. Sensitivity reactions and opportunistic infection with organisms such as fungi amy also occur. The risk of side effects including systemic toxicity is increased with the use of occlusive dressings due to greater absorption.

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Precautions

Topical application of corticosteroids should not be made with an occlusive dressing to large areas of the body due to the increased risk of systemic toxicity.

The face, more than other areas of the body, may exhibit atrophic changes after prolonged treatment. Care should therefore be taken when treating conditions like psoriasis, discoid lupus erythematosus and severe eczema. If applied to the eyelids, care should be taken to avoid entry into the eyes. Long term topical use should be avoided especially in children and pregnant women.

If hypersensitivity reactions or superinfection starts to occur, use should be discontinued.

Contraindications

Hypersensitivity, infections of the skin including leg ulcers, herpes simplex, rosacea and acne vulgaris

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