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All about: Alclometasone Cream

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Generic Name: Alclometasone Cream and Ointment (al-kloe-MEH-tah-zone)
Brand Name: Aclovate

Alclometasone Cream is used for:

Treating itching, redness, and swelling of many skin conditions.

Alclometasone Cream is a topical corticosteroid. It works by reducing inflammatory reactions and modifying immune reactions in the body.

Do NOT use Alclometasone Cream if:

  • you are allergic to any ingredient in Alclometasone Cream

Contact your doctor or health care provider right away if any of these apply to you.

Before using Alclometasone Cream:

Some medical conditions may interact with Alclometasone Cream. Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you have any medical conditions, especially if any of the following apply to you:

  • if you are pregnant, planning to become pregnant, or are breast-feeding
  • if you are taking any prescription or nonprescription medicine (especially prednisone or similar medicines), herbal preparation, or dietary supplement
  • if you have allergies to medicines, foods, or other substances
  • if you have measles, chickenpox, shingles, a skin infection, thinning of the skin, tuberculosis (TB) or a positive TB test, or have recently had a vaccination

Some MEDICINES MAY INTERACT with Alclometasone Cream. Because little, if any, of Alclometasone Cream is absorbed into the blood, the risk of it interacting with another medicine is low.

This may not be a complete list of all interactions that may occur. Ask your health care provider if Alclometasone Cream may interact with other medicines that you take. Check with your health care provider before you start, stop, or change the dose of any medicine.

How to use Alclometasone Cream:

Use Alclometasone Cream as directed by your doctor. Check the label on the medicine for exact dosing instructions.

  • Apply a small amount of medicine to the affected area. Gently rub the medicine in until it is evenly distributed. Wash your hands after applying Alclometasone Cream, unless your hands are part of the treated area.
  • Do not bandage or wrap the affected area unless otherwise told by your doctor.
  • If you miss a dose of Alclometasone Cream, apply it as soon as possible. If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and go back to your regular dosing schedule. Do not use 2 doses at once.

Ask your health care provider any questions you may have about how to use Alclometasone Cream.

Important safety information:

  • Alclometasone Cream is for external use only. Avoid contact with the eyes.
  • Do not use Alclometasone Cream on the face, underarms, or groin areas unless directed to do so by a health care provider.
  • Do not use more of Alclometasone Cream than prescribed, for longer than the time prescribed, or for other skin conditions at a later time.
  • Do not use Alclometasone Cream for diaper rash.
  • Use Alclometasone Cream with extreme caution in CHILDREN younger than 1 year of age. Safety and effectiveness in this age group have not been confirmed.
  • PREGNANCY and BREAST-FEEDING: If you plan on becoming pregnant, discuss with your doctor the benefits and risks of using Alclometasone Cream during pregnancy. It is unknown if Alclometasone Cream is excreted in breast milk. If you are or will be breast-feeding while you are using Alclometasone Cream, check with your doctor or pharmacist to discuss the risks to your baby.

Possible side effects of Alclometasone Cream:

All medicines may cause side effects, but many people have no, or minor, side effects. Check with your doctor if any of these most COMMON side effects persist or become bothersome:

None.

Seek medical attention right away if any of these SEVERE side effects occur:

Severe allergic reactions (rash; hives; difficulty breathing; tightness in the chest; swelling of the mouth, face, lips, or tongue); burning, itching, redness, skin thinning and discoloration, or swelling not present before using Alclometasone Cream.

This is not a complete list of all side effects that may occur. If you have questions or need medical advice about side effects, contact your doctor or health care provider. You may report side effects to the FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088 (1-800-332-1088) or at http://www.fda.gov/medwatch.

If OVERDOSE is suspected:

Contact 1-800-222-1222 (the American Association of Poison Control Centers), your local poison control center (http://www.aapcc.org/findyour.htm), or emergency room immediately. Alclometasone Cream may be harmful if swallowed.

Proper storage of Alclometasone Cream:

Store Alclometasone Cream at room temperature between 59 and 86 degrees F (15 and 30 degrees C) in a tightly closed container, away from heat, moisture, and light. Do not store in the bathroom. Keep Alclometasone Cream out of the reach of children and away from pets.

General information:

  • If you have any questions about Alclometasone Cream, please talk with your doctor, pharmacist, or other health care provider.
  • Alclometasone Cream is to be used only by the patient for whom it is prescribed. Do not share it with other people.
  • If your symptoms do not improve or if they become worse, check with your doctor.

This information is a summary only. It does not contain all information about Alclometasone Cream. If you have questions about the medicine you are taking or would like more information, check with your doctor, pharmacist, or other health care provider.

Issue Date: September 5, 2007
Database Edition 07.3.1.003
Copyright © 2007 Wolters Kluwer Health, Inc.

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