- ANTI-INFECTIVE & ANTIBACTERIAL DRUGS
- DERMATOLOGICAL DRUGS
- Pharmaceutical Form : Cream
- Composition : Fusidic acid 20 mg Betamethasone (as valerate) 1 mg /1 g dermic cream
- Active Substance : Fusidic acid + Betamethasone (as valerate)
This drug contains 2 different types of medicine. One medicine is called fusidic acid. It is a type of antibiotic. The other medicine is called betamethasone valerate. It is a type of corticosteroid (steroid).
These 2 medicines work at the same time in different ways.
This drug works by:
- The antibiotic killing bacteria that cause infections.
- The corticosteroid reducing any swelling, redness or itchiness of your skin
This drug is used to treat:
Conditions where the skin is inflamed (eczema or dermatitis) and also infected by germs.
- The cream should not be used on patient or a child for more than 2 weeks; this is to avoid bacteria becoming resistant to the antibiotic and to avoid the steroid causing you side effects.
- Special care should be taken if patient are going to use this medicine near eyes. If the cream gets into the eye, this may lead to glaucoma.
- If the cream have been used over a long time or in large amounts it may make the chance of getting any side effects or infections higher. Also skin may get more sensitive to this medicine.
- The cream must not be used for a long time on the face.
- Unless the doctor has told, the cream must not be used on open wounds or sensitive areas such as the nostrils, ears, lips or genitals.
- Unless the doctor has told, the cream must not be used on thin skin, skin ulcers, broken veins or acne.
- Adrenal suppression may occur. Signs are tiredness, depression and anxiety. This can be reversed by stopping the cream.
- Difficulty breathing.
- Face or throat swell.
- Skin develops a severe rash.
Any of the problems listed are more likely if the medicine is used for a long time, in large amounts or on skin folds (such as armpits or under breasts).
These problems are more likely in babies and children. They are also more likely if the skin is covered with a dressing, bandage or nappy.
- Itchy rash and skin inflammation in the area where the medicine is used.
- Worsening of your eczema.
- Burning feeling.
- Dry skin.
- Application site pain.
- Application site irritation.
Some side effects are known to be caused by betamethasone valerate (steroid), one of the ingredients in the cream:
- Adrenal glands may stop working properly. Signs are tiredness, depression and anxiety.
- Thinning of the skin.
- Red spotty rash around the mouth or chin.
- Stretch marks.
- Small veins near the surface of the skin become visible.
- Changes in growth of your body hair.
- Excessive sweating.
- Lightening of your skin color.
- Redness and pimples around the mouth.
- Redness of the skin, nose or mouth.
- Formation of cataracts.
Dosage and administration:
This medicine is only for use on skin. Do not swallow it. Do not put it inside your body.
- Patient should wash his hands before using the cream. If used it on your face be careful to avoid your eyes.
- Unless you are using the cream to treat your hands, always wash your hands after using the cream.
- If the cream get accidentally in the eye, it should be washed out with cold water straight away. Then bathed with eyewash if possible. If Patient start to have any problems with sight or eye is sore, contact the doctor immediately.
- The usual treatment time is up to 2 weeks
- Skin improvement should be noticed after just a few days of using the cream. If there is no improvement after 7 days cream should be stopped and go back to doctor.
- Usually cream should be used twice each day. In the morning and evening.
- If Patient have been told to cover the skin with any dressings or bandages Patient may not need to use the medicine so often. A nappy on a baby may act as a dressing.
Adults and children:
Patient can use your first finger to measure how much cream to use. Squeeze the cream along your finger from the tip to the first joint as shown in the diagram. This is called a fingertip unit.
The usual number of units you need to cover different parts of the body is shown in the diagrams. If Patient need to use a little more or a little less do not worry. If cream is used on a child still use an adult finger to measure out the fingertip unit.
Missing a dose:
If Patient forget to use the cream at the right time, he should use it as soon as remembered. Then use the cream again at the usual time. Dose should not be doubled to make up for a forgotten dose.
Packaging: 20 g