What Lotriderm is used for and how to use it
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Lotriderm - Consumer Medicine Information

Manufacture: Merck and Co., Inc.
Country: Belgium
Condition: Tinea Corporis, Tinea Cruris, Tinea Pedis
Class: Topical steroids with anti-infectives
Form: Cream
Ingredients: betametasone dipropionate, clotrimazole, liquid paraffin; white soft paraffin; cetostearyl alcohol; macrogol cetostearyl ether; benzyl alcohol; sodium dihydrogen phosphate dihydrate; phosphoric acid concentrated; sodium hydroxide; propylene glycol; purified water

(betametasone dipropionate and clotrimazole)

What Lotriderm Cream is and What it is Used For

Lotriderm Cream contains the active ingredients 0.064% w/w betamethasone dipropionate and 1.0% w/w clotrimazole. Betamethasone belongs to a group of medicines called topical corticosteroids which are used on the surface of the skin to reduce the redness and itchiness caused by certain skin problems. Clotrimazole is a topical anti-fungal medicine used to treat some fungal infections of the skin.

Lotriderm Cream is used for the short-term treatment of certain fungal infections of the skin, when redness and itchiness may also be a problem.

What you Need to Know Before you Use Lotriderm Cream

Do not use Lotriderm Cream:

  • if you are allergic reaction to betamethasone dipropionate, clotrimazole or any of the other ingredients of this medicine (listed in section 6).
  • if your skin becomes irritated, or you develop an allergic reaction.
  • on any other skin infections as it could make them worse, especially rosacea (a skin condition affecting the face), acne, dermatitis (skin inflammation) around the mouth, nappy rash or other skin infections.

Warnings and Precautions

  • if you have psoriasis
  • if you or your child are under 12 years of age.

Other medicines and Lotriderm Cream

Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are using, have recently used or might use any other medicines.

Pregnancy and Breast-Feeding

If you are pregnant or breast-feeding, think you may be pregnant or are planning to have a baby, ask your doctor or pharmacist for advice before taking this medicine.

Lotriderm Cream Contains

  • Propylene glycol this may cause skin irritation.
  • Cetostearyl alcohol this may cause local skin reaction (e.g. contact dermatitis).

How to Use Lotriderm Cream

Always use this medicine exactly as your doctor or pharmacist has told you. Check with your doctor or pharmacist if you are not sure.

  • For adults and children over the age of 12 years a layer of cream should be gently massaged into the affected and surrounding skin areas twice a day, in the morning and evening.
  • Usually the cream should be used for either two weeks or four weeks, depending on the type of infection you have.
  • Your doctor will tell you how long to use the cream for. Your skin infection should start to improve and the redness and itchiness will ease within the first few days of treatment.
  • If Your Skin Infection Does not Appear to get Any Better, You should See Your Doctor.

You should always follow these instructions when using Lotriderm Cream:

  • Keep the cream away from your eyes.
  • If Lotriderm Cream is used in children, it should not be used on any part of their body for more than 5 days.
  • Do not put the cream under a dressing, such as a plaster or bandage, as this makes it easier for the active ingredient of the medicine to pass through the skin and possibly cause some unwanted effects.
  • You must not use a large amount of cream on large areas of the body for a long time (for example every day for many weeks or months).
  • Do not apply the cream to the face for more than 5 days, in places where the skin folds (e.g. the back of the knee) or on large areas of damaged skin.

If You Use More Lotriderm Cream Than You Should

Tell your doctor if:

  • You (or someone else) accidentally swallows the cream, it should not produce any undesirable effects.
  • You use the cream more often than you should, or on large areas of the body, it may cause some side effects.
  • You have not followed the dosage instructions, or your doctor’s advice and have used the cream too frequently and/or for a long time

If You Forget to Use Lotriderm Cream

If you forget to use your cream at the right time, use it as soon as you remember, then carry on as before.

Possible Side Effects

A few people may find that they suffer from some of the following side effects after using Lotriderm Cream:

  • burning and stinging
  • rash; swelling and other skin infections.

    In addition, the following side effects have been reported to occur following the use of other medicines containing either clotrimazole or betamethasone dipropionate:

  • redness, stinging, blistering, peeling, swelling, itching, burning, skin rash, dryness of the skin
  • inflammation of the hair follicles; excessive hair growth
  • darkening of the skin; allergic skin reactions; dermatitis (skin inflammation) around the mouth; other skin infections, thinning of the skin and red marks.

Reporting of Side Effects

If you get any side effects, talk to your doctor, pharmacist or nurse. This includes any possible side effects not listed in this leaflet.

You can also report side effects directly via the Yellow Card Scheme at: www.mhra.gov.uk/yellowcard

By reporting side effects you can help provide more information on the safety of this medicine.

How to Store Lotriderm Cream

  • Do not use after the date which is stamped on the pack.
  • Do not store above 25°C.
  • If your doctor tells you to stop using the cream, please take it back to the pharmacist for safe disposal. Only keep the cream if your doctor tells you to.
  • Medicines should not be disposed of via wastewater or household waste. Ask your pharmacist how to dispose of medicines no longer required. These measures will help protect the environment.

Contents of the pack and other information

What Lotriderm Cream Contains

The cream contains 0.064% w/w of betametasone dipropionate (equivalent to 0.05% w/w of betametasone) and 1.0% w/w clotrimazole, as the active ingredient. It also contains the following inactive ingredients: liquid paraffin; white soft paraffin; cetostearyl alcohol; macrogol cetostearyl ether; benzyl alcohol; sodium dihydrogen phosphate dihydrate; phosphoric acid concentrated; sodium hydroxide; propylene glycol; purified water.

What Lotriderm Cream looks like and contents of the pack

Lotriderm Cream is, white to off white homogenous cream. The cream is available in a tube containing 30g.

PL 10383/1744         Lotriderm Cream           POM

Who Makes and Repackages Your Medicine

Your medicine is manufactured by NV Schering-Plough Labo Industriepark 30 2220 Heist –op-den-berg Belgium. Procured from within the EU and repackaged by the Product Licence Holder: Primecrown Ltd, 4/5 Northolt Trading Estate, Belvue Road, Northolt, Middlesex, UB5 5QS.