What Valisone Cream is and what it is used for
Audavate contains a medicine called betamethasone valerate. It belongs to a group of medicines called steroids. It helps to reduce swelling and irritation. Audavate is used to help reduce the redness and itchiness of certain skin problems. These skin problems include eczema, psoriasis and dermatitis
How to take Valisone Cream
Always use Audavate exactly as your doctor or pharmacist has told you. You should check with your doctor or pharmacist if you are not sure. Using this medicine
• You usually apply Audavate 1 to 3 times a day. This may be reduced as your skin begins to get better, or stopped when it is better.
• This cream is for use on your skin only.
• Do not use more than the amount prescribed for you.
• Do not use on large areas of the body for a long time (such as every day for many weeks or months), unless your doctor tells you to.
• The germs that cause infections like warm and moist conditions under bandages or dressings, so always clean the skin before a fresh dressing is put on.
• If you are applying the cream on someone else make sure you wash your hands after use or wear disposable plastic gloves.
• If your skin problem does not improve in 2 to 4 weeks, talk to your doctor. Guidance on how to apply the cream 1. Wash your hands. 2. Gently rub the correct amount of cream into the skin until it has all disappeared. You can measure how much Audavate to use with your fingertip. This picture shows one fingertip unit.3. Unless you are meant to apply the cream to your hands as a part of the treatment, wash them again after using the cream. For an adult: You should find that:
• two fingertips of cream will cover both hands or one foot
• three fingertips of cream will cover one arm
• six fingertips of cream will cover one leg
• fourteen fingertips of cream will cover the front and back of the body. Do not worry if you find you need a little more or a little less than this. It is only a rough guide. For a child:
• Do not use it on children under 1 years of age.
• The smaller the child the less you will need to use.
• A child of 4 years needs about a third of the adult amount.
• A course of treatment for a child should not normally last more than 5 days
•unless your doctor has told you to use it for longer. If you have psoriasis If you have thick patches of psoriasis on your elbows or knees, your doctor may suggest applying the cream under an airtight dressing. It will only be at night to help the cream to start working. After a short period of time you will then apply the cream as normal. If you apply Audavate to your face You should only apply the cream to your face if your doctor tells you to. It should not be used for more than 5 days, as the skin on your face thins easily. Do not let the cream get into your eyes. If it does, wash it out with plenty of water. If you use more Audavate than you should If, by mistake on a few occasions you use more than you should, do not worry. If you apply a lot or if a lot is accidentally swallowed, it could make you ill. Talk to your doctor or go to hospital as soon as possible. If you forget to use Audavate If you forget to apply your cream, apply it as soon as you remember. If it is close to the time you are next meant to apply it, wait until this time. If you stop using Audavate If you use Audavate regularly make sure you talk to your doctor before you stop using it. If you have any further questions on the use of this product, ask your doctor or pharmacist.
Possible side effects
Like all medicines, Audavate can cause side effects, although not everybody gets them. Stop using Audavate and tell your doctor as soon as possible if:
• you develop a generalised rash on your skin
• you find that your skin problem gets worse or become swollen during treatment. You may be allergic to the cream, have an infection or need other treatment
• you have psoriasis and you get raised bumps with pus under the skin. This can happen very rarely during or after treatment and is known as pustular psoriasis.
Other side effects you may notice when using Audavate include:
Common (affects less than 1 in 10 people)
• a feeling of burning, pain, irritation or itching where the cream is applied. Side effects if you use Audavate for a long time, or you use a lot each time you apply it, or you apply it under an airtight dressing or a nappy: Very
Rare (affects less than 1 in 10,000 people)
• an increased risk of infection
• an allergic skin reaction where the cream is applied
• rash, itchy bumpy skin or redness of the skin
• thinning and dryness of your skin and it may also damage or wrinkle more easily
• stretch marks may develop
• veins under the surface of your skin may become more noticeable
• increased hair growth or reduction in hair growth or hair loss and changes in skin colour
• thinning of your skin that may also damage more easily
• weight gain, rounding of the face and high blood pressure. These are more likely to happen in infants and children
• bones can become thin, weak and break easily
• cloudy lens in the eye (cataract) or increased pressure in eye (glaucoma)
• increased blood sugar levels or sugar in the urine
• high blood pressure
• slow growth in children.
Not known (frequency cannot be estimated from the available data)
• blurred vision If any of the above side effects are troublesome or last more than a few days or if you notice any side effects not mentioned in this leaflet, please inform your doctor or pharmacist.
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 Valisone Cream
Keep all medicines out of the sight and reach of children. Do not store above 30°C. Once opened, do not use this medicine for more than 3 months. Do not use Audavate after the expiry date which is shown on the tube or carton. The expiry date refers to the last day of that month. Medicines should not be disposed of via wastewater or household waste. Ask your pharmacist how to dispose of medicines that are no longer required. This will help to protect the environment.
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