Dermatop is a medium-potency medicine of the topical corticosteroid class that comes under the form of ointment or cream, containing the active ingredient Prednicarbate - a non-halogenated derivative of Prednisolone. Topical corticosteroids are a class of generally synthetic steroids which are prescribed in the topical treatment of itching, swelling and redness associated with numerous skin conditions. Apart from Prednicarbate, Dermatop also contains white petrolatum, glyceryl oleate, octyldodecanol, propylene glycol, propyl gallate and citric acid.
Dermatop is a medicine that is typically prescribed for the treatment of pruritic and inflammatory symptoms in many dermatoses that are responsive to corticosteroid therapy. In some cases, your personal physician may prescribe Dermatop as a symptomatic or curative treatment of other affections that are not listed here. If you would like to find out exactly why you have been prescribed a treatment with Dermatop, it is advised that you consult with your personal health care specialist. You should never start or stop any medication treatment without approval from your personal health care provider.
Treatment with Dermatop is contraindicated in patients that have an allergy to medicines such as Triamcinolone, hydrocortisone or Bethamethasone, or in patients allergic to any of the ingredients of Dermatop. Also, usage on babies is not recommended as the drug may be absorbed through the skin, leading to the appearance of serious side effects. Dermatop may not be prescribed in the treatment of chicken pox, and also it should not be prescribed to treat vaginal itching if the patient also presents a vaginal discharge. Dermatop should not be prescribed if the affected area also presents sores or if there is a skin infection present. Treatment during pregnancy and breast feeding should be avoided, if possible; however, if therapy is required, you should always consult with your personal health care professional to determine if it is safe to start a treatment with Dermatop.
It is advised to wash and dry the affected skin before applying Dermatop. In order to apply the medication, use a small amount of the cream on the affected skin and gently massage the area until the cream forms a thin layer covering the entire affected surface. Do not wrap, cover or bandage the area, unless you have been specifically instructed to do so by your prescribing health care professional. You should avoid wearing plastic, tight-fitting clothes or diapers over the affected area. Dermatop should not be prescribed in the area around the eyes unless specifically directed to do so by the prescribing doctor. Avoid contact with the eyes.
Dermatop generally comes under the form of ointment or cream, and your personal health care provider will indicate the exact dosage that should be prescribed in each case. If no dosage is indicated, you should use a small quantity with each application, enough to form a thin layer covering the affected area.
Dermatop should be kept safe from the reach of children, in a cupboard or drawer at room temperature, away from sunlight and heat. Also, you should avoid freezing Dermatop.
The exact symptoms of Dermatop overdose are not currently known. If you have reasons to suspect you are affected by an overdose with this drug, you should immediately contact your personal health care professional or move to the nearest hospital in order to seek emergency medical attention.
You should always use the smallest Dermatop dose sufficient to cover the affected area with a thin layer of ointment. If you have been prescribed a certain dosage, never exceed it when applying the cream. You should never ingest any quantity of Dermatop.
It is advised that you apply Dermatop around the same time each day, in order to help prevent missing any doses of the medication. However, if you happen to miss a dose, take it as soon as you remember and continue with your normal medication schedule. If it is almost time for another application of Dermatop, it is best to completely skip the missed dose and continue with the normal medication schedule. You should never use a double dose in order to make up for the missed one.
There are some side effects associated with Dermatop usage. Many of them, such as stinging, burning, redness or itching, are common when applying Dermatop for the first few times, and they should go away within a few days once your organism has adjusted to the medication. If the symptoms do not go away, you should contact your personal health care provider.
Skin thinning or discoloration are possible when following a Dermatop treatment. In some cases, Dermatop may lead to a worsening of skin infections.
More severe side effects such as nausea, vomiting, weight loss, unusual weakness, dizziness and fainting may appear in some rare cases. If you experience any of these symptoms, or if you have any other unexpected and unwanted effects, you should immediately contact your personal health care provider.
At this time, there is no information regarding any drug interactions between Dermatop and other medications. However, you should check with your personal health care provider and inform him or her of any medication you are currently taking, including nutritional supplements, vitamins and minerals. Your health care specialist will inform you if there are any drug reactions between Dermatop and your current medication. Also, you should consult your personal health care professional before starting a new medication therapy while following a treatment with this drug.
Other Brand Names
In some countries Dermatop may also be known as: