Beclometasone is a cream used in skin conditions such as psoriasis. It contains a corticosteroid ingredient and helps to relieve inflammation.
This medication is not available through our site. Refer to your GP if you are looking to renew your prescription for this item.
Beclometasone is a generic corticosteroid cream made by Purna, and is used to medicate a variety of skin conditions. These include eczema, dermatitis and psoriasis. It works by preventing the action of inflammatory chemicals in the body, which are thought to be released by the immune system prior to a flare-up. Because it contains a moderately potent corticosteroid ingredient, you can only buy Beclometasone cream online or in person with a prescription.
- Steroid cream
- Reduces skin irritation
- Soothes psoriasis outbreaks
In the UK, psoriasis is thought to affect around two in every 100 people. It causes a range of skin symptoms, including itchiness, irritation, redness, and flaking, scaly patches. These will usually appear on the elbows and knees, lower back and the scalp, but can occur anywhere on the body.
Most people with psoriasis will usually encounter symptoms for the first time before the age of 35. It is a chronic condition, which typically goes through periods of activity and dormancy. Recurrences are usually triggered by certain factors, which can vary from person to person and may include stress, smoking, drinking too much alcohol, sustaining a skin injury, hormonal changes in the body and reaction to medications.
Research into the condition is ongoing, and it is not yet clear why some people have it and others do not. Symptoms are believed to be triggered by an autoimmune response, which is when the body’s defences react to a threat (which may or may not actually be present) and release inflammatory chemicals. These then attack skin cells and cause them to regenerate at an increased rate, leading to irritation and other symptoms.
Taking steps to avoid triggers can help to reduce the likelihood of a flare-up. However, when symptoms are in progress, treatment may be issued to clear the problem up. The active ingredient in this cream is beclometasone dipropionate, which is a type of corticosteroid. This works by inhibiting the activity of those inflammatory chemicals which attack skin cells, and helps to alleviate redness and irritation.
We do not provide psoriasis treatments through our online service at present. Please speak to your GP if you think you may be developing symptoms for the first time, or are seeking to renew your prescription.
Follow the instructions given by your prescriber when using this item, and make sure you read the patient information leaflet carefully prior to use. This will assist you in reducing the chances of side effects occurring and maximising the effectiveness of the the product.
- Use this cream according to your prescriber’s directions.
- This will usually be twice a day.
- Wash your hands beforehand.
- Apply to the region experiencing symptoms. A guide on how much to use is supplied in the leaflet.
- Gently rub the cream in until it has disappeared.
- This cream should not be used for long periods of time.
- Never exceed the prescribed dose.
- If you forget to use it, consult the leaflet for advice on what to do next.
This is only a summary of the directions you will need to follow when using this product. For more information, please refer to the leaflet.
Not everyone who uses this item will experience side effects, however you should be aware of the nature of these so that you can seek advice in the event that they occur. Tell your doctor if you notice any signs of an allergic reaction or worsening of symptoms.
Possible side effects:
Feeling of burning, irritation or itching where the cream is applied, raised bumps with pus under the skin, stretch marks, veins under the surface of the skin becoming more noticeable, increased hair growth, changes in skin colour, thinning of the skin, weight gain, rounding of the face, or high blood pressure.
More information can be found in the leaflet supplied with the product.
Taking it with other medicines
Let your doctor know if you are using any other treatments during consultation.
Conditions to look out for
It is not suitable for use on the eyes, and should not be used on acne, rosacea, skin infections, perioral dermatitis, itching around your back passage or genitals, viral infections such as cold sores, herpes or chickenpox, fungal infections, athlete's foot, thrush, varicose ulcers or stasis ulcers.
Pregnancy and breastfeeding
Check with your doctor before using this treatment if you are pregnant, breastfeeding or trying to conceive.
Can I still drink alcohol?
Yes, but it is important not to drink alcohol to excess, as this may exacerbate skin symptoms.
Will I still be able to drive?
Yes, provided you do not experience any side effects which may inhibit your capacity to do so safely.
Can I take the medicine while pregnant?
It may not be suitable. Talk to your doctor before using this or any medicine if you are pregnant, breastfeeding or planning to become pregnant.
How should I store it?
Keep it in a safe place, below 25°C and out of the reach of children.
Am I allergic to anything in the medicine?
This product contains the following: beclometasone dipropionate, chlorocresol, cetomacrogol 1000, cetostearyl alcohol, white soft paraffin, liquid paraffin, sodium acid phosphate, phosphoric acid, sodium hydroxide and purified water.
If you are allergic to any of the above, do not use this cream.
Is it available over-the-counter?
You can only buy Beclometasone cream in the UK with a prescription. Repeat prescriptions can be obtained from your GP where required.
Is it right for me?
The psoriasis treatment you use will be decided on by your GP during face-to-face consultation, and examination of your symptoms. They will initiate a prescription where required.
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