Dioderm

Hydrocortisone

Dioderm is a cream used to medicate dermatitic conditions such as psoriasis. It contains an agent which helps to reduce the effect the body’s inflammatory response.

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Description

Dioderm is a type of drug called a corticosteroid, and is marketed in the UK by Dermal Laboratories. The medicine is a cream, and it is usually administered to the affected area twice a day for a short period. It contains an agent called hydrocortisone, which works by reducing inflammation. Dioderm is only available to buy online or in person with a prescription from a physician.

  1. Simple to apply
  2. Soothes irritation
  3. Two administrations per day

Psoriasis is a chronic skin condition, which will typically go through periods of flare-up and remission. It occurs commonly on the elbows, knees, lower back, and scalp, but is not limited to these areas. Symptoms include redness, irritation and itching, the appearance of flaky, scale-like patches and increased shedding of the skin.

It is not known exactly what causes psoriasis, but it is thought to be related to the function of the immune system. Sometimes, the body’s defences perceive the presence of a threat even though there is none present. This causes the release of inflammatory chemicals which, in the case of psoriasis, affect the skin and induce irritation. In people with the condition, skin cell generation will generally be quickened, leading to the flaking described above.

Those with the condition will usually have their first encounter with symptoms before the age of 35. Certain triggers have also been identified as causes of a flare-up, but these will tend to vary from one individual to another. More common triggers include stress, the excessive consumption of alcohol, smoking, acquiring an injury to the skin, hormonal changes or a reaction to medication.

Taking measures to limit exposure to triggers can help to lower the frequency and extent of flare-ups. When symptoms are present, a doctor may choose to issue a corticosteroid cream such as Dioderm in order to provide relief. The way this drug works is by inhibiting the activity of inflammatory chemicals produced by the immune system in response to what it perceives as an infection. This reduces redness and irritation, and helps the skin affected to heal.

Please note that we do not provide this treatment through our service. If you have not used this cream before, or are experiencing new symptoms, see your GP in person.

Page last reviewed:  14/07/2017
Directions

When using this item, make sure you adhere to the instructions issued by your prescriber. This will help you to get the best possible results from the treatment. You should also read the patient information leaflet carefully prior to use, in order to limit the risk of side effects.

  1. Use as directed.
  2. This will usually be a thin layer applied to the affected region twice a day for the period specified.
  3. Your doctor may instruct you to use it just once a day when symptoms begin to show signs of improvement.
  4. Do not exceed the prescribed dose.
  5. If you forget to take it, do not worry, and take the next dose at the scheduled time.

The above is only a summary of the instructions you will need to follow when using this product. For more information, please consult the supplied leaflet.

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Page last reviewed:  14/07/2017
Please read the patient information leaflet for this medicine fully before use:

Side effects & Warnings

It is important to be aware of the side effects which are associated with this treatment, so that you can take the appropriate action in the event that they occur. If you notice any signs of an allergic reaction, such as hives, or swelling of the faces, lips, eyes or throat, or worsening of your symptoms, notify your doctor immediately.

Prolonged or excessive use may cause local skin thinning, stretch marks, or adrenal suppression.

More information on side effects can be found in the leaflet provided.

Taking it with other medicines

It is not thought that this drug will interfere with the function of other medications. However, you should still let your doctor know if you are currently using any other treatments.

Conditions to look out for

This item is not suitable for use on: other skin problems, especially skin infections, as it may make them worse; or on open wounds, ulcers or broken skin.

Refer to the leaflet for more advice on the precautions you must take when using this product.

Pregnancy and breastfeeding

This medication should not be used by anyone who is pregnant, trying to conceive or breastfeeding, unless their doctor feels it is absolutely necessary.

Driving and using machinery

The effects of this product on driving and machine use has not been observed.

Page last reviewed:  14/07/2017
Please read the patient information leaflet for this medicine fully before use:

Q&A

Can I still drink alcohol?

Yes, it is not thought that this product is affected by alcohol consumption.

Will I still be able to drive?

Yes, provided you experience no side effects that may make it unsafe to do so. If you do, refrain from driving and speak to your doctor as soon as possible.

Can I take the medicine while pregnant?

If you are pregnant or breastfeeding, your doctor may advise against the use of this medicine. Always speak to your doctor before using any treatment if you are a new or expectant mother.

How should I store it?

Keep it in a safe place below 25°C.

Am I allergic to anything in the medicine?

This product contains: hydrocortisone, citric acid, emulsifying wax, white soft paraffin, liquid paraffin, propylene glycol and purified water.

Do not use it if you are allergic to any of these ingredients.

Is it available over-the-counter?

To buy Dioderm in the UK, you will first need to undergo consultation with a doctor. This is so that they can make sure the medication is suitable for you to use.

Is it right for me?

The psoriasis medication you use will be determined by your GP or dermatologist following examination of your symptoms. They will start a prescription for the most appropriate item where required.

Please note that we do not provide this medication through our service. We recommend you speak to your GP to be prescribed medication for psoriasis or to get your prescription for this item renewed.

Page last reviewed:  14/07/2017
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