Elocon is a topical treatment for psoriasis and other skin conditions. It contains a drug called mometasone furoate, which is a type of corticosteroid. This works by reducing the effect of inflammatory chemicals released by the immune system during a psoriasis flare up. Elocon is marketed by Merck Sharp and Dohme and is available to buy in the UK as a scalp lotion, an ointment or a cream.
- Sold as a cream or scalp lotion
- Reduces inflammation
- Effective treatment for psoriasis
Psoriasis is thought to affect roughly two out of every 100 people in the UK, and is a chronic illness. Typical symptoms include skin irritation, which may manifest in the form redness, itching, flaking and the appearance of scaly tissue in the affected region. The most commonly affected areas are the scalp, the elbows and knees, and the lower back.
The condition goes through periods of activity and remission. Flare-ups are usually set in motion by certain triggers, such as smoking, drinking too much alcohol, stress, reaction to specific types of medication, and sometimes as a response to irritants in shampoos or cosmetic products.
It is not yet completely understood why the condition occurs, but it is thought to stem from the over-activity of the immune system, or autoimmunity. This is when the body’s defences perceive a threat from an infection, although none may be present. Consequently, the immune system will cause certain defensive substances to be released in the body, which can cause inflammation. In psoriasis, this also involves the development of new skin cells at a faster than usual rate. Irritation and excess skin cell production results, causing the symptoms of psoriasis.
When treating psoriasis, a doctor may discuss the potential triggers with the patient, and provide advice on how to avoid these and lower the severity of symptoms. They may also prescribe a topical corticosteroid, such as mometasone furoate, in order to reduce inflammation. This works by preventing the release of chemicals the immune system releases during a flare-up, which can exacerbate irritation, thereby allowing the affected area to heal.
Elocon is only available on prescription. If you haven’t used this treatment before or are experiencing skin symptoms for the first time, talk to your GP.
We do not provide psoriasis medications at present. To be prescribed treatment or renew your existing prescription, we recommend you speak to your GP in person.
Make sure you follow the directions given by your prescriber when administering this product, and that you familiarise yourself with the instructions provided in the patient information leaflet. It is vital to do this in order to limit the risk of side effects and maximise the efficacy of the treatment.
- Use as prescribed.
- For cases of psoriasis, this may be a thin layer of cream or ointment spread onto the affected region once a day, and gently rubbed in.
- In cases where psoriasis is present on the scalp, a few drops of scalp lotion are applied to the area and carefully massaged in.
- None of these medications should be used over long periods.
- If using ointment or cream on the face, the duration of treatment should be no longer than five days.
- The scalp lotion should only be used on the scalp.
- Do not exceed the dose specified by your prescriber.
- If you forget to administer this treatment, do so when you remember and carry on the treatment as scheduled.
This information comprises only a summary of the directions you will need to adhere to when using these treatments. For more detailed instructions, please refer to the leaflet supplied.
Please be aware that not everyone who uses this medication will experience side effects. Nevertheless, it is important to know the risk of these prior to using this product, so that you can take the appropriate action in the event that they occur.
Tell your doctor right away if you notice any signs of: an allergic reaction, such as swelling of the face, lips, mouth or throat, or hives; or worsening of your skin condition.
It is more likely that side effects will occur from topical corticosteroids with prolonged use. These may include: bacterial and secondary skin infections; inflammation of the hair follicles; acne; thinning of the skin; red marks with associate prickly heat; loss of skin colour; burning; stinging; itching; tingling; excessive hair growth; or softening of the skin and stretch marks.
Refer to the leaflet for further information.
Taking it with other medicines
Inform your doctor if you are currently using any other treatments during consultation.
Conditions to look out for
This medication should not be applied to treat any of the following: rosacea; acne; skin atrophy; dermatitis around the mouth; genital itching; nappy rash; cold sores; chickenpox; shingles; warts; ulcerated skin; wounds; or skin infections.
Pregnancy and breastfeeding
Speak to your doctor before using Elocon if you are pregnant, trying to conceive or breastfeeding.
Can I still drink alcohol?
Yes. The consumption of alcohol is not likely to inhibit the function of this medication.
Will I still be able to drive?
Yes, provided your capacity to do so is not affected. If, when using this treatment, you feel as though your ability to drive has been compromised, refrain from driving and let your doctor know as soon as possible.
Can I take the medicine while pregnant?
It may not be suitable for new or expectant mothers. Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or breastfeeding, as they may wish to issue an alternative treatment.
How should I store it?
Keep this item in a safe place, below 25°C.
Am I allergic to anything in the medicine?
In Elocon Scalp Lotion are the following constituents: mometasone furoate, isopropyl alcohol, propylene glycol, hydroxypropyl cellulose, sodium dihydrogen phosphate dihydrate, phosphoric acid and purified water.
The ingredients of Elocon Cream are: mometasone furoate, hexylene glycol, purified water, phosphoric acid, titanium dioxide, aluminium starch octenylsuccinate, white wax, white soft paraffin and hydrogenated soybean lecithin.
The components of Elocon Ointment are as follows: mometasone furoate, hexylene glycol, purified water, phosphoric acid, propylene glycol stearate, white beeswax and white soft paraffin.
If you are allergic to any of the above substances, do not use the product containing it, and speak to your doctor about alternative treatment.
Is it available over-the-counter?
You can only buy Elocon on prescription. This is so that a doctor can make sure it is suitable for you to use.
Is it right for me?
When you first consult with your regular GP about psoriasis, they will go through suitable therapy options with you. Once a treatment has been settled on, they will initiate a prescription for you if necessary.
This item is not available through our service at this time. Speak to your GP if you are looking to renew your prescription.
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