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CloBetasone butyrate

Eumovate is a cream treatment used in skin conditions, such as psoriasis, and is made by GlaxoSmithKline.

We do not provide this treatment through our service.

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PLEASE NOTE: This treatment is not available through our online pharmacy service. This page is for information only. If you are experiencing any of the symptoms related to the condition(s) this medication treats, we strongly recommend that you see your GP in person.

This content was reviewed by a clinician on

29 August 2020
dr daniel

Dr Daniel Atkinson

(GP Clinical Lead - GMC No. 4624794) 29 August 2020
Product information

Eumovate is a very potent steroid-based cream used to medicate a variety of skin conditions, including psoriasis. It is administered to the region affected twice a day, usually for a period of no longer than four weeks. The active ingredient in this cream is a steroid, which helps to reduce inflammation in the area to which it is applied.

  1. Corticosteroid cream
  2. Effective at reducing inflammation
  3. Used for a range of conditions

Psoriasis is a condition characterised by a number of symptoms. These include redness, irritation and often itching in patches on the skin. Sometimes, a flaky, scale-like pattern will develop too, and breaks may appear. In rarer cases, an infection may develop and cause pustules to appear as well.

The condition is a chronic one, and will typically go through periods of activity and dormancy. Several triggers may incur a flare-up, and these will tend to vary depending on the individual, but commonly, these may include stress, smoking or the consumption of alcohol, a reaction to medication, or a change in hormone levels.

In most people, the condition will manifest before the age of 35. Currently, it isn't fully understood why some people have the condition and others do not, but it is thought to be the result of the immune system attacking healthy skin cells, and encouraging new ones to develop before they are needed. These cells then make their way to the surface of skin, causing the above symptoms to occur.

Clobetasone butyrate is a type of corticosteroid which helps to prevent this process. In stopping the release of inflammatory chemicals by the immune system, it helps to prevent the widening of blood vessels, thereby soothing irritation and itchiness, as well as easing other symptoms too.

This medication is not available to buy through our site. If you are developing psoriasis symptoms for the first time, or have not used this product before, you should make an appointment with your GP.

This treatment is prescription only, which means that a doctor will need to assess your symptoms before issuing it to you, to ernsure it is suitable.


Page last reviewed:  29/08/2020

It is vital to make sure you follow the directions issued by your prescriber when administering this treatment, and that you adhere to the guidelines outlined in the patient information leaflet. This will help you to limit the risk of side effects, and get the best possible results from your medication.

  1. Use as per your prescriber's instructions.
  2. The typical dose will be one or two applications per day.
  3. Wash your hands before use.
  4. Administer a thin layer to the area affected, and rub in gently.
  5. The leaflet contains a guide on fingertip units and how many should be used for different areas of the body.
  6. Where symptoms do not improve after 4 weeks, you should notify your doctor.
  7. Do not take more than the prescribed amount.
  8. If you miss an administration, you can apply it when you remember provided that your next dose is not due soon.

This is only a summary of the directions you will need to follow when using this product. More detailed guidelines can be located in the safety information provided.

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Page last reviewed:  29/08/2020
Please read the patient information leaflet for this medicine fully before use:

Eumovate cream 0.05%

Eumovate ointment 0.05%

Side effects & Warnings

It is crucial to be aware of the side effects associated with this treatment. Notify your doctor if you experience any signs of: an allergic reaction, such as worsening of your skin condition, a generalised rash, or swelling; or pustular psoriasis, which can cause pus-filled bumps under the skin.

Very rare (1 in 10,000 people or less):
Increased risk of skin infection, burning, irritation or itching where the cream is applied, rash, itchy bumpy skin or redness of the skin, increased hair growth and changes in skin colour, thinning of your skin and it may also become more susceptible to damage, weight gain, rounding of the face, delayed weight gain or slowing of growth in children, weakening of the bones, cataract, glaucoma, increased blood sugar levels or sugar in the urine, or high blood pressure.

The above is only a summary of the side effects which have been reported with the use of this item. For more detailed information, refer to the leaflet supplied.

Taking it with other medicines

Your prescriber needs to know if you are using any other treatments, particularly ritonavir or itraconazole, as these may compromise the efficacy of this product.

Conditions to look out for

Let your doctor know during consultation if you have: previously had an allergic reaction with another steroid; a chronic leg ulcer as you may be at increased risk of local allergic reaction or infection; an airtight dressing under which you are applying the cream, as more than necessary may pass through the skin; psoriasis, as your condition and use may need to be monitored; or broken skin in the area which you are intending to use the cream.

More information on safe usage and precautions can be located in the patient information leaflet.

Pregnancy and breastfeeding

Ask your doctor before applying this product if you are pregnant, breastfeeding or trying for baby.


Page last reviewed:  29/08/2020
Please read the patient information leaflet for this medicine fully before use:

Eumovate cream 0.05%

Eumovate ointment 0.05%


Can I still drink alcohol?

Yes. It is not likely that this cream will be affected by alcohol.

Will I still be able to drive?

Yes. Your capacity to drive should not be inhibited by the use of this medicine.

Can I take the medicine while pregnant?

It may not be suitable. Check with your prescriber before using this item if you are pregnant, breastfeeding, or trying to become pregnant.

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: clobetasone butyrate, glycerol, glycerol monostearate, cetostearyl alcohol, beeswax substitute 6621, Arlacel 165, dimeticone 20, chlorocresol, sodium citrate, citric acid and purified water.

It should not be used by anyone who is allergic to any of these substances.

Is it available over-the-counter?

To buy Eumovate Cream in the UK, you will require a prescription.

Is it right for me?

The product you use for psoriasis will be determined following face-to-face consultation with your doctor, and examination of your symptoms. If required, a prescription will be started by them, once a suitable treatment option has been identified.

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