What is in this leaflet
This leaflet answers some common questions about Diprosone OV Cream and Ointment.
It does not contain all the available information.
It does not take the place of talking to your doctor or pharmacist.
All medicines have risks and benefits. Your doctor has weighed the risks of you using Diprosone OV against the benefits they expect it will have for you.
If you have any concerns about taking this medicine, ask your doctor or pharmacist.
Keep this leaflet with the medicine.
You may need to read it again.
What Diprosone OV is used for
Diprosone OV contains the active ingredient betamethasone dipropionate.
Betamethasone dipropionate is a very strong corticosteroid used to decrease inflammation, redness, itchiness and discomfort of some skin conditions.
Diprosone OV Cream and Ointment are used to treat persistent or severe:
- eczema (an often itchy skin condition with redness, swelling, oozing of fluid, crusting which may lead to scaling)
- acute or chronic psoriasis (a stubborn skin disorder with raised, rough, reddened areas covered with dry, fine silvery scales)
Your doctor may have prescribed Diprosone OV for another reason.
Ask your doctor if you have any questions about why Diprosone OV has been prescribed for you.
This medicine is available only with a doctor's prescription.
Before you use Diprosone OV
When you must not use it
Do not use Diprosone OV if you have had an allergic reaction to:
- other medicines containing betamethasone dipropionate
- any other corticosteroid(s)
- any of the ingredients listed at the end of this leaflet.
Some symptoms of an allergic reaction include wheezing, skin rash and hives.
Do not use Diprosone OV if you have:
- a viral infection (such as cold sores, shingles or chicken pox)
- a fungal infection (such as thrush, ringworm or tinea)
- tuberculosis of the skin
- acne rosacea
- inflammation around the mouth
- skin conditions with ulcers.
Do not use Diprosone OV in children under 12 years of age unless your doctor tells you to.
Long-term use may affect their growth and development.
Do not use Diprosone OV just before having a bath, shower or a swim.
If you do, you may reduce the effectiveness of Diprosone OV.
Do not use Diprosone OV if the expiry date (EXP) printed on the pack has passed.
If you use Diprosone OV after the expiry date has passed, it may not work as well.
Do not use Diprosone OV if the packaging is torn or shows signs of tampering.
Before you start to use it
Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you have allergies to:
- any other medicines
- any other substances, such as foods, dyes or preservatives.
Tell your doctor if:
- you are pregnant or breast-feeding.
Your doctor will tell you if you can use Diprosone OV during pregnancy or while you are breast-feeding.
- you have any other medical conditions, especially if you have an infection.
Using other medicines
Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are using other creams or ointments or taking any other medicines. This includes medicines that you buy without a prescription from your pharmacy, supermarket or health food shop.
How to use Diprosone OV
How to use it
Apply a thin layer of Diprosone OV Cream or Ointment to completely cover the affected area once or twice daily.
It is important to use Diprosone OV exactly as your doctor has told you. If you use it less often than you should, it may not work as well and your skin condition may not improve.
Using it more often than you should may not improve your skin condition faster and may cause or increase side effects.
How long to use it
Your doctor will advise you how long to use Diprosone OV. Duration of treatment might take from a few days to a longer period of time.
Do not use Diprosone OV for more than 4 weeks without seeing your doctor.
Do not use Diprosone OV once the skin condition has cleared.
If you forget to use it
If you forget to use Diprosone OV, use it as soon as you remember and then use again at the normal time. Do not apply twice the amount to make up for the application that you missed.
If you swallow it
Telephone your doctor or Poisons Information Centre (Phone 13 11 26), or go to the accident and emergency centre at your nearest hospital immediately if you think that you or anyone may have swallowed Diprosone OV. Do this even if there are no signs of discomfort or poisoning.
Keep the telephone numbers of these places handy.
While you are using Diprosone OV
Things you must do
If you are about to start taking any new medicine, tell your doctor, dentist and pharmacist who are treating you that you are using Diprosone OV.
Tell your doctor if you feel that Diprosone OV is not helping your skin problem or if your skin problem worsens or seems infected.
Go to your doctor regularly for a check-up if you are on long-term Diprosone OV therapy.
Tell your doctor if you become pregnant while using Diprosone OV.
Things you must not do
Do not use Diprosone OV in or near the eyes.
Do not use Diprosone OV on the face unless your doctor tells you. Use only a small amount and stop when the condition has cleared.
Do not use Diprosone OV under an air-tight dressing such as a plastic wrap or a tight nappy.
Do not use more than 45g of Diprosone OV Cream or Ointment per week (one and a half tubes).
Do not give Diprosone OV to anyone else, even if they have similar symptoms as you.
Do not use Diprosone OV to treat any other complaint(s) unless your doctor tells you to.
Things to be careful of
Do not use large amounts for a long time.
Diprosone OV is absorbed through the skin and side effects may increase with extended use.
Do not continue to use Diprosone OV if skin begins to thin or stretch marks appear.
Do not use Diprosone OV between skin folds or between fingers or toes for a long period without seeing your doctor.
Diprosone OV does not take the place of antibiotics if there is an infection.
Tell your doctor or pharmacist as soon as possible if you do not feel well while you are using Diprosone OV.
Diprosone OV is generally welltolerated but may have unwanted side effects in a few people. These side effects mainly involve the skin and include:
- stinging sensation
- dry skin, softening of the skin
- lightening in skin colour
- contact dermatitis
- dermatitis around the mouth
- inflamed follicles
- increased hair growth
- skin infection
- stretch marks
Other less common side effects include:
- tingling, prickly skin
- tightening or cracking of skin
- scaling of skin
- thinning of the skin
- sensation of warmth
- visual disturbances or blurred vision
Long-term use over large areas may suppress cortisol production in the body or cause side effects similar to those from oral corticosteroids, especially in infants and children.
Other side effects not listed above may occur in some patients. Tell your doctor if you notice anything else that is making you feel unwell.
Ask your doctor or pharmacist if you don't understand anything in this list.
Do not be alarmed by this list of possible side effects. You may not experience any of them.
After using Diprosone OV
Keep Diprosone OV in a cool dry place where the temperature stays below 25°C.
Do not store Diprosone OV or any other medicines in the bathroom or near the sink. Do not leave it in the car or on the window sill.
Heat and dampness can destroy some medicines.
Keep Diprosone OV where children cannot reach it.
A locked cupboard at least one-and-a-half metres above the ground is a good place to store medicines.
If your doctor tells you to stop using Diprosone OV, or it has passed its expiry date, ask your pharmacist what to do with any that is left over.
What it looks like
Diprosone OV Cream is a smooth white cream. It is packed in 30g tubes.
Diprosone OV Ointment is a smooth white ointment. It is packed in 30g tubes.
Diprosone OV Cream contains:
- betamethasone as dipropionate 0.5 mg/g
- carbomer 980
- propylene glycol
- sodium hydroxide
- titanium dioxide
- purified water
Diprosone OV Ointment contains:
- betamethasone as dipropionate 0.5 mg/g
- propylene glycol
- white beeswax
- propylene glycol monostearate
- soft white paraffin
Diprosone OV Cream and Ointment do not contain preservatives, parabens or lanolin.
Merck Sharp & Dohme (Australia) Pty Limited
Level 1, Building A, 26 Talavera Road, Macquarie Park, NSW 2113
Australian Registration Numbers
Cream - AUST R 18825
Ointment - AUST R 18823
Date of Preparation
15 November 2017