Aclovate Ointment is used to treat a variety of skin conditions (e.g., eczema, dermatitis, allergies, rash). Alclometasone reduces the swelling, itching, and redness that can occur in these types of conditions. This medication is a low- to medium-strength corticosteroid.
Apply a thin film of Aclovate (alclometasone dipropionate) Cream or Ointment to the affected skin areas 2 or 3 times daily; massage gently until the medication disappears.
Aclovate (alclometasone dipropionate) Cream and Ointment may be used in pediatric patients 1 year of age or older. Safety and effectiveness of Aclovate (alclometasone dipropionate) Cream or Ointment in pediatric patients for more than 3 weeks of use have not been established. Use in pediatric patients under 1 year of age is not recommended.
As with other corticosteroids, therapy should be discontinued when control is achieved. If no improvement is seen within 2 weeks, reassessment of diagnosis may be necessary.
Before using alclometasone, tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are allergic to it; or to other corticosteroids (e.g., hydrocortisone, prednisone); or if you have any other allergies. This product may contain inactive ingredients, which can cause allergic reactions or other problems. Talk to your pharmacist for more details.
Before using this medication, tell your doctor or pharmacist your medical history, especially of: poor blood circulation, diabetes, immune system problems.
Do not use if there is an infection or sore in the area to be treated.
Rarely, using corticosteroid medications for a long time or over large areas of skin can make it more difficult for your body to respond to physical stress. Therefore, before having surgery or emergency treatment, or if you get a serious illness/injury, tell your doctor or dentist that you are using this medication or have used this medication within the past few months.
Though it is unlikely, this medication may temporarily slow down a child's growth if used for a long time. See the doctor regularly so your child's height can be checked.
During pregnancy, this medication should be used only when clearly needed. Discuss the risks and benefits with your doctor.
It is not known whether this drug passes into breast milk when applied to the skin. Similar medications pass into breast milk when taken by mouth. Consult your doctor before breast-feeding.
Side effects that you should report to your doctor or health care professional as soon as possible:
- Allergic reactions like skin rash, itching or hives, swelling of the face, lips, or tongue
- Lack of healing of the skin condition
- Painful, red, pus-filled blisters on the skin or in hair follicles
- Severe burning and continued irritation of the skin
- Thinning of the skin with easy bruising
Side effects that usually do not require medical attention (report to your doctor or health care professional if they continue or are bothersome):
- Burning or irritation of the skin
- Increased redness or scaling of the skin
What should I tell my doctor?
They need to know if you have any of these conditions:
- any type of active infection
- large areas of burned or damaged skin
- thinning of the skin
- an unusual or allergic reaction to alclometasone, corticosteroids, other medicines, foods, dyes, or preservatives
- pregnant or trying to get pregnant
Where should I store this drug?
Keep out of the reach of children.
Store at room temperature between 2 and 30 degrees C (36 and 86 degrees F). Do not freeze. Throw away any unused medicine after the expiration date.