Elocon

Generic Name: Mometasone

  • What is Elocon?

    Elocon is a topical steroid available in cream, ointment, and lotion form. It is used to treat certain itchy rashes and other inflammatory skin conditions.

  • What is the most important information I should know about Elocon?

    When you use Elocon, you inevitably absorb some of the medication through your skin and into the bloodstream. Too much absorption of Elocon can lead to unwanted side effects elsewhere in the body. Elocon can cause a serious side effect involving certain glands and hormones. Your doctor may perform tests to monitor for this side effect while you are taking Elocon. Avoid using large amounts of Elocon over large areas, and do not cover with airtight dressings such as plastic wrap or adhesive bandages unless your doctor directs you to do so.

    Elocon is for external use only. Avoid contact with the eyes. Do not use Elocon on the face, underarms, or groin unless advised to do so by your doctor.

    Elocon should not be used for any disorder other than that for which it was prescribed.

    Parents should not use Elocon to treat diaper rash or apply it in the diaper area.

    Stop using Elocon when the skin area returns to normal. Contact your doctor if you do not see improvement within 2 weeks.

    Ask your doctor before using other products containing corticosteroids.

    Caution is advised when using Elocon in children; they may be more sensitive to its effects. Corticosteroids may affect growth rate in children.

  • Who should not take Elocon?

    Do not use Elocon if you have ever had an allergic reaction to it or to any of its ingredients.

    Elocon cream and ointment should not be used in children <2 years of age. Elocon lotion should not be used in children <12 years of age.

  • What should I tell my doctor before I take the first dose of Elocon?

    Tell your doctor about all prescription, over-the-counter, and herbal medications you are taking before beginning treatment with Elocon. Also, talk to your doctor about your complete medical history.

  • What is the usual dosage?

    The information below is based on the dosage guidelines your doctor uses. Depending on your condition and medical history, your doctor may prescribe a different regimen. Do not change the dosage or stop taking your medication without your doctor's approval.

    Adults and children ≥12 years: Apply a few drops of Elocon lotion to the affected skin areas once daily and massage lightly until they disappear.

    Adults and children ≥2 years: Apply a thin film of Elocon cream or ointment to the affected skin areas once daily. Do not use for longer than 3 weeks in children.

  • How should I take Elocon?

    For the most effective and economical use of Elocon lotion, hold the tip of the bottle very close to (but not touching) the affected skin and squeeze the bottle gently.

    Once you have applied Elocon, do not cover the skin with an airtight bandage or dressing unless your doctor tells you otherwise. This could encourage excessive absorption of the medication into your bloodstream.

  • What should I avoid while taking Elocon?

    Be careful not to use Elocon for a longer time than prescribed.

    Elocon is for external use only. Avoid getting it into your eyes. Do not use it to treat anything other than the condition for which it was prescribed.

    Do not use Elocon on your face, underarms, or groin unless your doctor tells you to.

  • What are possible food and drug interactions associated with Elocon?

    If Elocon is taken with certain other drugs, the effects of either could be increased, decreased, or altered. It is especially important to check with your doctor before combining Elocon with other corticosteroid-containing products.

  • What are the possible side effects of Elocon?

    Side effects cannot be anticipated. If any develop or change in intensity, tell your doctor as soon as possible. Only your doctor can determine if it is safe for you to continue taking this drug.

    Side effects may include: acne-like pimples, allergic skin rash, burning, damaged skin, dryness, excessive hairiness, infected hair follicles, infection of the skin, irritation, itching, light-colored patches on the skin, prickly heat, rash around the mouth, stretch marks, thinning of the skin, tingling or stinging

  • Can I receive Elocon if I am pregnant or breastfeeding?

    The effects of Elocon during pregnancy and breastfeeding are unknown. Tell your doctor immediately if you are pregnant, plan to become pregnant, or are breastfeeding.

  • What should I do if I miss a dose of Elocon?

    If you miss a dose of Elocon, apply the missed dose as soon as you remember it. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, skip the one you missed and return to your regular dosing schedule. Do not apply two doses at once.

  • How should I store Elocon?

    Store at room temperature.

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