Each one gm contains:
0.5 mg Betamethasone (as dipropionate)
30 mg Salicylic acid
Defosalic ointment contains two active ingredients, betamethasone dipropionate and salicylic acid.
Betamethasone dipropionate is one of a group of medicines called topical corticosteroids.
It is classified as a “potent corticosteroid”. These medicines are put on the surface of the skin to reduce the redness and itchiness caused by certain skin problems. Salicylic acid softens the top layer of scales on the surface of the skin, which are caused by your skin problem. This allows the betamethasone dipropionate to reach the diseased skin underneath to help heal it.
In adults and children, Defosalic ointment is used to treat skin conditions where the outer surface of the skin is covered by a layer of scales. Your ointment will remove the layer of scales and reduce the redness and itchiness caused by your skin problem.
Dosage and Administration
Always use this medicine exactly as your doctor or pharmacist has told you.
Check with your doctor or pharmacist if you are not sure.
Once to twice daily. In most cases a thin film should be applied to cover the affected area twice daily.
For some patients adequate maintenance therapy may be achieved with less frequent application.
It is recommended that Defosalic preparations are prescribed for two weeks, and that treatment is reviewed at that time.
The maximum weekly dose should not exceed 60g.
Dosage in children should be limited to 5 days.
If you use more Defosalic ointment than you should
If you (or somebody else) accidentally swallow the ointment, it should not cause any problems. However, if you are worried, you should see your doctor. If you use the ointment more often than you should, or on large areas of your body, it can affect some of your hormones. In children this may affect their growth and development. If you have used it too often and/or for a long time, you should tell your doctor or pharmacist.
If you forget to use Defosalic ointment
If you forget to use your ointment at the right time, use it as soon as you remember, then carry on as before.
If you stop using Defosalic ointment
If you have been using the ointment for a long time and your skin problem seems to have got better, you should not suddenly stop using the ointment. If you do, you may find that your skin becomes red and you may notice stinging or burning. To avoid this, you should speak to your doctor who will gradually reduce how often you need to use the ointment until you stop treatment altogether.
If you have any further questions on the use of this medicine, ask your doctor or pharmacist.