Consumer Medicine Information
What is in this leaflet
This leaflet answers some common questions about Eleuphrat.
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
Eleuphrat against the benefits it is expected to have for you.
If you have any concerns about this medicine, ask your doctor or pharmacist.
Keep this leaflet with your medicine.
You may need to read it again.
What Eleuphrat is used for
The name of your medicine is Eleuphrat. It contains the active ingredient called
It is a type of cortisone and belongs to the group of medicines called corticosteroids.
Eleuphrat is classified as a high potency topical corticosteroid.
There are two forms of Eleuphrat: cream and ointment
Eleuphrat is used on the skin to relieve the redness, swelling, itching and discomfort
of many skin problems such as:
psoriasis (a stubborn skin disorder with raised, rough, reddened areas covered with
dry, fine silvery scales)
eczema (an often itchy skin condition with redness, swelling, oozing of fluid, crusting
which may lead to scaling)
other types of dermatitis
Your doctor may have prescribed Eleuphrat for another reason.
Ask your doctor if you have any questions about why Eleuphrat has been prescribed
This medicine is available only with a doctor's prescription.
Before you use Eleuphrat
When you must not use it
Do not use Eleuphrat if you have had an allergic reaction (such as wheezing, rash
or hives) to:
any other corticosteroid
any of the ingredients listed at the end of this leaflet
Do not use Eleuphrat if you have:
a viral skin infection, such as cold sores, shingles or chicken pox
a fungal skin infection, such as thrush, tinea or ringworm
tuberculosis of the skin
inflammation around the mouth
skin conditions with ulcers
unless your doctor tells you.
Ask your doctor to be sure you do not have any of these conditions.
Do not use Eleuphrat just before having a bath, shower or going swimming.
If you do, you may reduce the effectiveness of Eleuphrat.
Do not use Eleuphrat after the expiry date (EXP) printed on the pack has passed.
If you use it after the expiry date has passed, it may not work as well.
Do not use Eleuphrat if the packaging 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 Eleuphrat during pregnancy or while you are
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, ointments or lotions
or taking any other medicines. This includes any that you buy without a prescription
from a pharmacy, supermarket or health food shop.
How to use Eleuphrat
How to use it
Apply a thin film of Eleuphrat Cream or Ointment to the affected skin twice daily.
Massage gently until it disappears. For some patients, once daily application may
be enough for maintenance therapy.
It is important to use Eleuphrat 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 problem may not
Using it more often than you should may not improve your skin problem any faster and
may cause or increase side effects.
How long to use it
Do not use Eleuphrat for more than four weeks at a time unless your doctor tells you.
If you forget to use it
If you forget to use Eleuphrat, use it as soon as you remember and then go back to
your normal time for applying Eleuphrat. Do not try to make up for the amount you
missed by using more than you would normally.
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 Eleuphrat.
Keep the telephone numbers of these places handy.
While you are using Eleuphrat
Things you must do
Tell all doctors and pharmacists who are treating you that you are using Eleuphrat.
Tell your doctor if you feel that Eleuphrat is not helping your condition or if your
skin condition worsens or seems infected.
Tell your doctor if, for any reason, you have not used Eleuphrat exactly as prescribed.
Otherwise, your doctor may think that it was not effective and change your treatment
If you become pregnant while using Eleuphrat, tell your doctor.
Things you must not do
Do not use Eleuphrat under dressings or on large areas of skin unless your doctor
Do not use plastic pants or tight fitting nappies if Eleuphrat is to be used on the
nappy area of young children.
Do not use Eleuphrat in or near the eyes.
Do not give Eleuphrat to anyone else even if their symptoms seem similar to yours.
Do not use Eleuphrat to treat other conditions unless your doctor tells you.
Your doctor has prescribed Eleuphrat specially for you and your condition. If you
use it for another condition, it may not work or make the condition worse.
Things to be careful of
Do not use large amounts for a long time.
If you use large amounts for a long time, the chance of absorption through the skin
and the chance of side effects increases.
Only use Eleuphrat on skin areas that rub together such as under the arm or in the
groin area if your doctor tells you.
Only use Eleuphrat on the face if your doctor tells you.
If improvement does not occur within one week, tell your doctor.
Children and adolescents should be followed closely by the doctor, since this medicine
is absorbed through the skin and can affect growth or cause other unwanted effects.
Tell your doctor if you do not feel well while you are using Eleuphrat.
Eleuphrat helps most people with skin problems but it may have unwanted side effects
in a few people.
Eleuphrat is generally well tolerated. However, unwanted effects that have been reported
by some people using Eleuphrat include:
infection or dryness of skin
irritation or redness of the face
increased hair growth
change in skin colour
thinning of skin with easy bruising
infection of the hair roots
rash around mouth area
visual disturbances or blurred vision
Eleuphrat may cause other side effects.
Side effects that may happen with oral or injectables corticosteroids may also occur
with corticosteroids used on the skin, especially in infants and children.
If you have any other side effects, check with your doctor.
Do not be alarmed by this list of possible side effects. You may not experience any
Keep Eleuphrat in a cool dry place where the temperature stays below 25°C.
Do not store Eleuphrat or any other medicines in the bathroom or near the sink. Do
not leave it in the car or on window sills.
Heat and dampness can destroy some medicines.
Keep Eleuphrat where children cannot reach it. Keep the medicine away from pets.
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 Eleuphrat or it has passed its expiry date,
ask your pharmacist what to do with any that is left over.
What it looks like
Eleuphrat Cream is a white to off-white cream. It is packed in 15 g tubes.
Eleuphrat Ointment is a white to off-white ointment. It is packed in 15 g tubes.
Eleuphrat Cream contains:
betamethasone as dipropionate 0.5 mg/g
soft white paraffin
sodium phosphate - monobasic dihydrate
Eleuphrat Ointment contains:
betamethasone as dipropionate 0.5 mg/g
soft white paraffin
Merck Sharp & Dohme (Australia) Pty Limited
Level 1, Building A, 26 Talavera Road, Macquarie Park, NSW 2113
Australian Registration Numbers
Cream - AUST R 41865
Ointment - AUST R 144099
Date of Preparation
15 November 2017