EDUCATION RESOURCE CENTER
USING PRESCRIPTION CREAMS AND OINTMENTS

People with eczema often need prescription medications to control their symptoms. If you are using prescription drugs to treat your eczema, it is important to talk with your doctor about how to use them properly and what you should expect from them. Your doctor might not realize that your medication is not working as well as you would like or that certain side effects really bother you. Sometimes patients do not use their medications exactly as they should, which can lead to unsatisfactory symptom control.

Many prescription drugs are used to treat eczema.

 
Examples of Prescription Medications*
Drug Type Trade Name (active ingredient)
Topical steroids Acovate® (alcometasone)
Aristocort® (triamcinolone)
Cordran® (flurandrenolide)
Cormax® (clobetasol)
Cutivate® (fluticasone)
Cyclocort® (amcinonide)
Decadron® (dexamethasone)
Dermatop® (prednicarbate)
Desowen® (desonide)
Diprolene® (betamethasone)
Diprosone® (betamethasone)
Elocon® (mometasone)
Halog® (halcinonide)
Hytone® (hydrocortisone)
Kenalog® (triamcinolone)
Lanacort® (hydrocortisone)
Lidex® (fluocinonide)
Locoid® (hydrocortisone)
Maxiflor® (diflorasone)
Medrol® (methylprednisolone)
Psorcon® (diflorasone)
Synalar® (flucinolone)
Temovate® (clobetasol)
Topicort® (desoximetasone)
Tridesilon® (desonide)
Ultravate® (halobetasol)
Valisone® (betamethasone)
Westcort® (hydrocortisone)
Topical Immunomodulators Elidel® (pimecrolimus)
Protopic® (tacrolimus)

*This list does not include all topical steroids. Talk with your doctor or pharmacists
about the treatment you may be using.



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