Aclovate is a topical prescription medicine that is applied to areas of the skin affected by eczema, psoriasis, or various other skin conditions. This medicine is a type of steroid and works by reducing inflammation and suppressing the immune system. It comes as a cream or an ointment, and is approved for use in adults and children. Side effects may include skin irritation, dryness, and burning.
Aclovate® (alclometasone dipropionate) is a prescription skin medication. It belongs to a group of medications known as topical steroids and is used to treat inflammation and itching due to a wide variety of skin conditions, such as eczema, psoriasis, dermatitis, and allergic reactions. It is approved for use in adults and children as young as one year old.
Brand-name Aclovate is made by PharmaDerm.
Aclovate is part of a group of medications known as glucocorticoids, which are a type of corticosteroid (or "steroid" for short). Although glucocorticoids have numerous effects in the body, they are used mostly for their anti-inflammatory or immune-suppressing properties. Aclovate works by decreasing inflammation and suppressing an overactive immune system.
Some general considerations to keep in mind during treatment with Aclovate include the following:
- This medication is usually applied to the affected area(s) of the skin two or three times a day.
- Apply the medication sparingly. More is not better; only a thin film is necessary.
- Do not cover the medication with a dressing or bandage, as this increases the risk for side effects.
- Do not apply this medication to the diaper area, as a diaper acts like a bandage, increasing the risk for side effects.
- For the medication to work properly, it must be used as prescribed.