Elocon Uses

If you have inflammation and itching caused by certain skin conditions, your healthcare provider may recommend the use of Elocon. This medicine is approved to treat conditions such as eczema, psoriasis, and dermatitis, just to name a few. This prescription medication comes as a cream, an ointment, and a lotion, and works by reducing inflammation and suppressing an overactive immune system.

What Is Elocon Used For?

Elocon® (mometasone furoate) is a prescription skin medication used to treat inflammation and itching due to a wide variety of conditions. Some of these conditions include but are not limited to:
 
 
Elocon is approved to treat any skin condition that is responsive to corticosteroids. This medicine comes in three forms, including a cream, an ointment, and a lotion. The ointment is greasier, while the lotion and cream are easier and less messy to apply.
 

How Does Elocon Work?

Elocon 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. Elocon works for most conditions by decreasing inflammation or suppressing an overactive immune system.
 

Can Children Use It?

Elocon cream and ointment are approved for use in children as young as two years old. Elocon lotion is approved for children as young as 12 years old.
 
Children may be more likely to absorb more of the drug through the skin into the rest of the body, increasing the risk for side effects. Talk with your child's healthcare provider about the benefits and risks of using Elocon.
 
In general, if Elocon is to be applied to the diaper area, diapers or "plastic pants" should not be used, as they may increase the absorption of the drug.
 
The safety of long-term use (more than three weeks) of Elocon in children has not been established.
 

Elocon Medication Information

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