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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.
What Is Aclovate?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.
How Does Aclovate Work?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.
When and How to Use ItSome 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.