Lotrisone is a cream that makes use of a cocktail of clotrimazole and betamethasone. Betamethasone is used to alleviate symptoms like itchiness, swollen areas and reddened skin, as it is a steroid. Clotrimazole is a drug used to fight fungal infections in humans.
The Lotrisone cream is used in the treatment of most skin infections caused by fungi like athlete’s foot and ringworm. However, it may be prescribed to you by a doctor for a different purpose altogether.
Never cover the areas of the skin which have the cream on them with bandages or with clothing that fit snugly.
Never use the cream on a child younger than 17 years of age. The cream is for external use only, and a child’s skin is more absorbent than an adult’s.
Diaper rash should not be treated with Lotrisone. For the effect to show itself, there might be a 2 week delay. Keep taking the drug during this time. If the symptoms improve in a week or two, there is no need to tell your doctor.
Follow the directions given on the prescription label your doctor gave you. Also stick to the precautions shown on the cream box. If you have any conditions, allergies and other medication, tell your doctor immediately.
Do not use the cream if you have allergies to the main ingredients. Tell your doctor before taking it in case you have a skin infection.
The effect of Lotrisone on unborn children is unknown. Make sure you tell your doctor if you are or plan on becoming pregnant while using Lotrisone.
The effect of the cream and its ingredients on children being breast-fed is currently unknown. Do not breast feed while using the cream. Tell your doctor about a nursing child if you have one.
Lotrisone needs to be used in the same way the doctor has directed you to. If you have a prescription, follow it as well as possible. Never use more cream than you need to as it can lead to an overdose. Never take it orally, and ask your doctor about proper application methods.
Orally taking this cream could have very severe side effects. If you have an open wound in the same area as the infection don’t apply the cream to the wound. Do not use it if you have a sunburn or if your skin is dry and chapped.
If, by accident, the cream should get into an open area like your eyes, nasal cavity, mouth, anal and vaginal regions, immediately rinse the area with running water.
When buying the cream, check the leaflet included in the packet for the proper way in which to use the cream. Follow all instructions very closely. Wash your hands before application and after. Only use a little cream, or a thin layer.
Do not dress up right after putting the cream on your skin. Wait for it to dry off properly. Don’t wear any snug clothing and don’t bandage the area. Wear loose clothes, especially for infections like jock itch. If treating athlete’s foot, make sure your feet are always dry.
The maximum time you should use Lotrisone for treating jock itch is 2 weeks. For athlete’s foot, it is 4. Never pass this time unless advised by your doctor.
Missed doses and overdose
If you miss a dose, apply it immediately. If you are about to put on the next dose, ignore the one you missed. Don’t use extra cream to make up for it.
It isn’t thought to be too harmful if you use too much cream. However, you should still call your poison hotline and EMS immediately if someone swallows any cream.
Common side effects include:
Burning or tingling sensation
More severe side effects include:
Severe nausea with vomiting
Rapid weight loss
Call your doctor immediately if you experience these side effects.
Stop using the cream immediately if you experience an allergic reaction to it.
Do not use the cream on your face as it may get into your nose and mouth.