Dermatop is applied to the skin twice daily to help relieve symptoms of psoriasis, dermatitis, and other inflammatory skin conditions. Most people have no problems with this product; however, side effects can include spider veins and thinning of the skin. This medicine is a steroid, which means it works by reducing inflammation and suppressing the immune system.
Dermatop® (prednicarbate) is a prescription skin medication. It comes in the form of an ointment and an emollient cream (a moisturizing cream). It belongs to a group of drugs known as topical steroids and is used to treat inflammation and itching due to a wide variety of skin conditions, such as:
- Allergic reactions.
Brand-name Dermatop is made by Dermik Laboratories.
Dermatop is part of a group of medications known as glucocorticoids. Glucocorticoids 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. Dermatop works for most conditions by decreasing inflammation or suppressing an overactive immune system.
Some general considerations to keep in mind during treatment include the following:
- This medication is usually applied to the affected area(s) twice a day.
- Apply Dermatop sparingly. More is not better. Only a thin film is necessary.
- If your healthcare provider recommends that you do so, you may apply a dressing over the medication. Ask your healthcare provider or pharmacist for a recommendation on which type of dressing to use. However, do not use a dressing unless directed to do so, as this increases the risk of side effects.
- For Dermatop to work properly, it must be used as prescribed.