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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.

What Is Dermatop?

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:
  • Eczema
  • Psoriasis
  • Dermatitis
  • Allergic reactions.
(Click Dermatop Uses for more information on this topic, including possible off-label uses.)

Who Makes It?

Brand-name Dermatop is made by Dermik Laboratories.

How Does It Work?

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.

When and How to Use Dermatop

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.
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