DermAid 1% spray
Hydrocortisone 1% w/w
Consumer Medicine Information
What is in this leaflet
This leaflet answers some common questions about DermAid 1% spray.
It does not contain all the available information.
It does not take the place of talking to your doctor or pharmacist.
If you have any concerns about this medicine, ask your doctor or pharmacist.
Keep this leaflet with your medicine. You may need to read it again.
What is DermAid 1% spray used for
The name of your medicine is DermAid 1% spray. It contains the active ingredient hydrocortisone at 1% w/w as the active ingredient.
Hydrocortisone belongs to the group of medicines called corticosteroids.
DermAid 1% spray is used for temporary relief of minor skin irritations, itching and rashes due to:
- cosmetics and jewellery
- insect bites
- itching genital and anal areas
- other corticosteroid responsive conditions
Your doctor or pharmacist, however, may have prescribed DermAid 1% spray for another purpose.
Before using DermAid 1% spray
When you must not use this product
Do not use DermAid 1% spray if you have ever had an allergic reaction to:
- any other corticosteroid
- any of the other ingredients in DermAid 1% spray listed at the end of this leaflet.
Do not use DermAid 1% spray in the eyes.
Do not use DermAid 1% spray if you have:
- a viral skin infection (such as cold sores, shingles or chicken pox, vaccinia, varicella)
- a fungal skin infection (such as thrush, tinea or ringworm)
- a bacterial skin infection (such as impetigo or boils)
- tuberculous condition of the skin
- syphilic type of skin disorders
unless advised to by your doctor or pharmacist.
DermAid 1% spray reduces inflammation and itching. As a result, signs of infection may be masked. The area being treated should be kept clean at all times. If there is a possibility of infection in the area being treated then the infection should be controlled first.
If irritation or sensitivity occurs discontinue use immediately and seek medical advice.
Be careful not to get DermAid 1% spray in your eyes. If this happens rinse your eyes with clean water. If irritation persists tell your doctor or pharmacist.
Do not use under waterproof bandages unless specified by your doctor.
Although there are no generally recognised drug interactions attributed to hydrocortisone you should tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are using any other medicine.
Pregnancy and lactation
You must tell your doctor if you are pregnant or breast-feeding. Your doctor will tell you if you can use DermAid 1% spray during pregnancy or while you are breast-feeding.
Use in Children
Do not use DermAid 1% spray on children under 2 years of age without the advice of a doctor or pharmacist.
How to use DermAid 1% cream
DermAid 1% spray is for external use only.
Hold the bottle approximately 10 cm from affected skin and apply 1-2 sprays 2-3 times daily as required. Massage in gently.
Your doctor or pharmacist may have recommended a different dosage. It is important to use DermAid 1% spray exactly as directed. If you use it less often than you should, it may not work as well and your skin problem may not improve. Using it more often than you should may not improve your skin problem any faster and may cause or increase side effects.
How long to use it
If your condition persists for more than 7 days then discontinue use and see your doctor or pharmacist.
If you forget to use it
If you forget to use DermAid 1% spray, use it as soon as you remember and then go back to your normal times for applying DermAid 1% spray. Do not try to make up for the amount you missed by using more than you would normally use.
DermAid 1% spray helps most people with skin problems but it may have unwanted side effects in a few people. After the application of DermAid 1% spray a slight stinging sensation may occasionally be noticed. This transient symptom is most likely to disappear after several applications.
Side effects that have been reported by some people using cortisones include:
- thinning of the skin
If you have these or any other side effects, check with your doctor or pharmacist.
Do not be alarmed by this list of possible side effects. You may not experience any of them.
In case of overdose
If you have accidentally applied too much DermAid 1% spray, then wipe off any excess. Use DermAid 1% spray exactly as directed. If you use it more often than directed your skin problem may not improve any faster and you may cause or increase side effects. If you experience any side effects contact your doctor or pharmacist.
If you swallow it
Telephone your Poisons Information Centre (13 11 26 in Australia or 0800 764 766 in New Zealand) or contact your doctor or pharmacist.
Keep DermAid 1% spray where young children cannot reach it. A locked cupboard at least one-and-a-half metres above the ground is a good place to store medicines.
Keep DermAid 1% spray in a cool dry place where the temperature stays below 30°C. Do not leave DermAid 1% spray in the car or on windowsills. Heat can reduce the efficacy of some medicines.
Do not use DermAid 1% spray after the expiry date printed on the pack. If you use it after the expiry date has passed, it may not work as well.
DermAid 1% spray is a clear lotion packed in a 30mL spray bottle.
DermAid 1% spray contains:
- Purified water
- Hexylene glycol
- Citric acid
For further information
This is not all the information that is available on DermAid 1% spray.
If you have any questions or are not sure about anything, ask your doctor or pharmacist.
Ego Pharmaceuticals Pty. Ltd.
21-31 Malcolm Road, Braeside 3195
Australian Registration Number: AUST R 225475
Date of approval of leaflet: 8/07/2014
Published by MIMS February 2015