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What is Fucibet Cream?
Fucibet is an antibiotic steroid cream that can be used to kill bacteria that cause skin infections and reduces swelling, redness or itchiness of the skin. The powerful formula can be prescribed to treat conditions that cause the skin to become inflamed, such as eczema and dermatitis or skin that has been infected by bacteria. It contains an antibiotic and corticosteroid to help kill bacterial skin infections and soothe skin inflammation. Struggling with infected or inflamed skin and conventional skincare products haven’t provided relief? Speak to one of our doctors today to find out if Fucibet Cream is suitable for you.
How to use this medicine
This product is for external use only. Remove the cap and ensure the seal is not broken before first use. Then push the spike in the cap through the seal on the tube. Always wash and dry your hands thoroughly before use. Rub the cream gently into the skin, ensuring you avoid your eyes if you are using Fucibet on your face. Unless you are using the cream to treat the skin on your hands, always wash your hands after use.
How much Fucibet should I use?
Your doctor will tell you how much you should use. The normal treatment time is up to 2 weeks. Ask your doctor before using this medicine for any longer than 14 days. You should notice an improvement after a few days. If there is no improvement after 7 days, discontinue use and seek advice from your doctor. You should use this medicine twice a day - morning and evening. If you have been told to cover the skin with any dressings or bandage, you may not need to use this medicine as often. A nappy on a baby may act as a dressing. Always follow the advice of your doctor when using this medicine. You can use your first (index) finger to measure how much medicine to use. Squeeze the cream along your finger from the tip to the first joint.
For an adult:
- Face and neck: 2 ½ fingertip units
- Back: 7 fingertip units
- Front: 7 fingertip units
- One arm: 3 fingertip units
- One leg (not including the foot): 6 fingertip units
- One foot: 2 fingertip units
Child aged 3 - 6 months:
- Face and neck: 1 fingertip unit
- Arm and hand: 1 fingertip unit
- Leg and foot: 1 ½ fingertip units
- Front: 2 fingertip units
- Back including buttocks: 1 ½ fingertip units
Children aged 1 - 2 years:
- Face and neck: 1 ½ fingertip units
- Arm and hand: 1 ½ fingertip units
- Leg and foot: 2 fingertip units
- Front: 2 fingertip units
- Back including buttocks: 3 fingertip units
Children aged 3 - 5 years:
- Face and neck: 1 ½ fingertip units
- Arm and hand: 2 fingertip units
- Leg and foot: 3 fingertip units
- Front: 3 fingertip units
- Back including buttocks: 3 ½ fingertip units
Children aged 6 - 10 years:
- Face and neck: 2 years
- Arm and hand: 2 ½ fingertip units
- Front: 3 ½ fingertip units
- Leg and foot: 4 ½ fingertip units
- Back including buttocks: 5 fingertip units
If you use more Fucibet than you should, tell your doctor straight away. You may need to stop using this medicine. If you forget to use Fucibet, use it as soon as you remember, then use it again at the normal time. Do NOT use a double dose to make up for a forgotten dose. If you have any questions, seek advice from your doctor.
Fucibet Cream Uses
Fucibet contains 2 different types of medicine. It contains fusidic acid which is a type of antibiotic that kills infection-causing bacteria. Fucibet also contains betamethasone which is a corticosteroid (steroid) which helps to reduce swelling, redness or itchiness. The effective formula can be used to treat skin that is inflamed due to eczema or dermatitis and is also infected by bacteria.
What is eczema?
Eczema is a skin condition that causes patches of skin to become dry, flaky, irritated and cracked. It usually affects the front and backs of knees and elbows, but it can occur on any part of the body. Eczema tends to first occur in childhood and is a long-term skin condition that can cause discomfort. Certain irritants and germs can cause symptoms of eczema to worsen, so it is important to keep your skin clean and hydrated. There is no cure for eczema, but there are several steps you can take to help manage your skin:
- Moisturise your skin - use moisturisers, ointments or lotions that contain emollients to lock in moisture, prevent your skin from drying out and reducing the need to itch
- Avoid itching - itching the skin can cause germs to infect the skin, making symptoms worse
- Avoid long, hot showers/baths - hot water dries out the skin
- Use a soap substitute - harsh soaps can strip the skin of its natural moisture which can exacerbate symptoms of eczema
- Use an emollient bath oil - it will prevent your skin from drying out in bathing and can help to manage symptoms of eczema
If your eczema is severe speak to your doctor, who will be able to prescribe a suitable treatment.
Can this product be used with other medicines?
Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are using, have recently used or might use any other medicines.
Can I use this product if I am pregnant or breast-feeding?
If you are pregnant or breast-feeding, think you may be pregnant or are planning to have a baby, ask your doctor or pharmacist BEFORE using this medicine. This product should NOT be used when pregnant unless advised to do so by your doctor. This medicine can be used by women who are breast-feeding, but the cream should not be applied to the breasts to avoid accidental ingestion by the infant.
Tell your doctor if you become pregnant whilst using this medicine.
When NOT to use Fucibet Ointment
Do NOT use this product if you are allergic to any of the ingredients (see ingredients tab for full list) or to treat:
- A skin condition that is caused by a fungus, such as athlete’s foot
- A skin condition caused by a virus, such as cold sores or chickenpox
- Skin conditions caused only by bacteria, such as boils or spots
- Skin conditions caused by tuberculosis (TB) or syphilis
- A skin condition called perioral dermatitis - this is a red, spotty rash around your mouth or chin
- To treat a skin condition called rosacea - this is redness and inflammation over your nose and cheeks - ask your doctor if you are unsure
Speak to your doctor, pharmacist or nurse before and during use of this medicine:
- Do NOT use this cream on yourself or a child for more than 2 weeks to avoid bacteria becoming resistant to the antibiotic and to avoid the steroid causing side effects
- Take special care if you are going to use this medicine near your eyes or the eyes of a child - if the cream gets into the eye, this can lead to glaucoma
- Contact your doctor if you experience blurred vision or other visual disturbances
- If you use the cream over a long period of time or in large amounts, it may increase the chance of side effects or infection and your skin may become more sensitive to this medicine
- You must NOT use the medicine for a long time on your face
- Unless your doctor has told you to, you must not use Fucibet on open wounds or sensitive areas, such as the nostrils, ears, lips or genitals
- Unless advised to do so by your doctor, do not use this medicine on thin skin, skin ulcers, broken veins or acne
- Adrenal suppression may occur - signs are tiredness, depression and anxiety - this can be reversed by stopping Fucibet
Do NOT smoke or go near naked flames - risk of severe burns. Fabric (clothing, bedding, dressings etc) that has been in contact with this product burns more easily and is a serious fire hazard. Washing clothing and bedding may reduce product build-up, but not totally remove it.
Can Fucibet cause side effects?
Like all medicines, this product can cause side effects, although not everybody will experience them. Seek immediate advice from your doctor or nurse if you experience any of the following:
- You have difficulty breathing
- Your face or throat swell
- Your skin develops a severe rash
Do I need a prescription for Fucibet?
You do need a prescription for Fucibet in the UK. Our healthcare professionals can provide prescriptions if they think this treatment would be right for you and your condition. When you click the button which reads “Start Consultation” at the top of this page, you’ll see a short questionnaire set up by our healthcare team which is designed to help them understand your medical needs. Just like an in-person consultation with your GP, our doctors will assess your answers to their questions and write a prescription for the treatment they think will be best for you. You’ll then be able to pay for your medication and we’ll send it out to you quickly and in discreet packaging.
This product is a medicine; make sure to speak to your doctor or Chemist4U pharmacist before taking this product if you have an underlying medical problem or are taking any other medicine or complementary therapy. If your symptoms get worse or continue after taking this product, contact us or your doctor. For medical services in your area, please refer to https://www.nhs.uk
If you are pregnant, trying to become pregnant, or breastfeeding, speak to your doctor or our pharmacist before taking this product. If you suffer from any allergies, ask your doctor or our pharmacist if this medicine is right for you.
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Please read the included leaflet carefully before using this product.
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- Betamethasone, Fusidic Acid
The active substances are fusidic acid and betamethasone valerate. Fucibet contains 2% fusidic acid and 0.1% betamethasone
The other ingredients are macrogol cetostearyl ether, cetostearyl alcohol, chlorocresol, liquid paraffin, sodium dihydrogen phosphate, white soft paraffin, all-rac-atocopherol, purified water and sodium hydroxide for pH adjustment.
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