Elocon Scalp Lotion 30ml

  • Effective dermatits & psoriasis treatment
  • Moisturises as well as treats the skin
  • Contains mometasone furoate

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What is Elocon Scalp Lotion?

Elocon Scalp Lotion is a 'potent corticosteriod' medicine. 

It contains an anti-inflammatory medicine called mometasone furoate 0.1 % w/w. This active ingredient helps to soothe the redness and relieve the soreness and itching that comes with psoriasis and dermatitis of the scalp.

It can be used by adults and children alike, although you need a prescription to buy Elocon.

How does Elocon Scalp Lotion work?

Elocon Scalp Lotion belongs to a group of medicines called topical corticosteroids. For this medicine to work effectively, the patient must apply the lotion to the surface of the skin to reduce the redness and itching that comes with dermatitis and psoriasis.

Elocon also moisturises the skin and slows down the growth rate of skin cells, which helps to relieve the symptoms of psoriasis. By slowing down the production of itchy skin cells, it is able to treat the skin that already exists on the scalp, helping to promote healing and allow the skin to return to a normal state.

Why is Elocon Scalp Lotion recommended for scalp conditions?

Elocon is prescribed for these problems due to its anti-inflammatory properties, as well as its ability to relieve itching and irritation. Therefore, it provides relief and comfort for sufferers of certain scalp conditions. 

It also gets to work quickly and should only be used in the short term. Furthermore, it can be used by most adults and children over 2 years old. 

Who can use Elocon Scalp Lotion?

Elocon Scalp Lotion is an effective treatment for psoriasis of the scalp. However, it may not be suitable for everyone to use.

This product is not recommended for children under the age of 2 years.

Do not use Elocon Scalp Lotion if you have any of the following conditions:

  • Shingles
  • Chickenpox
  • Warts
  • Any other skin infections
  • Skin atrophy (thinning of the skin)
  • You are allergic to the active ingredient mometasone furoate, or any of the other ingredients in this product (see the Ingredients tab for a full list)
  • Any scalp problems
  • Wounds
  • Ulcerated skin

Speak to your doctor or pharmacist if you are unsure as to whether this lotion is suitable for you to use. Read the patient information leaflet for complete information on who this medicine may not be suitable for.

Is Elocon Scalp Lotion available over the counter?

No, you must have a prescription to buy Elocon Scalp Lotion. It is not available over the counter.

Do I need a prescription to buy Elocon Scalp Lotion online?

You can buy Elocon Scalp Lotion online from Medicine Direct after a simple and confidential online consultation with one of our registered doctors. They will assess your symptoms and medical history and prescribe this product if they deem it the most suitable for you to use.

After you have been given a prescription for Elocon, you can order it from our UK registered online pharmacy. Place your order by 2pm and we can offer you next day delivery.

Medicine Direct is fully regulated by the General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC), meaning we can guarantee safe and genuine medication. 

Elocon alternatives

Betnovate and Betacap are also prescribed for dermatitis and psoriasis of the scalp. Elocon contains mometasone furoate, which is a steroid. Betacap and Betnovate both contain betamethasone. Both betamethasone and mometasone furoate are classed as potent steroids and the treatments all have a similar strength level.

Betnovate comes as a scalp application or as a cream or ointment for skin problems like eczema and psoriasis.

Elocon Scalp Lotion Dosage and Directions

Our pharmacists and prescribers follow NICE guidelines when prescribing Elocon scalp lotion.

How do I use Elocon?

Always use Elocon Scalp Lotion as instructed by your doctor or pharmacist. Read the patient information leaflet thoroughly and ask your doctor or pharmacist for more information if you are not sure.

This product is not suitable for children under the age of 2.

This medicine is only to be used on the scalp, do not apply it to anywhere else on the body. Do not swallow the lotion.

For adults and children, a doctor will normally recommend you apply a few drops of Elocon Scalp Lotion to the affected area of the scalp once a day. Gently massage the lotion into the scalp until the lotion disappears.

It does not matter whether your hair is wet or dry when applying the lotion.

See the patient information leaflet for comprehensive instructions. 

How long can you use Elocon for?

Do not use this lotion on your child's scalp for longer than five days. Do not cover the treatment area with a bandage or plaster.

Do not use large amounts of the lotion on the body for a long time, such as every day for several weeks.

Can Elocon Scalp Lotion cause hair loss?


No, Elocon Scalp Lotion will not cause hair loss. In fact, it can sometimes have the reverse effect, with some people experiencing excessive hair growth as a side effect.

How long should I use Elocon for?


You should use Elocon for as long as your doctor tells you to. Do not use excessive amounts or use Elocon for longer than your doctor has told you to.

Is Elocon a strong steroid?


Elocon is a potent corticosteroid, which means that it is considered to be a strong steroid. This is why you can only buy Elocon on prescription.

Can I apply Elocon Scalp Lotion to my face?


No, Elocon Scalp Lotion must not be applied to anywhere else on the body but the face.

Can Elocon be applied to babies’ scalps?


This medication is not suitable for children under 2 years old. It must not be used on babies.

Can Elocon change the colour of my skin?


Loss of skin colour is a side effect of using Elocon, so it can lighten the skin. However, it must not be used as a skin lightener.

Will Elocon thin the skin?


Thinning of the skin is a potential side effect of using Elocon. Speak to your doctor if you believe this side effect is occurring in you.

Can Elocon be used to treat acne?


No, Elocon should not be used as a treatment for acne or any other skin condition. Only use this medication to treat the scalp condition it was prescribed for.

Can topical steroid permanently thin the skin?


If used excessively or for long periods, corticosteroids can cause thinning of the skin, which can lead to permanent stretch marks. Therefore, you must never use a topical steroid medicine for longer than your doctor tells you to.

Can I apply it to my pubic hair?


No, you should not apply Elocon lotion to anywhere other than the scalp.

Elocon Scalp Lotion Side Effects

Some people may find that they suffer the following side effects as a result of using this product:

  • Loss of skin colour
  • Burning
  • Itching
  • Tingling
  • Stinging
  • Allergic skin reactions
  • Thinning of the skin
  • Red marks associated with prickly heat
  • Bacterial and secondary skin infections
  • Acne
  • Inflammation or infection of the hair follicles
  • Blurred vision
  • Excessive hair growth
  • Softening of the skin and stretch marks

Other adverse effects that can come as a result of using a topical corticosteroid medication include:

  • Skin irritation
  • Dermatitis around the mouth
  • Small dilated blood vessels
  • Dermatitis
  • Dry skin

Speak to your doctor if any of these reactions bother you or do not go away.

Always read the patient information leaflet for comprehensive information on side effects.

Elocon Scalp Lotion warnings and drug interactions

Before you start using Elocon Scalp Lotion, make sure you inform your doctor if you are already using any other prescription or non-prescription medication, herbal remedies, vitamins or supplements as some medicines can interact with Elocon.

If you experience blurred vision or any other visual disturbances while using this medicine, you should contact your doctor immediately. If you do suffer from any visual problems, you must not drive, cycle or operate machinery until the problem has subsided.

Elocon should only be used on the scalp. Do not apply the lotion to any other parts of your body. Take great care not to get the lotion in your eyes. If it does go in your eyes, rinse them immediately with clean water.

Pregnancy and breastfeeding

Speak to your doctor or pharmacist before using this medicine if:

  • You are currently pregnant
  • You think you might be pregnant
  • You are trying to get pregnant
  • You are currently breastfeeding

Always read the patient information leaflet for a full list of warnings. 

Elocon Scalp Lotion Ingredients

The main active ingredient within this medicine is: Mometasone furoate.

For a full list of the inactive ingredients, please read the Summary of Product Characteristics.

How much does it cost to buy Elocon Scalp Lotion online in the UK?

Dosage Quantity Price
30ml 1 £21.99
  2 £39.99
  3 £54.99

 

Written byHussain Abdeh MPharm: 2211840

Updated on: 09/06/2021

This content has been written by our Superintendent Pharmacist Hussain Abdeh and has been medically reviewed by our Pharmacist Sonia Khan

Hussain Abdeh Superintendent Pharmacist at Medicine Direct

Hussain Abdeh
MPharm: 2211840

Pharmacist Independent Prescriber

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