Full Prescribing Info
Mometasone furoate.
Zatamil contains mometasone furoate 0.1% w/w.
Excipients/Inactive Ingredients: Zatamil Hydrogel: Hexylene glycol, purified water, hypromellose, citric acid.
Zatamil Ointment: Soft white paraffin, light liquid paraffin, hexylene glycol, polyethylene, cetostearyl alcohol, purified water, silica (colloidal anhydrous), citric acid (anhydrous).
Zatamil is a type of cortisone and belongs to the group of medicines called corticosteroids.
Zatamil is used on the skin to relieve the redness, swelling, itching and discomfort of many skin problems such as: psoriasis (a stubborn skin disorder with raised, rough, reddened areas covered with dry, fine silvery scales); eczema (an often itchy skin condition with redness, swelling, oozing of fluid, crusting which may lead to scaling); other types of dermatitis.
The doctor, however, may prescribe Zatamil for another purpose. If there are any questions about why Zatamil has been prescribed, ask the doctor.
Dosage/Direction for Use
Apply a light film of Zatamil Hydrogel or Ointment to the affected area once a day or as directed by the doctor and rub in lightly.
It is important to use Zatamil exactly as prescribed. If the patient uses it less often than necessary, it may not work as well and the skin problem may not improve. Using it more often than necessary may not improve the skin problem any faster and may cause or increase side effects.
How long to use Zatamil: Do not use Zatamil for more than four weeks unless the doctor has told the patient to use it longer.
If unsure, talk to the doctor. If Zatamil is used longer than prescribed, the chance of side effects may increase.
If the patient forgets to use Zatamil: If the patient forgets to apply Zatamil, use it as soon as remembered, and then continue using it at the usual time each day.
However, if it is almost time for the next application, skip the missed application and continue with the regular schedule at the usual time.
Apply the same amount of Zatamil as usual. Do not apply more Zatamil to make up for the amount missed.
If the patient swallows Zatamil: Zatamil must not be swallowed or taken internally. It is for use on the skin only.
If anyone accidentally swallows Zatamil, immediately telephone the doctor or go to Casualty at the nearest hospital.
Do this even if there are no signs of discomfort or poisoning. The patient may need urgent medical attention.
Do not use Zatamil if the patient has had an allergic reaction to mometasone furoate, any other corticosteroids, or any of the ingredients in Zatamil listed in Description.
Do not use Zatamil if the patient has a viral skin infection (such as cold sores, shingles or chicken pox); fungal skin infection (such as thrush, tinea or ringworm); on acne; for inflammation around the mouth; for skin conditions with ulcers; for tuberculosis of the skin.
Check with the doctor that the patient does not have any of these conditions.
Special Precautions
Zatamil is available only with a doctor's prescription.
Zatamil is not addictive.
Before starting Zatamil: Tell the pharmacist or doctor if the patient has any allergies to any other medicines; has allergies to any other substances, such as foods, preservatives or dyes.
Using other medicines: Tell the pharmacist or doctor if the patient is using other creams, ointments or lotions or taking any medicine.
This includes any medicines bought without a prescription from a pharmacy, supermarket or health food shop.
While using Zatamil: Things the patient must do: Tell all doctors and pharmacists attending to the patient that Zatamil is being used.
If the condition does not improve after one week of using Zatamil daily, tell the pharmacist or doctor.
Tell the pharmacist or doctor if, for any reason, the patient has not used the medicine exactly as prescribed. Otherwise, the pharmacist or doctor may think that Zatamil was not effective and change the treatment unnecessarily.
If the skin condition worsens or becomes infected, tell the doctor.
If the patient becomes pregnant while using Zatamil, tell the doctor.
Things the patient must not do: Do not use Zatamil under dressings or on large areas of skin, particularly in infants and children, unless prescribed by the doctor.
Do not use Zatamil under a nappy or under plastic pants, in the case of infants or young children, unless prescribed by the doctor.
Do not use Zatamil in or around the eyes.
Do not use Zatamil on anyone else, even if they appear to have the same symptoms as the patient's.
Do not use Zatamil to treat other complaints unless the doctor prescribed.
Do not use Zatamil just before having a bath, shower or going swimming. This may reduce the effectiveness of Zatamil.
Do not use Zatamil if the packaging is torn or shows signs of tampering.
Do not use Zatamil if the expiry date (EXP) printed on the pack has passed. If the patient uses this medicine after the expiry date has passed, it may not work (as well).
Things to be careful of: Do not use large amounts of Zatamil for a long time.
If the patient uses large amounts for a long time, the chance of absorption through the skin and the chance of side effects increase.
Ask the pharmacist or doctor, if the patient is concerned about the length of time Zatamil is being used.
Do not use Zatamil on skin areas that rub together, such as under the arm or in the groin area, unless the doctor has told the patient to apply it there.
Do not use Zatamil on the face unless prescribed by the doctor.
Use In Pregnancy & Lactation
Before starting Zatamil: Tell the doctor if the patient is pregnant, intends to become pregnant or is breast feeding.
The doctor will tell if Zatamil can be used during pregnancy or while breast feeding.
Do not apply Zatamil to the breasts before breast feeding.
If the patient becomes pregnant while using Zatamil, tell the doctor.
Side Effects
Zatamil helps most people with skin problems but it may have unwanted side effects in a few people.
If they occur, most side effects are likely to be minor and temporary. However, some may be serious and need medical attention.
Zatamil is generally well tolerated.
Tell the doctor or pharmacist if the patient notices any of the following: Itching, burning, tingling/stinging, thinning of the skin, appearance of the small blood vessels on the surface of the skin, stretch marks or streaks on the skin, acne/pimples/lumps on the skin/blisters containing pus, redness, boils/abscesses, dermatitis, increased size of affected area/worsening of disease, numbness, dry skin, inflamed hair roots.
Tell the doctor if the patient notices anything else that makes him/her feel unwell while using Zatamil, even if the patient does not think the problems are connected with the medicine or are not listed in the monograph.
Do not be alarmed by the list of possible side effects. The patient may not experience any of them.
Caution For Usage
Disposal: If the doctor tells the patient to stop using Zatamil or it has passed its expiry date, ask the pharmacist what to do with any product that is left over.
Keep Zatamil Hydrogel and Ointment in a dry place where the temperature stays below 25°C.
Do not store Zatamil in the car or on window sills, where it can get very hot, as this may destroy the medicine.
Keep the medicine away from pets. A locked cupboard at least one-and-a-half metres above the ground is a good place to store medicines.
ATC Classification
D07AC13 - mometasone ; Belongs to the class of potent (group III) corticosteroids. Used in the treatment of dermatological diseases.
Hydrogel (clear colourless soft gel) 0.1% w/w x 15 g. Ointment (white to off-white) 0.1% w/w x 15 g.
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