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Etrivex

Etrivex is a medicated shampoo that’s used for the treatment of psoriasis on the scalp. It contains clobetasol propionate, which is a very strong corticosteroid.

It works by reducing inflammation and slowing down the production of skin cells, reducing the appearance of the lesions on your scalp and allowing the area to recover.

Etrivex should only ever be used on the scalp, and care should be taken to avoid contact with the face, eyes, armpits, genitals, and any areas of broken skin. It should also not come into contact with other areas of the skin that are affected by different skin conditions such as acne or eczema, as it may worsen these.

Etrivex should work within 4 weeks, and it’s rare for treatment to need to last longer than this, though your doctor may extend your treatment period if they feel that it’s appropriate. However, if your condition hasn’t improved within this time, you should go back to your GP to discuss other options.

Etrivex should be used sparingly.

Prices start at £24.99 for one 125ml bottle

Last Patient Information Leaflet Review Date: 15/01/2020

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Dr Diana Gall graduated from medical school in 2005 and has since undertaken further intensive training in many different areas of medicine. Dr Diana has reached consultant level and has practiced medicine all over Europe.

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Shamir is a well-respected pharmacist with extensive experience running online pharmacies in the UK.

What is Etrivex?

Etrivex is a topical corticosteroid, used to treat cases of psoriasis on the scalp. It comes in the form of a shampoo that should be used once daily.

Etrivex is a very strong corticosteroid, and should only be prescribed if the potential benefits of using it outweigh the potential risks.

What is psoriasis?

Psoriasis is a chronic skin condition that nobody currently knows the cause of, though it’s thought to be linked to the immune system. It’s characterised by red, flaky and crusty patches of skin, often with a silvery appearance.

It most often affects the elbows, knees, scalp and lower back, but can also appear anywhere else on the body.

The condition is known to relapse, meaning that there can be periods where you don’t experience any symptoms at all, and other times when you suffer with a flare up. Psoriasis can be itchy and uncomfortable.

How does Etrivex work?

Etrivex contains the active ingredient, clobetasol propionate. As a corticosteroid, it works to reduce inflammation and suppress the immune system.

As psoriasis is thought to be linked with the immune system, Etrivex is an effective treatment which slows down the production of skin cells and reduces the appearance of lesions associated with the condition.

As a topical corticosteroid, Etrivex should only ever come into contact with the surface of the skin and shouldn’t be ingested.

Can I use Etrivex?

If you suffer from scalp psoriasis that affects your daily life, your doctor might prescribe Etrivex for you. Luckily, most people are able to use the treatment to relieve their symptoms, but there are some groups of people that should take care or avoid Etrivex. These include those who:

  • Are allergic to any of the ingredients
  • Have a bacterial, viral, fungal or parasitic skin infection
  • Have ulcerous wounds on the scalp
  • Have broken skin on the scalp

If none of the above points apply to you, it should be safe for you to use Etrivex as directed.

How do you use Etrivex?

Etrivex should be used once a day, applying a thin layer to your scalp. Leave the solution on for 15 minutes to allow the medication to work before rinsing, drying and styling as normal. Once you’ve rinsed Etrivex away, you can then use your normal shampoo if needed to thoroughly wash your hair, just don’t use any more of the medicated shampoo.

It’s important not to use a shower cap or cover your scalp while using Etrivex, as this might cause adverse effects.

You should make sure that Etrivex shampoo doesn’t come into contact with your eyes, face, armpits or genitals, as well as avoiding any broken skin on your body. If the shampoo does get into your eyes, rinse well with lukewarm water and seek medical attention if they become irritated.

Use the solution sparingly, don’t use large amounts of shampoo as this might be too much for your skin to handle.

As Etrivex is a medication, you shouldn’t let anyone else in your household use it as it hasn’t been prescribed for them and may not be safe.

What are the side effects of Etrivex?

Despite being a shampoo, Etrivex still contains medication, and a potent corticosteroid at that. Some people have noticed that they suffer with symptoms related to the sue of Etrivex shampoo, and some of the most commonly noted ones are:

  • Skin burning sensation
  • Inflammation of hair follicles
  • Endocrine disorders
  • Eye stinging/burning/irritation
  • Ocular tight sensation
  • Glaucoma
  • Hypersensitivity
  • Headache
  • Skin pain/discomfort
  • Itching
  • Acne
  • Skin oedema
  • Veins becoming more visible under the skin
  • Worsening of psoriasis
  • Hair loss
  • Dry skin
  • Urticaria
  • Thinning of the skin
  • Tight skin/skin irritation
  • Allergic contact dermatitis
  • Erythema
  • Rash

Some of the side effects on this list are rare, so try not to be alarmed by some of them. However, you’re more likely to experience side effects if you don’t use the medication as instructed, for example, using more than stated or using it for longer than it’s been prescribed for.

If you visit a hairdresser, you might want to mention that you’re using Etrivex in case any of their products might irritate your condition.

Will any of my other medicines interact with Etrivex?

There are currently no known interactions with Etrivex. However, check with your pharmacist or GP if you’re planning to use any hair products such as dye or bleach.

If you notice any adverse effects whilst using Etrivex, stop using it immediately and seek medical help.

Can I use Etrivex whilst pregnant?

We advise that you ask your own GP if you can do this. Some may say it’s safe whilst others might advise you to avoid the treatment whilst carrying a child.

The same advice goes for breastfeeding mothers. If you’re concerned about the medication being excreted via your breast milk, please speak to your own doctor as each pregnancy is different.

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Orders signed by the doctor before 12 noon the day before will be delivered by 12:00am Saturday

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