What is Diprophos and what it is used
Diprophos belongs to a group of medicines known as corticosteroids. This group helps to alleviate inflammatory processes. They reduce swelling, redness, itching, and allergic reactions. They are used as part of treatment for various diseases.
Diprophos can be used as part of the treatment of a variety of severe diseases which are affected by cortisone medicaments. Such diseases may include diseases of the musculoskeletal system, such as different forms of arthritis, bursitis, sciatica, lumbago, diseases of the bone or deep tissue, allergies such as bronchial asthma, severe hay fever, bronchitis, reactions to medicines bites insect - skin diseases such as inflammation, itching, urticaria (hives), hair loss, psoriasis, scars (scars), cystic acne or other diseases considered by your doctor.
2. What you should know before using Diprophos
Do not use Diprophos
if you are allergic (hypersensitive) to betamethasone or any of the other ingredients of Diprophos
if you are allergic (hypersensitive) to other products containing corticosteroids;
if you suffer from disturbances in coagulation (blood clotting);
if you suffer from infectious diseases;
if you suffer from psychiatric conditions;
if you are immunized with a live vaccine;
if you have a fungal infection.
Take special care with Diprophos
if you are pregnant or breast-feeding;
if you suffer from diabetes or have thyroid problems;
if you have liver disease;
if you have stomach or intestinal complaints;
if you have kidney disease;
if you have seizures, heart problems or blood pressure;
if you have calcium loss or muscle weakness;
if you have a pre-existing psychiatric illness;
if you need a vaccination.
Other medicines and Diprophos
Please tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are taking or have recently taken any other medicines, including medicines obtained without a prescription. You may need a dose adjustment of these drugs while being treated with Diprofos.
Similar products are some barbiturates, antibiotics, hormonal products, diuretics or those for heart or blood diseases. Possible stomach or intestinal complaints when corticosteroids are taken with medications that reduce inflammation (anti-inflammatory). Be sure to tell your doctor that you take Diprofos if you are having a laboratory or immunization.
Use of Diprophos with food and drink
When corticosteroid with alcohol are possible stomach or intestinal complaints.
Pregnancy and lactation
No evidence of safety during pregnancy. Use in pregnancy should be done after consulting a doctor.
Diprophos not recommended for use in nursing mothers.
Driving and using machines
Important information about some of the ingredients of Diprofos
Diprophoscontains benzyl alcohol, methyl and propyl paraben. Possible occurrence of hypersensitivity reactions.
Do not use in children under 3 years of age.
3. How to use Diprophos
Diprophos is given by injection, usually from your doctor or medical specialist.
Your doctor will decide the dose according to your individual situation.
Be sure that you follow the regimen determined by your doctor.
If you take more dose Diprophos
Your doctor will make regular assessment of your situation, to be sure that you are taking the right dose.
If you forget to take Diprophos
Tell your doctor.
Do not take a double dose to make up the missed dose.
If you stop using Diprophos
After prolonged treatment, the acceptance of this product should not be terminated abruptly; the dose can be gradually reduced at the discretion of your doctor.
If you have any further questions on the use of this product, ask your doctor or pharmacist.
4. POSSIBLE SIDE EFFECTS
Like all medicines, Diprophos can cause side effects, although not everybody gets them.
Adverse reactions to Diprophos which are similar to those reported for other corticosteroids, are dependent on the dose and duration of treatment.
Side effects that may occur while taking this medicine are:
Immune system disorders:
allergic reactions to the drug and even shock, risk of infection.
menstrual disorders; development of Cushing's syndrome (due to the higher glucocorticoid level); intrauterine fetal development, stunted growth in children; secondary disorders of adrenal and pituitary glands, especially during times of stress, such as trauma, surgery, or disease; high blood sugar, manifestation of latent diabetes mellitus, increased requirements for insulin or oral hypoglycemic agents in diabetics.
Metabolism and nutrition disorders:
negative nitrogen balance due to increased protein degradation; accumulation of fat tissue at certain places (lipomatosis), which can cause complications including neurological; weight gain.
elevated mood (euphoria), anxiety, severe depression to psychotic features; personality changes; svrahrazdraznitelnost; insomnia.
Nervous system disorders:
convulsions, increased intracranial pressure with swelling of the optic nerve head, usually after treatment; dizziness; headache; Tides of heat.
Clouding of the lens (posterior subcapsular cataract); increased intraocular pressure, glaucoma, exophthalmos.
Hiccups; peptic ulcer with possible subsequent perforation and hemorrhage; pancreatitis; bloating of the abdomen; erosion of the esophagus.
Skin and subcutaneous tissue disorders:
difficulty in wound healing; skin atrophy; thin and fragile skin; skin bleeding; flushing; increased sweating; suppressed reactions to skin tests; effects such as allergic dermatitis, urticaria, angioneurotic edema.
Musculo-skeletal and connective tissue disorders:
muscle weakness, corticosteroid myopathy, loss of muscle mass; aggravation of myasthenic symptoms in myasthenia gravis; osteoporosis; vertebral fractures; aseptic necrosis of the head, shoulder and hip; pathological fractures of the long bones; tendon rupture; joint instability (because of repeated intra-articular administration); arthritis due to deposition of microcrystals, the occurrence of calcification.
sodium retention, potassium loss, hypokalaemic alkalosis (a disorder of the acidity of body fluids, associated with loss of potassium); fluid retention; congestive heart failure in patients at risk; hypertension.
If any of the side effects gets serious, or you notice other effects not listed in this leaflet, please tell your doctor or pharmacist.
5. How to store Diprophos
Do not store above 25 ° C.
Do not freeze.
Store in the original container to protect from light.
Keep out of reach of children.
Do not use Diprofos after the expiry date stated on the carton. The expiry date refers to the last day of that month.
6. Contents of the pack and further information
The active substance is 7 mg / ml betamethasone (as betamethasone dipropionate 6,43 mg and 2.63 mg betamethasone sodium phosphate).
Other ingredients are: disodium hydrogen phosphate dihydrate, sodium chloride, disodium edetate, polysorbate 80, benzyl alcohol, methyl parahydroxybenzoate, propyl parahydroxybenzoate, sodium karboksimetiltseluoza, polyethylene glycol 3350, hydrochloric acid and water for injections.
Diprophos looks like and contents of the pack
Diprophos suspension for injection is available in ampoules of 1 ml of 1 and 5 pieces per carton..