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ADVANTAN is an anti-inflammatory medicine (a corticosteroid) to be used on the skin.

ADVANTAN suppresses inflammatory and allergic skin reactions and thus relaxes symptoms originating from the skin problem like redness (erythema), thickening of the skin, coarseness of the skin surface, fluid build-up (edema), itchiness, and other complaints (burning sensation or pain).

ADVANTAN is used for:

  • the treatment of atopic dermatitis (endogenous eczema, neurodermatitis)
  • eczema in children
  • contact eczema
  • degenerative, dyshidrotic or vulgar eczema.

ADVANTAN is available in two different formulations which have a different therapeutic affect which are listed below.

  • ADVANTAN cream
    ADVANTAN cream has a high water content and low fat content

    ADVANTAN cream is particularly suitable for acute and so-called weeping stages of eczema, for very greasy skin and for use on exposed or hairy parts of the body.
  • ADVANTAN ointment
    In certain skin ailments where skin is neither very dry nor in a weeping state (that is, producing fluid), treatment requires a foundation with balanced proportions of fat and water.

    ADVANTAN ointment makes the skin slightly greasy without retaining warmth and fluid.

ADVANTAN is available only with a doctor's prescription and is fully funded.

ADVANTAN dosing instructions are available for download below.

PDF icon ADVANTAN Dosing Instructions

Advantan The Advantage is Atopic Dermatitis



ADVANTAN - Methylprednisolone aceponate 0.1% 

Do not use ADVANTAN if you are allergic to methylprednisolone aceponate, if you have bacterial, fungal or viral skin infections. 

Tell your doctor if you have any other skin conditions, if you are pregnant or breastfeeding; you are taking any other medicines including any that you buy without a prescription from your pharmacy, supermarket or health food shop. Like all medicines ADVANTAN can cause some side effects such as burning, itching or irritation of the skin at the site. Skin discoloration, redness or rash. Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you notice anything that is making you feel unwell. 

Always use ADVANTAN strictly as instructed by your doctor. 

ADVANTAN is a fully funded prescription medicine. Normal doctors fees and Pharmacy charges apply. As with all medicines ADVANTAN has risks and benefits. Speak to your doctor to see if ADVANTAN is right for you. 

Note: Information on this site is not intended to replace the advice given by your doctor or other health professional. 

For further information, click on the helpful links below. 

TAPS no: PP3647.  


Helpful Links 

Consumer Medicine Information
Medicine Data Sheet
New Zealand Dermatological Society (DermNet NZ)

Last Updated: 17-04-2014
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