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Accession NumberDB01130  (APRD01197)
TypeSmall Molecule

Prednicarbate is a relatively new topical corticosteroid drug. It is similar in potency to hydrocortisone. It is used in the treatment of inflammatory skin diseases, such as atopic dermatitis. It has a favorable benefit-risk ratio, with an inflammatory action similar to that of a medium potency corticosteroid, but with a low potential to cause skin atrophy. The anti-inflammation action of corticosteroids is associated with the inhibition of the interleukin 1-alpha cytokine within keratinocytes. IL-1a is also found in fibroblasts, where it is responsible for proliferation, collagenase induction and IL-6 synthesis, which are related to skin thickness.

SynonymsNot Available
Prescription Products
NameDosageStrengthRouteLabellerMarketing StartMarketing End
Dermatopcream1 mg/gtopicalDermik Laboratories1993-10-292015-09-30Us
Dermatopointment1 mg/gtopicalDermik Laboratories1991-09-232015-06-30Us
Dermatopcream1 mg/gtopicalValeant Pharmaceuticals North America LLC1993-10-29Not AvailableUs
Dermatopointment1 mg/gtopicalValeant Pharmaceuticals North America LLC2014-06-23Not AvailableUs
Prednicarbatecream1 mg/gtopicalPrasco Laboratories2007-04-30Not AvailableUs
Generic Prescription Products
NameDosageStrengthRouteLabellerMarketing StartMarketing End
Prednicarbatecream1 mg/gtopicalE. Fougera & CO., A division of Fougera Pharmaceuticals Inc.2006-09-19Not AvailableUs
Prednicarbateointment1 mg/gtopicalE. Fougera & CO., A division of Fougera Pharmaceuticals Inc.2007-03-09Not AvailableUs
Over the Counter ProductsNot Available
International Brands
Dermatop E EmollientNot Available
Brand mixturesNot Available
SaltsNot Available
CAS number73771-04-7
WeightAverage: 488.5699
Monoisotopic: 488.241018128
Chemical FormulaC27H36O8
2-{14-[(ethoxycarbonyl)oxy]-17-hydroxy-2,15-dimethyl-5-oxotetracyclo[^{2,7}.0^{11,15}]heptadeca-3,6-dien-14-yl}-2-oxoethyl propanoate
Mass SpecNot Available
KingdomOrganic Compounds
ClassSteroids and Steroid Derivatives
SubclassGluco/mineralocorticoids, Progestogins and Derivatives
Direct parentGluco/mineralocorticoids, Progestogins and Derivatives
Alternative parentsSteroid Esters; Ketosteroids; Hydroxysteroids; Tricarboxylic Acids and Derivatives; Cyclohexanols; Carbonic Acid Diesters; Carboxylic Acid Esters; Cyclic Alcohols and Derivatives; Ketones; Ethers; Enolates; Polyamines; Aldehydes
Substituents20-keto-steroid; 3-keto-steroid; 11-hydroxy-steroid; tricarboxylic acid derivative; cyclohexanol; carbonic acid diester; cyclic alcohol; carbonic acid derivative; secondary alcohol; carboxylic acid ester; ketone; carboxylic acid derivative; enolate; polyamine; ether; carbonyl group; alcohol; aldehyde
Classification descriptionThis compound belongs to the gluco/mineralocorticoids, progestogins and derivatives. These are steroids whose structure is based on an hydroxylated prostane moiety.
IndicationFor the relief of the inflammatory and pruritic manifestations of corticosteroid-responsive dermatoses.
PharmacodynamicsCorticosteroids diffuse across cell membranes and complex with specific cytoplasmic receptors. These complexes then enter the cell nucleus, bind to DNA (chromatin), and stimulate transcription of messenger RNA (mRNA) and subsequent protein synthesis of various inhibitory enzymes responsible for the anti-inflammatory effects of topical corticosteroids. These anti-inflammatory effects include inhibition of early processes such as edema, fibrin deposition, capillary dilatation, movement of phagocytes into the area, and phagocytic activities. Later processes, such as capillary production, collagen deposition, and keloid formation also are inhibited by corticosteroids.
Mechanism of actionIn common with other topical corticosteroids, prednicarbate has anti-inflammatory, antipruritic, and vasoconstrictive properties. In general, the mechanism of the anti-inflammatory activity of topical steroids is unclear. However, corticosteroids are thought to act by the induction of phospholipase A2 inhibitory proteins, collectively called lipocortins. It is postulated that these proteins control the biosynthesis of potent mediators of inflammation such as prostaglandins and leukotrienes by inhibiting the release of their common precursor arachidonic acid. Arachidonic acid is released from membrane phospholipids by phospholipase A2.
AbsorptionAbsorbed systemically across the stratum corneum.
Volume of distributionNot Available
Protein bindingNot Available

Primarily in skin

Route of eliminationNot Available
Half lifeNot Available
ClearanceNot Available
ToxicityNot Available
Affected organisms
  • Humans and other mammals
PathwaysNot Available
SNP Mediated EffectsNot Available
SNP Mediated Adverse Drug ReactionsNot Available
Predicted ADMET features
Property Value Probability
Human Intestinal Absorption + 0.9958
Blood Brain Barrier + 0.984
Caco-2 permeable - 0.571
P-glycoprotein substrate Substrate 0.7928
P-glycoprotein inhibitor I Inhibitor 0.8358
P-glycoprotein inhibitor II Non-inhibitor 0.6129
Renal organic cation transporter Non-inhibitor 0.7659
CYP450 2C9 substrate Non-substrate 0.8753
CYP450 2D6 substrate Non-substrate 0.895
CYP450 3A4 substrate Substrate 0.7638
CYP450 1A2 substrate Non-inhibitor 0.9046
CYP450 2C9 substrate Non-inhibitor 0.9054
CYP450 2D6 substrate Non-inhibitor 0.9032
CYP450 2C19 substrate Non-inhibitor 0.9026
CYP450 3A4 substrate Non-inhibitor 0.8309
CYP450 inhibitory promiscuity Low CYP Inhibitory Promiscuity 0.841
Ames test Non AMES toxic 0.9186
Carcinogenicity Non-carcinogens 0.9164
Biodegradation Not ready biodegradable 0.9757
Rat acute toxicity 2.4426 LD50, mol/kg Not applicable
hERG inhibition (predictor I) Weak inhibitor 0.8758
hERG inhibition (predictor II) Non-inhibitor 0.5989
ManufacturersNot Available
Dosage forms
Creamtopical1 mg/g
Ointmenttopical1 mg/g
Unit descriptionCostUnit
Prednicarbate 0.1% Ointment 60 gm Tube76.74USDtube
Dermatop 0.1% Cream 60 gm Tube75.2USDtube
Dermatop 0.1% Ointment 60 gm Tube70.06USDtube
Prednicarbate 0.1% Cream 60 gm Tube59.03USDtube
Prednicarbate 0.1% Ointment 15 gm Tube37.31USDtube
Prednicarbate 0.1% Cream 15 gm Tube24.0USDtube
Dermatop 0.1% cream1.76USDg
Prednicarbate 0.1% cream1.41USDg
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PatentsNot Available
Experimental Properties
logP2.9Not Available
Predicted Properties
Water Solubility0.00562ALOGPS
pKa (Strongest Acidic)14.82ChemAxon
pKa (Strongest Basic)-2.9ChemAxon
Physiological Charge0ChemAxon
Hydrogen Acceptor Count6ChemAxon
Hydrogen Donor Count1ChemAxon
Polar Surface Area116.2 Å2ChemAxon
Rotatable Bond Count9ChemAxon
Refractivity127.8 m3·mol-1ChemAxon
Polarizability51.39 Å3ChemAxon
Number of Rings4ChemAxon
Rule of FiveYesChemAxon
Ghose FilterNoChemAxon
Veber's RuleNoChemAxon
MDDR-like RuleYesChemAxon
SpectraNot Available
Synthesis ReferenceNot Available
General Reference
  1. Gupta AK, Chow M: A review of prednicarbate (Dermatop). Skin Therapy Lett. 2004 Dec-2005 Jan;9(10):5-6, 9. Pubmed 15657633
External Links
PubChem Compound52421
PubChem Substance46506799
Therapeutic Targets DatabaseDAP001189
ATC CodesD07AC18V01AA07V01AA03
AHFS Codes
  • 84:06.00
  • 92:04.00*
PDB EntriesNot Available
FDA labelshow(130 KB)
MSDSNot Available
Drug InteractionsNot Available
Food InteractionsNot Available


1. Glucocorticoid receptor

Kind: protein

Organism: Human

Pharmacological action: yes

Actions: agonist


Name UniProt ID Details
Glucocorticoid receptor P04150 Details


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Drug created on June 13, 2005 07:24 / Updated on September 16, 2013 17:13