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Betamethasone Valerate

Betamethasone Valerate

How to use betamethasone

Before you start using the preparation, read the manufacturer's printed information leaflet from inside the pack. It will give you more information about topical steroids and will provide you with a full list of the side-effects that you may experience from using them.

Apply a small amount to the areas of skin which are inflamed. Then gently rub it into the skin until it has disappeared. If you are using a scalp application, apply it to dry hair, rub it in gently, and then allow the area to dry again naturally.

Do not use betamethasone on any areas of open or infected skin unless you have a preparation which also contains an antibacterial or antifungal agent (such as Fucibet® or Lotriderm®). If you are using one of these preparations, use it regularly twice daily for one week only, unless you have been directed otherwise by your doctor.

The amount of topical steroid that you should apply is commonly measured by fingertip units (FTUs). One FTU is the amount of cream or ointment that is squeezed out along an adult's fingertip (that is, from the very end of the finger to the first crease in the finger).

What are some other side effects of Betamethasone Cream, Gel, and Ointment?

All drugs may cause side effects. However, many people have no side effects or only have minor side effects. Call your doctor or get medical help if any of these side effects or any other side effects bother you or do not go away:

  • Stinging.
  • Dry skin.
  • Burning.
  • Itching.

These are not all of the side effects that may occur. If you have questions about side effects, call your doctor. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects.

What is Betnovate used for?

Betnovate cream, ointment and lotion are prescribed to relieve skin inflammation and itching associated with severe forms of inflammatory skin conditions such as:

  • Atopic eczema.
  • Allergic contact dermatitis.
  • Irritant contact dermatitis.
  • Seborrhoeic dermatitis.
  • Psoriasis.
  • Thickened skin rash caused by excessive scratching to relieve itching (neurodermatitis, eg lichen simplex).
  • An eruption of hard nodules in the skin accompanied by intense itching (prurigo nodularis).
  • Skin disorder causing a flat, itchy, violet rash, usually on the wrists, shins, lower back and genitals (lichen planus).
  • Inflammatory skin disease known as discoid lupus erythematosus (DLE).
  • A condition called generalised erythroderma, where there is intense and widespread reddening of the skin (cream, ointment or lotion is used alongside oral or injected corticosteroids).
  • Severe reactions to insect bites and stings.

How does Betnovate work?

Betnovate cream, ointment and lotion all contain the active ingredient betamethasone valerate 0.1%, which is a type of medicine called a topical corticosteroid. Betamethasone valerate 0.1% cream and ointment are also available without a brand name, ie as the generic medicine. Betamethasone is a potent steroid used to reduce inflammation in the skin.

Skin inflammation happens when an allergic reaction or irritation of the skin causes various substances to be released in the skin that make blood vessels widen and result in the irritated area becoming red, swollen, itchy and painful.

Betamethasone Topical Side Effects

Get emergency medical help if you have signs of an allergic reaction: hives; difficulty breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.

Topical steroid medicine can be absorbed through the skin, which may cause steroid side effects throughout the body. Stop using betamethasone topical and call your doctor if you have:

  • blurred vision, or seeing halos around lights;
  • uneven heartbeats;
  • sleep problems (insomnia);
  • weight gain, puffiness in your face; or
  • tired feeling.

Also stop using betamethasone topical and call your doctor at once if you have:

  • severe skin irritation where the medicine was applied; or
  • signs of skin infection (swelling, redness, warmtth, oozing).

Common side effects may include:

  • burning, stinging, or itching of treated skin;
  • skin dryness, irritation, or reddish-purple discoloration;
  • acne, skin rash;
  • lightened color of treated skin; or
  • folliculitis (redness or crusting around your hair follicles).

Storage

Keep out of the reach of children.

Do not keep outdated medicine or medicine no longer needed.

Ask your healthcare professional how you should dispose of any medicine you do not use.

Store the medicine in a closed container at room temperature, away from heat, moisture, and direct light. Keep from freezing.

Store the can of the foam at room temperature, away from heat and direct light. Do not freeze. Do not keep this medicine inside a car where it could be exposed to extreme heat or cold. Do not poke holes in the canister or throw it into a fire, even if the canister is empty.

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