Betamethasone Topical

Betamethasone topical cream

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Betamethasone Topical is a medicine that can be used for treating various skin conditions, such as eczema, dermatitis, allergies, and skin rashes. This medication can help reduce the swelling, itching, and redness occurring in certain skin diseases. Betamethasone Topical is a topical corticosteroid with moderate potency. 

Betamethasone Topical Dose Considerations

It is advised not to increase or decrease your dose without your doctor’s permission. If you miss a dose, consume it as soon as you remember.

If it is around the time of the next dose, skip the missed dose. Take your next dose at the usual time. You should not double up on a dose to make up for the previous dose.

Condition: Dermatitis

Recommended dosage for adults:

  • Cream, gel, or ointment: Apply a thin layer on the affected area 1 or 2 times a day.
  • Foam or lotion: Apply 2 times a day, in the morning and at night.

Dosage for children >12 years: 

  • Cream, gel, or ointment: Apply a thin layer on the affected area 1 or 2 times a day.
  • Foam or lotion: Apply 2 times a day, in the morning and at night.

Condition: Psoriasis

Recommended dosage for adults:

  • Spray: Apply it on the affected skin area 2 times a day, then rub it gently.
  • Treatment may take about 4 weeks.

Guidelines for Betamethasone Topical 

Use Betamethasone Topical cream as directed by your doctor. Below are guidelines for the use of this cream: 

  • Use Betamethasone Topical only on your skin. Do not use it on your face, groin, or armpits unless your doctor instructs you to do so. 
  • Wash and dry your hands before using it. Clean and dry the affected area.
  • Apply a thin layer and then gently rub the affected area. Do this 1 to 3 times a day or as directed by your doctor.
  • Do not use a bandage, cover, or wrap the area unless your doctor says so. If used on a child, avoid wearing tight-fitting diapers or pants. 
  • After applying the medicine, wash your hands unless you are using Betamethasone Topical to treat your hands.
  • Be careful when applying it around the eyes. If it’s getting into your eyes, it can worsen or cause glaucoma. Also, avoid getting this medication into your nose or mouth. If the medicine gets into your eyes, nose, or mouth, rinse immediately with water until it’s cleansed.
  • Use Betamethasone Topical only for conditions that your doctor recommends. Do not use this medication for longer than your doctor recommends.
  • Inform your doctor if symptoms persist or get worse after 2-week use of the topical cream.

What is Betamethasone Topical Used for 

The cream can be used for:

  • Treatment for skin diseases, such as eczema, dermatitis, allergies, and red rashes.
  • Treatment to reduce swelling, itching, and skin rashes that can occur in several skin diseases

Contraindications for Betamethasone Topical 

It is contraindicated with:

  • Hypersensitivity to the active substance, other corticosteroids, or any kinds of fillers. 
  • Safety and effectiveness of betamethasone dipropionate in patients younger than 12 years of age have not been established. 
  • Safety and efficacy of sprays in patients younger than 18 years of age have not been established

Warnings

There are several precautions before using Betamethasone Topical , including: 

  • Before using Betamethasone Topical, inform your doctor or pharmacist if you have any allergies to it or to other corticosteroids (hydrocortisone and prednisone), or if you have any other allergies.
  • It may contain inactive ingredients that can cause allergic reactions or other problems. Talk to your pharmacist for further details. 
  • Before using Betamethasone Topical, talk to your doctor or pharmacist about your medical history, particularly if you have poor blood circulation, diabetes, or immune system problems.
  • Although rare, using corticosteroid drugs for a long time or over large areas of your skin can make it more difficult for your body to respond to physical stress.
  • Before undergoing surgery or emergency treatment, or if you have a serious illness or injury–be sure to let your doctor or dentist know that you are using or have been using it in the last few months.
  • Although it is unlikely, Betamethasone Topical can temporarily slow down a child’s growth if used for a long time. Be sure to schedule regular check-up visits with your doctor to monitor your child’s development. 
  • During pregnancy, the cream should only be used if clearly needed. Discuss the risks and benefits with your doctor.
  • It is unknown if Betamethasone Topical  passes into breast milk, since similar drugs can pass into breast milk. Consult your doctor before breastfeeding.
  • Store at room temperature away from exposure to sunlight and humidity. Do not store it in the bathroom. Keep all medicine away from children and pets.
  • Do not flush it down the toilet or pour it down into the drain unless instructed so.
  • Dispose of Betamethasone Topical  correctly when it expires or is no longer needed. Consult your pharmacist or waste disposal company in your area of residence.

Betamethasone Topical Drug Interactions

Drug interactions can change how medications work or increase the risk of serious side effects. Do not start, stop, or change the dose of any medicine without your doctor’s approval.

Some products that may interact with Betamethasone Topical are oral corticosteroids, such as prednisone.

List of Betamethasone Topical Side Effects

Be aware of some of the adverse effects of Betamethasone Topical , including:

  • Stinging, burning, itching, irritation, dryness, or redness may occur when the medicine is first applied to your skin. This side effect may wear off within a few days as your body adjusts to the medication. If any of these effects persist or get worse, contact your doctor or pharmacist immediately.
  • Your doctor may prescribe Betamethasone topical because its benefits outweigh the risk of its side effects. Many people using this drug do not experience any serious side effects.
  • Contact your doctor immediately if any of the unusual but serious side effects appear, such as stretch marks, thinning of the skin, skin discoloration, acne, extreme or unwanted hair growth, as well as folliculitis.
  • Use of betamethasone topical can worsen skin infections. Talk to your doctor immediately if redness, swelling, or irritation do not improve.
  • Although rare, it is possible that Betamethasone topical is absorbed from the skin into your bloodstream. This can cause side effects that usually occur in children and long-time drug users or when used in large areas of the skin.
  • Speak to your doctor right away if you experience unusual or extreme fatigue, weight loss, headache, swollen ankles or feet, easy thirst, increased urination, and vision problems.
  • Serious allergic reactions are rare. However, seek immediate medical help if you notice any symptoms of a serious allergic reaction, such as rash, hives, severe dizziness, difficulty breathing, and swelling, especially on your face, tongue, or throat.
  • Other side effects may possibly occur. Talk to your doctor or pharmacist if you notice other effects not listed above.

Book a consultation with your doctor or pharmacist via Smarter Health to find out more about the recommended dosage of Betamethasone Topical. Smarter Health allows you to access health services at home and abroad whenever you need them.

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