Betamethasone Dipropionate (On the skin)
Corticosteroid, Strong (About this – PubMed Health)
Uses of This Medicine
Betamethasone topical cream, gel, lotion, and ointment are used to help relieve redness, itching, swelling, or other discomfort caused by skin conditions. Betamethasone topical spray is used to treat adults with mild to moderate plaque psoriasis. This medicine is a corticosteroid (cortisone-like medicine or steroid).
This medicine is available only with your doctor’s prescription.
Other uses (PubMed Health)
How To Use
Cream, Foam, Gel/Jelly, Lotion, Ointment, Spray
Use this medicine as directed.
Cream, gel, lotion, or ointment: Apply a thin layer of the medicine to the affected area. Rub it in gently.
Aerosol foam: Turn the can upside down and squirt a small amount onto a small plate or other cool surface. Then pick up small amounts of the foam and massage it into your scalp. Do not squirt the foam onto your hands because it will melt if you hold it too long.
Do not cover the treated area with a bandage unless directed by your doctor.
Missed dose: Apply a dose as soon as you can. If it is almost time for your next dose, wait until then and apply a regular dose. Do not apply extra medicine to make up for a missed dose.
Store the medicine at room temperature, away from heat and direct light.
The aerosol foam is flammable. Do not use it near heat, open flame, or while smoking. Do not puncture, break, or burn the aerosol can.
Drugs and Foods to Avoid
Ask your doctor or pharmacist before using any other medicine, including over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal products.
When Not To Use
This medicine is not right for everyone. Do not use it if you had an allergic reaction to betamethasone or to similar medicines.
Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or breastfeeding.
Do not use this medicine to treat a skin problem your doctor has not examined.
If your symptoms do not improve after 2 weeks of treatment, or if they get worse, check with your doctor.
Keep all medicine out of the reach of children. Never share your medicine with anyone.
Possible side effects
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Call your doctor right away if you notice any of these side effects:
Color changes on the skin, dark freckles, easy bruising, muscle weakness
Severe itching, burning, or skin irritation
If you notice these less serious side effects, talk with your doctor:
Mild stinging, burning, itching, redness, or dryness at the application site
If you notice other side effects that you think are caused by this medicine, tell your doctor.
Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.
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Brand names include
Alphatrex, Del-Beta, Diprosone, Dovobet, Occlucort, Sernivo
There may be other brand names for this medicine.