Betamethasone Valerate (On the skin)
Corticosteroid, Intermediate (About this – PubMed Health)
Uses of This Medicine
Betamethasone topical is used to help relieve redness, itching, swelling, or other discomfort caused by skin conditions. Betamethasone foam is used for scalp problems. 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, Lotion, Ointment
Your doctor will tell you how much medicine to use. Do not use more than directed.
Foam: Turn the can upside down and spray a small amount onto a cool surface, such as a plate. Do not spray the foam into your hand, because the foam will melt. Use your fingers to pick up the foam and rub it into your skin.
Do not inhale this medicine or use it near heat or an open flame. Do not puncture, break, or burn the aerosol can.
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 in a closed container at room temperature, away from heat, moisture, and direct light.
Drugs and Foods to Avoid
Ask your doctor or pharmacist before using any other medicine, including over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal products.
Do not put cosmetics or skin care products on the treated skin.
Tell your doctor if you are using any other steroid medicine.
When Not To Use
This medicine is not right for everyone. Do not use it if you had an allergic reaction to betamethasone.
Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or breastfeeding.
Children may be more likely to have side effects from this medicine. This medicine may also slow your child’s growth. If you think your child is not growing properly while he is using this medicine, talk with your doctor.
Do not use this medicine to treat a skin problem your doctor has not examined.
Call your doctor if your symptoms do not improve or if they get worse.
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:
Bulging of the soft spot on your baby’s head
If you notice these less serious side effects, talk with your doctor:
Burning, itching, or irritation where the medicine is applied
Changes in skin color
Excessive hair growth
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
Beta-Val, Betacort Scalp Lotion, Betamethacot, Betnovate, Betnovate-1/2, Celestoderm-V, Celestoderm-V/2, Ectosone Mild-Lotion, Ectosone Regular-Cream, Ectosone Regular-Lotion, Ectosone Scalp Lotion, Luxiq, Metaderm Mild, Metaderm Regular, Novo-Betamet, Qualisone, Valisone
There may be other brand names for this medicine.