Betamethasone

 
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Without a Prescription

Betamethasone is a synthetic glucocorticoid that is prescribed topically on the skin. Glucocorticoids have potent anti-inflammatory actions and also suppresses the immune response. Betamethasone is prescribed for the relief of itching and inflammation associated with a wide variety of skin conditions.

Contraindications

Absorption of potent glucocorticoids can increase the glucose concentration in the blood (this is especially worrisome in diabetics) and cause symptoms of glucocorticoid excess (weight gain, redistribution of fat stores, and psychiatric problems). The suppression of inflammation and the immune response caused by glucocorticoid excess also allows infections to occur more easily.
There are no known drug interactions with topical Betamethasone. There is no data on the use of Betamethasone in pregnant women. It is not known if Betamethasone is secreted in breast milk.

Side Effects

The most commonly-noted side effects of Betamethasone are burning at the area of application, itching, irritation, and dryness. All of these are unusual, however. Topical application of glucocorticoids may suppress the body's production of cortisol. This is especially true for potent products such as the augmented formulation of Betamethasone. If suppression has occurred for a long enough period of time, discontinuing the potent glucocorticoid can be associated with symptoms of glucocorticoid deficiency.

Overdose

If Betamethasone overdose is suspected, contact your local poison control center or emergency room immediately.

Intake Guidelines

A thin strip of betamethasone dipropionate cream or ointment is applied gently to the affected area once or twice daily. A few drops of the lotion is applied to the affected area once or twice daily. The lotion should be massaged gently until it disappears. It should be kept between 20 and 30C (36-86F). Lotion should be shaken before each use.

Other Brand Names

In some countries Betamethasone may also be known as:
- Alersan;
- Antroquoril;
- Beclonato;
- Benevat;
- Beta Long;
- Betacort;
- Betametagen;
- Betamethasone;
- Betaprospan;
- Betasone-G 12 Horas;
- Betasone-G;
- Betaspan;
- Betatopic;
- Betnelan-V;
- Betnesol;
- Betnolon;
- Betnovate Capilar;
- Betnovate;
- Betrat B;
- Blacor;
- Butasona;
- Celestone Chronodose;
- Celestone Cronodose;
- Celestone M;
- Celestone Soluspan;
- Celestone;
- Cevicort NC;
- Cevicort;
- Coid;
- Corteroid Retard;
- Cortiderma;
- Cortimar;
- Cortival;
- Cronocorteroid;
- Cronolevel;
- Deltalaf;
- Dermizol;
- Dermobet;
- Dermovaleas;
- Dermovat;
- Dibetam;
- Difenac Forte;
- Diprobeta;
- Diprocort;
- Diproforte;
- Betamethasone;
- Diprophos;
- Diprospan;
- Duoflam;
- Ecoval;
- Eleuphrat;
- Lazar-Cort;
- Metamar;
- Micosep B;
- Quiacort;
- Sensitex;
- Solu-Celestan;
- Transderma B;
- Valederm;
- Valisone;
Without Prescription (2017)