Betamethasone cream side effects

Diprolene Ointment

SIDE EFFECTS

Clinical Trials Experience

Because clinical trials are conducted under widely varying conditions, adverse reaction rates observed in the clinical trials of a drug cannot be directly compared to rates in the clinical trials of another drug and may not reflect the rates observed in clinical practice.

In controlled clinical trials, adverse reactions associated with the use of DIPROLENE Ointment reported at a frequency of less than 1% included erythema, folliculitis, pruritus, and vesiculation.

Postmarketing Experience

Because adverse reactions are reported voluntarily from a population of uncertain size, it is not always possible to reliably estimate their frequency or establish a causal relationship to drug exposure.

Postmarketing reports for local adverse reactions to topical corticosteroids may also include: skin atrophy, telangiectasias, burning, irritation, dryness, acneiform eruptions, hypopigmentation, perioral dermatitis, allergic contact dermatitis, secondary infection, hypertrichosis, striae, and miliaria.

Hypersensitivity reactions, consisting of predominantly skin signs and symptoms, e.g., contact dermatitis, pruritus, bullous dermatitis, and erythematous rash have been reported.

Ophthalmic adverse reactions of cataracts, glaucoma, increased intraocular pressure, and central serous chorioretinopathy have been reported with the use of topical corticosteroids, including topical betamethasone products.

Read the entire FDA prescribing information for Diprolene Ointment (Betamethasone Dipropionate)

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How does this medication work? What will it do for me?

Betamethasone valerate belongs to the class of medications called topical corticosteroids. It is used to treat skin irritation and itch caused by skin conditions such as eczema, psoriasis, contact dermatitis, and seborrhea. It works by reducing redness, inflammation, swelling, and irritation of the skin.

This medication may be available under multiple brand names and/or in several different forms. Any specific brand name of this medication may not be available in all of the forms or approved for all of the conditions discussed here. As well, some forms of this medication may not be used for all of the conditions discussed here.

Your doctor may have suggested this medication for conditions other than those listed in these drug information articles. If you have not discussed this with your doctor or are not sure why you are being given this medication, speak to your doctor. Do not stop using this medication without consulting your doctor.

Do not give this medication to anyone else, even if they have the same symptoms as you do. It can be harmful for people to use this medication if their doctor has not prescribed it.

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What form(s) does this medication come in?

0.05% Cream
Each gram contains betamethasone as betamethasone 17-valerate 0.05% in a water washable aqueous base. Nonmedicinal ingredients: ceteareth-15, cetyl alcohol, chlorocresol, mineral oil, phosphoric acid, polyethylene glycol 1000, propylene glycol, purified water, sodium hydroxide, stearyl alcohol, and white petrolatum.

0.1% Cream
Each gram contains betamethasone as betamethasone 17-valerate 0.1% in a water washable aqueous base. Nonmedicinal ingredients: cetyl alcohol, chlorocresol, mineral oil, phosphoric acid, polyoxyethylene cetyl ether, propylene glycol, purified water, sodium hydroxide, sodium phosphate monobasic, stearyl alcohol, and white petrolatum

0.05% Ointment
Each gram contains betamethasone as betamethasone 17-valerate 0.05%. Nonmedicinal ingredients: fractionated coconut oil, white petrolatum, and chlorocresol as a preservative.

0.1% Ointment
Each gram contains betamethasone as betamethasone 17-valerate 0.1%. Nonmedicinal ingredients: fractionated coconut oil, white petrolatum, and chlorocresol as a preservative.

Scalp Lotion
Each gram contains betamethasone as betamethasone 17-valerate 0.1%. Nonmedicinal ingredients: carbomer, isopropyl alcohol, purified water, and sodium hydroxide.

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How should I use this medication?

Cream or ointment: Apply enough cream or ointment to completely cover the affected area with a thin film. Massage it gently and thoroughly into the skin. This medication is usually applied once daily in the morning, or twice daily (in the morning and at night) as directed by the doctor. The treatment should be stopped when the condition is cleared. The medication should not be continued for a period longer than 4 weeks without further consultation with your doctor.

Lotion: Apply a few drops of lotion or enough to thinly cover the affected area. The lotion should be gently massaged into the area until it disappears. The lotion is usually applied once or twice.

Wash your hands after applying this medication unless you are treating your hands.

Many things can affect the dose of medication that a person needs, such as body weight, other medical conditions, and other medications. If your doctor has recommended a dose different from the ones listed here, do not change the way that you are using the medication without consulting your doctor.

Shake the lotion well before applying it to the affected area.

Do not cover the area with an occlusive dressing (a dressing that doesn’t breathe) unless directed to do so by your doctor.

Avoid applying the medication in or near the eyes.

It is important to use this medication exactly as prescribed by your doctor. If you miss an application, apply it as soon as possible and continue with your regular schedule. If it is almost time for your next application, skip the missed application and continue with your regular dosing schedule. Do not apply a double dose to make up for a missed one. If you are not sure what to do after missing a dose, contact your doctor or pharmacist for advice.

Store this medication at room temperature and keep out of reach of children.

Do not dispose of medications in wastewater (e.g. down the sink or in the toilet) or in household garbage. Ask your pharmacist how to dispose of medications that are no longer needed or have expired.

Who should NOT take this medication?

Do not use this medication if you:

  • are allergic to betamethasone or any ingredients of the medication
  • have a skin infection caused by viruses, including herpes simplex, vaccinia, and varicella (chickenpox)
  • have had an allergic reaction to other corticosteroid medications
  • have untreated infected skin lesions caused by an infection with fungi or bacteria
  • have tuberculosis of the skin

Do not apply this medication around the mouth, to the eye, or on or around the anal and genital area.

What side effects are possible with this medication?

Many medications can cause side effects. A side effect is an unwanted response to a medication when it is taken in normal doses. Side effects can be mild or severe, temporary or permanent.

The side effects listed below are not experienced by everyone who takes this medication. If you are concerned about side effects, discuss the risks and benefits of this medication with your doctor.

The following side effects have been reported by at least 1% of people taking this medication. Many of these side effects can be managed, and some may go away on their own over time.

Contact your doctor if you experience these side effects and they are severe or bothersome. Your pharmacist may be able to advise you on managing side effects.

  • burning, dryness, irritation, itching, or redness or skin (usually mild and temporary)
  • skin rash (usually mild and temporary)
  • stinging sensation when applied (lotion only)

Although most of these side effects listed below don’t happen very often, they could lead to serious problems if you do not check with your doctor or seek medical attention.

Check with your doctor as soon as possible if any of the following side effects occur:

  • increased skin sensitivity
  • lack of healing of skin condition
  • ongoing burning, itching and irritation of skin
  • itchy rash with small, red, raised bumps
  • skin discolouration
  • skin infection
  • “spider veins” or blood vessels visible through the skin
  • thinning of skin with easy bruising

Additional side effects may occur if this medication is used improperly or for long periods of time. Check with your doctor as soon as possible if any of the following side effects occur:

  • acne or oily skin
  • backache
  • blurring or loss of vision (occurs gradually if medication has been used near the eye)
  • changes in skin colour
  • depression
  • eye pain (if medication has been used near the eye)
  • filling or rounding out of the face
  • increased blood pressure
  • increased hair growth, especially on the face and body
  • increased loss of hair, especially on the scalp
  • irregular heartbeat
  • irregular menstrual periods
  • irritability
  • loss of appetite
  • muscle cramps, pain, or weakness
  • nausea
  • pus in the hair follicles
  • rapid weight gain or loss
  • reddish purple lines on arms, face, legs, trunk, or groin
  • redness and scaling around the mouth
  • softening of the skin
  • stomach bloating, burning, cramping, or pain
  • swelling of feet or lower legs
  • tearing of the skin
  • thinning of skin with easy bruising
  • unusual bruising
  • unusual decrease in sexual desire or ability (in men)
  • unusual tiredness or weakness
  • vomiting
  • weakness of the arms, legs, or trunk (severe)
  • white spots
  • worsening of infections

Some people may experience side effects other than those listed. Check with your doctor if you notice any symptom that worries you while you are taking this medication.

Are there any other precautions or warnings for this medication?

Before you begin using a medication, be sure to inform your doctor of any medical conditions or allergies you may have, any medications you are taking, whether you are pregnant or breast-feeding, and any other significant facts about your health. These factors may affect how you should use this medication.

Absorption: Topical (applied to the skin) corticosteroids such as betamethasone are known to be absorbed into the bloodstream, especially if used for prolonged periods of time on large areas of the body. It is advisable to use betamethasone for brief periods of time only and to stop using it as soon as the problem clears.

Eyes: Use this medication with caution on lesions close to the eye. Take care to ensure that it does not enter the eye, as glaucoma or cataracts may result. Report any changes in your vision to your doctor, as soon as possible.

Infections: Betamethasone should not be used on any infected area until the infection has cleared. Corticosteroids applied to the skin may increase the risk of developing a skin infection. If you notice any increased redness, swelling, heat, or pain around the area where the medication is applied, contact your doctor, as these are possible signs of infection.

Stopping this medication: Suddenly stopping corticosteroid medication may cause your skin condition to return. If you have been using this medication for a long period of time, discuss with your doctor the best way to discontinue the medication.

Thinning of skin: Using topical corticosteroid medication for a long period of time can cause skin and the tissues underneath to thin or soften, or cause stretch marks. Your doctor may recommend you stop using this medication once in a while or to apply to one area of the body at a time to give the skin a chance to strengthen. If you notice changes to the texture or colour of your skin contact your doctor as soon as possible.

Pregnancy: Betamethasone should not be used during pregnancy unless the benefits outweigh the risks. If you become pregnant while using this medication, contact your doctor immediately.

Breast-feeding: It is not known if betamethasone applied to the skin passes into breast milk. If you are a breast-feeding mother and are using this medication, it may affect your baby. Talk to your doctor about whether you should continue breast-feeding. If this medication is used, it should not be applied to the breast in order to avoid the baby getting this medication in their mouth.

Children: Betamethasone belongs to the family of medications known as corticosteroids. Children may be more likely to experience side effects (e.g., slowing down of growth, delayed weight gain), especially if large amounts of this medication are used for long periods of time. The use of this medication by children should be limited to the smallest amount that will be effective for the shortest period of time. Discuss the risks and benefits of the use of this medication by children with your doctor.

What other drugs could interact with this medication?

There may be an interaction between betamethasone and any of the following:

  • itraconazole
  • medications applied to the skin that have irritating effects
  • other topical medications that contain corticosteroids
  • natalizumab
  • pimecrolimus
  • ritonavir
  • tacrolimus

If you are taking any of these medications, speak with your doctor or pharmacist. Depending on your specific circumstances, your doctor may want you to:

  • stop taking one of the medications,
  • change one of the medications to another,
  • change how you are taking one or both of the medications, or
  • leave everything as is.

An interaction between two medications does not always mean that you must stop taking one of them. Speak to your doctor about how any drug interactions are being managed or should be managed.

Medications other than those listed above may interact with this medication. Tell your doctor or prescriber about all prescription, over-the-counter (non-prescription), and herbal medications you are taking. Also tell them about any supplements you take. Since caffeine, alcohol, the nicotine from cigarettes, or street drugs can affect the action of many medications, you should let your prescriber know if you use them.

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Betamethasone topical

Medically reviewed by Drugs.com on Jun 20, 2019 – Written by Cerner Multum

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What is betamethasone topical?

Betamethasone is a steroid that prevents the release of substances in the body that cause inflammation.

Betamethasone topical (for the skin) is used to treat the inflammation and itching caused by a number of skin conditions such as eczema or psoriasis.

Betamethasone topical may also be used for purposes not listed in this medication guide.

Important Information

Follow all directions on your medicine label and package. Tell each of your healthcare providers about all your medical conditions, allergies, and all medicines you use.

Before taking this medicine

You should not use betamethasone topical if you are allergic to it.

Tell your doctor if you have ever had:

  • skin irritation after using steroid medicine;

  • thinning of the skin where you will apply betamethasone topical;

  • cataracts or glaucoma;

  • diabetes;

  • liver disease;

  • adrenal gland problems; or

  • any type of skin infection.

It is not known whether this medicine will harm an unborn baby. Tell your doctor if you are pregnant.

It may not be safe to breast-feed a baby while you are using this medicine. Ask your doctor about any risks. If you apply betamethasone to your chest, avoid areas that may come into contact with the baby’s mouth.

Do not use betamethasone topical on a child without a doctor’s advice. Children can absorb larger amounts of this medicine through the skin and may be more likely to have side effects.

Diprolene is not approved for use by anyone younger than 13 years old. Sernivo and Luxiq are not approved for anyone younger than 18 years old.

How should I use betamethasone topical?

Follow all directions on your prescription label and read all medication guides or instruction sheets. Use the medicine exactly as directed.

Do not take by mouth. Topical medicine is for use only on the skin. Do not use on open wounds or on sunburned, windburned, dry, or irritated skin. Rinse with water if this medicine gets in your eyes or mouth.

Read and carefully follow any Instructions for Use provided with your medicine. Ask your doctor or pharmacist if you do not understand these instructions.

Wash your hands before and after using this medicine, unless you are using the medicine to treat the skin on your hands.

Apply a small amount to the affected area and rub it gently into the skin. Do not apply betamethasone topical over a large area of skin.

Do not cover the treated skin area unless your doctor tells you to. Covering treated areas can increase the amount of medicine absorbed through your skin and may cause harmful effects.

Use betamethasone topical regularly to get the most benefit. Stop using the medicine once your symptoms clear up.

Call your doctor if your skin condition does not improve after 2 weeks, or if it gets worse.

Do not use Diprolene for longer than 2 weeks in a row. Do not use Sernivo or Luxiq for longer than 4 weeks.

Store at room temperature away from moisture and heat.

The foam is flammable. Do not use near high heat or open flame. Do not smoke until the foam has completely dried on your skin.

What happens if I miss a dose?

Apply the medicine as soon as you can, but skip the missed dose if it is almost time for your next dose. Do not apply two doses at one time.

What happens if I overdose?

Seek emergency medical attention or call the Poison Help line at 1-800-222-1222 if anyone has accidentally swallowed the medication.

Long term use of high doses can lead to thinning skin, easy bruising, changes in body fat (especially in your face, neck, back, and waist), increased acne or facial hair, menstrual problems, impotence, or loss of interest in sex.

What should I avoid while using betamethasone topical?

Do not get betamethasone topical in your eyes. If contact does occur, rinse with water.

Avoid applying betamethasone topical to the skin of your face, underarms, or groin area without your doctor’s instruction.

Do not use betamethasone topical to treat any condition that has not been checked by your doctor.

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.

Stop using betamethasone and call your doctor at once if you have:

  • severe skin irritation where the medicine was applied; or

  • signs of skin infection (swelling, redness, warmth, oozing).

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

  • blurred vision, tunnel vision, eye pain, or seeing halos around lights;

  • slow wound healing, thinning skin, increased body hair;

  • increased thirst or urination, dry mouth, fruity breath odor;

  • weight gain, puffiness in your face; or

  • muscle weakness, tired feeling, depression, anxiety, feeling irritable.

Steroids can affect growth in children. Tell your doctor if your child is not growing at a normal rate while using this medicine.

Common side effects may include:

  • itching, redness, burning, stinging, or blistering of treated skin;

  • skin bruising or shiny appearance; or

  • folliculitis (redness or crusting around your hair follicles).

This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.

Betamethasone topical dosing information

Usual Adult Dose for Dermatitis:

Cream, gel, ointment: Apply a thin film topically to the affected area 1 or 2 times a day
Foam, lotion: Apply topically twice a day (morning and night)

-Treatment should be discontinued when control is achieved; if no improvement is seen within 2 weeks, reassessment may be necessary.
-Occlusive dressings should not be used unless directed by a healthcare provider.
Use: Relief of the inflammatory and pruritic manifestations of corticosteroid-responsive dermatoses

Usual Adult Dose for Plaque Psoriasis:

Spray:
-Apply topically to affected skin areas twice a day; rub in gently
Duration of Treatment: Up to 4 weeks

-Discontinue therapy when control is achieved; treatment beyond 4 weeks is not recommended.
Use: For the treatment of mild to moderate plaque psoriasis.

Usual Pediatric Dose for Dermatitis:

12 years or older:
Cream, gel, ointment: Apply a thin film topically to the affected area 1 or 2 times a day
Foam, lotion: Apply topically twice a day (morning and night)

-Treatment should be discontinued when control is achieved; if no improvement is seen within 2 weeks, reassessment may be necessary.
-Occlusive dressings should not be used unless directed by a healthcare provider.
-Administration of topical corticosteroids to pediatric patients should be limited to the least amount compatible with an effective therapeutic regimen. Chronic corticosteroid therapy may interfere with the growth and development of children.
Use: Relief of the inflammatory and pruritic manifestations of corticosteroid-responsive dermatoses

What other drugs will affect betamethasone topical?

Medicine used on the skin is not likely to be affected by other drugs you use. But many drugs can interact with each other. Tell each of your health care providers about all medicines you use, including prescription and over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal products.

Further information

Remember, keep this and all other medicines out of the reach of children, never share your medicines with others, and use this medication only for the indication prescribed.

Always consult your healthcare provider to ensure the information displayed on this page applies to your personal circumstances.

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