Why is this medication prescribed?
Itching, redness, dryness, crusting, scaling, inflammation, and pain are all symptoms of several skin disorders, such as eczema and psoriasis, which cause red, scaly patches to appear on certain parts of the body (a skin disease that causes the skin to be dry and itchy and to sometimes develop red, scaly rashes). The drug betamethasone belongs to the corticosteroid drug class. It reduces swelling, redness, and itching by causing natural chemicals in the skin to become active.
How should this medicine be used?
For usage on the skin and as a foam to apply to the scalp, betamethasone is available in ointment, cream, lotion, gel, and aerosol (spray) forms in various concentrations. Typically, it is used once or twice each day. Ask your doctor or pharmacist to explain any instructions on your prescription label that you are unsure about following. Apply betamethasone exactly as recommended. Use it only as directed by your doctor, neither more nor less often. Unless your doctor instructs you to, avoid using it on other parts of your body or to treat other skin disorders.
The initial two weeks of your treatment should see an improvement in your skin’s state. If your symptoms do not get better during this period, call your doctor.
Apply a tiny amount of ointment, cream, solution, gel, or lotion to the affected region of skin to cover it with a thin, even layer, then gently rub it in. This is how to use betamethasone topical.
To apply the foam to your scalp, separate your hair, dab a little of the medication there, and then gently massage it in. As normal, you can wash your hair, just not shortly after taking the medication.
Foam made with betamethasone may ignite. When applying betamethasone foam and for a short period afterward, keep away from open flames, fire, and smoke.
Only the skin should be used to apply this medication. Do not ingest betamethasone topical and avoid getting it in your eyes or mouth. Unless specifically instructed by your doctor, avoid using in the vaginal and rectal areas, as well as in skin folds and armpits.
Avoid using plastic pants or tight-fitting diapers when applying betamethasone to a child’s diaper area. Such use could exacerbate negative effects.
Without first consulting your doctor, avoid using any other skin creams or preparations on the treated region.
Only bandage or wrap the treated area if your doctor instructs you to. Such use could exacerbate negative effects.
If the affected region worsens or develops burning, swelling, redness, or pus seeping, contact your doctor right once.
Other uses for this medicine
Ask your doctor or pharmacist for more details if you believe this drug should be used for something else.
What special precautions should I follow?
Before using betamethasone,
- If you have an allergy to betamethasone, any other drugs, or any of the ingredients in topical betamethasone products, let your doctor and pharmacist know right once. Request a list of the components from your pharmacist.
- Inform your doctor and pharmacist about any prescription and over-the-counter drugs, vitamins, and dietary supplements you are currently taking or intend to take. Include the following information: more topical treatments and additional corticosteroid medications.
- Infections, diabetes, liver illness, and Cushing’s syndrome—an abnormality brought on by an excess of hormones (corticosteroids)—should all be disclosed to your doctor.
- If you are breastfeeding a child or intend to become pregnant, let your doctor know. Call your doctor right away if you get pregnant while using betamethasone topical.
- Inform your doctor or dentist that you are using betamethasone topical if you are undergoing surgery, including dental surgery.
What should I do if I forget a dose?
As soon as you realise you missed a dose, administer it. If the next dose is soon due, skip the missed one and carry on with your regular dosing plan. Applying a second dose to make up for a missed one is not advised.
What side effects can this medication cause?
Side effects from betamethasone are possible. If any of these symptoms are severe or do not go away, let your doctor know right once:
- Skin that is burning, itchy, irritated, stinging, red, or dry
- Development of unwanted hair
- Skin tone varies
- Skin blemishes or shine
- Rash or little red pimples around the mouth
- Small skin lumps that are either white or red
Call your doctor right away if you have any of the following symptoms:
- Extreme rash
- Redness, swelling, or other symptoms of a skin infection near the site of your betamethasone application
Children who use topical betamethasone may be more likely to experience negative side effects, such as reduced growth and delayed weight gain. The dangers of applying this medication to your child’s skin should be discussed with your child’s doctor.
Other negative effects from topical betamethasone use are possible. If you experience any strange issues while taking this drug, call your doctor right away.
You or your doctor can submit a report to the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) MedWatch Adverse Event Reporting programme online or by phone if you have a serious side event (1-800-332-1088).
What should I know about storage and disposal of this medication?
Keep this medication tightly closed in the original container and out of the reach of children. Store it away from excessive heat and moisture at room temperature (not in the bathroom). Avoid freezing it.
As many containers (such as weekly pill minders and those for eye drops, creams, patches, and inhalers) are not child-resistant and are simple for young children to open, it is crucial to keep all medications out of sight and out of reach of children. Always lock safety caps and promptly stash medication up and away from young children where it is out of their sight and reach to prevent poisoning. http://www.upandaway.org
Unused prescriptions must be disposed of carefully to prevent pets, kids, and other people from ingesting them. You should not, however, dispose of this medication in the toilet. Instead, utilising a medicine take-back programme is the easiest approach to get rid of your medication. To find out about take-back programmes in your area, speak with your pharmacist or the garbage/recycling department in your city. If you do not have access to a take-back programme, see the FDA’s Safe Disposal of Medicines website at http://goo.gl/c4Rm4p for additional information.
In case of emergency/overdose
Call 1-800-222-1222 to contact your local poison control centre if someone consumes betamethasone topical. Dial 911 to reach the nearest emergency services if the sufferer has collapsed or has stopped breathing.
What other information should I know?
Keep all of your appointments with your physician and the lab. To monitor how your body reacts to betamethasone, your doctor may request specific lab tests.
Do not share your medication with anybody else. Any queries you may have regarding medication refills should be directed to your pharmacist.
You should keep a written record of every medication you take, including any over-the-counter (OTC) items, prescription drugs, and dietary supplements like vitamins and minerals. This list should be brought with you whenever you see a doctor or are admitted to the hospital. You should always have this information with you in case of emergencies.