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Betamethasone dipropionate (On the skin)

Betamethasone Dipropionate (bay-ta-METH-a-sone dye-PROE-pee-oh-nate)

Treats skin irritation, allergic reactions, and other types of skin problems. This medicine is a corticosteroid.

Brand Name(s):

There may be other brand names for this medicine.

When This Medicine Should Not Be Used:

You should not use this medicine if you have had an allergic reaction to betamethasone or other steroid medicines such as hydrocortisone or triamcinolone.

How to Use This Medicine:

Cream, Gel/Jelly, Lotion, Ointment, Spray, Foam

  • Your doctor will tell you how much of this medicine to apply and how often. Do not use more medicine or apply it more often than your doctor tells you to.
  • This medicine is for use on the skin only. Do not get it in your eyes, nose, or mouth. Do not use on areas of the skin that have cuts or scrapes.
  • Wash your hands with soap and water before and after using this medicine.
  • To use the cream, gel, lotion, or ointment: Apply a thin layer to the affected area. Rub it in gently. Do not cover the treated area with a bandage unless your doctor has told you to.
  • To use the 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.
  • To use the aerosol spray, shake the can just before using. Hold the can 3 to 6 inches from the skin and spray for about 2 seconds. Do not inhale the aerosol spray or use it near heat, open flame, or while smoking. Do not puncture, break, or burn the aerosol can.
  • Do not cover the treated skin area with a bandage unless your doctor has told you to.

If a dose is missed:

  • If you miss a dose or forget to use your medicine, apply it as soon as you can. If it is almost time for your next dose, wait until then to apply the medicine and skip the missed dose.
  • Do not apply extra medicine to make up for a missed dose.

How to Store and Dispose of This Medicine:

  • Store the medicine at room temperature, away from heat and direct light. Store the aerosol foam or aerosol spray away from heat or fire.
  • Keep all medicine out of the reach of children and never share your medicine with anyone.

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 use cosmetics or other skin care products on the treated skin areas.

Warnings While Using This Medicine:

  • Make sure your doctor knows if you are pregnant or breastfeeding, or if you have tuberculosis, diabetes, or a skin infection.

Possible Side Effects While Using This Medicine:

Call your doctor right away if you notice any of these side effects:

  • Severe skin irritation that was not there before using this medicine
  • Signs of skin infection such as redness or swelling

If you notice these less serious side effects, talk with your doctor:

  • Acne-like skin changes
  • Irritation, itching, redness, or dryness of skin
  • Mild, temporary stinging or burning

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


Last Updated: 4/4/2014

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