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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:

This medicine is not right for everyone. Do not use it if you had an allergic reaction to betamethasone or to other topical steroid medicines, such as hydrocortisone or triamcinolone.

How to Use This Medicine:

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

  • Take your medicine as directed.
  • Use this medicine only on your skin. Rinse it off right away if it gets on a cut or scrape. Do not get the medicine in your eyes, nose, or mouth.
  • Wash your hands with soap and water before and after you use this medicine.
  • To use this medicine:
    • Cream, gel, lotion, or ointment: Apply a thin layer of the medicine to the affected area. Rub it in gently.
    • 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.
    • Aerosol spray: Shake the can just before use. 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 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 at room temperature, away from heat and direct light. Store the aerosol foam or aerosol spray away from heat or fire.

Drugs and Foods to Avoid:

Ask your doctor or pharmacist before using any other medicine, including over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal products.

  • Some medicines can affect how betamethasone works. Tell your doctor if you are taking other steroid medicines, such as hydrocortisone, methylprednisolone, or prednisone.
  • Do not put cosmetics or skin care products on the treated skin.

Warnings While Using This Medicine:

  • Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or breastfeeding, or if you have tuberculosis, diabetes, or a skin infection.
  • This medicine may cause the following problems:
    • Cushing syndrome
    • Hyperglycemia or glucosuria
    • Hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal (HPA) axis suppression
  • Keep all medicine out of the reach of children. Never share your medicine with anyone.

Possible Side Effects While Using This Medicine:

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

  • Allergic reaction: Itching or hives, swelling in your face or hands, swelling or tingling in your mouth or throat, chest tightness, trouble breathing
  • Severe skin irritation that was not there before you used 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
  • Skin stinging, burning, itching, redness, or dryness

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: 11/4/2014
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