Betamethasone Valerate

Generic Name: Betamethasone

  • What is Betamethasone Valerate?

    Betamethasone valerate is a topical medicine (applied to the skin surface) that is used for the relief of inflammation and itching of the skin. It is available in a cream, ointment, and lotion.

  • What is the most important information I should know about Betamethasone Valerate?

    Betamethasone valerate is for external use only. Do not use it in your eyes.

    Betamethasone valerate can have a greater effect on children because they are more likely to absorb large amounts of the medicine through the skin. Long-term use can affect the growth and development of children. Talk to your doctor if you think your child is not growing at a normal rate after using this medication for a long period of time.

    Do not use betamethasone valerate for any other condition other than that which your doctor has prescribed.

    If your child is being treated with betamethasone valerate in the diaper area, do not use tight-fitting diapers or plastic pants.

    Contact your doctor if you notice irritation or any skin reactions in the area being treated.

  • Who should not take Betamethasone Valerate?

    Do not use betamethasone valerate if you are allergic to it or any of its ingredients.

  • What should I tell my doctor before I take the first dose of Betamethasone Valerate?

    Tell your doctor about all prescription, over-the-counter, and herbal medications you are taking before beginning treatment with betamethasone valerate. Also, talk to your doctor about your complete medical history, especially if you have skin infections, or are pregnant, plan to become pregnant, or are breastfeeding.

  • What is the usual dosage?

    The information below is based on the dosage guidelines your doctor uses. Depending on your condition and medical history, your doctor may prescribe a different regimen. Do not change the dosage or stop taking your medication without your doctor's approval.

    Cream and Ointment

    Adults: Apply a thin film to the affected area(s) 1-3 times a day, depending on the severity of your condition.

    Children: Your doctor will prescribe the appropriate dose for your child, based on their need.

    Lotion

    Adults: Apply a few drops to the affected area(s) twice a day, in the morning and at night.

    Children: Your doctor will prescribe the appropriate dose for your child, based on their need.

  • How should I take Betamethasone Valerate?

    Apply betamethasone valerate exactly as prescribed by your doctor. Do not apply extra doses or apply more often without asking your doctor.

    If you are using the lotion, you can apply the nozzle very close to the affected area(s) and gently squeeze the bottle. Massage the lotion lightly until it disappears.

  • What should I avoid while taking Betamethasone Valerate?

    Do not use betamethasone valerate in your eyes.

    Do not bandage, cover, or wrap the treated skin area as to be occlusive unless directed by your doctor to do so.

  • What are possible food and drug interactions associated with Betamethasone Valerate?

    No significant interactions have been reported with betamethasone valerate at this time. However, always tell your doctor about any medicines you take, including over-the-counter medications, vitamins, and herbal supplements.

  • What are the possible side effects of Betamethasone Valerate?

    Side effects cannot be anticipated. If any develop or change in intensity, tell your doctor as soon as possible. Only your doctor can determine if it is safe for you to continue taking this drug.

    Side effects may include: acne (pimples), burning, dryness, infections, inflamed hair follicles, irritation, itching, loss of skin color, skin inflammation, stretch marks, sweat rash, thinning of your skin layers

  • Can I receive Betamethasone Valerate if I am pregnant or breastfeeding?

    The effects of betamethasone valerate during pregnancy and breastfeeding are unknown. Tell your doctor immediately if you are pregnant, plan to become pregnant, or are breastfeeding.

  • What should I do if I miss a dose of Betamethasone Valerate?

    If you miss a dose of betamethasone valerate, apply it as soon as you remember. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, skip the one you missed and return to your regular dosing schedule. Do not apply two doses at once.

  • How should I store Betamethasone Valerate?

    Store at room temperature.