Diprolene

Generic Name: Betamethasone (augmented)

  • What is Diprolene?

    Diprolene, a topical steroid available in cream, lotion, or ointment form, is used to treat certain itchy rashes and other inflammatory skin conditions.

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

    When you use Diprolene, you inevitably absorb some of the medication through your skin and into the bloodstream. Too much absorption can lead to unwanted side effects elsewhere in the body. Diprolene can cause a serious side effect involving certain glands and hormones. To keep this problem to a minimum, avoid using large amounts of Diprolene over large areas, and do not cover it with airtight dressings such as plastic wrap or adhesive bandages. Your doctor may perform tests to monitor for this side effect while on Diprolene.

    Do not use Diprolene to treat diaper rash or apply it in the diaper area.

    This medication should not be used on the face, underarms, or groin unless otherwise directed by your physician.

    Stop using this medication after the treated area returns to normal; if you see no improvement within 2 weeks, contact your physician.

    Do not use other corticosteroid-containing products with Diprolene.

  • Who should not take Diprolene?

    Do not use Diprolene if you are sensitive to it or any other steroid medication.

    Diprolene is not recommended for use in patients <13 years old.

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

    Tell your doctor about all prescription, over-the-counter, and herbal medications you are taking before beginning treatment with this drug. Also, talk to your doctor about your complete medical history.

  • 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.

    Adults and children ≥13 years (cream or ointment): Apply a thin film to the affected areas once or twice daily. Limit treatment to 50 grams per week.

    Adults and children ≥13 years (lotion): Apply a few drops to the affected area once or twice daily and massage lightly until the lotion disappears. Limit treatment to 14 days; do not use any more than 50 milliliters per week.

  • How should I take Diprolene?

    Do not use Diprolene for any disorder other than that for which it was prescribed.

    A typical regimen is one or two applications per day. Do not use the medication for longer than prescribed. Diprolene is for use only on the skin. Be careful to keep it out of your eyes. The treated area should not be bandaged or otherwise covered or wrapped.

  • What should I avoid while taking Diprolene?

    Once you have applied Diprolene, never cover the skin with an airtight bandage or other tight dressing.

    Avoid using large amounts of Diprolene, and also avoid prolonged use. If too much of the drug is absorbed into the bloodstream, it may cause high blood sugar, sugar in the urine, and a group of symptoms called Cushing's syndrome.

  • What are possible food and drug interactions associated with Diprolene?

    If Diprolene is taken with certain other drugs, the effects of either could be increased, decreased, or altered. It is especially important to check with your doctor before combining Diprolene with other corticosteroid-containing products.

  • What are the possible side effects of Diprolene?

    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, burning, dryness, excess hair growth, inflammation, inflammation of the follicles, irritation, itching, prickly heat, redness, stinging, thinning of the skin, vesicle formation

    Report any signs of adverse reactions to your doctor.

  • Can I receive Diprolene if I am pregnant or breastfeeding?

    The effects of Diprolene 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 Diprolene?

    If you miss a dose of Diprolene, apply the missed dose as soon as you remember it. 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 Diprolene?

    Store at room temperature.

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