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Beta-Val cream

Generic Name: betamethasone valerate (bay-ta-METH-a-sone VAL-eh-rate)
Brand Name: Beta-Val

Beta-Val cream is used for:

Reducing itching, redness, and swelling associated with many skin conditions.

Beta-Val cream is a topical corticosteroid. It works by depressing the formation, release, and activity of different cells and chemicals that cause swelling, redness, and itching.

Do NOT use Beta-Val cream if:

  • you are allergic to any ingredient in Beta-Val cream

Contact your doctor or health care provider right away if any of these apply to you.

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Before using Beta-Val cream:

Some medical conditions may interact with Beta-Val cream. Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you have any medical conditions, especially if any of the following apply to you:

  • if you are pregnant, planning to become pregnant, or are breast-feeding
  • if you are taking any prescription or nonprescription medicine, herbal preparation, or dietary supplement
  • if you have allergies to medicines, foods, or other substances
  • if you have thinning of the skin, a skin infection, tuberculosis (TB), chickenpox, shingles, measles, or a positive TB skin test, or have recently been vaccinated

Some MEDICINES MAY INTERACT with Beta-Val cream. Because little, if any, of Beta-Val cream is absorbed into the blood, the risk of it interacting with another medicine is low.

Ask your health care provider if Beta-Val cream may interact with other medicines that you take. Check with your health care provider before you start, stop, or change the dose of any medicine.

How to use Beta-Val cream:

Use Beta-Val cream as directed by your doctor. Check the label on the medicine for exact dosing instructions.

  • Do not mix Beta-Val cream with other medications.
  • Apply a small amount of medicine to the affected area. Gently rub the medicine in until it is evenly distributed. Wash your hands after applying Beta-Val cream, unless your hands are part of the treated area.
  • Do not cover the areas being treated with bandages or other dressings unless advised to do so by your doctor.
  • If you miss a dose of Beta-Val cream, use it as soon as possible. If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and go back to your regular dosing schedule. Do not use 2 doses at once.

Ask your health care provider any questions you may have about how to use Beta-Val cream.

Important safety information:

  • Avoid long-term use, especially near the eyes, on the face, on the genital and rectal areas, and in skin folds.
  • Beta-Val cream is for external use only. Avoid contact with eyes or eyelids. If you get Beta-Val cream in your eyes, immediately flush with cool tap water.
  • Do not use Beta-Val cream for other skin conditions at a later time.
  • If Beta-Val cream was prescribed to treat the diaper area of a child, avoid using tight-fitting diapers or plastic pants.
  • Beta-Val cream should be used with extreme caution in CHILDREN; safety and effectiveness in children have not been confirmed.
  • PREGNANCY and BREAST-FEEDING: If you become pregnant, contact your doctor. You will need to discuss the benefits and risks of using Beta-Val cream while you are pregnant. It is not known if Beta-Val cream is found in breast milk. If you are or will be breast-feeding while you use Beta-Val cream, check with your doctor. Discuss any possible risks to your baby.

Possible side effects of Beta-Val cream:

All medicines may cause side effects, but many people have no, or minor, side effects. Check with your doctor if any of these most COMMON side effects persist or become bothersome:

Acne; cracking and stinging of the skin; dryness; excessive hair growth; inflamed hair follicles; itching; skin irritation.

Seek medical attention right away if any of these SEVERE side effects occur:

Severe allergic reactions (rash; hives; itching; difficulty breathing; tightness in the chest; swelling of the mouth, face, lips, or tongue); itching, burning, redness, or swelling not present before the use of Beta-Val cream; secondary infection; skin thinning and discoloration.

This is not a complete list of all side effects that may occur. If you have questions about side effects, contact your health care provider. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. To report side effects to the appropriate agency, please read the Guide to Reporting Problems to FDA.

If OVERDOSE is suspected:

Contact 1-800-222-1222 (the American Association of Poison Control Centers), your local poison control center ( http://www.aapcc.org), or emergency room immediately. Beta-Val cream may be harmful if swallowed.

Proper storage of Beta-Val cream:

Store Beta-Val cream at room temperature, between 59 and 86 degrees F (15 and 30 degrees C). Store away from heat, moisture, and light. Do not store in the bathroom. Keep Beta-Val cream out of the reach of children and away from pets.

General information:

  • If you have any questions about Beta-Val cream, please talk with your doctor, pharmacist, or other health care provider.
  • Beta-Val cream is to be used only by the patient for whom it is prescribed. Do not share it with other people.
  • If your symptoms do not improve or if they become worse, check with your doctor.
  • Check with your pharmacist about how to dispose of unused medicine.

This information should not be used to decide whether or not to take Beta-Val cream or any other medicine. Only your health care provider has the knowledge and training to decide which medicines are right for you. This information does not endorse any medicine as safe, effective, or approved for treating any patient or health condition. This is only a brief summary of general information about Beta-Val cream. It does NOT include all information about the possible uses, directions, warnings, precautions, interactions, adverse effects, or risks that may apply to Beta-Val cream. This information is not specific medical advice and does not replace information you receive from your health care provider. You must talk with your healthcare provider for complete information about the risks and benefits of using Beta-Val cream.

Issue Date: July 2, 2014
Database Edition 14.3.1.001
Copyright © 2014 Wolters Kluwer Health, Inc.

Disclaimer: This information should not be used to decide whether or not to take this medicine or any other medicine. Only your health care provider has the knowledge and training to decide which medicines are right for you. This information does not endorse any medicine as safe, effective, or approved for treating any patient or health condition. This is only a brief summary of general information about this medicine. It does NOT include all information about the possible uses, directions, warnings, precautions, interactions, adverse effects, or risks that may apply to this medicine. This information is not specific medical advice and does not replace information you receive from your health care provider. You must talk with your healthcare provider for complete information about the risks and benefits of using this medicine.

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