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Betamethasone dipropionate lotion

Pronunciation

Generic Name: betamethasone dipropionate (bay-ta-METH-a-sone die-PRO-pee-oh-nate)
Brand Name: Generic only. No brands available.

Betamethasone dipropionate lotion is used for:

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

Betamethasone dipropionate lotion 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 betamethasone dipropionate lotion if:

  • you are allergic to any ingredient in betamethasone dipropionate lotion or to another corticosteroid (eg, prednisone)

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

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Before using betamethasone dipropionate lotion:

Some medical conditions may interact with betamethasone dipropionate lotion. 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, chickenpox, shingles, measles, a positive TB skin test, or have recently been vaccinated

Some MEDICINES MAY INTERACT with betamethasone dipropionate lotion. Because little, if any, of betamethasone dipropionate lotion is absorbed into the blood, the risk of it interacting with another medicine is low.

Ask your health care provider if betamethasone dipropionate lotion 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 betamethasone dipropionate lotion:

Use betamethasone dipropionate lotion as directed by your doctor. Check the label on the medicine for exact dosing instructions.

  • Shake well before each use.
  • Place nozzle of the bottle very close to the affected area and gently squeeze a small amount of medicine onto the affected area. Do not touch the nozzle to the skin. Gently rub the medicine in until it is evenly distributed. Wash your hands after applying betamethasone dipropionate lotion, unless your hands are part of the treated area. Do not apply betamethasone dipropionate lotion to the face, groin, or armpit unless otherwise directed by your doctor.
  • Do not cover the treating area with bandages, wrappings, or other dressings unless advised to do so by your health care provider.
  • If you miss a dose of betamethasone dipropionate lotion, apply 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 betamethasone dipropionate lotion.

Important safety information:

  • Betamethasone dipropionate lotion is for external use only. Avoid contact with the eyes. If you get betamethasone dipropionate lotion in your eyes, immediately flush with cool tap water.
  • Do not use betamethasone dipropionate lotion for other skin conditions at a later time.
  • Betamethasone dipropionate lotion has a corticosteroid in it. Before you start any new medicine, check the label to see if it has a corticosteroid in it too. If it does or if you are not sure, check with your doctor or pharmacist.
  • If betamethasone dipropionate lotion was prescribed to treat the diaper area of a child, avoid using tight-fitting diapers or plastic pants.
  • Check with your doctor before you have any vaccinations while you are using betamethasone dipropionate lotion.
  • Corticosteroids may affect growth rate in CHILDREN and teenagers in some cases. They may need regular growth checks while they use betamethasone dipropionate lotion.
  • Betamethasone dipropionate lotion should not be used in CHILDREN younger than 13 years old; safety and effectiveness in these 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 betamethasone dipropionate lotion while you are pregnant. It is not known if betamethasone dipropionate lotion is found in breast milk. If you are or will be breast-feeding while you use betamethasone dipropionate lotion, check with your doctor. Discuss any possible risks to your baby.

Possible side effects of betamethasone dipropionate lotion:

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:

Dry skin; mild, temporary stinging when applied.

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); acne-like rash; burning, cracking, irritation, or peeling not present before you began using betamethasone dipropionate lotion; excessive hair growth; inflamed hair follicles; inflammation around the mouth; muscle weakness; thinning, softening, or discoloration of the skin; unusual weight gain, especially in the face.

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, or emergency room immediately. Symptoms may include increased thirst or urination; muscle weakness; unusual weight gain, especially in the face.

Proper storage of betamethasone dipropionate lotion:

Store betamethasone dipropionate lotion at room temperature, between 59 and 86 degrees F (15 and 30 degrees C). Store away from heat, moisture, and light. Do not freeze. Keep betamethasone dipropionate lotion out of the reach of children and away from pets.

General information:

  • If you have any questions about betamethasone dipropionate lotion, please talk with your doctor, pharmacist, or other health care provider.
  • Betamethasone dipropionate lotion 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 betamethasone dipropionate lotion 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 betamethasone dipropionate lotion. It does NOT include all information about the possible uses, directions, warnings, precautions, interactions, adverse effects, or risks that may apply to betamethasone dipropionate lotion. 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 betamethasone dipropionate lotion.

Issue Date: November 5, 2014
Database Edition 14.4.1.002
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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