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Betamethasone valerate cream

Pronunciation

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

Betamethasone valerate cream is used for:

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

Betamethasone valerate 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 betamethasone valerate cream if:

  • you are allergic to any ingredient in betamethasone valerate cream

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

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Before using betamethasone valerate cream:

Some medical conditions may interact with betamethasone valerate 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 betamethasone valerate cream. Because little, if any, of betamethasone valerate cream is absorbed into the blood, the risk of it interacting with another medicine is low.

Ask your health care provider if betamethasone valerate 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 betamethasone valerate cream:

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

  • Do not mix betamethasone valerate 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 betamethasone valerate 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 betamethasone valerate 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 betamethasone valerate 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.
  • Betamethasone valerate cream is for external use only. Avoid contact with eyes or eyelids. If you get betamethasone valerate cream in your eyes, immediately flush with cool tap water.
  • Do not use betamethasone valerate cream for other skin conditions at a later time.
  • If betamethasone valerate cream was prescribed to treat the diaper area of a child, avoid using tight-fitting diapers or plastic pants.
  • Betamethasone valerate 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 betamethasone valerate cream while you are pregnant. It is not known if betamethasone valerate cream is found in breast milk. If you are or will be breast-feeding while you use betamethasone valerate cream, check with your doctor. Discuss any possible risks to your baby.

Possible side effects of betamethasone valerate 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 betamethasone valerate 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. Betamethasone valerate cream may be harmful if swallowed.

Proper storage of betamethasone valerate cream:

Store betamethasone valerate 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 betamethasone valerate cream out of the reach of children and away from pets.

General information:

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

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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