Generic Name: betamethasone dipropionate (bay-tah-METH-uh-zone die-PRO-pee-oh-nate)
Brand Name: Diprolene
Diprolene gel is used for:
Reducing itching, redness, and swelling associated with many skin conditions.
Diprolene gel 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 Diprolene gel if:
- you are allergic to any ingredient in Diprolene gel
Contact your doctor or health care provider right away if any of these apply to you.
Before using Diprolene gel:
Some medical conditions may interact with Diprolene gel. 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 Diprolene gel. Because little, if any, of Diprolene gel is absorbed into the blood, the risk of it interacting with another medicine is low.
Ask your health care provider if Diprolene gel 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 Diprolene gel:
Use Diprolene gel as directed by your doctor. Check the label on the medicine for exact dosing instructions.
- 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 Diprolene gel, unless your hands are part of the treated area. Do not apply Diprolene gel to the face, groin, or armpit.
- 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 Diprolene gel, 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 Diprolene gel.
Important safety information:
- Diprolene gel is for external use only. Avoid contact with the eyes. If you get Diprolene gel in your eyes, immediately flush with cool tap water.
- Do not use Diprolene gel for other skin conditions at a later time.
- If Diprolene gel was prescribed to treat the diaper area of a child, avoid using tight-fitting diapers or plastic pants.
- Diprolene gel 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 Diprolene gel while you are pregnant. It is not known if this medicine is found in breast milk. If you are or will be breast-feeding while you use Diprolene gel, check with your doctor. Discuss any possible risks to your baby.
Possible side effects of Diprolene gel:
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:
Seek medical attention right away if any of these SEVERE side effects occur:
Mild, temporary stinging when applied.
Severe allergic reactions (rash; hives; itching; difficulty breathing; tightness in the chest; swelling of the mouth, face, lips, or tongue); burning; itching; redness; swelling.
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. Diprolene gel may be harmful if swallowed.Proper storage of Diprolene gel:
Store Diprolene gel at room temperature, between 59 and 86 degrees F (15 and 30 degrees C). It may also be stored in the refrigerator between 36 and 46 degrees F (2 and 8 degrees C). Do not freeze. Store away from heat and light. Keep Diprolene gel out of the reach of children and away from pets.
- If you have any questions about Diprolene gel, please talk with your doctor, pharmacist, or other health care provider.
- Diprolene gel 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 Diprolene gel 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 Diprolene gel. It does NOT include all information about the possible uses, directions, warnings, precautions, interactions, adverse effects, or risks that may apply to Diprolene gel. 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 Diprolene gel.
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.