Generic Name: betamethasone dipropionate (augmented) (bay-tah-METH-uh-zone die-PRO-pee-oh-nate)
Brand Name: Diprolene
Diprolene lotion is used for:
Reducing itching, redness, and swelling associated with many skin conditions.
Diprolene 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 Diprolene lotion if:
- you are allergic to any ingredient in Diprolene lotion or to another corticosteroid (eg, prednisone)
Contact your doctor or health care provider right away if any of these apply to you.
Before using Diprolene lotion:
Some medical conditions may interact with Diprolene 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 Diprolene lotion. Because little, if any, of Diprolene lotion is absorbed into the blood, the risk of it interacting with another medicine is low.
Ask your health care provider if Diprolene 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 Diprolene lotion:
Use Diprolene lotion as directed by your doctor. Check the label on the medicine for exact dosing instructions.
- Shake well before each use.
- Place the tip 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 tip to the skin. Gently rub the medicine in until it is evenly distributed. Wash your hands after applying Diprolene lotion, unless your hands are part of the treated area. Do not apply Diprolene 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 Diprolene 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 Diprolene lotion.
Important safety information:
- Diprolene lotion is for external use only. Avoid contact with the eyes. If you get Diprolene lotion in your eyes, immediately flush with cool tap water.
- If your symptoms do not get better within 2 weeks or if they get worse, check with your doctor.
- Do not use Diprolene lotion for other skin conditions at a later time.
- Diprolene 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.
- Do not use Diprolene lotion to treat the diaper area of a child, unless directed otherwise by your doctor.
- Check with your doctor before you have any vaccinations while you are using Diprolene lotion.
- Corticosteroids may affect growth rate in CHILDREN and teenagers in some cases. They may need regular growth checks while they use Diprolene lotion.
- Diprolene 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 Diprolene lotion while you are pregnant. It is not known if Diprolene lotion is found in breast milk. If you are or will be breast-feeding while you use Diprolene lotion, check with your doctor. Discuss any possible risks to your baby.
Possible side effects of Diprolene 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:
Seek medical attention right away if any of these SEVERE side effects occur:
Dry skin; 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); acne-like rash; burning, cracking, irritation, or peeling not present before you began using Diprolene 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 Diprolene lotion:
Store Diprolene 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 Diprolene lotion out of the reach of children and away from pets.
- If you have any questions about Diprolene lotion, please talk with your doctor, pharmacist, or other health care provider.
- Diprolene 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 Diprolene 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 Diprolene lotion. It does NOT include all information about the possible uses, directions, warnings, precautions, interactions, adverse effects, or risks that may apply to Diprolene 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 Diprolene lotion.
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.