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Valisone Side Effects

Generic Name: betamethasone topical

Note: This page contains side effects data for the generic drug betamethasone topical. It is possible that some of the dosage forms included below may not apply to the brand name Valisone.

It is possible that some side effects of Valisone may not have been reported. These can be reported to the FDA here. Always consult a healthcare professional for medical advice.

For the Consumer

Applies to betamethasone topical: topical application cream, topical application foam, topical application gel/jelly, topical application lotion, topical application ointment

As well as its needed effects, betamethasone topical (the active ingredient contained in Valisone) may cause unwanted side effects that require medical attention.

If any of the following side effects occur while taking betamethasone topical, check with your doctor immediately:

More common
  • Burning, itching, or stinging at the application site
Less common
  • Hair loss
  • thinning of the hair
Incidence not known
  • Blistering, burning, crusting, dryness, or flaking of the skin
  • irritation
  • itching, scaling, severe redness, soreness, or swelling of the skin
  • redness and scaling around the mouth
  • thinning of the skin with easy bruising, especially when used on where the skin folds together (e.g. between the fingers)

Some betamethasone topical side effects may not need any medical attention. As your body gets used to the medicine these side effects may disappear. Your health care professional may be able to help you prevent or reduce these side effects, but do check with them if any of the following side effects continue, or if you are concerned about them:

Less common
  • Acne or pimples
  • burning, crawling, itching, numbness, prickling, "pins and needles", or tingling feelings
Incidence not known
  • Burning and itching of the skin with pinhead-sized red blisters
  • burning, itching, and pain in hairy areas, or pus at the root of the hair
  • increased hair growth on the forehead, back, arms, and legs
  • lightening of normal skin color
  • lightening of treated areas of dark skin
  • reddish purple lines on the arms, face, legs, trunk, or groin
  • softening of the skin

For Healthcare Professionals

Applies to betamethasone topical: topical cream, topical foam, topical gel, topical lotion, topical ointment, topical spray


The most commonly reported side effects were pruritus, burning, itching, irritation.


Rare (less than 0.1%): Hypersensitivity


Frequency not reported: Cushing's syndrome[Ref]


Common (1% to 10%): Pruritus
Uncommon (0.1% to 1%): Folliculitis, skin infections (including bacterial, fungal and viral skin infections)
Frequency not reported: Dryness, hypertrichosis, acneiform eruptions, hypopigmentation, perioral dermatitis, allergic contact dermatitis, maceration of the skin, secondary infections, skin atrophy, striae, miliaria[Ref]


Uncommon (0.1% to 1%): Application site pain
Frequency not reported: Burning, itching, irritation[Ref]


Rare (less than 0.1%): Eye disorder[Ref]


Frequency not reported: Hyperglycemia


Frequency not reported: Glucosuria


Rare (less than 0.1%): Rebound effect


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