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Betamethasone valerate/
Neomycin sulphate 1 mg/5 mg/g Cream
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Read all of this leaflet carefully before you start using this medicine.

 Keep this leaflet. You may need to read it again.
 If you have any further questions, ask your doctor or pharmacist.
 This medicine has been prescribed for you. Do not pass it on to others. It may
harm them, even if their symptoms are the same as yours.
 If any of the side effects get serious, or if you notice any side effects not listed in
this leaflet, please tell your doctor or pharmacist.
In this leaflet:
1. What this medicine is and what it is used for
2. Before you use Betamethasone/Neomycin
3. How to use Betamethasone/Neomycin
4. Possible side effects
5. How to store Betamethasone/Neomycin
6. Further information

1. What this medicine is
and what it is used for
Betamethasone/Neomycin Cream contains two
different medicines called betamethasone
valerate and neomycin sulphate.
 Betamethasone valerate belongs to a group
of medicines called steroids. It helps to
reduce swelling and irritation.
 Neomycin sulphate is a type of anti-infective
medicine. It fights bacterial infections of the
This medicine is used to help reduce the
redness and itchiness of certain skin problems.
These skin problems include eczema,
psoriasis, dermatitis or insect bites, where an
infection may be a problem.

2. Before you use Betamethasone/
Neomycin Cream
Do not use Betamethasone/Neomycin Cream:
 if you are allergic (hypersensitive) to
betamethasone valerate, neomycin sulphate
or any of the other ingredients (listed in
Section 6)
 on a child under 2 years old
 to treat any of the following skin problems, it
could make them worse:
- acne
- severe flushing of skin on and around
your nose (rosacea)
- spotty red rash around your mouth
(perioral dermatitis)
- itching around your back passage or
private parts - unless your doctor has told
you to do so
- viral infections, such as cold sores,
herpes or chicken pox
- fungal infections, such as ringworm,
athletes foot or thrush
- skin blisters or sores that are caused by
an infection
- outer ear infections.
Do not use if any of the above apply to you. If
you are not sure, talk to your doctor or
pharmacist before using this medicine.
Take special care with Betamethasone/
Neomycin Cream
Check with your doctor or pharmacist before
using your medicine if:
 you are applying the cream under an airtight
dressing, including a child's nappy. These
dressings make it easier for the active
ingredient to pass through the skin. It is
possible to accidentally end up using too
much cream

 you have psoriasis, your doctor will want to
see you more often
 you have kidney problems, your doctor may
decide to change the amount or number of
times you apply the cream.
If you are not sure if any of the above apply to
you, talk to your doctor or pharmacist before
using this medicine.
Taking other medicines
Please tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are
taking or have recently taken any other
medicines. This includes medicines obtained
without a prescription and herbal products.
If Betamethasone/Neomycin Cream is absorbed
into the body in large amounts, the effects of
medicines used to relax muscles during surgery
can last longer or even be increased. If you are
having surgery you should tell the doctor that
you have used Betamethasone/Neomycin
Pregnancy and breast-feeding
Talk to your doctor or pharmacist before using
this medicine if you are pregnant, might become
pregnant or are breast-feeding.

3. How to use Betamethasone/
Neomycin Cream
Always use the cream exactly as your doctor has
told you. You should check with your doctor or
pharmacist if you are not sure.
Using this medicine
 You usually apply the cream 2 or 3 times a
day. This may be reduced as your skin begins
to get better.
 If your skin problem does not improve
after 7 days talk to your doctor.
 This cream is for use on your skin only.
 Do not use on large areas of the body for a
long time (such as every day for many weeks
or months) - unless your doctor tells you to.
 The germs that cause infections like warm
and moist conditions under dressings so
always clean the skin before a fresh dressing
is put on.
 If you are applying the cream on someone
else make sure you wash your hands after
use or wear disposable plastic gloves.
 Do not mix with any other creams or
Guidance on how to apply the cream
1 Wash your hands.
2 Gently rub the correct amount of cream into
the skin until it has all disappeared. You can
measure how much cream to use with your
fingertip. This picture shows one fingertip

3 Unless you are meant to apply the cream to
your hands as a part of the treatment, wash
them again after using the cream.
Please turn over the page

For an adult
You should find that:
 two fingertips of cream will cover both hands
or one foot
 three fingertips of cream will cover one arm
 six fingertips of cream will cover one leg
 fourteen fingertips of cream will cover the
front and back of the body.
Do not worry if you find you need a little more or
a little less than this. It is only a rough guide.

For a child
 Do not use it on children under 2 years of age.
 The smaller the child the less you will need to
 A child of 4 years needs about a third of the
adult amount.
 A course of treatment for a child should not
normally last more than 5 days, unless your
doctor has told you to use it for longer.
If you have psoriasis
If you have thick patches of psoriasis on your
elbows or knees, your doctor may suggest
applying the cream under an airtight dressing. It
will only be at night to help the cream to start
working. After a short period of time you will
then apply the cream as normal.
If you apply Betamethasone/Neomycin
Cream to your face
You should only apply the cream to your face if
your doctor tells you to. The cream should not be
used for too long as the skin on your face thins
easily. Do not let the cream get into your eyes.
If it does, wash it out with plenty of water.
If you use more Betamethasone/Neomycin
Cream than you should
If, by mistake on a few occasions you use more
than you should, do not worry. If you apply a lot
or if a lot is accidentally swallowed, it could make
you ill. Talk to your doctor or go to hospital as
soon as possible.
If you forget to use Betamethasone/Neomycin
If you forget to apply your cream, apply it as
soon as you remember. If it is close to the time
you are next meant to apply it, wait until this
If you stop using Betamethasone/Neomycin
If you use this medicine regularly make sure you
talk to your doctor before you stop using it.
If you have any further questions on the use of
this product, ask your doctor or pharmacist.

4. Possible side effects
Like all medicines, Betamethasone/Neomycin
Cream can cause side effects, although not
everybody gets them.
STOP using this medicine and tell your
doctor as soon as possible if:
 you find that your skin problem gets worse or
becomes swollen during treatment. You may
be allergic to the cream or need other

Other side effects you may notice when
using Betamethasone/Neomycin Cream
 a feeling of burning, irritation or itching where
the cream is applied
 if you have psoriasis you may get raised
bumps with pus under the skin. This can
happen during or after the treatment and is
known as pustular psoriasis.
Side effects if you use Betamethasone/Neomycin
Cream for a long time, or you use a lot each time
you apply it, or you apply it under an airtight
dressing or a nappy:
 stretch marks may develop
 veins under the surface of your skin may
become more noticeable
 increased hair growth and changes in skin
 thinning of your skin and it damages more
 weight gain, rounding of the face and high
blood pressure. These are more likely to
happen in infants and children.
If you absorb or swallow Betamethasone/Neomycin
Cream in large quantities, it can affect your
hearing, nerves and kidneys. This is unlikely
when you use the cream normally.
Reporting of side effects
If you get any side effects, talk to your doctor,
pharmacist or nurse. This includes any possible
side effects not listed in this leaflet. You can also
report side effects directly via the Yellow Card
Scheme at: By
reporting side effects you can help provide more
information on the safety of this medicine.

5. How to store Betamethasone/
Neomycin Cream
 Keep out of the reach and sight of children.
 Do not use this product after the expiry date
on the tube or carton (Exp). The expiry date
refers to the last day of that month.
 Do not store above 25°C.
 Medicines should not be disposed of via
wastewater or household waste. Ask your
pharmacist how to dispose of medicines no
longer required. These measures will help
to protect the environment.

6. Further information
What Betamethasone/Neomycin Cream
 The active ingredients are betamethasone
valerate and neomycin sulphate. Each 1 g
contains 1 mg of betamethasone (0.1% w/w)
as valerate and 5 mg of neomycin sulphate
(0.5% w/w).
 The other ingredients are:
chlorocresol, cetomacrogol 1000,
cetostearyl alcohol, white soft paraffin,
liquid paraffin, sodium acid phosphate,
phosphoric acid, sodium hydroxide and
purified water.
What Betamethasone/Neomycin Cream looks
like and contents of the pack
Within each carton is a tube with a plastic screw
cap, which contains 30 or 100 g of cream.
Not all pack sizes may be marketed.
Marketing Authorisation Holder
Essential Generics, 7 Egham Business Village,
Crabtree Road, Egham, Surrey TW20 8RB,
United Kingdom.
Purna Pharmaceuticals NV, Rijksweg 17,
2870 Puurs, Belgium.
This leaflet was last revised in
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Source: Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency

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