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Package Leaflet: Information for the User

Betnovate® RD Ointment
betamethasone valerate
Read all of this leaflet carefully before you
start using this medicine.
• Keep this leaflet. You may need to read it
• 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
• If any of the side effects gets serious, or if
you notice any side effects not listed in this
leaflet, please tell your doctor or pharmacist.
In this leaflet:
1 What Betnovate RD is and what it is used for
2 Before you use Betnovate RD
3 How to use Betnovate RD
4 Possible side effects
5 How to store Betnovate RD
6 Further information

1 What Betnovate RD is and
what it is used for
Betnovate RD contains a medicine called
betamethasone valerate. It belongs to a group
of medicines called steroids. It helps to reduce
swelling and irritation.
Betnovate RD is used to help reduce the redness
and itchiness of certain skin problems, such as
eczema, psoriasis and dermatitis.
RD stands for ‘Ready Diluted’, it contains less
active ingredient than Betnovate. It is used:
• for milder skin problems, or
• to keep your skin problem under control after
Betnovate has improved it.

2 Before you use Betnovate RD
Do not use Betnovate RD:
• if you are allergic (hypersensitive) to
betamethasone valerate or any of the other
ingredients of Betnovate RD (listed in Section 6)
• on a child under 1 year
• 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
- itching around your back passage
or private parts - unless your
doctor has told you to do so
- infected skin (unless the infection is
being treated with an anti-infective
medicine at the same time)
- itchy skin which is not inflamed
Do not use if any of the above apply
to you. If you are not sure, talk to your
doctor or pharmacist before using
Betnovate RD.
Take special care with Betnovate RD
Check with your doctor or pharmacist
before using your medicine if:
• you have previously had an allergic reaction
with another steroid
• you are applying the ointment 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
• you have psoriasis, your doctor will want to
see you more often.

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 Betnovate RD
Always use Betnovate RD 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 Betnovate RD once or
twice a day. This may be reduced as your skin
begins to get better.
• This ointment is for use on your skin only.
• Do not use more than the amount prescribed
for you.
• 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,
moist conditions under bandages or dressings
so always clean the skin before a fresh
dressing is put on.
• If you are applying the ointment on someone
else make sure you wash your hands after
use or wear disposable plastic gloves.
• If your skin problem does not improve in
2 to 4 weeks, talk to your doctor.
Guidance on how to apply the ointment
1 Wash your hands.
2 Gently rub the correct amount of ointment
into the skin until it has all disappeared. You
can measure how much Betnovate RD to use
with your fingertip. This picture shows one
fingertip unit.

3 Unless you are meant to apply the ointment
to your hands as a part of the treatment,
wash them again after using the ointment.
For an adult
You should find that:
• two fingertips of ointment will cover both
hands or one foot
• three fingertips of ointment will cover one
• six fingertips of ointment will cover one leg
• fourteen fingertips of ointment 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.


• weight gain, rounding of the face and high
blood pressure. These are more likely to
happen in infants and children.
If any of the side effects gets serious, or if you
notice any side effects not listed in this leaflet,
please tell your doctor or pharmacist.

5 How to store Betnovate RD

For a child
• Do not use it on children under 1 year 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 ointment under an airtight
dressing. It will only be at night to help the
ointment to start working. After a short period
of time you will then apply the ointment as
If you apply the Betnovate RD to your face
You should only apply the ointment to your face
if your doctor tells you to. It should not be used
for more than 5 days, as the skin on your face
thins easily. Do not let the ointment get into
your eyes.
If you use more Betnovate RD than you
If, by mistake on a few occasions you use more
than you should, do not worry. If you apply a lot
or a lot is accidentally swallowed, it could make
you ill. Talk to your doctor or go to the hospital
as soon as possible.
If you forget to use Betnovate RD
If you forget to apply your ointment, 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 Betnovate RD
If you use Betnovate RD 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, Betnovate RD can cause side
effects, although not everybody gets them.
Stop using Betnovate RD and tell your
doctor as soon as possible if:
• you find that your skin condition gets worse
or becomes swollen during treatment. You
may be allergic to the Betnovate RD, have an
infection or need other treatment.
• you have psoriasis you may get raised bumps
with pus under the skin. This can happen very
rarely during or after treatment and is known
as pustular psoriasis.
Other side effects you may notice when
using Betnovate RD include:
Common (affects less than 1 in 10 people)
• a feeling of burning, irritation or itching
where the ointment is applied.
Side effects if you use Betnovate RD for a long
time, you use a lot each time you apply it, or you
apply it under an airtight dressing:
Very rare (affects less than 1 in 10,000 people)
• 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 may also damage
more easily

• Keep out of the reach and sight of children.
• Do not use Betnovate RD after the expiry
date on the tube end or carton (Exp). The
expiry date refers to the last day of that
• Do not store above 30°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
protect the environment.

6 Further information
What Betnovate RD ointment contains
• The active ingredient is betamethasone
valerate. Each 1 g contains 0.25 mg of
betamethasone (0.025% w/w) as valerate.
• The other ingredients are liquid paraffin and
white soft paraffin.
What Betnovate RD looks like and contents
of the pack
Within each carton is a tube with a plastic screw
cap, which contains 100 g of ointment.
Marketing Authorisation Holder and
Product Licence held by GlaxoSmithKline UK,
Stockley Park West, Uxbridge, Middlesex
UB11 1BT
Manufactured by Glaxo Wellcome Operations,
Barnard Castle, Durham DL12 8DT
If you have any questions or are not sure about
anything, ask your doctor or pharmacist who
will advise you. Other sources of information
National Eczema Society, Hill House,
Highgate Hill, London, N19 5NA
The Psoriasis Association,
2 Queensbridge, Northampton,
You may also be able to find out more from
books in public libraries.
Other formats:
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0800 198 5000 (UK Only)
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Product name
Betnovate RD Ointment
Reference number
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Leaflet date: February 2012
Betnovate is a registered trademark
of the GlaxoSmithKline group of
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