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Betamethasone dipropionate gel

Pronunciation

Generic Name: betamethasone dipropionate (bay-tah-METH-uh-zone die-PRO-pee-oh-nate)
Brand Name: Diprolene

Betamethasone dipropionate gel is used for:

Reducing itching, redness, and swelling associated with many skin conditions.

Betamethasone dipropionate 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 betamethasone dipropionate gel if:

  • you are allergic to any ingredient in betamethasone dipropionate gel

Contact your doctor or health care provider right away if any of these apply to you.

Before using betamethasone dipropionate gel:

Some medical conditions may interact with betamethasone dipropionate 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 betamethasone dipropionate gel. Because little, if any, of betamethasone dipropionate gel is absorbed into the blood, the risk of it interacting with another medicine is low.

Ask your health care provider if betamethasone dipropionate 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 betamethasone dipropionate gel:

Use betamethasone dipropionate 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 betamethasone dipropionate gel, unless your hands are part of the treated area. Do not apply betamethasone dipropionate 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 betamethasone dipropionate 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 betamethasone dipropionate gel.

Important safety information:

  • Betamethasone dipropionate gel is for external use only. Avoid contact with the eyes. If you get betamethasone dipropionate gel in your eyes, immediately flush with cool tap water.
  • Do not use betamethasone dipropionate gel for other skin conditions at a later time.
  • If betamethasone dipropionate gel was prescribed to treat the diaper area of a child, avoid using tight-fitting diapers or plastic pants.
  • Betamethasone dipropionate 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 betamethasone dipropionate 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 betamethasone dipropionate gel, check with your doctor. Discuss any possible risks to your baby.

Possible side effects of betamethasone dipropionate 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:

Mild, temporary stinging when applied.

Seek medical attention right away if any of these SEVERE side effects occur:

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. Betamethasone dipropionate gel may be harmful if swallowed.

Proper storage of betamethasone dipropionate gel:

Store betamethasone dipropionate 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 betamethasone dipropionate gel out of the reach of children and away from pets.

General information:

  • If you have any questions about betamethasone dipropionate gel, please talk with your doctor, pharmacist, or other health care provider.
  • Betamethasone dipropionate 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 betamethasone dipropionate 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 betamethasone dipropionate gel. It does NOT include all information about the possible uses, directions, warnings, precautions, interactions, adverse effects, or risks that may apply to betamethasone dipropionate 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 betamethasone dipropionate gel.

Review Date: November 3, 2016

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.

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