Betamethasone and clotrimazole topical
Medically reviewed on March 12, 2018
What is betamethasone and clotrimazole topical?
Betamethasone is steroid that reduces itching, swelling, and redness of the skin.
Clotrimazole is an antifungal medication that fights infections caused by fungus.
Betamethasone and clotrimazole topical may also be used for purposes not listed in this medication guide.
Follow all directions on your medicine label and package. Tell each of your healthcare providers about all your medical conditions, allergies, and all medicines you use.
Before taking this medicine
You should not use betamethasone and clotrimazole topical if you are allergic to betamethasone or clotrimazole.
To make sure this medicine is safe for you, tell your doctor if you have:
any type of skin infection.
It is not known whether betamethasone and clotrimazole topical will harm an unborn baby. Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant while using this medicine.
It is not known whether betamethasone and clotrimazole passes into breast milk or if it could harm a nursing baby. Tell your doctor if you are breast-feeding a baby.
Do not use this medication on a child younger than 17 years old. Children are more likely to absorb the steroid through the skin. Do not use betamethasone and clotrimazole topical to treat diaper rash.
How should I use betamethasone and clotrimazole topical?
Follow all directions on your prescription label. Do not use this medicine in larger or smaller amounts or for longer than recommended.
Do not take by mouth. Betamethasone and clotrimazole topical is for use only on the skin. Do not use this medicine on open wounds or on sunburned, windburned, dry, chapped, or irritated skin. If this medicine gets in your eyes, nose, mouth, rectum, or vagina, rinse with water.
This medicine comes with patient instructions for safe and effective use. Follow these directions carefully. Ask your doctor or pharmacist if you have any questions.
Wash your hands before and after applying this medicine.
Shake the lotion form of this medicine well just before you use it.
Apply a thin layer of the medicine and rub it in completely.
Do not cover treated skin areas with a bandage or tight clothing, unless your doctor has told you to.
After applying the medicine, allow your skin to dry completely before dressing. Wear loose-fitting clothing while you are treating jock itch. If you are treating athlete's foot, wear clean cotton socks and keep your feet as dry as possible.
Do not use betamethasone and clotrimazole for longer than 2 weeks for jock itch or 4 weeks for athlete's foot, unless your doctor has told you to.
It may take up to 1 or 2 weeks of using this medicine before your symptoms improve. For best results, use medicine for the full prescribed length of time. Your symptoms may improve before the infection is completely cleared. Skipping doses may also increase your risk of further infection that is resistant to antifungal medicine.
Call your doctor if your groin symptoms do not improve after 1 week, or if your foot symptoms do not improve after 2 weeks of treatment.
Store this medicine at room temperature away from moisture and heat. Keep the tube or bottle capped and tightly closed when not in use.
What happens if I miss a dose?
Apply the missed dose as soon as you remember. Skip the missed dose if it is almost time for your next dose. Do not use extra medicine to make up the missed dose.
What happens if I overdose?
An overdose of betamethasone and clotrimazole topical is not expected to be dangerous. Seek emergency medical attention or call the Poison Help line at 1-800-222-1222 if anyone has accidentally swallowed the medication.
What should I avoid while using betamethasone and clotrimazole topical?
Avoid getting betamethasone and clotrimazole topical in your eyes, mouth, and nose, or on your lips. If it does get into any of these areas, wash with water. Do not use betamethasone and clotrimazole topical on sunburned, windburned, dry, chapped, irritated, or broken skin.
Avoid wearing tight-fitting clothing that doesn't allow air circulation. Until the infection is healed, wear clothing that is made of natural fibers such as cotton.
Betamethasone and clotrimazole topical side effects
Get emergency medical help if you have signs of an allergic reaction: hives; difficulty breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.
Topical steroid medicine can be absorbed through the skin, which may affect your adrenal gland. Call your doctor if you have:
depressed mood, feeling irritable;
weight loss; or
Common side effects may include:
burning or tingling of treated skin;
This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Tell your doctor about any unusual or bothersome side effect. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.
See also: Side effects (in more detail)
What other drugs will affect betamethasone and clotrimazole topical?
It is not likely that other drugs you take orally or inject will have an effect on topically applied betamethasone and clotrimazole. But many drugs can interact with each other. Tell each of your health care providers about all medicines you use, including prescription and over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal products.
Remember, keep this and all other medicines out of the reach of children, never share your medicines with others, and use this medication only for the indication prescribed.
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