Medically reviewed: April 9, 2018
What is Sernivo?
Betamethasone is a steroid. It prevents the release of substances in the body that cause inflammation.
Sernivo 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 Sernivo if you are allergic to it.
To make sure Sernivo is safe for you, tell your doctor if you have:
any type of skin infection.
It is not known whether this medicine will harm an unborn baby. Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant.
It is not known whether Sernivo 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 Sernivo on a child without a doctor's advice. Children can absorb larger amounts of this medication through the skin and may be more likely to have side effects. Steroid medicine can also affect growth in children. Talk with your doctor if you think your child is not growing at a normal rate while using this medicine.
Diprolene is not approved for use by anyone younger than 13 years old. Sernivo is not approved for use by anyone younger than 18 years old.
How should I use Sernivo?
This medicine is usually applied 1 or 2 times daily. 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. Sernivo is for use only on the skin.
Wash your hands before and after using this medicine, unless you are using the medicine to treat the skin on your hands.
Apply a small amount to the affected area and rub it gently into the skin. Do not apply Sernivo over a large area of skin.
To use Sernivo foam, spray some of the foam onto a plate or other cool surface. Pick up a small amount of the foam with your fingers and gently massage it into your scalp. Repeat until all affected areas are treated.
Do not cover the treated skin area unless your doctor tells you to. Covering the skin that is treated with Sernivo can increase the amount of medicine your skin absorbs, which may lead to unwanted side effects. Follow your doctor's instructions.
When treating the diaper area of a baby, do not use plastic pants or tight-fitting diapers.
Use Sernivo regularly to get the most benefit. Stop using the medicine once your symptoms clear up.
You should not use Sernivo for longer than 4 weeks.
Call your doctor if your skin condition does not improve after several days of treatment, or if it gets worse while using Sernivo.
Store at room temperature away from moisture and heat.
The foam is flammable. Do not use near high heat or open flame. Do not smoke until the foam has completely dried on your skin.
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?
Seek emergency medical attention or call the Poison Help line at 1-800-222-1222 if anyone has accidentally swallowed the medication.
An overdose of Sernivo is not expected to produce life threatening symptoms. However, long term use of high steroid doses can lead to symptoms such as thinning skin, easy bruising, changes in the shape or location of body fat (especially in your face, neck, back, and waist), increased acne or facial hair, menstrual problems, impotence, or loss of interest in sex.
What should I avoid while using Sernivo?
Avoid getting this medicine in your eyes. If contact does occur, rinse with water. Do not use Sernivo on broken or infected skin. Also avoid using this medicine in open wounds.
Avoid applying Sernivo to the skin of your face, underarms, or groin area without your doctor's instruction.
Do not use Sernivo to treat any condition that has not been checked by your doctor.
Sernivo 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 cause steroid side effects throughout the body. Stop using Sernivo and call your doctor if you have:
blurred vision, or seeing halos around lights;
sleep problems (insomnia);
weight gain, puffiness in your face; or
Also stop using Sernivo and call your doctor at once if you have:
severe skin irritation where the medicine was applied; or
signs of skin infection (swelling, redness, warmtth, oozing).
Common side effects may include:
burning, stinging, or itching of treated skin;
skin dryness, irritation, or reddish-purple discoloration;
acne, skin rash;
lightened color of treated skin; or
folliculitis (redness or crusting around your hair follicles).
This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.
See also: Side effects (in more detail)
What other drugs will affect Sernivo?
It is not likely that other drugs you take orally or inject will have an effect on topically applied betamethasone. 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.
Always consult your healthcare provider to ensure the information displayed on this page applies to your personal circumstances.
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