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Betamethasone topical: 7 things you should know

Medically reviewed by Carmen Pope, BPharm. Last updated on July 5, 2023.

1. How it works

2. Upsides

3. Downsides

If you are between the ages of 18 and 60, take no other medication or have no other medical conditions, side effects you are more likely to experience include:

Note: In general, seniors or children, people with certain medical conditions (such as liver or kidney problems, heart disease, diabetes, seizures) or people who take other medications are more at risk of developing a wider range of side effects. View complete list of side effects

4. Bottom Line

Betamethasone topical is the name for multiple betamethasone preparations that vary in potency from medium to super-high depending on the concentration of betamethasone, the vehicle, the salt used, and if the vehicle is augmented or not. Betamethasone topical may be used to relieve inflammation and itching associated with skin and scalp conditions responsive to corticosteroids although some preparations are not suitable for the face, armpits, or groin area.

5. Tips

6. Response and effectiveness

7. Interactions

Betamethasone topical is unlikely to interact with any other drugs that are taken orally because it is applied topically to the skin. However, excessive use of betamethasone topical may increase the risk of absorption of betamethasone topical, and possible interactions.

The product information for betamethasone topical lists only minor interactions. These include:

Note that this list is not all-inclusive and includes only common medications that may interact with betamethasone topical. You should refer to the prescribing information for betamethasone topical for a complete list of interactions. Tell each of your healthcare providers about all medicines you use, including prescription and over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal products.


Further information

Remember, keep this and all other medicines out of the reach of children, never share your medicines with others, and use betamethasone topical 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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