0.1% w/w cutaneous solution
betamethasone (as betamethasone valerate)
Read all of this leaflet carefully before you start using this product.
Keep this leaflet. You may need to read it again. 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 yours. 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.
1. WHAT BETACAP SCALP APPLICATION IS
AND WHAT IT IS USED FOR
s "ETACAP 3CALP !PPLICATION IS FOR USE ON THE
scalp to treat skin diseases including psoriasis
(scaly, pink patches of thickened skin) and
seborrhoeic dermatitis (scaly, itchy patches
s "ETACAP 3CALP !PPLICATION IS SUITABLE FOR USE
by adults, the elderly and children over the
age of one year.
s 4HE active ingredient in this product is
BETAMETHASONE 4HIS IS ONE OF A GROUP OF
medicines called corticosteroids (which should
not be confused with ‘anabolic steroid’ tablets
or injections misused by some athletes).
s "ETAMETHASONE IS A STRONG AND FAST ACTING
corticosteroid and is intended for use on the
scalp which tends not to respond very well
to weaker medicines of this type.
s "ETAMETHASONE WORKS BY REDUCING
inflammation and calming down your immune
s 4HE PRODUCT ALSO WORKS AS AN ANTISEPTIC AND
includes an emollient (moisturiser) to help make
the scalp feel more comfortable.
2. BEFORE YOU USE BETACAP SCALP
Do not use Betacap Scalp Application:
s IF YOU ARE allergic (hypersensitive) to
betamethasone or any of the other ingredients
of Betacap Scalp Application listed in Section 6;
s TO TREAT ANY OTHER SKIN PROBLEMS especially
skin infections, as it may make them worse;
s TO TREAT ANY SCALP PROBLEM OTHER THAN THE ONE
your doctor prescribed it for;
s ON CHILDREN under one year of age.
Take special care when using this product:
s 4ELL YOUR DOCTOR IF AT ANY STAGE YOU THINK YOUR
scalp has become infected. Your doctor may
advise you to stop using Betacap for a while
and start using an alternative anti-microbial
s +EEP THE PRODUCT away from your eyes
s "ETACAP IS highly flammable. Do not use it
near flames or ignition sources (e.g. burning
cigarettes or anything else that might ignite it).
s ) F YOU ARE TREATING scalp psoriasis, it is
important that your doctor checks your
progress regularly to avoid a possible
complication that can occur (see Section 4).
s Do not use this product excessively:
– avoid using this product continuously
or frequently for long periods (weeks or
months on end);
– this is especially important for infants and
young children, because long term use
increases the chance of local and
generalised side effects (see Section 4);
– for children with scalp seborrhoeic
dermatitis, treatment should normally be
limited to no more than 7 days.
Using other medicines
Betacap Scalp Application is not known to affect,
or to be affected by, any other medicines.
Pregnancy and breast-feeding
)T IS UNCLEAR WHETHER THIS PRODUCT IS SAFE FOR USE
during pregnancy and breast-feeding. Animal
birth defects have occurred with similar medicines
containing corticosteroids, so there may be a
very small risk of these problems in humans. You
should therefore not normally use this product if
you are pregnant or breast-feeding unless your
doctor has recommended you to do so.
Driving and using machinery
Using this product is not known to affect your
ability to drive or use machinery.
3. HOW TO USE BETACAP SCALP
Use Betacap Scalp Application only on psoriasis
and seborrhoeic dermatitis affecting the scalp.
Before using this bottle of Betacap Scalp
Application for the first time, turn the bottle cap
anti-clockwise to break the seal.
For adults and the elderly:
Repeat the following twice a day, morning and
evening, until you notice an improvement in your
scalp condition. On days when you shampoo your
hair, apply Betacap Scalp Application after drying
AREFULLY TURN THE BOTTLE UPSIDE
DOWN OVER YOUR
head, holding the nozzle against the part of the
scalp to be treated.
s 'ENTLY SQUEEZE THE BOTTLE UNTIL THE AFFECTED AREA
is coated with a thin layer of the preparation.
s 'ENTLY MASSAGE THE APPLICATION INTO THE SCALP
to prevent it from running off.
s !LLOW THE TREATED SCALP TO DRY NATURALLY
Do not use a hair drier.
In this leaflet:
1. What Betacap Scalp Application is and
what it is used for
2. Before you use Betacap Scalp Application
3. How to use Betacap Scalp Application
4. Possible side effects
5. How to store Betacap Scalp Application
6. Further information