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Betnovate® Scalp Application/ Betamethasone 0.1% Scalp Application
(Betamethasone valerate)
Your medicine is known by either of the above names, but will be referred to
as Betnovate throughout this:
Patient Information Leaflet
Read all of this leaflet carefully before you start using this medicine
because it contains important information for you.
• 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 only. Do not pass it on to
others. It may harm them, even if their signs of illness are the same as
• If you get any side effects, talk to your doctor or pharmacist. This
includes any possible side effects not listed in this leaflet. See section 4.

What is in this leaflet:
1) What Betnovate is and what it is used for
2) What you need to know before you use Betnovate
3) How to use Betnovate
4) Possible side effects
5) How to store Betnovate
6) Contents of the pack and other information

1) What Betnovate is and what it is used for
Betnovate contains a medicine called betamethasone valerate. It belongs to
a group of medicines called steroids that help to reduce swelling and
Betnovate is used to help reduce the redness and itchiness of certain scalp
problems, such as psoriasis and dermatitis.

2) What you need to know before you use Betnovate
Do not use Betnovate:
• if you are allergic (hypersensitive) to betamethasone valerate or any of
the other ingredients of Betnovate (listed in Section 6)
• if you have a skin infection on your scalp
• on a child under 1 year.
Do not use Betnovate if any of the above apply to you. If you are not sure,
talk to your doctor or pharmacist before using Betnovate.
Warnings and precautions
Talk to your doctor or pharmacist before you use this medicine if:
• you have previously had an allergic reaction with another steroid
• you are applying the liquid under an airtight dressing. These dressings
make it easier for the active ingredient to pass through the skin. It is
possible to accidentally end up using too much.
• you have psoriasis, your doctor will want to see you more often.
• you are applying the liquid to broken skin or within the skin folds
• you are applying to a large surface area
• you are applying to thin skin or on children as their skin is thinner than
adults and as a result may absorb larger amounts.

• Dressing or bandages should not be used on children where the scalp
application is applied.
• Use on children should be limited to 5 days.
If you are not sure if any of the above apply to you, talk to your doctor or
pharmacist before using this medicine.
Other medicines and Betnovate
Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are taking, have recently taken or
might take any other medicine, especially if you are taking ritonavir and
itraconazole medications.
Pregnancy and breast-feeding and fertility
If you are pregnant or are breast-feeding, think you may be pregnant or are
planning to have a baby, ask your doctor or pharmacist for advice before
taking this medicine.

3) How to use Betnovate
Always use this medicine exactly as your doctor has told you. Check with
your doctor or pharmacist if you are not sure.
Using this medicine
• You usually put Betnovate on your scalp in the morning and at night. This
may be reduced as your scalp problem begins to get better.
• Do not use Betnovate more often than prescribed.
• Do not use it for a long time (such as every day for many weeks or
months) – unless your doctor tells you to.
• Be very careful not to get the liquid in your eyes. Do not touch your eyes
until you have washed your hands.
• If you wash or shampoo your hair it should be dried before applying the
• If you are applying Betnovate on someone else make sure you wash your
hands after use or wear disposable plastic gloves.
• Do not dry your hair with a hairdryer.
• This product is flammable. Keep the liquid away from open fires and
flames and all sources of ignition including smoking during
application and immediately after use.
Guidance on how to apply the liquid
1. Wash your hands.
2. Unscrew the bottle cap and place the nozzle on the scalp that needs
3. Gently squeeze the bottle to cover the area with a thin and even layer of
4. You can rub this liquid in, but you don't have to.
5. Your scalp will feel cool until the liquid has dried.
6. Wash your hands again.
7. It is important not to exceed the prescribed amount.
If you use more Betnovate than you should
If you apply too much or if accidentally swallowed, it could make you ill. Talk
to your doctor or go to the hospital as soon as possible.

5) How to store Betnovate
If you forget to use Betnovate
If you forget to apply Betnovate, apply it as soon as you remember. If it is
close to the time you are next meant to apply it you can wait until this time.
If you stop using Betnovate
If you use Betnovate regularly make sure you talk to your doctor before you
stop using it as your condition may get worse if stopped suddenly.
If you have any further questions on the use of this medicine, ask your
doctor or pharmacist.

4) Possible side effects
Like all medicines, this medicine can cause side effects, although not
everybody gets them.
Stop using Betnovate and tell your doctor immediately if:
• you find that your skin condition gets worse, you develop a generalised
rash or your skin becomes swollen during treatment. You may be allergic
to Betnovate, have an infection or need other treatment.
• you have psoriasis and get raised bumps with pus under the skin. This
can happen very rarely during or after treatment and is known as pustular
Other side effects you may notice when using Betnovate include:
(may affect up to 1 in 10 people)
• a feeling of burning, pain, irritation or itching where the liquid is applied.
Very rare
(may affect up to 1 in 10,000 people)
• an increased risk of infection
• an allergic skin reaction where the liquid is applied
• rash, itchy bumpy skin or redness of the skin
• thinning and dryness of your skin and it may also damage or wrinkle more
• stretch marks may develop
• veins under the surface of your skin may become more noticeable
• an increase or reduction in hair growth or hair loss and changes in skin
• weight gain, rounding of the face
• delayed weight gain or slowing of growth in children
• bones can become thin, weak and break easily
• cloudy lens in the eye (cataract) or increased pressure in eye (glaucoma)
• increased blood sugar levels or sugar in the urine
• high blood pressure.
Reporting of side effects
If you get any side effects, talk to your doctor, pharmacist or nurse. This
includes any possible side effects not listed in this leaflet. You can also
report side effects directly via the Yellow Card Scheme at: By reporting side effects you can help
provide more information on the safety of this medicine.

Keep out of the sight and reach of children.
Do not store above 25°C.
Do not use after the expiry date printed on the carton, or bottle label.
Medicines should not be disposed of via wastewater or household waste.
Ask your pharmacist how to dispose of medicines no longer required.
These measures will help to protect the environment.
• If the scalp application become discoloured or show any other signs of
deterioration, you should seek the advice of your pharmacist who will tell
you what to do.
• If your doctor tells you to stop using the scalp application, please take it
back to the pharmacist for safe disposal. Only keep them if your doctor
tells you to.

6) Contents of the pack and other information
What Betnovate contains
0.1% w/w of the active ingredient betamethasone (as valerate).
Betnovate also contains the following ingredients; carbomer, isopropyl
alcohol, sodium hydroxide and water.
What Betnovate looks like and contents of the pack
It is a clear solution in a white plastic bottle.
Betnovate is available in a 100ml bottle.
PL 10383/1285


Who makes and repackages your medicine?
Your medicine is manufactured Glaxo Wellcome Farmaceutica, Lda.Rua Dr.
Antonio Loureiro Borges, 3 Arquiparque, Miraflores 1495-131 Alges
Portugal. Procured from within the EU and repackaged by Product Licence
Holder: Primecrown Ltd., 4/5 Northolt Trading Estate, Belvue Road,
Northolt, Middlesex, UB5 5QS.
Leaflet date: 02.10.2015
Betnovate is a registered trademark of GlaxoSmithKline group of
More information
If you have any questions or are not sure about anything, ask your doctor or
pharmacist who will advise you. Other sources of information are:
National Eczema Society, Hill House,
Highgate Hill, London N19 5NA
The Psoriasis Association, 2 Queensbridge, Northampton NN4 7BF
You may also be able to find out more from books in public libraries.

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Source: Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency

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