Betamethasone valerate 0.1% cream (30 gm tube)
What is betamethasone valerate and what is it used for.
- Betamethasone valerate belongs to a class of medicines known as "topical corticosteroids" that work to reduce inflammation, itching and redness of the skin.
- It is used to treat certain skin problems, such as eczema (a common skin disorder that causes red, itchy skin), and some types of dermatitis.
- It is available in the form of an ointment and a cream that is applied to the skin.
Do not use betamethasone valerate:
- If you are allergic to betamethasone valerate, any other corticosteroid, or any of the ingredients in this product.
- If the packaging is torn or has signs of tampering.
- If the expiry date stated on the medicine box has passed.
- If you have experienced an allergic reaction or skin irritation when using this cream/ointment.
- If you are pregnant, planning to become pregnant or breastfeeding.
- If you have other skin problems (such as fungal or bacterial skin infections, anal or genital itching, cold sores, shingles, chickenpox, tuberculosis, skin sores, acne, or perioral dermatitis ).
- Using this medication for other skin disorders may worsen your problem. Ask your doctor or pharmacist if you are not sure.
- If you have poor blood circulation in the skin area (to prevent skin ulcers).
- In children younger than 1 year of age, unless recommended by your doctor.
Warnings and precautions:
- Stop taking this medicine immediately and talk to your doctor or pharmacist if you have any allergic or skin reactions to any of the ingredients in this cream/ointment such as itching, redness of the skin, shortness of breath, rash, swelling of the face or neck, low blood pressure, dizziness.
- This medicine is intended for external topical use only. Do not swallow this product.
- Avoid contact of the cream/ointment with your lips, eyes, mouth, sensitive areas of the neck and corners of the nose to avoid irritation. In case of accidental contact, be sure to rinse the area thoroughly with warm water and then dry it.
- Talk to your doctor right away if you or your child has any vision problems (such as blurred vision).
- Make sure not to use any occlusive dressings if you have a skin infection.
- Talk to your doctor before starting this medicine if you are allergic to any other medicines, dyes, foods, or preservatives.
- If you are pregnant, planning to become pregnant, breast-feeding, or planning to breast-feed, if you have any other health problems (especially if you have an infection).
- Be sure to tell your health care providers that you are using this medication.
- Talk to your doctor if your skin condition gets worse, becomes inflamed, or does not improve.
- Talk to your doctor if you are not using this product as directed to make sure it does not change you to another treatment thinking this medication is not suitable for you.
- Do not share this medication with anyone else, even if they have the same signs.
- Do not use tight fitting diapers or plastic pants if this product is to be used in the diaper area of young children.
- Do not apply this medication under tight clothing to avoid thinning of the skin.
- Do not use this medication for an extended period of time over large areas to prevent its excessive absorption and subsequent unwanted side effects.
- Do not use this product for other purposes.
Possible side effects:
- Possible side effects include allergic reactions (such as rash, itching, swelling, blisters, or peeling skin, lumpy rash, wheezing, swelling of the eyelids, lips, face, and mouth, chest tightness, fainting, difficulty breathing)
- and rash around the mouth area, increased hair growth, heat rash, acne, change in skin color, stretch marks or lines on the skin and injury to hair follicles.
- Common side effects include itching, dry skin, redness, and burning. Other side effects (which are more likely to occur with prolonged use of this product on large areas of skin especially if placed under tight dressings) include stomach ulcers, delayed wound healing, high blood pressure,
- eye problems (such as high pressure in the eye known as glaucoma, cataracts and blurred vision), increased chances of infection, acne,
- Excessive growth of facial and body hair, muscle weakness and increased body fluids.
Other medicines and betamethasone valerate:
- Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you have recently used, or may use, any other medicines including topical products (such as creams, lotions, ointments).
How to use betamethasone valerate:
- Apply a thin layer of the cream/ointment and gently massage into the affected area as directed by your physician.
- This medicine is not recommended for use in children unless recommended by your doctor.
- If recommended by the doctor, he or she should follow up closely with the child to check for the development of any unwanted side effects.
- Wash and dry your hands before and after using the cream/ointment (do not wash your hands after using it if it is used on the skin of your hands).
- Be sure to put the cap back on the tube after using the cream/ointment to avoid leakage of the medicine.
- Be sure to follow your healthcare provider's instructions.
- Make sure to keep the cream/ointment out of your eyes. In case of accidental contact, rinse your eyes well with running water for at least 10 minutes.
- Make sure not to apply the cream/ointment under the bandage or plaster in order to prevent excessive absorption of the medication and subsequent unwanted side effects.
- Do not use this cream/ointment on your face unless directed by your doctor. If your skin condition does not improve after a week, be sure to contact your doctor immediately.
- Do not use this cream/ointment on skin wounds, on large areas of skin, or in skin folds (such as the back of the knee) unless directed by your doctor.
- Avoid using this medication before showering or swimming so that this does not affect its effectiveness.
- Using less of this medicine than recommended may cause your skin not to improve.
- Your doctor will determine how long to use this product and may also adjust how often to use it based on your response. This medication is associated with more side effects if it is used for longer periods of time.
- Do not change how you use this medicine without first checking with your doctor.
How to store betamethasone valerate:
- Keep the medicine out of the reach of children and pets (for example, a closed cabinet 1.5 meters above the floor).
- Store the medicine in a dry place below 25 ° C.
- Do not use the medicine after the expiry date which is stated on the cream/ointment.
- Do not dispose of the medicine in wastewater or household waste. Ask your pharmacist how to dispose of medicines you no longer use.
- Do not leave the medicine on window sills or in the car.
- Keep the medicine in its original package to protect it from moisture and light.