BETAMETHASONE (bay ta METH a sone) is a corticosteroid. It is used on the skin to treat itching, redness, and swelling caused by some skin conditions.
This medicine is for external use only. Do not take by mouth. Follow the directions on the prescription label. Shake well before using. Wash your hands before and after use. Apply to clean dry skin. Use only enough to cover the affected areas. Do not use on healthy skin or over large areas of skin. Rub in gently but completely. Do not cover with a bandage or dressing unless your doctor or health care professional tells you to. Do not get this medicine in your eyes. If you do, rinse out with plenty of cool tap water. Do not use your medicine more often than directed or for longer than ordered by your doctor or health care professional. To do so may increase the chance of side effects.
Talk to your pediatrician regarding the use of this medicine in children. Special care may be needed.
Elderly patients are more likely to have damaged skin through aging, and this may increase side effects. This medicine should only be used for brief periods and infrequently in older patients.
Side effects that you should report to your doctor or health care professional as soon as possible:
allergic reactions like skin rash, itching or hives, swelling of the face, lips, or tongue
burning or itching of the skin that does not go away
dark red spots on the skin
lack of healing of skin condition
painful, red, pus filled blisters in hair follicles
thinning of the skin, with easy bruising
Side effects that usually do not require medical attention (report to your doctor or health care professional if they continue or are bothersome):
increased redness or scaling of the skin
mild burning, itching, or irritation of the skin
Interactions are not expected. Do not use any other skin products without telling your doctor or health care professional.
If you miss a dose, use it as soon as you can. If it is almost time for your next dose, use only that dose. Do not use double or extra doses.
Keep out of the reach of children.
Store at room temperature between 20 and 25 degrees C (68 and 77 degrees F). Once the spray is in use, throw away any unused medicine after 28 days or the expiration date on the label, whichever comes first.
They need to know if you have any of these conditions:
acne or rosacea
any type of active infection
eye disease, vision problems
glaucoma or cataracts
large areas of burned or damaged skin
skin wasting or thinning
an unusual or allergic reaction to betamethasone, corticosteroids, other medicines, foods, dyes, or preservatives
pregnant or trying to get pregnant
Tell your doctor or health care professional if your symptoms do not get better within 4 weeks, or if you develop skin irritation from the medicine.
Tell your doctor or health care professional if you are exposed to anyone with measles or chickenpox, or if you develop sores or blisters that do not heal properly.