Chemical Name: BETAMETHASONE (bay-ta-METH-a-sone)
Betamethasone is a corticosteroid used to reduce itching, redness, and swelling associated with many skin conditions.
INFORM YOUR DOCTOR OR PHARMACIST of all prescription and over-the-counter medicine that you are taking. ADDITIONAL MONITORING OF YOUR DOSE OR CONDITION may be needed if you are taking prednisone (or similar medicines). Inform your doctor of any other medical conditions, allergies, pregnancy, or breast-feeding.
Follow the directions for using Betamethasone provided by your doctor. TO USE Betamethasone: apply a small amount of medicine to the affected area. Gently rub the medicine in until it is evenly distributed. Wash your hands after applying Betamethasone, unless your hands are part of treated area. DO NOT BANDAGE OR WRAP the affected area unless directed otherwise by your doctor. STORE Betamethasone at room temperature, away from heat and light. IF YOU MISS A DOSE OF Betamethasone, apply it as soon as possible. If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and go back to your regular dosing schedule.
IF YOUR SYMPTOMS DO NOT IMPROVE WITHIN A FEW DAYS, or if they become worse, check with your doctor. DO NOT USE Betamethasone longer than the time prescribed by your doctor. DO NOT USE Betamethasone for other skin conditions at a later time. DO NOT GET Betamethasone in your eyes. FOR WOMEN: IF YOU PLAN ON BECOMING PREGNANT, discuss with your doctor the benefits and risks of using Betamethasone during pregnancy. IT IS UNKNOWN IF Betamethasone IS EXCRETED in breast milk. IF YOU ARE OR WILL BE BREAST-FEEDING while you are using Betamethasone, check with your doctor or pharmacist to discuss the risks to your baby.
Possible side effects
CHECK WITH YOUR DOCTOR AS SOON AS POSSIBLE if you experience skin thinning and discoloration, stinging, rash, dry skin, itching, burning, redness, or swelling not present before using Betamethasone. If you notice other effects not listed above, contact your doctor, nurse, or pharmacist.
If you take too much
If overdose is suspected, contact your local poison control center or emergency room immediately. Betamethasone may be harmful if swallowed.
DO NOT SHARE Betamethasone with others for whom it was not prescribed. DO NOT USE Betamethasone for other health conditions. KEEP Betamethasone out of the reach of children.