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Betamethasone cream

Betamethasone is the generic version of the branded “Betnovate” cream. It’s a topical corticosteroid that’s prescribed for the treatment of eczema, psoriasis, and dermatitis. It works to reduce swelling and inflammation that’s associated with these conditions, and you may even be able to take it alongside other drugs to control the condition.

It’s important that you only use betamethasone on areas where you’ve been diagnosed with eczema, psoriasis or dermatitis, as applying to other skin complaints could actually make them worse, for example, acne.

Betamethasone is a prescription-only medicine, and can be obtained from your own GP or from requesting it from Doctor4U. after you’ve completed a short questionnaire, one of our GPs will review your request and should it be approved, your order will be sent to you.

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  • If this treatment doesn't improve your symptoms after 7 days, you should make an appointment with your doctor
  • We aren't able to prescribe this treatment to treat eczema or dermatitis on the face or neck
  • You shouldn't use this treatment on large areas for more than 14 days unless you've been advised otherwise by your own GP
  • This medication shouldn't be applied to broken, damaged or irritated skin
  • You should avoid using this treatment near your eyes
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  • Acne
  • Rosacea
  • Perioral dermatitis
  • Genital or anal itching
  • Skin itching with no inflammation
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  • You have an allergy to betamethasone or other topical corticosteroids
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What is Betamethasone?

Betamethasone is a strong, topical corticosteroid that’s used to treat various inflammatory conditions affecting the skin, including psoriasis, dermatitis, and eczema. Betamethasone cream is the generic equivalent of Betnovate, containing exactly the same ingredients and working in the same way.

The cream helps to reduce swelling, redness and itching associated with the conditions that it treats.

Can I use Betamethasone?

Most people should be able to use betamethasone if they’re suffering with psoriasis, eczema or dermatitis. However, the cream does contain a strong steroid, so it might not be completely safe for some people to use. To make sure that betamethasone is the right treatment for you over all, you should first consult your own GP, making sure they’re aware of all of your conditions, health problems and complaints. Those that should take extra caution and maybe even avoid betamethasone include those who:

  • Are allergic to any ingredients
  • Suffer with Acne
  • Have been diagnosed with rosacea
  • Have perioral dermatitis (rash around the mouth)
  • Are experiencing itching around the anus or genitals
  • Have infected skin
  • Have itchy skin that’s not inflamed
  • Have had previous allergic reactions with other steroids
  • Have a chronic leg ulcer
  • Are applying cream to broken skin or in the skin folds

You should check your health with the list above, and visit the doctor if any of the conditions apply to you.

If you’re using the cream for psoriasis, your doctor should monitor you regularly to check the progress of the condition.

You should also check first with a pharmacist or doctor if you’re planning to use the cream over a large area, or under an airtight dressing (though in some circumstances your doctor might recommend this).

Will betamethasone interact with any other medicines?

Whilst no interactions are listed in the patient information leaflet (PIL), it’s important to disclose all other medications that you’re taking to your doctor. They may want to monitor you more closely to ensure that you don’t suffer any adverse effects. Other medicines include illegal drugs, over the counter medications, herbal remedies, and especially any medication topical lotions or creams.

Where can I use betamethasone?

Betamethasone isn’t suitable for all areas of the body, but as long as your doctor agrees, it can be used on the following areas:

  • Face
  • Neck
  • Back
  • Hands
  • Legs
  • Feet

You should only use betamethasone as instructed by your doctor. They won’t always advise that the cream should be used on the face, and in cases where they do allow it, it should only be used for 5 days.

Betamethasone is an external treatment and shouldn’t be used internally at all, even if you’re experiencing itching and inflammation. If you have any internal complaints, you should speak to your GP to find the underlying cause.

What are the side effects of betamethasone?

Although it’s a topical application, betamethasone can still cause some side effects due to the nature of the medicine (a steroid). Some of the most common complaints associated with the use of betamethasone cream include:

  • Burning, pain and irritation at the site of application
  • Increased risk of infection
  • Allergic reaction
  • Thinning of skin
  • Dry skin
  • Rash
  • Hives
  • Blood vessels becoming more noticeable
  • Weight gain
  • Rounded face
  • Thinning of the bones
  • Cataracts
  • Glaucoma
  • Decreased cortisol levels
  • Increased blood sugar levels
  • High blood pressure

Whilst some of these might look alarming, some of them are fairly rare and unlikely to happen to most users. The most likely side effect is local skin irritation and burning, This is a normal symptom to experience, but if it gets too much for you to handle, you should stop using betamethasone and ask your own doctor about alternative treatments.

How do you use betamethasone?

Betamethasone should be applied directly to the problem area. You should ask your doctor if this is on your face.

As long as the skin condition is on one of the areas that you can apply betamethasone to, you can apply it directly to the lesions. You should make sure that your skin and hands are completely clean and dry before application to stop the spread of bacteria and to help the cream work.

If you have particularly thick patches of psoriasis, your GP might recommend placing an airtight dressing over the cream for the first few days. Airtight dressings increase the effects of the medication, so this will encourage it to get to work for a few days. Never apply a dressing over the cream unless your own doctor tells you to do so.

The amount of time you use the cream for will depend on your symptoms, but you should be able to use it less frequently as your symptoms improve.

How long does betamethasone take to work?

You should start to see an improvement within 2 weeks of treatment. If your condition worsens or you don’t notice any improvement, please return to your GP.

Dosage Instructions
Apply thinly to the affected area 1-2 times a day.
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Betamethasone cream Dosage Quantity Cost Including Consultation
Betamethasone cream 1 x 30g tube £10.99
Betamethasone cream 1 x 100g tube £14.99

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UK Standard Delivery, £1.99

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If your order is signed by the doctor after 12 noon, your order will be delivered within 2 working days

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Orders signed by the doctor before 12 noon the day before will be delivered the following Saturday

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Orders signed by the doctor before 12 noon the day before will be delivered by 12:00am Saturday

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