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Betnovate Scalp Application

Betnovate Scalp Application is a medicine used to treat psoriasis, eczema, and dermatitis of the scalp. Betnovate is applied topically to the scalp twice a day to directly treat dryness, flaking, itching, redness, and inflammation, and relieve the soreness and irritation that is associated with these conditions. In time, this treatment can help to restore the scalp to a healthy condition, and with the right emollients or moisturisers, you can keep your scalp condition under control.


Betnovate Scalp Application is a prescription-only medicine that can be bought online here at Doctor 4 U. Complete a short medical consultation that will be reviewed by our registered GPs and if you are deemed suitable for this treatment, your prescription will be dispensed in our UK-based pharmacy.



Prices start from £16.99 for one 100ml bottle



Last Patient Information Leaflet Review: 06/08/2020



Betnovate Scalp Application Patient Information Leaflet

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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
  • You've used this treatment in the past and suffered with serious side effects
  • You're already using a treatment that contains betamethasone for any reason other than eczema or dermatitis
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What is Betnovate Scalp Application and how does it work?

Betnovate contains the active ingredient, betamethasone valerate, which is used in the treatment of some types of skin conditions, but it is also used to treat conditions that can affect the scalp such as psoriasis, eczema, and seborrhoeic dermatitis. All of these conditions cause dryness, flaking, inflammation, and itching of the scalp which can become really sore and infected if left untreated. Betnovate is a type of corticosteroid (steroid) which is a medicine that suppresses inflammatory responses from the immune system to reduce inflammation and itching that often occurs with conditions such as psoriasis and eczema. When applied to the scalp, betamethasone valerate reduces the release of chemicals which trigger this immune response and by reducing this response, this medicine actively reduces inflammation, redness, and itching.

Who should not use this medicine?

In some circumstances you may be unsuitable to use Betnovate Scalp Application. This applies to those who are allergic to betamethasone valerate or any of the other ingredients in this medicine, or if you have a skin infection on your scalp. Do not use this medicine if any of these apply to you.

If you’ve ever had a reaction to a different type of steroid in the past, you should speak to your doctor before using this steroid medication to check that it is suitable for you and that there isn’t a risk of a serious reaction. You’ll also need to speak to your doctor before using this treatment if you’re planning on applying it to thin skin or a large area of skin, or if under an airtight dressing.

Betnovate Scalp Application is suitable for scalp psoriasis but you may need to see your doctor regularly to check the progress of treatment.

Can this medicine be used during pregnancy and breastfeeding?

Betnovate is a potent corticosteroid that is easily absorbed into the body so it’s not recommended for those who are pregnant or breastfeeding as it may harm your baby. Speak to your doctor about alternative ways to treat your condition if you are pregnant or breastfeeding.

Is it safe to use Betnovate Scalp Application while taking other medicines?

Always inform your doctor of any other medicines you may be taking before starting this treatment to ensure that there isn’t a risk of interaction between the drugs, especially if you’re taking ritonavir or itraconazole. If you’re using other prescribed topical treatments or emollients, leave a sufficient amount of time between applications to give the product time to absorb.

Can this medicine affect my hair?

One of the side effects of this treatment is a change in hair growth, this could be either hair loss or hair growth, however, it is not intended to be used as a hair growth treatment. This side effect is also very rare so you shouldn’t see any changes in your hair with short term use.

How to use Betnovate Scalp Application

The usual recommended dose of Betnovate Scalp Application is just a thin layer of medicine that is applied to the affected area in the morning and night. Always wash your hands before and after applying the solution so that you don’t spread it to another part of your body. To apply, place the nozzle on your scalp (remember to unscrew the bottle cap), and gently squeeze out the solution to cover the affected area evenly with a thin layer of medicine. Make sure your hair is dry when applying it and you can rub the medicine in gently if you need to and leave it to dry, do not dry your hair with a hairdryer afterward as this medicine is highly flammable.

When applying, avoid getting any near or in your eyes. Blurred vision, cataract, and glaucoma are known (but rare) side effects so take care when applying and speak to your doctor if you have problems with your eyes or vision.

Stick to your recommended dose and follow the instructions carefully, do not use too much of the product and avoid using it long term.

What are the side effects of Betnovate Scalp Application?

It is common to experience a feeling of burning, irritation, pain, or itching where the medicine has been applied. If you experience severe irritation or allergic reaction stop using this medicine and see your doctor immediately. In very rare cases (1 in 10,000), the following side effects have been reported:

  • Rash, itchy, bumpy skin on application site
  • Allergic skin reaction where the medicine is applied
  • Thinning of the skin
  • Dry and damaged skin that may be prone to wrinkling
  • Stretch marks
  • Increased risk of infection
  • An increase or reduction in hair growth or hair loss
  • Changes in skin colour
  • Weight gain
  • Slow growth in children
  • Thin or brittle bones
  • High blood pressure
  • Increased blood sugar levels or sugar in the urine

Can you buy Betnovate Scalp Application online?

Betnovate Scalp Application is available to buy online from doctor services such as Doctor 4 U. Buying online is completely safe and convenient as it can be delivered to your door at a time that suits you. To buy this medicine online at Doctor 4 U you will need to complete a short online medical consultation which will be reviewed by one of our GMC (General Medical Council) registered doctors, and if you are deemed suitable for this treatment your prescription will be dispensed in our UK-based pharmacy and sent to you via a secure courier service. Our process is used to ensure that this medicine is safe and suitable for you.

How is my order shipped to me?

When an order is ready for shipping, it is collected and delivered by either Royal Mail or DPD depending on your preference (or possibly your location or the item you ordered). Each order is assigned a tracking number, which will be emailed to you at the time of dispatch. Your medicine will be sent in plain and discreet packaging that’s eco-friendly. We do not include any branding on our packaging nor any labels which inform readers what type of product is contained within.

Dosage Instructions
Apply a thin layer to the affected area twice daily, in the morning and in the night. You may reduce this to once daily as your condition improves. Do not use for more than 10 consecutive days without consulting with your doctor first.
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Delivery Charges

The following delivery methods are currently available within the UK: All orders are sent in discreet, plain packaging.

UK Standard Delivery, £1.99

Order before 12pm to have your order delivered using Royal Mail Tracked 48 Service

standard UK delivery within 3-5 working days

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UK Express Delivery, £2.99

Order before 12pm to have your order delivered using the Express delivery service* (deliveries are made Monday - Saturday)

If you order after 12pm, your order will be dispatched the next working day and will be with you within 48 hours once dispatched. This excludes weekends and bank holidays

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Royal Mail Special Delivery Next Day Anytime, £4.99 (This service includes Saturday)

Order before 12pm to have your order delivered using Royal Mail Special Delivery Service, which includes Saturday deliveries.

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Royal Mail Special Delivery Next Day Before 1pm, £7.99 (This service includes Saturday)

Order before 12pm to have your order delivered before 1pm next day using Royal Mail Special Delivery service, this also includes Saturday deliveries.

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Royal Mail Special Delivery Next Day Before 9am, £14.99 (This service includes Saturday)

Order before 12pm to have your order delivered before 9am next day using Royal Mail Special Delivery service, this also includes Saturday deliveries.

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DPD Next Day Delivery, £4.99 (Monday - Friday only. This service does not include Saturday)

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

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

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DPD Next Day Delivery, by 12 Noon, £9.99 (Monday - Friday only. This service does not include Saturday)

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

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

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DPD Next Day Delivery, by 10:30am, £14.99  (Monday - Friday only. This service does not include Saturday)

Orders signed by the doctor before 12 noon the day before will be delivered by 10:30am the following working day

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

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DPD Saturday Delivery, £14.99

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

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

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DPD Saturday Delivery, by 12:00am, £21.99

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

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

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DPD Saturday Delivery, by 10:30am, £29.99

Orders signed by the doctor before 12 noon the day before will be delivered by 10:30am Saturday

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

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Unfortunately, we can't process orders from outside the UK at this time.


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