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Betamethasone

Prescription vs.OTC: Prescription by Doctor required

Betamethasone belonging to the glucocorticoid class of medication, acts as a steroid. It treats various rheumatic disorders such as systemic lupus erythematous and rheumatoid arthritis. Many skin diseases including psoriasis and dermatitis, allergic conditions such as angioedema and asthma, certain blood disorders, certain eye and skin conditions. Multiple sclerosis, crohn's disease and leukaemia can also be treated with Betamethasone. It can be administered into the body orally, in the form of an injection or applied as a cream. Being a corticosteroid, it works by decreasing inflammation and modifying the body's immune response to various conditions.

You are advised to not take this medication if you have allergy, systemic fungal infection or an active untreated infection. Betamethasone can interact with a few other medicines so inform your doctor if you take amlodipine, mifepristone, warfarin, ethinyl, estradiol, insulin, ciprofloxacin, BCG vaccine. Also inform your doctor if you suffer from tuberculosis, electrolytic imbalance, gastrointestinal perforations, infections, myocardial infarction, ocular herpes infection, scleroderma or threadworm infection. This medicine is not recommended to use during pregnancy or breastfeeding unless absolutely required, in which case breastfeeding should be discontinued.

Serious side effects may include an increased risk of infection, severe allergic reactions, muscle weakness, and psychosis. Using Betamethasone for a long time can cause adrenal insufficiency. Discontinuing the medication suddenly after a long-term use may be dangerous. The cream commonly results in skin irritation and increased hair growth.

Take Betamethasone as instructed by the doctor. Your dosage duration, timings, forms and other attributes can vary depending on the medical condition and hence following instructions are necessary to ensure this medicine is safe and effective to use.

Information given here is based on the salt and content of the medicine. Effect and uses of medicine may vary from person to person. It is advicable to consult a Dermatologist before using this medicine.

Allergy and inflammation

This medicine is used to reduce or prevent swelling and irritation associated with conditions like asthma, colitis etc.

Joint inflammation

This medicine is used to relieve swelling and pain associated with diseases like arthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis, bursitis, tendinitis, gout etc.

Eye inflammation

This medicine is used to relieve swelling, irritation, burning of the eye caused due to infections, allergy, exposure to chemicals etc.

Skin disorders

This medicine is used to relieve swelling, itching, redness, and burning associated with various allergic skin conditions like pruritus, pemphigus vulgaris, seborrhoeic dermatitis etc.
This medicine is not recommended for use if you have a known history of allergy to it or any other medicine belonging to the category of corticosteroids.

Systemic Fungal Infection

This medicine is not recommended for use if you have a fungal infection affecting an internal organ/organs in the body.

Active untreated infection

This medicine is not recommended for use in patients suffering from any serious infection and is yet to receive any treatment for the same.
In addition to its intended effect, Betamethasone may cause some unwanted effects too. In such cases, you must seek medical attention immediately. This is not an exhaustive list of side effects. Please inform your doctor if you experience any adverse reaction to the medication.

Blurred vision

Major Rare

Increased appetite

Moderate Less Common

Indigestion

Minor Less Common

Anxiety and nervousness

Moderate Less Common

Skin itch

Minor Rare

Drying and cracking of skin

Minor Less Common

Acne

Minor Common

Change in skin color

Minor Common

Persistent infections

Major Less Common

Irregular menstrual periods

Moderate Rare

Depression

Moderate Less Common

Growth retardation in children

Moderate Less Common

Hoarseness of voice

Minor Common

How long is the duration of effect?

The time duration for which this medicine remains effective is subject to vary depending on the form and route of administration.

What is the onset of action?

The effect of this medicine can be observed within a few minutes after oral administration as it is rapidly absorbed from the gastrointestinal tract. It is subject to vary depending on the route of administration.

Are there any pregnancy warnings?

Use of this medicine during pregnancy is not recommended unless absolutely necessary and the benefits outweigh the risks. Consult your doctor before using this medicine.

Is it habit forming?

No habit forming tendencies were reported.

Are there any breast-feeding warnings?

Use of this medicine while breastfeeding is not recommended. However, if it absolutely necessary to use this medicine, then breastfeeding should be discontinued. Consult your doctor before using this medicine.

Missed Dose instructions

Contact your doctor for instructions if you missed a scheduled dose of this medicine. A self-attempt to make up for the lost dose may result in adverse effects.

Overdose instructions

Contact your doctor if an overdose with this medicine for is suspected especially when the prescribed dose is very high. Symptoms may include thinning of the skin, easy bruising and bleeding, body fat deposits etc.

India

United States

Japan

Below is the list of medicines, which contains Betamethasone as ingredient
Hema Laboratories
Fulford (India) Ltd
Glaxosmithkline Pharmaceuticals Ltd
Fulford India Ltd
Wallace Pharmaceuticals Ltd
Ochoa Laboratiories Ltd
Merck Ltd
Wockhardt Ltd
Nem Laboratories
Palson Drug
Glaxosmithkline Pharmaceuticals Ltd
Cipla Ltd
Parker Robinson Pvt. Ltd
Glaxosmithkline Pharmaceuticals Ltd
Franco-Indian Pharmaceuticals Pvt Ltd
Percos India Pvt Ltd
Glaxosmithkline Pharmaceuticals Ltd
Wallace Pharmaceuticals Ltd
Glaxo SmithKline Pharmaceuticals Ltd
Geno Pharmaceuticals Ltd
Comed Chemicals Pvt Ltd
Betamethasone is a potent glucocorticoid with minimal mineralocorticoid action. It decreases inflammation by inhibiting the migration of leukocytes and reduces the permeability of capillaries and inhibiting prostaglandins and other inflammatory mediators.
Whenever you take more than one medicine, or mix it with certain foods or beverages, you"re at risk of a drug interaction.

Interaction with Disease

Tuberculosis

Major
This medicine should be used with caution in patients who have recently recovered from tuberculosis. The risks of a relapse are significantly high and hence close monitoring of signs and symptoms is necessary.

Electrolyte imbalance

Major
This medicine is known to cause imbalances in the levels of minerals like calcium, potassium, and sodium in the body. Hence it should be administered with caution in patients with a pre-existing electrolyte imbalance disorder.

Gastrointestinal perforations

Major
This medicine is known to cause perforations and bleeding in the gut especially when high doses are consumed. Hence this medicine should be administered with caution in patients having a pre-existing perforation disorder of the stomach or intestine.

Infections

Major
This medicine can suppress the immune system especially if the dose is high. This may increase the chances of contracting an infection or reduce the capacity to fight an infection. Hence, this medicine or corticosteroids, in general, should not be used in patients with active infections.

Myocardial infarction

Major
This medicine should be used with extreme caution in patients who have recovered or are recovering from a recent heart attack.

Ocular herpes infection

Major
This medicine should be used with caution if the patient is suffering from an eye infection caused by herpes simplex virus.

Scleroderma

Major
This medicine should be used with caution in patients suffering from this disease where the skin and connective tissue beneath becomes hard and stiff.

Threadworm infection

Major
This medicine should be used with caution in patients suffering from an infection caused by threadworm (Strongyloides).

Interaction with Alcohol

Alcohol

Interaction with alcohol is unknown. It is advisable to consult your doctor before consumption.

Interaction with Lab Test

Lab

Information not available.

Interaction with Food

Food

Information not available.

Interaction with Medicine

Amlodipine

Moderate
Report the use of either of the medicine to the doctor. Taking these medicines together may reduce the efficacy of Amlodipine. You may need a dose adjustment and more frequent monitoring of blood pressure levels while using them together.

Mifepristone

Major
These medicines should not be used together. Combining them would significantly reduce the efficacy of betamethasone. Your doctor may determine the best course of treatment in such cases.

Warfarin

Moderate
Report the use of either of the medicine to the doctor. You may need a dose adjustment of warfarin based on the result of clotting time test performed. Any incidence of unusual bleeding and bruising, chest pain, loss of vision, swelling of arms and feet should be reported to the doctor immediately.

Ethinyl Estradiol

Moderate
Ethinyl estradiol can potentially reduce the efficacy of betamethasone. You may need a dose adjustment and special test to safely use these medicines together. Do no stop the use of any medicine without consulting your doctor.

Insulin

Moderate
Report the use of either of the medicine to the doctor. You may need a dose adjustment of the diabetic medicine and more frequent monitoring of blood glucose levels while using them together.

Ciprofloxacin

Major
Report the use of either of the medicine to the doctor. The risks of adverse effects are significantly high especially in the elderly. Your doctor may prescribe a suitable alternative. Any pain or swelling of the tendons in the ankle, shoulder, biceps etc should be reported immediately.

BCG vaccine

Major
This medicine should not be used when you have taken a vaccine containing a live and attenuated strain of the bacteria or virus. Report any recent vaccine taken to the doctor so that suitable alternatives could be prescribed.
What are you using Betamethasone for?
Skin disorders
Allergy and inflammation
Other
Joint inflammation
Eye inflammation
How much was the improvement?
Excellent
Average
Poor
How long did it take before seeing improvement?
More than 2 days
Within 6 hours
Within 2 hours
Within 2 days
How frequently did you take this medicine?
Once a day
Twice a day
Not taking on daily level
Thrice a day
How did you take this medicine?
With Food
With or without food
Empty stomach
What were the side effects of this medicine?
Skin itch
Indigestion
Anxiety and nervousness
Blurred vision
Change in skin color
Drying and cracking of skin
Disclaimer: The information produced here is best of our knowledge and experience and we have tried our best to make it as accurate and up-to-date as possible, but we would like to request that it should not be treated as a substitute for professional advice, diagnosis or treatment.

Lybrate is a medium to provide our audience with the common information on medicines and does not guarantee its accuracy or exhaustiveness. Even if there is no mention of a warning for any drug or combination, it never means that we are claiming that the drug or combination is safe for consumption without any proper consultation with an expert.

Lybrate does not take responsibility for any aspect of medicines or treatments. If you have any doubts about your medication, we strongly recommend you to see a doctor immediately.

Popular Questions & Answers

Can I Apply Betamethasone Cream to cure Phimosis. Where Can I find these creams. Please Help. Thank You.

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Hello- betamethosone is a steroid it will make skin hard and lose its elasticity. So the phimosis will be worsen, if betamethasone is used for a long time. Try safe method instead. Ayurvedic medicines can treat your phimosis.
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Betamethasone 1 mg or prednisolone 10 mg steroid for skin allergy which is strong dose.
Hello lybrate-user, Yes it is. And also it gives you temporary relief quickly. There are so many Ayurveda medicine also for it for permanent solutions but first know what the reason. Further details you can private consult.

I am using betamethasone dipropionate and clotrimazole lotion from doctor advised me can I use coconut oil in my scalp after using this.

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I am 23 year old male, and I am suffering from from phimosis. I searched the net nd found betamethasone can cure it, please prescribe me solution.

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About Betamethasone
When is Betamethasone prescribed?
What are the contraindications of Betamethasone ?
What are the side effects of Betamethasone ?
Key highlights of Betamethasone
What are the dosage instructions?
Where is the Betamethasone approved?
Medicines containing Betamethasone
How does medicine works?
What are the interactions for Betamethasone ?