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.