Betamethasone Valerate Cream 0.1%
- Effective Eczema treatment
- Reduces inflammation
- Stops itching and redness
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What is Betamethasone Valerate Cream 0.1%?
Betamethasone Valerate cream is a type of topical corticosteroid and is applied directly to the skin to reduce inflammation and irritation, particularly from eczema.
When topically applied, Betamethasone Valerate cream will work directly within your skin cells and decrease the inflammatory chemicals. It also reduces the swelling and redness that is often accompanied by skin conditions. It is also commonly used for other inflammations, such as bodily reactions, insect bites, stings and allergies.
Betamethasone is available in several forms such as lotion, cream and soap. Betamethasone Valerate 0.1% specifically refers to an ointment composed of an active ingredient, betamethasone valerate, which is an anti-inflammatory agent that reacts with the infected skin and soothes it.
Betamethasone is more suitable for moist, raw and weeping areas of the skin. A more greasy ointment is suitable for areas of the skin that appear drier and cracked.
What is Betamethasone Valerate cream used to treat?
Betamethasone cream is commonly used in the treatment of a number of skin conditions. It is widely prescribed to treat cases of severe eczema that cause itchiness of the surrounding areas of the skin. It can also treat other skin conditions, such as psoriasis.
When treating eczema, Betamethasone should be applied thinly and generously to the affected area, ensuring that any excess is fully rubbed into the skin.
Who can use Betamethasone?
Betamethasone is safe for most adults and children to use, but it is not suitable for everyone.
Do not use Betamethasone cream to treat any of the following conditions; it could make them worse:
- Itchy skin that is not inflamed
- Infected skin (unless it is being treated with an anti-infective medicine at the same time)
- Itching around your anus or genitals
- Perioral dermatitis
Before using Betamethasone, tell your doctor if any of the following apply to you:
- You have previously suffered an allergic reaction to any steroid
- You are applying the cream under an airtight dressing, including a baby's nappy
- You have psoriasis (your doctor will need to see you more frequently)
- You are applying it to a large surface area
- You are applying the treatment to skin folds or broken skin
- You have an untreated skin infection (this will need to be treated)
- You are using the treatment for a chronic leg ulcer
- You are applying it on or near the eyelids (if the cream repeatedly gets into the eyes, it can cause cataracts or glaucoma)
- You are applying it to thin skin, such as on your face or on children's skin, which is thinner than adults
Do not use this cream on your face for longer than 5 days.
Keep away from fire when using this product, particularly when applying it under dressings.
Betamethasone contains chlorocresol and cetostearyl alcohol, which can cause reactions.
Do not use Betamethasone cream on children who are under 1 year old.
A course of Betamethasone cream treatment should not last for longer than 5 days for a child, unless your doctor has specifically instructed you to use it for longer.
How to apply Betamethasone
You will normally be instructed to apply this treatment once or twice daily. As your skin starts to improve, this dosage may be reduced.
- Wash your hands before applying this cream.
- Apply a thin layer of the cream to the affected area(s) and gently rub it into the skin until it has all been absorbed. One fingertip of this cream equates to one unit; children will not need as much.
- Unless you are applying the treatment to your hands, you should wash your hands again after applying the cream.
A guide and diagram of how much adults and children should apply can be found in the patient information leaflet.
A study found that when treating atopic eczema, applying corticosteroids more than once daily did not present any beneficial reaction. Instead, applying it more often only resulted in an increase in adverse effects.
Applying Betamethasone to your face
Only apply this treatment to your face if your doctor tells you to. The skin on your face thins easily, so you must not use it for longer than 5 days.
Corticosteroids when applied to thin epidermis areas such as eyelids tend to be absorbed better than areas that consist of thicker epidermis such as the soles of the feet.
How much should I apply?
|Area of the Body||Corticosteroid Creams and Ointments|
|Face and Neck||15 - 30g|
|Hands||15 - 30g|
|Scalp||15 - 30g|
|Arms||30 - 60g|
|Intimate areas (Groins and Genitalia)||15 - 30g|
The amounts listed are the recommended daily dose guidelines for an adult.
Betamethasone Valerate 0.1% side effects
As is the case with all medicines, Betamethasone does come with the risk of certain side effects, although not everyone will get them.
A common side effect may affect up to 1 in 10 people who use this medicine and can include a burning, painful, itching or irritation on the area(s) where you applied the cream.
Very rarely, you may experience the following side effects:
- Weight gain or rounding of the face
- An increased risk of getting an infection
- Stretch marks
- High blood pressure
- Blood vessels under the surface of the skin may become more noticeable
- Delayed weight gain or slowing of growth in children
- Dryness or thinning of the skin, which may damage or wrinkle more easily
- Rash, itchy bumpy skin or redness
- Increased blood sugar levels or sugar in your urine
- Bones becoming thinner, weak or easy to break
- Risk of glaucoma or cataracts
- Hair loss, an increase or reduction of hair growth
- Changes in skin colour
- Decreased levels of hormone cortisol in your blood
Speak to your doctor if any of these effects bother you or do not go away.
An adverse effect of this medication which can occur with unknown frequency is blurred vision. If you experience blurred vision or visual disturbances while using Betamethasone cream, please contact your doctor straight away.
Please note, this list is not exhaustive. Please, refer to the Side Effects tab on this page for a list of more serious reactions you may suffer.
Always read the patient information leaflet for a comprehensive list of adverse effects.
Can you buy Betamethasone Valerate over the counter in the UK?
No, due to the steroid nature of this product, it is available on prescription only. It is likely that your doctor will also want to assess your skin condition before prescribing a steroid medicine. If you are buying betamethasone valerate online, the prescribing doctor may wish to see a picture of the affected area.
Can you buy Betamethasone Valerate Online?
Yes, this medicine can be bought online from most UK online pharmacies. However due to the steroid present in this medicine, you will have to complete an online consultation in order for a doctor or healthcare professional to assess your condition to ensure you are receiving the best suitable treatment for your condition.
Betamethasone Valerate 0.1% Cream Dosage
Our pharmacists and prescribers follow NICE guidelines when prescribing Betamethasone cream.
Always apply Betamethasone cream exactly as instructed by your doctor or pharmacist. Read the patient information leaflet thoroughly before you use it. Speak to your doctor or pharmacist if you are not sure how to apply it.
Betamethasone cream is for external use only. Do not swallow the cream and keep it away from your mouth, eyes and nostrils.
Do not use more than the prescribed amount. This is particularly important for children.
Do not use this steroid treatment on large areas of the body for a long time, such as every day for weeks or months. This may cause thinning of the skin.
Speak to your doctor if your skin does not improve after 2 to 4 weeks of using this treatment.
How to store Betamethasone
Store Betamethasone out of the sight and reach of children.
Do not apply this cream after the expiry date, which can be found on the side of the tube or carton. The expiry date will refer to the last day of the month.
Store it in a cool and dry place that is below 25C.
Do not throw away this or any other medicine via wastewater or household waste. Ask your pharmacist for information on how to safely and ethically dispose of medicine that has either expired or that you no longer need to take. This will help to protect the environment.
What if I forget to apply it?
If you forget to apply the cream, just apply it as soon as you remember, as long as it is not nearly time for your next application. If it is close to the next application, just keep using the treatment as normal.
What if I use too much?
Speak to your doctor of call 111 as soon as possible if you apply too much or swallow Betamethasone, as it could make you ill.
What if I stop using it?
If you use Betamethasone regularly, you should consult your doctor before you stop using it. If you suddenly stop using it, this could make your condition worse.
Speak to your doctor or pharmacist if you have any questions or concerns.
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What are the side effects of Betamethasone?
Betamethasone Valerate Side Effects
More common adverse reactions of Betamethasone can be found on the main product page.
Stop using this medicine and seek medical advice immediately if you experience any of the following reactions:
- Your skin condition gets worse
- You get a generalised rash or your skin becomes swollen during the treatment
- You have psoriasis and get raised bumps with pus under the skin.
In rare cases, it is possible that you may suffer a serious allergic reaction to Betamethasone and require immediate treatment in hospital.
You must either go to A&E or call 999 straight away if you exhibit any of the following symptoms:
- You are wheezing
- You get a skin rash that may be red, itchy, swollen, blistered or peeling skin
- You have swelling in your mouth, face, lips, tongue or throat
- You are finding it difficult to breathe or speak
- You have tightness in the chest or throat
These lists may not be exhaustive. Please, read the patient information leaflet thoroughly before using this medication for a comprehensive list of side effects.
Betamethasone Valerate Warnings and drug interactions
Betamethasone cream may interact with other medications, which could increase your risk of side effects or hinder one or both of the medicine's effectiveness.
Before you start using a new medicine, it is very important that you inform your doctor or pharmacist if you are already taking any other form of medication. This includes both prescription and non-prescription medication, herbal remedies, vitamins and supplements as some medicines can interact with the ingredient beatametasone.
In particular, make sure your doctor or pharmacist is aware if you are currently taking or have recently taken ritonavir or itraconazole medications.
If you have any questions or concerns at all about the suitability of Betamethasone cream, please do not hesitate to speak to your doctor or pharmacist for more information.
This medication should not be used as a treatment for any of the following conditions:
- Perioral dermatitis
- Skin infections caused by viruses, bacteria, or fungi, such as cold sores, herpes, chickenpox, impetigo, ringworm, athlete’s foot or thrush
Speak to your doctor for more information if you have any of the above conditions as there are specific treatments available to relieve these problems.
Pregnancy and breastfeeding
Before using this medication, inform your doctor or pharmacist if you are currently pregnant, think you might be pregnant, or are trying to get pregnant.
You should also inform them if you are currently breastfeeding.
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The active ingredient contained in this medicine is betamethasone valerate.
Inactive ingredients also contained are: chlorocresol, cetomacrogol 1000, cetostearyl alcohol, white soft paraffin, liquid paraffin, sodium acid phosphate, phosphoric acid, sodium hydroxide and purified water.
Do not use this medicine without speaking to your doctor if you are allergic to any of the ingredients listed above.
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