Betnovate Cream & Ointment

  • Reduces redness, itchind and inflammation of the skin
  • Available as a Cream or Ointment
  • Used to treat Eczema, Psoriasis and Dermatitis
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What is Betnovate Cream/Ointment?

Betnovate cream is a topical corticosteroid treatment. It works to reduce the redness and itching that is associated with various skin conditions, including eczema and dermatitis. It is also available as a scalp applicator.

Betnovate benefits 

Skin inflammation occurs as a result of the body releasing inflammatory chemicals; this is a response to an allergen or irritation. When these chemicals are released, the blood vessels widen and cause the skin to become painful or itchy.

Corticosteroids like Betnovate work to inhibit your body's inflammatory response by stopping these cells from releasing large quantities of these chemicals.

Can I buy Betnovate online safely?

You can buy Betnovate cream from Medicine Direct following an online consultation with one of our registered doctors, who will issue a prescription for this medicine after assessing your symptoms and medical history. It is then available to purchase from our registered online pharmacy; place your order by 2pm and we can offer you free next day delivery.

Betnovate cream uses

Betnovate is used in the treatment of a number of skin conditions including eczema, dermatitis and psoriasis.

It contains the active ingredient betamethasone valerate and is a steroid medicine. Betnovate works by reducing he redness and itchiness that comes with these skin problems.

It is suitable for both adults and children over one year of age, but is only available on prescription.

Over the counter alternatives for eczema

You can treat eczema with the following products, which do not require a prescription:

  • Cotton gloves
  • Moisturisers and emollients
  • Bath and shower gels/creams
  • Antihistamine tablets

Is Betnovate suitable for me?

Betnovate cream may not be suitable for everyone to use.

This medicine is not suitable for children under one year of age.

Do not use Betnovate:

  • If you are allergic to betamethasone valerate or any of the other ingredients contained in this medicine (please refer to the Ingredients tab for full details)
  • As a treatment for severe flushing of skin around your nose
  • As a treatment for acne
  • As a treatment for itchy skin that is not inflamed
  • As a treatment for infected skin (unless you are treating it with an anti-infective medicine at the same time)
  • As a treatment for perioral dermatitis

Please refer to the Warnings and Drug Interactions tab for more information on precautions you should take before using this medicine.

Read the patient information leaflet for comprehensive warnings and precautions.

Betnovate for acne and insect bites

Betnovate cream is a steroid medicine, so it should not be used as a treatment for spots or acne scars. It may make acne worse in some cases.

This medicine is designed to heal inflammatory skin conditions. It can also be used for insect bites.

Do not use Betnovate cream on broken or infected skin.

Pregnancy and breastfeeding

Please speak to your doctor for guidance if you are currently pregnant, trying to get pregnant, think you may be pregnant or breastfeeding, before you start to use this medicine.

Possible side effects

Like all medicines, Betnovate cream comes with the risk of certain side effects, although not everyone who uses it will get them.

Some people may experience pain, burning, itching or irritation on the affected area(s) where the cream has been applied.

Rare side effects of this product include:

  • A rash, itchy bumpy or red skin
  • Stretch marks
  • Thinning and dryness of the skin (your skin may also damage more easily)
  • An increase or reduction in hair growth or hair loss
  • Changes in skin colour
  • An allergic skin reaction to the application site
  • The blood vessels under the skin's surface may be more noticeable
  • Cataracts or glaucoma
  • Weight gain
  • Delayed weight gain or slowed growth in children
  • Your bones become thin, weak and break easily
  • Increased blood sugar levels or sugar in the urine
  • High blood pressure
  • Decreased levels of the hormone cortisol in the blood

Speak to your doctor for advice if you suffer from any of the above side effects.

Please note, this list is not exhaustive. Please refer to the Side Effects tab for more serious reactions you may suffer while using this product.

Dosage and Directions

Our pharmacists and prescribers follow NICE guidelines when prescribing Betnovate Cream.

How to use Betnovate

Always use Betnovate exactly as instructed by your doctor or pharmacist. Read the patient information leaflet thoroughly before you start using the treatment; talk to your doctor or pharmacist if you are not sure of how to use it.

Normally, you will be instructed to apply Betnovate once or twice a day. As your skin condition begins to get better, this dosage might be lessened.

Betnovate is for external use only.

Speak to your doctor if your skin problem has not gotten better after using this treatment for 2 to 4 weeks.

Only apply this medicine to your face if your doctor has told you to do so.

Do not use this medicine on large areas of skin for a long time, unless specifically instructed to do so by your doctor.

If you are applying Betnovate to skin under a dressing, always clean the skin before a fresh dressing is applied.

If you are applying Betnovate to someone else's skin, wash your hands before and after using Betnovate, or apply the product wearing gloves.

You must speak to your doctor before you stop using Betnovate cream, particularly if you have been using it regularly for a long time. Suddenly stopping treatment could make your skin condition worse.

Usage instructions

  1. Wash your hands before applying the cream.
  2. Apply a thin layer of Betnovate to the affected area(s) and gently rub it into the skin until it is fully absorbed.
  3. Wash your hands again once you have applied the treatment, unless you are applying the cream to your hands as part of the treatment.

What if I use too much?

Using too much of this treatment could make you ill. Speak to your doctor or go to A&E as soon as possible if you use too much or accidentally swallow Betnovate cream.

What if I forget to use it?

If you forget to use this product, just apply it as soon you remember, unless it is almost time for your next scheduled dose.

If it is nearly time for your next scheduled dose, just skip the dose you missed and continue to use the product as normal.

Can you buy Betnovate cream over the counter?

This is a prescription-only medicine, so you can only purchase Betnovate when your doctor has prescribed it for you. At Medicine Direct, you can obtain a prescription for Betnovate following an online consultation with one of our certified doctors, who will issue a prescription for this medicine if they deem it suitable to treat your problem.

What does the price include?

The price includes an online consultation with a registered health professional, who is qualified to prescribe the most suitable treatment for you. It also includes the price of the medicine you require. We offer free delivery on all UK orders.

What are the advantages of buying Betnovate online?

Ordering Betnovate online removes the need for you to wait days, or even weeks, for a doctor's appointment with your local GP. All of our doctors and pharmacists are fully registered with the General Pharmaceutical Council (GPhC) and the General Medical Council, meaning they are completely qualified to advise on the conditions we offer treatment for. Furthermore, you will have your medicine with you the very next day if you place your order with us by 2pm. We offer free UK delivery on all orders

What are corticosteroids?

Corticosteroids are a form of steroid hormone which have an anti-inflammatory effect on the body. They come as topical treatments as well as tablets and medicines. They work to improve a range of skin problems like psoriasis and eczema.

Can Betnovate cream be used for acne?

This product is not suitable to treat acne. In some cases, it can make the condition worse. Speak to your doctor or pharmacist about a specific medicine for acne.

Are Betnovate and Dermovate the same thing?

These are both topical steroids to treat a range of skin conditions. Dermovate is five times more potent than Betnovate.

Can Betnovate be used on the face or ears – and is it good for you?

Do not use this product on the face or ears unless your doctor has specifically instructed you to.

Does this treatment make your hair grow after alopecia?

This product was not designed to treat alopecia. Nonetheless, some people find that Betnovate can help them to grow their hair back. However, this has not been scientifically proven, although Betnovate can be used on the scalp to treat skin conditions.

Can this treatment be used for young children or babies?

This product can be used on children who are over the age of 1 year old. A doctor may prescribe a less potent medicine for children. Do not use this medicine on children unless a doctor has instructed you to do so.

Can Betnovate ointment be used for burns?

No, you should not apply this treatment to broken skin.

Is Betnovate a hydrocortisone cream?

This product is much stronger than a regular hydrocortisone cream.

Side Effects

Stop using Betnovate cream and seek medical attention immediately if:

  • Your skin condition gets worse, you get a skin rash or the skin becomes worse during treatment
  • You have psoriasis and get raised bumps that have pus under the skin

If you suffer any of the below, you may be having a serious allergic reaction and require immediate hospital treatment.

Dial 999 or go to A&E if:

  • You are finding it difficult to breathe or speak
  • You have a skin rash that has red, itchy, swollen, blistered or peeling skin
  • You have swelling in your face, throat, mouth, lips or tongue
  • You have tightness in your throat or chest
  • You are wheezing

Always read the patient information leaflet for comprehensive information on side effects.

If you are concerned about side effects, please speak to your doctor.

Warnings and drug interactions

Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are taking any other form of medicine, especially if you are using ritonavir and itraconazole medications as some medicines interact with Betnovate cream.

This medicine must not be used on children for longer than 5 days.

Speak to your doctor before using this medicine if:

  • You have a chronic leg ulcer
  • You need to apply this cream over a large area of skin
  • You are applying the cream under an airtight dressing, including a child's nappy
  • You have psoriasis
  • You are using this medicine on your face
  • You are applying it to broken skin or skin folds
  • You are pregnant, may be pregnant or are breastfeeding
  • You have a history of allergic reactions to steroid medications

Always read the patient information leaflet for comprehensive warnings and precautions. Speak to your doctor or pharmacist for further guidance.


The active ingredient contained in this prescription medicine is betamethasone valerate.

The 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.

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Please note that next day delivery to Northern Ireland, Scottish Highlands & Islands and British Isles cannot be guaranteed. Please contact our team for more information.

Written byHussain Abdeh MPharm: 2211840

Updated on: 09/06/2021

This content has been written by our Pharmacist Sonia Khan and has been medically reviewed by our Superintendent Pharmacist Hussain Abdeh

Sonia Khan
MPharm: 2076091


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