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.
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
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.
- Wash your hands before applying the cream.
- Apply a thin layer of Betnovate to the affected area(s) and gently rub it into the skin until it is fully absorbed.
- 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.
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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.
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.
How it works - get your medicine in 3 simple steps
- 1 Choose your treatment Select the treatment or medication you need and answer a few questions online regarding your condition.
- 2 Online consultation Our Independent Prescribers will review your questions and assess your suitability for the medication.
- 3 Receive your delivery Your medication is dispensed and delivered directly to you from our UK based Pharmacy.