Betamethasone Valerate (bay-ta-METH-a-sone VAL-er-ate)
Treats swelling and itching of the skin. This medicine is a corticosteroid.
There may be other brand names for this medicine.
When This Medicine Should Not Be Used
You should not use this medicine if you have had an allergic reaction to betamethasone.
How to Use This Medicine
Cream, Foam, Lotion, Ointment
- Your doctor will tell you how much of this medicine to use and how often. Do not use more medicine or use it more often than your doctor tells you to.
- This medicine is for use on the skin only. Do not get it in your eyes, nose, or mouth. Do not use it on skin areas that have cuts or scrapes. If it does get on these areas, rinse it off right away.
- Do not cover the treated area with a bandage unless your doctor has told you to.
If a dose is missed:
- If you miss a dose or forget to use your medicine, apply it as soon as you can. If it is almost time for your next dose, wait until then to apply the medicine and skip the missed dose. Do not apply extra medicine to make up for a missed dose.
How to Store and Dispose of This Medicine
- Store the medicine in a closed container at room temperature, away from heat, moisture, and direct light.
- Ask your pharmacist, doctor, or health caregiver about the best way to dispose of the used medicine container and any leftover medicine after you have finished your treatment. You will also need to throw away old medicine after the expiration date has passed.
- Keep all medicine away from children and never share your medicine with anyone.
Drugs and Foods to Avoid
Ask your doctor or pharmacist before using any other medicine, including over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal products.
- Do not use cosmetics or other skin care products on the treated skin areas.
- Before using this medicine, make sure your doctor knows if you are using other steroid medicines.
Warnings While Using This Medicine
- Make sure your doctor knows if you are pregnant or breast feeding.
- Tell your doctor if you have diabetes. This medicine may raise the levels of sugar in your blood or urine.
- Children may be more likely to have side effects from this medicine.
- This medicine may slow down a child's growth. If you think your child is not growing properly while using this medicine, talk with your doctor.
- Do not use this medicine for a skin problem that has not been checked by your doctor.
- If your symptoms do not improve or if they get worse, call your doctor.
Possible Side Effects While Using This Medicine
Call your doctor right away if you notice any of these side effects:
- Bulging of the soft spot on a baby's head (if using this medicine on the baby).
- Gaining weight around your neck, upper back, breast, face, or waist.
- Headaches and problems with vision.
- Signs of skin infection, such as swelling, redness, warmth, pus, or oozing.
If you notice these less serious side effects, talk with your doctor:
- Acne or tiny pimples on the skin.
- Burning, itching, or irritation of your skin where the medicine is applied.
- Changes in the color of your skin.
- Dry skin.
- Excessive hair growth.
If you notice other side effects that you think are caused by this medicine, tell your doctor
Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088
Review Date: 2011-02-04