Betamethasone Valerate is a product also known and sold under many trade names - Betamethacot, Beta-Val, Luxiq, Qualisone, and Valisone.
This product belongs to the group of drugs known as corticosteroids, to be more precise, this product is a medium-strength corticosteroid. It is used in the treatment of skin conditions of the scalp, e.g. psoriasis and seborrhea. It works by decreasing the symptoms of swelling (inflammation), itching and redness.
This product is available in many forms – lotion, cream, gel, ointment and foam.
2 What to Know Before Using
Before you make a decision to start the treatment with this product, it is essential that you get informed about the expected beneficial effects, as well as the possible side effects and potential risks.
This is decision that you and your doctor, together, will have to make. For this decision to be made, it is essential for the beneficial effects to outweigh the potential risks.
During the consultations with your doctor, it is important that you inform the doctor about:
Allergies – Inform your doctor about any allergic reaction to any kind of medication, prescribed or no prescribed. Also, inform the healthcare professional about any allergic reaction to any specific type of food, dye, fabric and etc.
Pediatric – Proper studies have confirmed that this medicine has proven safe as well as useful in the treatment within pediatric patients. There is no age-connected risk. But, this medicine has a high toxicity. As it is known, children can absorb a large amount of this medicine through the skin. Because of this, this product must be used with extra caution within children.
Geriatric – There are no studies done that would confirm the safety of this medicine to be used within geriatric patients. Because of this, it should be used only when the beneficial effects outweigh the potential risks.
Pregnancy – Inform your doctor if you are currently pregnant or have any plans about pregnancy in the near future. There are no studies done that confirm if this medicine is safe to be used during pregnancy or show its effects on the infant. Because of this, it should be used only when the beneficial effects outweigh the potential risks.
Breastfeeding – Inform your doctor if you are currently breastfeeding. There are no studies done that would confirm the safety of this medicine to be used within nursing mothers. Also, it is not confirmed if this medicine is extracted in the milk. Because of this, it should be used only when the beneficial effects outweigh the potential risks.
Drug interactions – Inform your doctor if you are currently using any other medications, prescribed or no prescribed, even vitamins and herbal tea. This is important because certain medications should not be used in a combination with other because of the possibility that certain interactions could occur. But, sometimes the doctor may prescribe a certain type of a combination including two or more medications, if he or she considers that combination to prove as beneficial regarding your condition.
Other interactions – Certain medications should not be used in a combination with certain type of food, alcohol and/or tobacco. Because of this it is important to get informed if there is a need for you to follow any specific diet, and/or discontinue your use of alcohol and/or tobacco during the treatment with this product.
Other medical problems – Inform your doctor about your medical history, other medical problems and conditions form the past or still present at the moment. Especially, inform the doctor if there is a history of any of the following conditions – Cushing’s syndrome, diabetes mellitus, hyperglycemia, intracranial hypertension, infection of the skin of any kind, large sores and etc.
For proper use, get directions from your doctor. This medication is for external use only! It should be used only on the skin.
Avoid getting this medication near your eyes, mouth, or nose. If this happens, wash with warm water. Do not apply it in the skin area where there are cuts and scratches present. Remember to wash your hands with warm water and soap every time before and after you apply the product.
Apply a thin layer of the product and massage the skin area gently. Leave it uncovered for at least 10 minutes so that the medicine could absorb in the skin.
The dose is individual for every patient, prescribed by the doctor and based on the condition and the prognosis of the treatment. It is usually applied two or three times, daily, depending on the form of medication that you are using.
Use this product regularly to get the most beneficial effects from the treatment. If you happen to forget to apply a dose, apply it as soon as you remember. Do not double to catch up. But, if it is near the time for the next one, wait and apply the next one.
This product is dangerous and harmful if swallowed. If swallowing is suspected, contact your doctor for further directions.
4 Precautions to Take
Make sure you visit your doctor at your scheduled appointments so that he or she would be able to track your condition and make any adjustments and changes if needed, regarding the dose (e.g. the doctor may decide to increase or decrease the dose) or the treatment itself – the doctor may decide to discontinue your treatment with this product if there are any serious side effects present.
Inform your doctor if you have ever had an allergic reaction to any kind of medication, prescribed or no prescribed. This is important because this product may contain inactive substances that could cause interactions to occur.
Inform you doctor if you are pregnant or breastfeeding. This product should not be used during pregnancy or within nursing mother because of the lack of studies that would confirm the safety of the medication. The doctor may advise you to use a proven form of birth control to help prevent pregnancy during the treatment.
Avoid the contact between this product and your eyes, nose, or mouth as well as skin areas that have visible cuts and scratches.
5 Potential Side Effects
Along with its expected beneficial effects, there are possible side effects and potential risks. These side effects do not appear within all patients. Also, these side effects could be mild or more serious. However, it is important to get informed about the potential side effects so that you would be able to notice their presence and inform the doctor for further directions.
Burning, itching, or stinging may be present. These side effects are usually a sign that your body is adjusting to the presence of the medicine. These side effects do not usually require medical help, but if they persist or worsen, inform the doctor.
Serious side effects – stretch marks, skin thinning/discoloration, acne, extreme/unwanted hair growth, “hair bumps”. Inform the doctor about their present as soon as possible.
A serious allergic reaction is not common. But, if you notice any of the following side effects, inform the doctor right away.
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