Brand: Diprolene, Diprosone
Generic: Betamethasone Dipropionate
Betamethasone Dipropionate is a skin treatment for relieving inflammation and itching in certain skin diseases. This is a high potency corticosteroid. This product is not recommended for use in pediatric patients under 12 years of age.
Betamethasone Dipropionate is available as a gel, cream, lotion or ointment.
You should read the product information leaflet before using this medication. If you have any questions, ask your doctor or pharmacist.
Your dosage is based on your medical condition and the way you will respond to treatment. Take this drug regularly to experience the most benefits. You should also use this drug at the same time each day.
This drug is to be applied to the skin only. Avoid using it in the face, groin, or underarms, or for diaper rash, unless told so by your doctor.
First, wash and dry your hand before applying. The affected area should be cleansed and dried. The medication should be applied as a thin film to be gently rubbed in, as instructed by your doctor. Avoid covering or wrapping the treated are. Wash your hands after use. Avoid contact with eyes, mouth or mucous membranes. If contact occurs, rinse with plenty of water.
If you miss a dose, use it as soon as you remember. Continue to use it as prescribed by your doctor or as stated on the package label.
Betamethasone Dipropionate may interact with medications such as:
- Corticosteroids taken by mouth (e.g., prednisone)
- Drugs that lower the immune system (e.g., cyclosporine)
There are no side effects known aside from a possible allergic reaction in people who have previous or unknown hypersensitivity to the drug.
Watch out for signs of allergic reactions such as:
Before taking this medication, tell your doctor or pharmacist if you have the following:
- Allergy to betamethasone or to other corticosteroids (e.g., hydrocortisone, prednisone)
- Poor blood circulation
- Immune system problems
- Infection or sore present in the area to be treated
- Pregnancy or lactation