Betnovate Cream & Ointment is a prescription medicine that contains betamethasone valerate 0.1%. Betamethasone is a corticosteroid that is applied topically to relieve skin inflammation and itching associated with severe forms of inflammatory skin conditions such as:
Betamethasone (0.1%), a topical corticosteroid, is the active ingredient in Betnovate Cream & Ointment. Betnovate is applied directly to the skin to provide relief. Allergic reaction or over-sensitivity of the skin is the usual cause of skin inflammation. Betnovate works by acting inside the skin cells to reduce the release of chemicals that cause inflammation. This results in the reduction of the swelling, itching, and redness, which help prevent scratching that can further irritate the skin.
Betnovate cream is suitable for moist and weeping areas of the skin. The thicker and greasy ointment is suited for scaly, dry areas of the skin. Betnovate lotion is suitable for hairy areas of the skin because it easily spreads.
Betnovate Cream & Ointment works where lesser treatments are ineffective. Betamethasone is effective in reducing the release of inflammatory substances by the immune system, which results in a decrease of the swelling and redness.
Follow strictly the instructions of the doctor who prescribed Betnovate Cream & Ointment for your medical condition. Also, read and follow the patient information leaflet that comes with your order of the medication.
Betnovate cream & ointment, should be applied evenly and thinly to the affected areas of the skin once or twice a day when you start your treatment course. Betnovate should be used less frequently as soon as the condition begins to improve, or as directed by your doctor.
Do not apply Betnovate Cream & Ointment to infected or broken areas of the skin, unless you are also treating the infection. Don’t apply Betnovate to the facial skin unless your doctor instructs you. Do not apply Betnovate around the eyes or eyelids.
Avoid getting Betnovate cream, or ointment in your eyes, nose, or mouth. If accidental application occurs, immediately rinse with cold water.
Thoroughly wash your hands before you start after you applied the medication, unless your hands are being treated.
Do not use airtight dressings to cover the area being treated, unless your doctor instructed you to do so. Airtight dressings or bandages will increase the body to absorb more of the medicine, increasing the possibility of side effects. If you are going to use Betnovate Cream & Ointment under dressings as instructed by your doctor, cleanse the skin before the application of Betnovate before applying the medicine under a fresh dressing. Nappies and waterproof pants can act as airtight dressing and increase the body’s absorption of the medicine.
Betnovate lotion is flammable. Do not apply it near naked flames or lit objects. Do not smoke while applying the lotion.
You should continue applying Betnovate Cream & Ointment for as long as what your doctor recommended. Betnovate should not be used for more than once or twice a week at a time when using on a child.
Discontinue the use of the medicine if your skin condition does not improve after two weeks of treatment. Consult your doctor immediately.
Do not use Betnovate Cream & Ointment longer than what is recommended by your doctor.
If the area of the skin being treated with Betnovate Cream & Ointment becomes infection, stop the treatment and see your doctor.
Important things about Betnovate Cream & Ointment
Betnovate cream, lotion, or ointment is not for everybody. Betnovate should not be applied to children under one year of age.
Do not apply Betnovate Cream & Ointment to broken skin or open wounds, or skin areas affected by the following conditions:
Do not use Betnovate if you are allergic to its ingredients. Do not use Betnovate cream, or ointment as a moisturizer.
Betnovate lotion is used for the treatment of hairy areas of the skin or when a large area of the skin requires a minimal application. Betnovate cream is used for weeping and moist surfaces. Betnovate ointment is used for scaly, dry, lichenified lesions.
Apply Betnovate thinly and rub gently using only enough amounts to cover the entire area of the skin that is affected once or twice a day for up to four weeks until improvements are observed. The frequency of the application should be reduced or changed to a less potent preparation after the fourth week.
The side effects of Betnovate Cream & Ointment can affect individuals in different ways. Everyone who uses this medicine may not experience the side effects.
The following are the common side effects associated with the use of topical corticosteroids like Betnovate:
On rare occasions, the use of Betnovate may cause side effects on the other parts of the body, such as a decrease in the production of natural hormones by the adrenal glands. Some people may also experience changes in their vision while using Betnovate. When you experience any change in your vision, see your doctor immediately.
Betnovate Cream & Ointment is safe to use by men and women over the age of 18. It is also used for the treatment of haemorrhoids. However, Betnovate should not be used for haemorrhoids by the following:
Those who are allergic to Betnovate’s active ingredient – betamethasone.
Betnovate Cream & Ointment is not known to affect the effectiveness of other medicines. It is important, however, that you tell your doctor about the other medications you are taking or using before you start applying this medication.
If you are using other topical medications on the same area of the skin, it is recommended that you leave several minutes between the applications of each product. This will allow each product time to be fully absorbed by the skin and to avoid them getting mixed on the skin, which could affect the effectiveness of each.
If you apply a moisturizer shortly before or after you apply this medicine, it could dilute the corticosteroid and make it less effective. Try to apply your moisturizers at a different time of the day, or at least 30 minutes before or after you apply Betnovate Scalp Application.
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