Betamethasone Valerate Uses

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What is Betamethasone Valerate?

Reducing itching, redness, and swelling associated with skin conditions of the scalp. It may also be used for other conditions as determined by your doctor.

Betamethasone Valerate foam is a topical corticosteroid. It works by depressing the formation, release, and activity of different cells and chemicals that cause swelling, redness, and itching.

Betamethasone Valerate indications

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Betamethasone Valerate Foam, 0.12% is a medium potency topical corticosteroid indicated for relief of the inflammatory and pruritic manifestations of corticosteroid-responsive dermatoses of the scalp.

How should I use Betamethasone Valerate?

Use Betamethasone Valerate foam as directed by your doctor. Check the label on the medicine for exact dosing instructions.

Ask your health care provider any questions you may have about how to use Betamethasone Valerate foam.

Uses of Betamethasone Valerate in details

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This medication is used to treat a variety of skin conditions (e.g., eczema, dermatitis, allergies, rash). Betamethasone Valerate reduces the swelling, itching, and redness that can occur in these types of conditions. This medication is a medium-strength corticosteroid.

How to use Betamethasone Valerate topical

Use this medication on the skin only. However, do not use it on the face, groin, or underarms unless directed to do so by your doctor.

Wash and dry your hands before using. Clean and dry the affected area. Apply a thin film of medication to the affected area and gently rub in, usually 1-3 times daily or as directed by your doctor. Do not bandage, cover, or wrap the area unless directed to do so by your doctor. If used in the diaper area on an infant, do not use tight-fitting diapers or plastic pants.

After applying the medication, wash your hands unless you are using this medication to treat the hands. When applying this medication near the eyes, avoid getting it in the eyes because this may worsen or cause glaucoma. Also, avoid getting this medication in the nose or mouth. If you get the medication in these areas, rinse with plenty of water.

Use this medication only for the condition for which it was prescribed. Do not use it for longer than prescribed.

Inform your doctor if your condition persists or worsens after 2 weeks.

Betamethasone Valerate description

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Betamethasone Valerate Cream: Betamethasone Valerate contains Betamethasone Valerate 0.1% as 17-valerate in a water-miscible base.

It also contains the following excipients: Chlorocresol, macrogol cetostearyl ether, cetostearyl alcohol, white soft paraffin, liquid paraffin, sodium acid phosphate, phosphoric acid, sodium hydroxide and purified water.

Betamethasone Valerate RD Cream: Betamethasone Valerate RD Cream contains Betamethasone Valerate 0.025% as the valerate ester in a water-miscible base.

It also contains the following excipients: Cetostearyl alcohol, macrogol cetostearyl ether, white soft paraffin, liquid paraffin, chlorocresol, anhydrous disodium hydrogen phosphate, citric acid monohydrate and purified water.

Betamethasone Valerate Scalp Application: Betamethasone Valerate Scalp Application contains Betamethasone Valerate 0.1% w/w as valerate. The vehicle contains 50% of isopropyl alcohol, which has antibacterial activity. This preparation complies with the specifications for Betamethasone Valerate Scalp Application BP.

It also contains the following excipients: Carbomer, isopropyl alcohol, sodium hydroxide and purified water.

Betamethasone Valerate dosage

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Betamethasone Valerate Cream/Betamethasone Valerate RD Cream: A small quantity should be applied to the affected area 2 or 3 times daily until improvement occurs. It may then be possible to maintain improvement by applying once a day or even less often or by using the appropriate ready-diluted (1 in 4) preparation Betamethasone Valerate RD Cream.

Betamethasone Valerate Cream: Betamethasone Valerate creams are especially appropriate for moist or weeping surfaces.

In the more resistant lesions eg, the thickened plaques of psoriasis on elbows and knees, the effect of Betamethasone Valerate can be enhanced, if necessary, by occluding the treatment area with polythene film. Overnight occlusion only is usually adequate to bring about a satisfactory response in such lesions thereafter, improvement can usually be maintained by regular application without occlusion.

Betamethasone Valerate RD Cream: A small amount of Betamethasone Valerate RD Cream may be applied up to 3 times daily. Betamethasone Valerate RD Cream is especially appropriate for moist or weeping surfaces.

Betamethasone Valerate Scalp Application: A small quantity of Betamethasone Valerate Scalp Application should be applied to the scalp night and morning until improvement is noticeable. It may then be possible to sustain improvement by applying once a day or less frequently.

Due to the flammable nature of Betamethasone Valerate Scalp Application, patients should avoid smoking, heat including the use of hair dryer or being near an open flame during application and immediately after use.

Children: Betamethasone Valerate is contraindicated in children <1 year.

Children are more likely to develop local and systemic side effects of topical corticosteroids and in general, require shorter courses and less potent agents than adults.

Care should be taken when using Betamethasone Valerate to ensure the amount applied is the minimum that provides therapeutic benefit.

Elderly: The greater frequency of decreased hepatic or renal function in the elderly may delay elimination if systemic absorption occurs. Therefore, the minimum quantity should be used for the shortest duration to achieve the desired clinical benefit.

Renal/Hepatic Impairment: In case of systemic absorption (when application is over a large surface area for a prolonged period), metabolism and elimination may be delayed therefore increasing the risk of systemic toxicity. Therefore, the minimum quantity should be used for the shortest duration to achieve the desired clinical benefit.

Betamethasone Valerate interactions

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Concurrent use of barbiturates, carbamazepine, phenytoin, primidone or rifampicin may enhance the metabolism and reduce the effects of systemic corticosteroids. Conversely, oral contraceptives or ritonavir may increase plasma concentrations of corticosteroids.

Use of corticosteroids with potassium-depleting diuretics eg, thiazides or furosemide may cause excessive potassium loss. There is also an increased risk of hypokalemia with concurrent amphotericin B or bronchodilator therapy with xanthines or β2 agonist.

There may be an increased incidence of gastrointestinal bleeding and ulceration when corticosteroids are given with NSAIDs. Corticosteroids may alter response to anticoagulants increasing requirements of antidiabetic drugs and antihypertensives.

Corticosteroids may decrease serum concentrations of salicylates and may decrease the effect of antimuscarinics in myasthenia gravis.

Betamethasone Valerate side effects

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The most frequent adverse event was burning/itching/ stinging at the application site; the incidence and severity of this event were as follows:

Incidence and severity of burning/itching/stinging

Product

Total incidence

Maximum severity

Mild

Moderate

Severe

Betamethasone Valerate Foam, 0.12%

n=63

34 (54%)

28 (44%)

5 (8%)

1 (2%)

Betamethasone Valerate

Valerate Lotion

n=63

33 (52%)

26 (41%)

6 (10%)

1 (2%)

Placebo Foam

n=32

24 (75%)

13 (41%)

7 (22%)

4 (12%)

Placebo Lotion

n=30

20 (67%)

12 (40%)

5 (17%)

3 (10%)

Other adverse events which were considered to be possibly, probably, or definitely related to Betamethasone Valerate Foam, 0.12% occurred in one patient each; these were paresthesia, pruritus, acne, alopecia, and conjunctivitis.

The following additional local adverse reactions have been reported with topical corticosteroids, and they may occur more frequently with the use of occlusive dressings. These reactions are listed in an approximately decreasing order of occurrence: irritation, dryness, folliculitis, acneiform eruptions hypopigmentation, perioral dermatitis, allergic contact dermatitis, secondary infection, skin atrophy, striae, and miliaria.

Systemic absorption of topical corticosteroids has produced reversible hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal (HPA) axis suppression, manifestations of Cushing’s syndrome, hyperglycemia, and glucosuria in some patients.

Betamethasone Valerate contraindications

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Hypersensitivity to Betamethasone Valerate or to any of the ingredients of Betamethasone Valerate Cream/Betamethasone Valerate RD Cream/Betamethasone Valerate Scalp Application.

Betamethasone Valerate is contraindicated in dermatoses in infants <1 year, including dermatitis.

Betamethasone Valerate Cream/Betamethasone Valerate RD Cream: Rosacea; acne vulgaris; perioral dermatitis; perianal and genital pruritus; pruritus without inflammation; primary cutaneous viral infections (eg, herpes simplex, chickenpox).

The use of Betamethasone Valerate Cream/Betamethasone Valerate RD Cream is not indicated in the treatment of primarily infected skin lesions caused by infection with fungi or bacteria.

Betamethasone Valerate Scalp Application: Infections of the scalp.

Active ingredient matches for Betamethasone Valerate:

Betamethasone Valerate


Unit description / dosage (Manufacturer)Price, USD
15 gram in 1 tube
45 gram in 1 tube
60 milliliter in 1 bottle
Betamethasone Valerate ointment 1 mg/g (A S Medication Solutions (US))
Betamethasone Valerate lotion 1 mg/mL (E. Fougera & Co. a division of Fougera Pharmaceuticals Inc. (US))
Betamethasone Valerate cream 1 mg/g (Lake Erie Medical DBA Quality Care Products LLC (US))
Betamethasone Valerate ointment 1.2 mg/g (Proficient Rx LP (US))
Betamethasone Valerate cream 1.2 mg/g (Proficient Rx LP (US))
Betamethasone Valerate aerosol, foam 1.2 mg/g (Perrigo New York Inc (US))

List of Betamethasone Valerate substitutes (brand and generic names):

Betametlife 0.5 mg x 10 Blister x 10 Tablet
BETAMIL Cream/ Gel/ Ointment / 0.05/ % / 10gm units (Merck (India) Ltd (Merck Ltd))$ 0.28
Betamil 0.05% w/w CRM / 10g (Merck (India) Ltd (Merck Ltd))$ 0.28
0.05 % w/w x 10g (Merck (India) Ltd (Merck Ltd))$ 0.28
Betamil Skin 10 gm Cream (Merck (India) Ltd (Merck Ltd))$ 0.18
BETAMIL 0.05% W/W CREAM 1 tube / 20 GM cream each (Merck (India) Ltd (Merck Ltd))$ 0.17
BETAMIL cream 0.05 % w/w x 10g (Merck (India) Ltd (Merck Ltd))$ 0.28
Betamil 0.05% w/w Cream (Merck (India) Ltd (Merck Ltd))$ 0.18
Betamil N Skin 10 gm Cream (Merck (India) Ltd (Merck Ltd))$ 0.29
BETAMIL N 0.05%/0.5% CREAM 1 tube / 20 GM cream each (Merck (India) Ltd (Merck Ltd))$ 0.22
Betamil N 0.05%/5% Cream (Merck (India) Ltd (Merck Ltd))$ 0.24
Betamil-GM Betamethasone dipropionate0.05 % w/w, Gentamicin sulfate0.1 % w/w, Miconazole nitrate2 % w/w. CRM / 10g (Merck)$ 0.31
10g (Merck)$ 0.31
Betamil-GM Betamethasone Dipropionate0.05% w/w, Gentamicin Sulfate0.1% w/w, Miconazole Nitrate2% w/w CRM / 10g (Merck)$ 0.31
BETAMIL-GM cream 20g (Merck)$ 0.22
Betamine Forte 1mg TAB / 10 (Unimarck Pharma (India) Limited)$ 0.14
1 mg x 10's (Unimarck Pharma (India) Limited)$ 0.14
Betamine Forte 1 mg Tablet (Unimarck Pharma (India) Limited)$ 0.01
BETAMINE FORTE tab 1 mg x 10's (Unimarck Pharma (India) Limited)$ 0.14
Betamycin N Skin 20 gm Cream (Modhike Pvt Ltd.)$ 0.27
Betamycin-N Betamethasone 0.1 % w/w, Neomycin sulphate 0.5 % w/w. CRM / 20g (ModHike)$ 0.27
20g (ModHike)$ 0.27
BETAMYCIN-N cream 20g (ModHike)$ 0.27
Betanij 0.5 mg Tablet (Sunij Pharma Pvt Ltd)$ 0.01
BETANIJ 0.5MG TABLET 1 strip / 10 tablets each (Sunij Pharma Pvt Ltd)$ 0.06
Betanij 0.5mg Tablet (Sunij Pharma Pvt Ltd)$ 0.01
Betanin N Eye Drop (Sunways India Pvt. Ltd.)$ 0.04
Betaphos 0.5 mg Tablet (Pharma Synth Formulations Ltd.)$ 0.01
Betapro 0.5 mg/1 g x 1 g (Consern Pharma Pvt Ltd.)
Betapro 0.5 mg/1 g x 5 g (Consern Pharma Pvt Ltd.)
Betapro 0.5 mg/1 g x 10 g (Consern Pharma Pvt Ltd.)
Betapro 0.5 mg/1 g x 450 g (Consern Pharma Pvt Ltd.)
Betapro 10mg TAB / 10 (Consern Pharma Pvt Ltd.)$ 0.13

References

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