Betamethasone Valerate Dosage

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Dosage of Betamethasone Valerate in details

The dose of a drug and dosage of the drug are two different terminologies. Dose is defined as the quantity or amount of medicine given by the doctor or taken by the patient at a given period. Dosage is the regimen prescribed by the doctor about how many days and how many times per day the drug is to be taken in specified dose by the patient. The dose is expressed in mg for tablets or gm, micro gm sometimes, ml for syrups or drops for kids syrups. The dose is not fixed for a drug for all conditions, and it changes according to the condition or a disease. It also changes on the age of the patient.

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.

What other drugs will affect Betamethasone Valerate?

Many drugs can affect Betamethasone Valerate. This includes prescription and over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal products. Not all possible interactions are listed here. Tell your doctor about all your current medicines and any medicine you start or stop using.

Betamethasone Valerate drug interactions (in more detail)

Betamethasone Valerate interactions

Interactions are the effects that happen when the drug is taken along with the food or when taken with other medications. Suppose if you are taking a drug Betamethasone Valerate, it may have interactions with specific foods and specific medications. It will not interact with all foods and medications. The interactions vary from drug to drug. You need to be aware of interactions of the medicine you take. Most medications may interact with alcohol, tobacco, so be cautious.

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.


  1. DailyMed. "BETAMETHASONE: DailyMed provides trustworthy information about marketed drugs in the United States. DailyMed is the official provider of FDA label information (package inserts).". (accessed September 17, 2018).
  2. FDA/SPL Indexing Data. "9842X06Q6M: The UNique Ingredient Identifier (UNII) is an alphanumeric substance identifier from the joint FDA/USP Substance Registration System (SRS).". (accessed September 17, 2018).
  3. MeSH. "Anti-Asthmatic Agents". (accessed September 17, 2018).


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