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If you are suffering from inflammatory skin conditions, betamethasone can help. Get a new prescription or refill of betamethasone from a board-certified doctor online.*

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FDA-approved to treat plaque psoriasis and eczema

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About betamethasone 

Betamethasone is considered a steroid medicine, which prevents the release of substances in the body that cause inflammation.

Some conditions that betamethasone is used to treat include psoriasis, eczema, and other types of dermatitis. Betamethasone is available only by prescription. It is available in a generic formulation as well as under different brand names, including Celestone.

Betamethasone may be prescribed in the form of betamethasone dipropionate lotion, cream, ointment, or spray. Celestone may be prescribed as an injectable suspension or oral solution. It’s always important to follow the specific instructions on your prescription, as they can vary based on the formulation and dosage prescribed.

If you're prescribed betamethasone, be sure to complete the full course of the steroid medicine unless your healthcare provider specifically tells you to stop. If you don’t complete your prescription, the steroid medicine may not fully treat your inflammation.

Betamethasone uses

Betamethasone has several FDA-approved uses, but it may also be used off-label to treat other conditions. Your online healthcare professional may prescribe it for the following reasons.

It’s also possible that your healthcare provider may prescribe it for other reasons not listed here. Ask your online doctor or pharmacist if you have questions about why a medication is prescribed.

  • Psoriasis

    Betamethasone is FDA-approved to treat plaque psoriasis, an inflammatory skin condition with raised areas covered with dry scales. Betamethasone dipropionate lotion and other betamethasone skin products can help relieve redness, swelling, itching, and discomfort.

  • Eczema

    Betamethasone is FDA-approved to treat eczema, an itchy skin condition that causes redness, swelling, oozing fluid, and crusting. Betamethasone dipropionate cream or lotion may also be prescribed to treat other types of dermatitis.

Betamethasone side effects

  • The side effects associated with taking betamethasone are typically mild. Most Betamethasone side effects are associated with skin reactions. Betamethasone has some common side effects. They may include:

    • Itching, burning, stinging, or blistering of the affected area

    • Skin bruising

    • Folliculitis

    Other side effects, which are less common but might be more severe, could include:

    • Severe skin irritation around the affected area

    • Signs of a skin infection

    • Muscle weakness

    Tell your doctor if you notice any adverse effects, or if you develop any other new or concerning symptoms. The use of betamethasone topical steroids, including betamethasone acetate and betamethasone valerate, is not recommended in pediatric patients under 12 years of age.

How to take betamethasone

Your pharmacist will provide you with instructions on how to take your betamethasone prescription. Be sure to read your prescription label and follow the instructions. Call your doctor or pharmacy if you have any questions.

Betamethasone can come in different forms and doses, so be sure to follow the specific instructions on your prescription. Adults with dermatitis or other inflammatory skin conditions should apply a thin layer to the affected area once or twice daily. If you're using a foam or lotion, apply the topical corticosteroid twice daily (at morning and night).

What to avoid while taking betamethasone

Betamethasone has 45 drug interactions. Don’t change what you are taking without checking with your doctor or pharmacist. That includes other medications or supplements, as well as over-the-counter drugs. 

Possible drug interactions with betamethasone include:

It is safe to drink alcohol while using betamethasone. Avoid using occlusive dressings unless directed by your doctor. Do not apply betamethasone cream or other topical products to your face, underarms, or groin without your doctor's approval.

Medication alternatives to betamethasone

If your healthcare provider prefers to put you on another treatment, they may suggest other topical corticosteroids or steroid medicine in another drug class. Here are some common doctor-recommended alternatives based on your health issue:

Betamethasone prescription FAQs

  • How much does betamethasone cost?

    Depending on your pharmacy, betamethasone topical cream costs around $18 for 15 grams of 0.05% cream without insurance. Betamethasone is a generic brand, and brand names may cost more.

  • How can I refill my betamethasone prescription?

    To refill your betamethasone prescription, book a virtual appointment with a board-certified PlushCare doctor. After reviewing your symptoms and medical history, your doctor can send an electronic prescription to your local pharmacy.

  • What is betamethasone used for?

    Betamethasone topical products are used to treat psoriasis, eczema, and other inflammatory skin conditions.

  • What kind of drug is betamethasone?

    Betamethasone is a corticosteroid, which prevents the release of natural substances that cause inflammation.

  • How long should I use betamethasone? 

    Use betamethasone for the treatment period directed by your doctor. Topical corticosteroids should be discontinued when your inflammatory skin condition is adequately controlled. If you don't notice any improvement in two weeks, talk to your doctor.

  • Is betamethasone the same as Cortisone?

    No, betamethasone is not the same as Cortisone. While both medications are corticosteroids used to treat skin conditions, they come in different strengths. Certain strengths of Cortisone are available over the counter, but betamethasone requires a prescription.

  • Who should not take betamethasone?

    Avoid using betamethasone valerate ointment or other topical products if you have certain medical conditions, such as:

    • Irritated skin after using betamethasone creams

    • Thinning of the skin when you apply topical steroid cream

    • Cataracts or glaucoma

    • Diabetes

    • Liver disease

    • Adrenal gland problems

    • Skin infection

    • Allergic reactions to betamethasone

  • What happens if I miss a dose of betamethasone?

    If you miss a dose of betamethasone, take the missed dose as soon as you remember. Skip the missed dose if it's almost time for your next dose. Avoid taking two doses to make up for a missed dose.

  • What happens if I take too much betamethasone?

    If you've taken too much oral betamethasone or have accidentally swallowed betamethasone topical products, seek emergency medical attention or contact your local poison control center.

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