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Betamethasone (bay ta METH a sone)

Brand Names: U.S.

AlphaTrex; Celestone; Celestone Soluspan; Diprolene; Diprolene AF; Luxiq

Brand Names: Canada

Betaderm; Betaject™; Betnesol; Betnovate; Celestone Soluspan; Diprolene; Diprolene Glycol; Diprosone; Ectosone; Prevex B; ratio-Ectosone; Ratio-Topilene; ratio-Topilene; Ratio-Topisone; ratio-Topisone; Rivasone; Rolene; Rosone; Taro-Sone; Valisone Scalp Lotion

What is this drug used for?

  • It is used for many health problems like allergy signs, asthma, adrenal gland problems, blood problems, skin rashes, or swelling problems. This is not a list of all health problems that this drug may be used for. Talk with your doctor.
  • It is used to treat psoriasis.
  • It is used to treat skin irritation.
  • It is used to treat skin rashes.
  • It is used to treat scalp irritation.
  • It is used to treat scalp psoriasis.
  • It may be given to you for other reasons. Talk with the doctor.

What do I need to tell my doctor BEFORE I take this drug?

All products:

  • If you have an allergy to betamethasone or any other part of this drug.
  • If you are allergic to any drugs like this one, any other drugs, foods, or other substances. Tell your doctor about the allergy and what signs you had, like rash; hives; itching; shortness of breath; wheezing; cough; swelling of face, lips, tongue, or throat; or any other signs.

Oral and shot:

  • If you have a herpes infection of the eye.
  • If you have a fungal infection.

Oral liquid:

  • If you have nerve problems in the eye.

Shot (if given in the muscle):

  • If you have low platelet levels.
This is not a list of all drugs or health problems that interact with this drug.
Tell your doctor and pharmacist about all of your drugs (prescription or OTC, natural products, vitamins) and health problems. You must check to make sure that it is safe for you to take this drug with all of your drugs and health problems. Do not start, stop, or change the dose of any drug without checking with your doctor.

What are some things I need to know or do while I take this drug?

All products:

  • Tell dentists, surgeons, and other doctors that you use this drug.
  • Do not use longer than you have been told by your doctor.
  • Use caution in children. Talk with your doctor.
  • This drug may affect growth in children and teens in some cases. They may need regular growth checks. Talk with the doctor.
  • Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or plan on getting pregnant. You will need to talk about the benefits and risks of using this drug while you are pregnant.
  • Tell your doctor if you are breast-feeding. You will need to talk about any risks to your baby.
  • If you think there has been an overdose, call your poison control center or get medical care right away. Be ready to tell or show what was taken, how much, and when it happened.

Oral and shot:

  • Have your blood work checked often. Talk with your doctor.
  • Have a bone density test. Talk with your doctor.
  • Have your eye pressure checked if you are on this drug for a long time. Talk with your doctor.
  • You may have more chance of getting an infection. Wash hands often. Stay away from people with infections, colds, or flu.
  • Chickenpox and measles can be very bad or even deadly in some people taking steroid drugs like this drug. Avoid being near anyone with chickenpox or measles if you have not had these health problems before. If you have been exposed to chickenpox or measles, talk with your doctor.
  • If you have a bad crash and are harmed, have surgery, or any type of infection, talk with your doctor. You may need extra doses of oral steroids. These extra steroids will help your body deal with these stresses. Carry a warning card saying that there may be times when you need extra steroids.
  • Long-term use may raise the chance of cataracts or glaucoma. Talk with your doctor.
  • If you have been taking this drug for many weeks, talk with your doctor before stopping. You may want to slowly stop this drug.
  • This drug may cause weak bones (osteoporosis) with long-term use. Talk with your doctor to see if you have a higher chance of weak bones or if you have any questions.
  • Talk with your doctor before getting any vaccines. Use with this drug may either raise the chance of an infection or make the vaccine not work as well.
  • You may need to lower how much salt is in your diet and take extra potassium. Talk with your doctor.
  • If you have high blood sugar (diabetes), talk with your doctor. This drug may raise blood sugar.
  • Check your blood sugar as you have been told by your doctor.
  • Talk with your doctor before you drink wine, beer, or mixed drinks.
  • If you are 65 or older, use this drug with care. You could have more side effects.

What are some side effects that I need to call my doctor about right away?

WARNING/CAUTION: Even though it may be rare, some people may have very bad and sometimes deadly side effects when taking a drug. Tell your doctor or get medical help right away if you have any of the following signs or symptoms that may be related to a very bad side effect:

All products:

  • Signs of an allergic reaction, like rash; hives; itching; red, swollen, blistered, or peeling skin with or without fever; wheezing; tightness in the chest or throat; trouble breathing or talking; unusual hoarseness; or swelling of the mouth, face, lips, tongue, or throat.
  • Signs of high blood sugar like confusion, feeling sleepy, more thirst, more hungry, passing urine more often, flushing, fast breathing, or breath that smells like fruit.
  • Skin changes (pimples, stretch marks, slow healing, hair growth).

Oral and shot:

  • Signs of infection. These include a fever of 100.5°F (38°C) or higher, chills, very bad sore throat, ear or sinus pain, cough, more sputum or change in color of sputum, pain with passing urine, mouth sores, wound that will not heal, or anal itching or pain.
  • Signs of low potassium levels like muscle pain or weakness, muscle cramps, or a heartbeat that does not feel normal.
  • Signs of a pancreas problem (pancreatitis) like very bad stomach pain, very bad back pain, or very bad upset stomach or throwing up.
  • Feeling very tired, weak, or touchy; trembling; having a fast heartbeat, confusion, sweating, or dizziness if you missed a dose or recently stopped this drug.
  • Shortness of breath, a big weight gain, swelling in the arms or legs.
  • Round face.
  • A fatty pad or hump between your shoulders.
  • Very bad headache.
  • Fast or slow heartbeat.
  • A heartbeat that does not feel normal.
  • Chest pain or pressure.
  • Swelling, warmth, numbness, change of color, or pain in a leg or arm.
  • Period (menstrual) changes. These include lots of bleeding, spotting, or bleeding between cycles.
  • Bone or joint pain.
  • Feeling very tired or weak.
  • Mood changes.
  • Change in the way you act.
  • Low mood (depression).
  • Seizures.
  • A burning, numbness, or tingling feeling that is not normal.
  • Any bruising or bleeding.
  • Change in eyesight.
  • Very bad belly pain.
  • Black, tarry, or bloody stools.
  • Throwing up blood or throw up that looks like coffee grounds.

All skin products:

  • Very bad skin irritation.

What are some other side effects of this drug?

All drugs may cause side effects. However, many people have no side effects or only have minor side effects. Call your doctor or get medical help if any of these side effects or any other side effects bother you or do not go away:

Oral and shot:

  • Upset stomach or throwing up.
  • Weight gain.
  • Restlessness.
  • Sweating a lot.

All skin products:

  • Skin irritation.
  • Stinging.
  • Dry skin.
  • Burning.
  • Itching.
These are not all of the side effects that may occur. If you have questions about side effects, call your doctor. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects.
You may report side effects to your national health agency.

How is this drug best taken?

Use this drug as ordered by your doctor. Read and follow the dosing on the label closely.

Oral and shot:

  • To gain the most benefit, do not miss doses.
  • Take as you have been told, even if you feel well.

Oral liquid:

  • Take in the morning if taking once a day.
  • Take with food to prevent an upset stomach.
  • Measure liquid doses carefully. Use the measuring device that comes with this drug. If there is none, get an oral syringe, a dropper, a spoon, or a cup (only for older children) from your pharmacist.

Shot:

  • It is given as a shot into a muscle.
  • Your doctor may teach you how to give the shot.
  • Follow how to use carefully.
  • Wash your hands before and after use.
  • Do not use if the solution is cloudy, leaking, or has particles.
  • Do not use if solution changes color.
  • Throw away needles in a needle/sharp disposal box. When the box is full, follow all local rules for getting rid of it. Talk with a doctor or pharmacist if you have any questions.

All skin products:

  • Use as you have been told, even if you feel well.
  • Do not take this drug by mouth. Use on your skin only. Keep out of your mouth, nose, and eyes (may burn).

Foam:

  • Wash your hands before and after use.
  • Move and part hair so that the drug can be put right on the affected skin.
  • Put foam on the scalp by turning the can upside down and putting a little on the affected part. Rub into the scalp. Do not place foam right in your hands.
  • This drug may catch on fire. Do not use near an open flame or while smoking.

All other skin products:

  • Wash your hands before and after use. Do not wash your hands after use if putting this on your hand.
  • Clean affected part before use. Make sure to dry well.
  • Put a thin layer on the affected skin and rub in gently.
  • Do not put on your face, underarms, or the groin area unless told to do so by your doctor.
  • Do not use coverings (bandages, dressings, make-up) unless told to do so by your doctor.
  • Do not use tight-fitting diapers or plastic pants on a child treated in the diaper area. This may cause more drug to get into the child’s body.

Lotion:

  • Some of these drugs need to be shaken before use. Be sure you know if you need to shake your drug before using it.

What do I do if I miss a dose?

Oral and shot:

  • Take a missed dose as soon as you think about it.

All skin products:

  • Put on a missed dose as soon as you think about it.

All products:

  • If it is close to the time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and go back to your normal time.
  • Do not take 2 doses at the same time or extra doses.

How do I store and/or throw out this drug?

Shot:

  • Most of the time, this drug will be given in a hospital or doctor’s office. If stored at home, follow how to store as you were told by your doctor.

All other products:

  • Store at room temperature. Do not freeze.
  • Protect from light.

Foam:

  • Protect from heat or open flame. Do not puncture or burn even if it seems empty.

All products:

  • Keep all drugs out of the reach of children and pets.
  • Check with your pharmacist about how to throw out unused drugs.

General drug facts

  • If your symptoms or health problems do not get better or if they become worse, call your doctor.
  • Do not share your drugs with others and do not take anyone else’s drugs.
  • Keep a list of all your drugs (prescription, natural products, vitamins, OTC) with you. Give this list to your doctor.
  • Talk with the doctor before starting any new drug, including prescription or OTC, natural products, or vitamins.
  • Some drugs may have another patient information leaflet. If you have any questions about this drug, please talk with your doctor, pharmacist, or other health care provider.

Consumer Information Use and Disclaimer

This information should not be used to decide whether or not to take this medicine or any other medicine. Only your healthcare provider has the knowledge and training to decide which medicines are right for you. This information does not endorse any medicine as safe, effective, or approved for treating any patient or health condition. This is only a brief summary of general information about this medicine. It does NOT include all information about the possible uses, directions, warnings, precautions, interactions, adverse effects, or risks that may apply to this medicine. This information is not specific medical advice and does not replace information you receive from your healthcare provider. You must talk with your healthcare provider for complete information about the risks and benefits of using this medicine.

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