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Alphatrex cream is a topical medication used to help relieve skin symptoms such as redness, itching, swelling, or other discomfort caused by skin conditions like eczema, psoriasis, and dermatitis. It contains betamethasone dipropionate, a strong corticosteroid. It works by reducing inflammation, redness, and itching in the skin. Betamethasone dipropionate activates natural substances in the skin to reduce these symptoms.
Alphatrex is used to treat a variety of skin conditions, including eczema, psoriasis, dermatitis, and other inflammatory skin disorders. It should only be used as prescribed by a healthcare provider and for the intended purpose.
Use and Dosage
Apply Betamethasone cream twice a day unless otherwise instructed by your healthcare provider. When applying the cream near the eyes, avoid getting it in the eyes as this may worsen or cause glaucoma.
To use Betamethasone cream, follow these steps:
- Wash and dry your hands before applying the cream.
- Clean and dry the affected area of the skin.
- Squeeze a small amount of the cream onto your finger.
- Apply a thin layer of the cream to the affected area and gently massage it into the skin until it is fully absorbed.
- Wash your hands to remove any excess cream.
Do not apply more than the recommended amount or use it longer than prescribed.
Do not cover, bandage, or wrap the area unless directed to do so by your doctor. In addition, avoid getting this medication in the nose or mouth. If you get the medication in these areas, rinse with plenty of water.
Common Side Effects of Alphatrex (Betamethasone):
- Burning or stinging of the skin
- Itchy skin
- Skin irritation
- Dry skin
- Skin redness
Serious Side Effects of Alphatrex (Betamethasone):
- Inflamed hair follicles
- Small acne-like bumps
- Lightening of the skin color
- Skin broken down by moisture
- Thinning of the skin
- Stretch marks
- Skin infection
- Red rash around the mouth
- Heat rash
- Allergic skin rash
Forms and Strength
Alphatrex (Betamethasone) is available in the following forms and strength:
- Do not use this medication on the face, underarms, or groin area, or on any open wounds or sores.
- Do not use this medication for longer than prescribed or in larger amounts than recommended.
- Do not use it if you have an infection or an allergy to betamethasone or any of its ingredients.
- Do not use it if you are pregnant or breastfeeding without first talking to your healthcare provider.
- Side effects include thinning of the skin, discoloration, stinging, burning, or itching.
- Use caution when using this medication in children, as it may affect growth and development.
- Do not use this medication along with other creams, ointments, or lotions without talking to your healthcare provider first.
- Avoid exposure to sunlight or tanning beds while using this medication, as it can make your skin more sensitive to sunlight.
- This medication may interact with other medications, including prescription and over-the-counter medications, herbal supplements, and vitamins.
- If you experience any swelling, redness, or irritation while using this medication, stop using it and contact your healthcare provider.
- Do not cover the treated area with a bandage or other covering unless directed to do so by your healthcare provider.
- This medication may also decrease your ability to fight infections, avoid exposure to individuals with infections if possible.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
Can I use Alphatrex for acne?
Alphatrex is not typically used to treat acne, as it is a corticosteroid medication that is primarily used to treat skin conditions like eczema, psoriasis, and dermatitis. There are other medications specifically designed for acne treatment that may be more effective and appropriate.
How long should I use Alphatrex?
The duration of use for Alphatrex depends on the severity of your condition and the recommendations of your healthcare provider.
Can I use Alphatrex on my face?
Alphatrex is not recommended for use on the face, as it can cause side effects like thinning of the skin and increased sensitivity to sunlight that may be more noticeable on the face.
Is Alphatrex safe for children?
Alphatrex should be used with caution in children, as it may affect growth and development. Talk to a healthcare provider before using the cream on children.
What should I do if I miss a dose of Alphatrex?
If you miss a dose of Alphatrex, use it as soon as you remember. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and continue with your regular dosing schedule. Do not use extra medication to make up for a missed dose.
It's important to purchase Alphatrex from verified Canadian pharmacy.