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Betaderm Cream is a topical medication used to treat a variety of inflammatory skin conditions, such as eczema, dermatitis, psoriasis, and allergic reactions. It contains the active ingredient betamethasone valerate, which belongs to the class of medications called topical corticosteroids. It works by activating natural substances in the skin to reduce inflammation, redness, and itching. Betamethasone also impairs the function of white blood cells that cause inflammatory responses, which further helps to reduce inflammation in the body and skin.
Use and Dosage
Betamethasone Valerate cream is applied topically to the affected area of the skin and helps to reduce inflammation, redness, and itching. It should only be applied on the skin and should not be used on the face, groin, or underarms unless your doctor has instructed you to do so.
Before applying the cream, ensure that your hands are clean and dry, and that the affected area is also clean and dry. Apply a thin layer of the cream to the affected area and gently rub it in 1-3 times per day or as prescribed by your doctor. Do not cover, bandage, or wrap the area unless instructed to do so by your doctor.
After applying Betaderm cream, be sure to wash your hands afterwards, unless you are using it to treat your hands. If applying it near your eyes, avoid getting it in your eyes as it may cause or worsen glaucoma. Do not apply it in your mouth or nose. If it does get into these areas, rinse with plenty of water.
Betaderm cream should only be used for the condition for which it was prescribed, and not for longer than your doctor has instructed.
Common Side Effects of Betaderm Cream (Betamethasone Valerate):
- Skin dryness
Serious Side Effects of Betaderm Cream (Betamethasone Valerate):
- "Spider veins" or blood vessels visible through the skin
- Bruising or shiny skin
- Increased skin sensitivity
- Itchy rash with small, red, raised bumps
- Lack of healing of skin condition
- Ongoing burning, itching and irritation of skin
- Skin color changes
- Skin infection
- Small white or red bumps on the skin
- Thinning of skin with easy bruising
- Tiny red bumps or rash around the mouth
- Unwanted hair growth
Forms and Strength
Betaderm Cream (Betamethasone Valerate) is available in the following forms and strength:
Betamethasone Valerate: Cream
- Long-term use: Prolonged use of Betaderm Cream can lead to skin thinning, stretch marks, increased hair growth, and other side effects.
- Infection: Betaderm Cream can suppress the immune system, making it easier for infections to occur.
- Sensitivity: People with known sensitivity or allergies to corticosteroids should avoid using Betaderm Cream.
- Pregnancy: There is limited data on the safety of Betaderm Cream during pregnancy, so it should only be used if clearly needed and under medical supervision.
- Children: Betaderm Cream should not be used on children under the age of 12 unless directed by a doctor.
- Interactions: Betaderm Cream may interact with other medications, inform the doctor of all medications being taken, including over-the-counter drugs and supplements.
- Diabetes: Betamethasone Valerate can increase blood sugar levels, so people with diabetes should monitor their blood glucose levels closely while using it.
- Eye contact: Avoid getting Betaderm Cream in the eyes, as it can cause vision problems or other eye-related issues.
- Allergic reactions: Some people may experience an allergic reaction to Betaderm Cream, which can cause symptoms such as itching, redness, swelling, and difficulty breathing.
- Other medical conditions: People with certain medical conditions, such as liver disease, kidney disease, or Cushing's syndrome, may be more susceptible to side effects from Betaderm Cream.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
Is Betaderm Cream safe for long-term use?
Prolonged use of Betaderm Cream can lead to skin thinning, stretching, increased hair growth, and other side effects. Follow the doctor's instructions and inform them if you experience any side effects.
How should Betaderm Cream be stored?
Betaderm Cream should be stored at room temperature, away from moisture and heat, and out of reach of children. It should not be frozen.
How do I apply Betaderm Cream?
Betaderm Cream should be applied to the affected area(s) only. Use a thin layer of the cream and gently rub it into the skin until it is fully absorbed.
Can I use Betaderm Cream during pregnancy or while breastfeeding?
There is limited data on the safety of Betaderm Cream during pregnancy and breastfeeding. It should only be used if clearly needed and under medical supervision.
It's important to purchase Betaderm Cream from verified Canadian pharmacy.