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Diprolene Ointment is a prescription medication used for the treatment of various skin conditions such as eczema, dermatitis, allergies, rash, and Plaque Psoriasis. It is available only on prescription and should be used only as directed by a healthcare provider, as it may have potential side effects that need to be monitored.
The active ingredient in the ointment is betamethasone dipropionate, which is a super-high potency topical corticosteroid that works by suppressing the immune response and the release of inflammatory substances in the body that cause swelling, redness, and itching.
Use and Dosage
The use of Diprolene Ointment should be directed by a healthcare provider, as the medication is available only with a prescription. Apply betamethasone to the outside of your skin only. Do not apply it in your eyes or genitals. However, here are some general guidelines on how to use Diprolene Ointment based on the product label:
- Wash the affected area and pat it dry before applying Diprolene Ointment.
- Apply a thin layer of the ointment to the affected area once or twice daily, as directed by your healthcare provider.
- Rub the ointment gently into the affected area to ensure even coverage.
- Do not cover the treated area with a bandage or dressing unless directed by your healthcare provider.
- Wash your hands after applying the ointment unless it is being used to treat the hands.
Do not apply Diprolene Ointment to the face, underarms, or groin area unless directed to do so by your healthcare provider. Follow the instructions provided by your healthcare provider when using Diprolene Ointment as it is a super-high potency topical corticosteroid used for the treatment of severe skin conditions. Prolonged use can cause serious side effects such as skin thinning and increased risk of infections.
Common Side Effects of Diprolene Ointment (Betamethasone Dipropionate):
- Redness or crusting around your hair follicles (folliculitis)
- Shiny appearance
- Skin bruising
- Stinging or blistering of treated skin
Serious Side Effects of Diprolene Ointment (Betamethasone Dipropionate):
- Anxiety and
- Blurred vision
- Difficulty breathing
- Dry mouth
- Eye pain
- Fruity breath odor
- Increased body hair
- Increased thirst or urination
- Muscle weakness
- Puffiness in your face
- Seeing halos around lights
- Severe skin irritation where the medicine was applied
- Signs of skin infection (swelling redness warmth oozing)
- Slow wound healing
- Swelling of your face lips tongue or throat
- Thinning skin
- Tired feeling
- Tunnel vision
- Weight gain
Forms and Strength
Diprolene Ointment (Betamethasone Dipropionate) is available in the following forms and strength:
Diprolene Ointment: Ointment
Betamethasone Dipropionate: Ointment
- Avoid using the ointment on skin that is infected, unless the infection is being treated at the same time. Using Diprolene on infected skin can make the infection worse.
- Diprolene Ointment should not be used on the face, underarms, or groin area, except under the guidance of a healthcare professional, as these areas are more prone to skin thinning and other side effects.
- Long-term or repeated use of Diprolene Ointment can increase the risk of side effects such as thinning of the skin, stretch marks, and skin discoloration.
- If you have a history of certain medical conditions like diabetes or compromised immune system, it is important to talk to your healthcare professional before using this medication.
- Diprolene Ointment should not be used during pregnancy unless your healthcare professional determines the benefits outweigh the potential risks.
- In rare cases, using Diprolene Ointment may lead to serious side effects such as allergic reactions, skin thinning, and steroid withdrawal symptoms. If you experience any unusual symptoms or reactions, seek medical attention right away.
- Diprolene Ointment can interact with other medications or medical conditions. It is important to disclose all medications and medical conditions to your healthcare professional before using this medication.
- Diprolene Ointment should not be used by children unless recommended by a healthcare professional, as there is an increased risk of serious side effects such as growth suppression in pediatric patients.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
How long can I use Diprolene Ointment?
Diprolene Ointment should be used for the shortest period of time necessary to achieve the desired therapeutic effect. Talk to your healthcare professional about how long you should use this medication and to follow their instructions.
Do I need a prescription to use Diprolene Ointment?
Yes, Diprolene Ointment is a prescription medication that can only be dispensed by a healthcare professional.
Can I use Diprolene Ointment if I'm pregnant?
The safety of Diprolene Ointment during pregnancy has not been established. It should be used during pregnancy only if the potential benefits to the mother outweigh the potential risks to the fetus.
Is it safe to use Diprolene Ointment on the scalp?
Diprolene Ointment can be used on the scalp, but it should be used with caution as it can cause hair loss or thinning of the hair.
It's important to purchase Diprolene Ointment from verified Canadian pharmacy.