Betnovate Cream

Betnovate Cream is a prescription ointment produced with betamethasone valerate 0.1%. It is a corticosteroid which essentially offers relief from inflamed skin disorders like eczema and psoriasis. Apply a small amount on the affected area daily for optimal skin health.
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Betnovate Cream

Betnovate Cream is a prescription ointment produced with betamethasone valerate 0.1%. It is a corticosteroid which essentially offers relief from inflamed skin disorders like eczema and psoriasis. Apply a small amount on the affected area daily for optimal skin health.


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Betnovate Cream is a prescription-only treatment for skin inflammation and itching associated with various inflammatory skin conditions. It contains an active ingredient called betamethasone valerate (0.1%) and is a corticosteroid for topical application. It is stronger than some other eczema creams and is usually prescribed to patients who have found that weaker creams have not worked for their skin conditions. The medication falls under a group of drugs called steroids that are known to reduce swelling and irritation.

The formulated medication effectively treats are a variety of inflammatory skin conditions including:

  • Atopic eczema
  • Allergic contact dermatitis
  • Irritant contact dermatitis
  • Psoriasis
  • Seborrheic dermatitis
  • Thick skin rash due to excessive scratching
  • An eruption of hard nodules on the skin with intense itching
  • Discoid lupus erythematosus
  • Erythroderma due to intense and widespread reddening of the skin
  • Severe reactions to insect stings and bites
  • Atopic dermatitis
  • Lichen planus and lichen simplex chronicus

You have to use it in addition to your usual moisturizer to treat and manage your skin condition effectively. Although topical corticosteroid does not necessarily cure skin conditions such as eczema, psoriasis and dermatitis, it does help in managing the symptoms. Using Betnovate cream has proven to treat conditions to drastically improve the quality of life.

When you apply the cream topically, it works directly within your cells. Its formula reduces the release of inflammatory chemicals in the body thereby lowering the swelling and redness due to the skin condition.

You can rely on the cream to relieve inflammations such as allergies or irritants, insect bites and stings with their bodily reactions, and rashes due to local problems. Betamethasone (0.1%) is the active ingredient in Betnovate Cream and it is a topical corticosteroid. Betnovate cream can be safely applied to moist and weeping areas of the skin.

When your doctor prescribes using Betnovate Cream, the primary benefit that arrives with it is the fact that it works in cases where other skin treatments prove ineffective. The active ingredient effectively reduces the release of inflammatory chemicals by the immune system, resulting in a decrease in swelling and redness.

Make sure you are familiar with the patient information leaflet containing the following warnings before you start using Betnovate cream. That will ensure that this is the correct treatment for you. You should avoid using Betnovate in certain conditions, including:

  • Acne
  • Rosacea
  • Peri-oral dermatitis
  • Skin infections such as cold sores, herpes, chickenpox, impetigo, ringworm, athlete’s foot or thrush are caused by viruses, bacteria, or fungi

Do not apply the medication to:

  • itchy areas that are not inflamed
  • anal area without doctors consent
  • genitals unless specified by the doctor

There are certain groups of people who should monitor special care when using Betamethasone cream such as the ones who:

  • suffer from an allergic reaction after using the cream
  • are using the cream for a leg ulcer
  • are applying the cream to their face where the skin is thinner
  • get any of the medication in their eyes, rinse immediately.
  • have psoriasis
  • have previously had an allergic reaction with another steroid
  • are applying the cream under an airtight dressing since they make it easier for the active ingredient to pass through the skin and there is a possibility of
  • accidentally using extra medication
  • are applying the cream on broken skin or within the skin folds
  • are using it near eyes or on eyelids, as conditions such as cataracts or glaucoma may arise if the cream repeatedly enters the eye

Inform your doctor regarding any other recent or current medications that you are taking before beginning with Betnovate. Make sure you do not use this cream on children's face for more than 5 days. Contact your doctor immediately if you experience blurred vision or other visual disturbances and avoid smoking or naked flames since those might increase the risk of severe burns. Any of your fabric that has come into contact with this medicine has a chance to burn more easily and hence is a serious fire hazard.

The ideal dosage of Betnovate is to apply a thin layer of the cream on the affected surface and rub gently to cover the entire area of the skin. Use the medication once or twice daily for up to four weeks or until you start to notice improvements in your symptoms. You may alter the frequency of the application after the fourth week.

Betnovate is a short-term medication that should only be used for external application. Follow the instructions below when applying the cream:

  1. Wash your hands thoroughly.
  2. Apply a thin layer to the affected area(s) and gently rub it into the skin till it is absorbed.
  3. Wash hands after using the cream, unless your hand is in the affected area.

    Usage of the medication will depend on the following patient instructions and warnings:
  • Do not apply Betnovate Cream to infected or broken areas of the skin, unless you are also treating the infection with other treatments.
  • Don’t apply Betnovate to the facial skin unless your doctor instructs otherwise.
  • Betnovate should not be applied around the eyes or eyelids. Immediately rinse with cold water if it does.
  • Do not cover the affected area with airtight dressings including nappies for children unless your doctor instructed you to do so. Since these allow more medicine to be absorbed by the body, raising the possibility of side effects.
  • Discontinue the medication if the medicine fails to improve your skin condition after two weeks of treatment. Consult your doctor immediately for an alternative course of treatment.
  • If the area of the skin being treated with Betnovate Cream becomes infected, terminate the treatment and visit a doctor.

There are certain groups of people who are at a higher risk of contracting complications or side effects when they use steroid-based medications like Betnovate cream. In such cases, these patients become unsuitable candidates for this particular treatment and that includes people who:

  • are children under one year of age
  • have broken skin or open wounds due to:
    • Viral skin infections, such as chickenpox, shingles, cold sores or herpes simplex
    • Bacterial skin infections, such as impetigo
    • Fungal skin infections, such as thrush, ringworm, athlete's foot
    • Acne
    • Acne rosacea
    • Inflammatory rash around the mouth (perioral dermatitis)
    • Itchy skin where there is no inflammation
    • plaque psoriasis
    • Nappy rash
  • are allergic to any of its ingredients. You should check the list of ingredients mentioned in the leaflet to know if you have specific allergies.

Medicines come with a specific set of possible side effects that may affect some individuals. Since Betnovate is a potent topical corticosteroid, it has a higher chance of causing side effects than milder steroids. However, that can be avoided if you apply the cream sparingly and follow the instructions of your doctor precisely.

Please note that mentioning a side effect does not indicate that everyone using Betnovate shall experience them. The following are the side effects commonly associated with topical corticosteroids:

  • Skin irritation like redness, rash, itching or burning, or allergic inflammation of the skin
  • Worsening of untreated infections
  • Thinning of the skin
  • Reduced skin pigmentation
  • Stretch marks
  • Groupings of fine blood vessels becoming prominent under the skin
  • Excessive hair growth
  • Acne
  • A decrease in the production of natural hormones by the adrenal glands or Cushing's syndrome due to excessive corticosteroid being absorbed in the body
  • Changes in vision, blurred vision

Discontinue the medication and consult a doctor immediately if you notice any of these signs upon using Betnovate cream.

Inform your doctor or pharmacist about any medications you are already using including other corticosteroid medicines like the ones that are available without a prescription.

If your doctor allows you to use other topical medicines on the same skin area, make sure you keep a gap of at least 30 minutes between that and Betnovate to allow each product to be absorbed and avoid mixing the medications.

In the case of a moisturiser, apply it 30 minutes before Betnovate to soften the skin for better absorption of the corticosteroid. Since simultaneous usage of both can dilute the corticosteroid, potentially making it less effective.

Keep this medicine out of the sight and reach of children and avoid using it after its expiration date has passed. Store it in a cool dry place under 25 degrees. If you want to discard the medication, talk to your pharmacist for ideal ways. These measures will help protect the environment. Do not throw away medicines via wastewater or household waste.

You can order Betnovate cream from the comfort of your home from trusted online pharmacies such as MedsNow. It is crucial to choose a suitable supplier to ensure that you receive only reliable products. Since this is a prescription-only medication, you will have to undertake a quick, free, and simple online consultation, to determine that Betnovate cream is an ideal treatment option. Once your order is placed, you can expect a discreet delivery of your medicines at your doorstep.

Is Betnovate stronger than hydrocortisone?
Yes, even though both are topical corticosteroids, Betnovate has a stronger formulation as compared to hydrocortisone.

Is Betnovate a steroid?
Yes, the active ingredient in Betnovate, betamethasone valerate falls under a group of medicines called corticosteroid or topical steroid.

How long does Betnovate take to work?
With regular application, you can expect to notice changes in your symptoms within a few days.

Can I use Betnovate while pregnant or breastfeeding?
Since there is no proven study on the safety of using Betnovate during pregnancy and breastfeeding, make sure you talk to a doctor before you plan to use it.

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