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Celestone Syrup

Celestone®
(betamethasone) Syrup, USP

Celestone Syrup

DRUG DESCRIPTION

CELESTONE Syrup, for oral administration, contains 0.6 mg betamethasone in each 5 mL. The inactive ingredients for CELESTONE Syrup (betamethasone) include: alcohol (less than 1%), citric acid, FD&C Red No. 40, FD&C Yellow No. 6, flavors, propylene glycol, sodium benzoate, sodium chloride, sorbitol, sugar, and water.

The formula for betamethasone is C22H29F05 and it has a molecular weight of 392.47.

Chemically, it is 9-fluoro-11β,17,21-trihydroxy-16β-methylpregna-1,4-diene-3,20-dione and has the following structure:

Betamethasone structural formula illustration

Betamethasone is a white to practically white, odorless crystalline powder. It melts at about 240° C with some decomposition. Betamethasone is sparingly soluble in acetone, alcohol, dioxane, and methanol; very slightly soluble in chloroform and ether; and is insoluble in water.

What are the possible side effects of betamethasone (Celestone)?

Get emergency medical help if you have any of these signs of an allergic reaction: hives; difficulty breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.

Call your doctor at once if you have any of these serious side effects:

  • problems with your vision;
  • swelling, rapid weight gain, feeling short of breath;
  • severe depression, unusual thoughts or behavior, seizure (convulsions);
  • bloody or tarry stools, coughing up blood;
  • pancreatitis (severe pain in your upper stomach spreading to your back, nausea and vomiting, fast heart...

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Last reviewed on RxList: 11/6/2008
This monograph has been modified to include the generic and brand name in many instances.

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